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The Capitals defeated the Boston Bruins in seven games in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals with every one of the seven games being won by a single goal and four of them requiring overtime. Why would you expect the conference semifinals to be any different? The answer is that you wouldn’t, and — so far — these games haven’t been.
The New York Rangers won the first game in Madison Square Garden with seeming ease, handing Washington a 3-1 defeat in which it was clear that the Rangers were the better team. They outskated and outworked the Caps, and — despite being outshot by the Caps 18-14 — managed to put three of those 14 in the net, putting a real hit in Braden Holtby’s previously stellar save percentage. At the point, many Washington fans cringed at the thought of another potential second round fiasco — last year, you might recall, the Tampa Bay Lightning swept the Capitals in the second round and went on to meet the eventual Stanley Cup Champions in the conference finals.
The second game of the series was another story. The Capitals hustled for the full sixty minutes and managed a 3-2 win over New York in Madison Square Garden. It was truly a team effort, and Washington controlled the puck well, winning both the takeaway and the giveaway battles. And so, the Capitals returned home to Verizon Center having stolen the Rangers home ice advantage.
Last night, it took nearly six full periods of hockey for the Rangers to take that advantage back. In front of another capacity crowd of 18,506 in Washington, these two teams battled to a 1-1 score at the end of regulation, with each team scoring a single goal in the second period. Not one, not two, but three extra periods were needed to decide this one — with Marian Gaborik knocking home the game winner at 14:41 of the third overtime to give the Rangers the victory. By that time, it was clear that both teams were exhausted, with many forwards having skated in excess of 30 minutes and several blue liners approaching 50 minutes. There were 95 shots on goal and more than 100 hits during the 114 minutes of play. Neither team left anything on the ice, and the loser deserved to win as much as the winner. It was one of those games that made you proud to be a hockey fan, regardless of which team you were cheering for.
So where does that leave the Capitals? They are now down two games to one with another game to be played in DC before heading back to New York. This is familiar territory, in that it’s exactly what happened in the quarterfinal series against the Bruins. What happened in that series — and what needs to happen on Saturday — is for Washington to win and send the series back to New York tied at two games apiece. Can that be done? Of course it can! The Capitals need to come out strong and take the fight to the Rangers from the first drop of the puck. If they do that convincingly, when Saturday’s game is complete, we’ll be down to a three game series against the Rangers to see who will compete in the conference finals.
Let’s Go Caps!
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If it wasn't bad enough for Karl Alzner to lose a triple overtime heartbreaker to the Rangers, he arrived at home only to discover what his dogs had been up to.
Karl Alzner and the Capitals suffered a tough loss on Wednesday night after falling to the New York Rangers in three -- yes, three -- overtimes. But the worst of it for Alzner may have been still to come, when he arrived home to find his apartment in ruin. Alzner's two dogs had apparently been unable to contain their excitement during the game and, left to their own devices for...
Katie Carrera at the Washington Post talked to a number of Capital players about the difficulties the team may face sticking to their defensive game plan now that the series has shifted to Washington...Troy Brouwer..."I know we're in front of the home crowd and they may want to see some flash and some dazzle but we have to keep our game the same as we were playing on the...
A lot of time has been spent in D.C. (and the NHL world at-large) debating and speculating — all the while engaged in perhaps some hand-wringing and teeth-gnashing (who knows?) regarding the precipitous drop in ice time of the Washington Capitals’ shrinking violet of a Russian superstar, Alexander Ovechkin. Down a game to the New [...]
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...
Good morning from Kettler Capitals Iceplex. The Capitals take the ice for their first practice since a draining triple overtime loss on Wednesday/Thursday as they prepare for Saturday afternoon's pivotal Game 4. Puck drop is at 12:40pm tomorrow at Verizon Center.
All of the Capitals were on the ice today. There were plenty of smiles and they appeared loose, but it was (almost...
Poor guy. After Karl Alzner of the New York Rangers had just played in a marathon game against the Washington Capitals and lost in the 3rd overtime, all he wanted to do was go home and fall asleep. To his surprise though, he returned home to find his dogs had terrorized his house. Kind of cute, kind of sad, and kind of funny.
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from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE, Those that expected a B’s ownership group and management team to express a disappointment after a seven-game loss to the Washington Capitals – and the team’s first opening round playoff exit in four seasons – got exactly what they were looking for. Bruins ownership/management liaison Charlie Jacobs used the term “disappointing” in his first...
The New York Rangers visit the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center for Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Semifinals match-up starting at 7:30 p.m. The series is tied at 1-1. For a preview go to Yahoo! Sports. Rangers Game Notes TV: NBC Sports...
#7 Washington Capitals vs. #1 New York Rangers Location: Verizon Center Time: 12:30 PM TV: NBC (HD) Radio: 1500AM, 820 AM, and XM Series Schedule:Game 1: Apr 28, 2012, WSH@NYR, 1-3 LGame 2: Apr 30, 2012, WSH@NYR, 3-2 WGame 3: May 2, 2012, NYR@WSH, 1-2 L (3OT)Game 5: May 7, 2012, WSH@NYR, 7:30 PMGame 6*: May 9, 2012, NYR@WSH, TBDGame 7*: May 12, 2012, WSH@NYR...
On Coach’s Corner, Ron MacLean and Don Cherry discussed Alex Ovechkin, the Nashville suspensions and a few other topics.
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Wednesday night’s game between the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers, which bled in to Thursday morning, was en epic clash of two big, strong, physical teams. The game stretched to three overtimes. By the end, players were bloodied and sucking down energy supplements. It was four hours and 34 minutes of war.
“Oh my god,” said...
TODAY’S GAME: The Rangers will face-off against the Washington Capitals today at Verizon Center (12:30 p.m.; TV: NBC; Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio), in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series. The Blueshirts lead the series, 2-1, following a 2-1 triple overtime win over the Capitals in Game 3 on Wednesday at Verizon Center. It [...]
Ed Frankovic talked to Braden Holtby after the game about what happened on the Rangers’ second goal in the Capitals 3-2 win Saturday. Hear about that and more discussion of the game in the video below.
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...