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The Washington Capitals got what they needed from their young guns on Saturday afternoon, defeating the New York Rangers 3-2 inside Verizon Center to equal their Eastern Conference semifinal series at two games each. The Capitals took the lead twice, once in the first period and once in the second period, on goals from Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. But each time, the Rangers were able to draw even. Mike Green scored the game-winning goal on a power play late in the third period, and the Capitals got 18 saves from Braden Holtby, who has yet to lose two games in a row at the NHL level so far. Game five is Monday night at Madison Square Garden.
Washington got off to a very good start, pressuring Henrik Lundqvist right away with an Alex Ovechkin wrist shot, and earned their first power play when Jason Chimera drew an interference call. The DC man advantage was excellent, peppering Lundqvist with six shots, but each time the Hart and Vezina Trophy no...
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Another day, another head shot debate. Saturday's NHL playoff action produced another nail-biter between the Rangers and Capitals, with Mike Green's late third-period goal the difference in a 3-2 Washington win to even the series. The game also stirred up more controversy with a questionable hit by Alex Ovechkin on Dan Girardi in the second period. Ovechkin was given a two...
Late in Wednesday's 2-1 triple overtime win in Washington, head coach John Tortorella mixed up the offensive lines in attempt to spark the game-winner in what was a well-defended outing for the third time in this series. He rolled with those lines through the overtime periods, as the game progressed from the fourth period to the sixth, and these combinations clearly began to...
Nicklas Backstrom stood there quietly after the game. His team had just won 3-2, and the game winning goal scorer, Mike Green, was talking to the media near Backstrom’s locker–too close, in fact, for Backstrom to be able to sit down in his assigned spot amid the throng of reporters.
But the scrum around Green was a flashback to a very different time in recent Caps history...
After the Capitals eliminated the Bruins in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinals, many angry Bruins fans took to Twitter and unleashed a barrage of hateful messages directed to the man who scored the winning goal, Joel Ward. Ward is one of a few black players in the NHL, and his goal started a firestorm of disturbing tweets coming from a group of fans who thought they...
The puck drops today just after 12:30pm ET in this series which sees the Rangers holding a 2-1 lead.
The Rangers could really make a statement with a victory but the Capitals need to win this game to avoid being one game away from elimination.
So, which team wins?
On another hockey note, Canada will take on the USA in the IIHF WC at noon today. Unfortunately, folks in the US...
It’s a bit of a slow day today. So here are some notes (in bullet point format) from practice, courtesy of Rick Carpiniello:
Brandon Dubinsky is still out, and has been spotted with a boot on his right leg and crutches.
Mats Zuccarello didn’t skate, but that’s not all that unexpected. He was likely working off the ice to rehab that wrist.
Lines at practice saw Ryan Callahan...
Alex Ovechkin and Henrik Lundqvist have never made it to the Eastern Conference Finals. One of them will this spring. But it’s getting awfully hard to tell which one. Ovechkin scored his second goal of the series and Lundqvist allowed three goals for just the fourth time in the postseason as the Washington Capitals squeaked out a 3-2 win Saturday over the New York Rangers to...
We here at BSB are big fans of John Tortorella. Sure, he’s curt with the media, but we aren’t media, so we really don’t care what he says in interviews. We are more concerned with his on ice decisions, his roster decisions, and how he handles the locker room. This brilliant move covers the third aspect, and it is directly related to Chris Kreider.
Elliotte Friedman of CBC pointed...
John Tortorella's post-game press conference behavior never gets old. Not even sure yesterday's, following the Rangers' 3-2 loss to the Caps, was his shortest at 35 seconds start to finish.
Full story at Bob's Blitz ~ http://www.bobsblitz.com
In my Game 3 post game thoughts, I stated that Henrik Lundqvist's performance was one he hadn't been able produce in his career and its looks like Craig Custance at ESPN Insider agrees..."If the Rangers continue winning in these playoffs, it will be one that defines Lundqvist's career. Make 46 saves in a triple-overtime playoff win, including a crucial glove save...
John Tortorella says the Rangers will be ready to play Game 4 today and also chatted about team captain Ryan Callahan, youngsters Chris Kreider and Carl Hagelin, and other topics...
To watch on NHL.com, click here.For players thoughts on today's Game 4, click the "Read More" tab below.
Ryan McDonagh and Brian Boyle get ready for Game 4, and discuss...
The New York Rangers visit the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center for Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Semifinals match-up starting at 12:30 p.m. The Rangers lead the series 2-1. For a preview go to Yahoo! Sports. Rangers Game Notes TV...
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com, After addressing the media for all of 27 seconds and using only 15 words after losing 3-2 in Game 4 Saturday, Rangers coach John Tortorella was a bit more chatty Sunday at the team’s suburban training facility.
Tortorella spoke to the media for more than five minutes and handled 11 questions.
He talked about trying to get pucks through to the net against...
The New York Rangers lost to the Washington Capitals by the score of 3-2 in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals matchup. The series is tied at 2-2. For a recap and box score go to Yahoo! Sports....well that was a great game until the referees felt they needed to determine the outcome. Absolutely boggles my mind that officiating at the NHL level can be this deficient...
from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated, Discovery Channel has Shark Week. Apparently this is Russia Week in the NHL. In a week dominated by Alex Ovechkin’s ice time in Washington and Alexander Radulov’s bar time outside Phoenix, there was no more noteworthy performance than by Kovalchuk, who, especially early in the contest, appeared rejuvenated despite his debilitating injury...