Capitals top Rangers 1-0 in OT for 2-0 series lead

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”He was big for us again,” Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi said. ”And it would have been nice to get the victory for him.” A razor-thin margin in the playoffs between these teams is hardly surprising. Six of their seven games in last year’s postseason were decided by one goal, including a Rangers win that went to three overtimes. This is the third Rangers-Capitals series in three years, and five of those 14 games have required extra time to decide a winner. The Capitals are more offensively minded this year under first-time coach Adam Oates, but the Rangers were able to mostly corral regular season goal-scoring leader Alex Ovechkin and the rest of Washington’s high-powered attack. Lundqvist had to work harder than Holtby, but both were in top form – and caught a few breaks as well. New York’s Anton Stralman hit the crossbar about four minutes into the game. Lundqvist reacted quickly to make a kick save on Mathieu Perreault. On and on it went. But Lundqvist couldn’t stop the game’s final shot from Green, whose 12 regular season goals led all NHL defensemen. source:–nhl.html

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Asham had put New York in front 3-2 at 2:53, but Jay Beagle got the Capitals even again 4:26 later. “It was an interesting game,” Stepan said. “The flows of it were up and down. Early lead, they tie it. We get another one, they tie it. “As a team we just stuck together. On the bench everyone had a good feeling.” Derick Brassard had a goal and two assists for the Rangers, who managed only one goal in the first two losses in Washington and hadn’t scored since the first period of Game 1 — a stretch of 124 minutes, 6 seconds. That streak was broken by Brian Boyle’s goal that made it 1-1. Until then, New York had been shut down by Holtby, who had suggested he wasn’t tested much in Washington’s 1-0 overtime victory on Saturday. He had plenty to deal with when the series shifted to Madison Square Garden. “It’s great, we put a few behind him,” Boyle said. source:

Washington Capitals’ starring role in NHL’s passion playoffs

Capitals head home all square Katie Carrera A rested Washington team looks sluggish for the first half of the game as New York ties the series at 2. Katie Carrera Washington misses a chance to take a 3-0 series lead as it drops a back-and-forth, penalty-filled contest. Katie Carrera The power-play goal eight minutes into overtime gives Washington a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series. Complete coverage I always wanted to follow Stanley around for a night in Washington, where I’d no doubt end up at the Russia House or some swanky club in Georgetown with Ovi, Greenie, Brooksie and the boys, an interloper chronicling the most magical night of their careers. But now it’s a day before Game 5 of yet another first-round series I thought they could end Friday night — all the newfound possibility of a deep postseason run put on hold after the Rangers scored eight goals in two games to knot their best-of-seven series at two games apiece — and I don’t know anymore when or even if “My Night Following Around the Cup” gets written. Taught early in this business to root for good stories instead of teams, I nonetheless feel the Capitals are annually telling me what they keep telling their emotionally beaten-down fans: Don’t get your hopes too high because we’ll eventually dredge out your aortic valve with a backhoe. For the past six Aprils and Mays, the Capitals somehow become the inverse of Michael Corleone’s “Godfather III” line, no? Just when I thought I was in, they pull me back out. The nails-tough guy in net from the first two games lets in a soft goal or two. The Great Eight goes AWOL for a game or more. The top line sputters. The puck winds up on the Caps’ half of the ice twice as often. source:

Hockey: Washington Capitals

The 30-year-old winger, who was acquired from San Jose before the trade deadline in April, adds size and experience to the team’s roster. Clowe, who played for the Sharks from 2006-13, has 68 playoff games under his belt. PENALTY PARADE: You can guarantee that discipline will be a main point of the Capitals’ emphasis heading into Game 4. Washington took six penalties within the first 27 minutes of Game 3, essentially negating any and all momentum. Alzner said the Caps will try to stay out of the box while trying to get a gauge on the officiating as the game progresses. “If they’re gonna call it tight, we have to be careful,” he said. “If they’re gonna let us play, we have to take advantage of that.” POWE OUT: Rangers forward Darroll Powe is not expected to play Wednesday after leaving Game 3 with an injury that appeared to be a possible concussion. Powe laid a hard hit on Washington’s Joel Ward but caught an elbow to the head upon contact, leaving him woozy as he left the ice. He did not return to the game and did not practice with the team Tuesday. NOT QUITE YET: Veteran Capitals forward Brooks Laich skated with the team for the first time since undergoing sports-hernia surgery before the playoffs began. source:


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