Washington Capitals vs New York Rangers Game 4 Preview: NHL Playoff Picks with Peter Loshak

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Rangers hold off Capitals in third period, even series at 2

“Brass made a heck of a play to get it to the middle of the ice. I knew I was going to shoot far side. It just happened to go in.” Stepan made it 4-2 at 6:02, scoring into a wide-open net at the end of a give-and-go play in front with Carl Hagelin , who had a goal and two assists. Game 5 will be back in Washington on Friday before the series returns to Madison Square Garden on Sunday. The home team has won all four games in the first-round Eastern Conference matchup. “We’re a confident group in here,” Hagelin said. “We do know we can’t play in Washington like the last game there. We’ve got to come in and play better.” Brad Richards and Hagelin staked the Rangers to a 2-0 lead, but goals by Mathieu Perreault and Troy Brouwer tied it for Washington. The Capitals closed within 4-3 when defenseman Karl Alzner ‘s shot caromed in off of Perreault for his second of the game at 7:31 of the third. Henrik Lundqvist , announced as a Vezina Trophy finalist earlier Wednesday, made 27 saves. source: http://sports.espn.go.com/newyork/teams/recap?gameId=400462034&sport=nhl

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But the dynamic No. 8 will likely have a better chance to get involved Wednesday, assuming the Caps stay out of the penalty box. The Rangers took advantage of six power plays Monday night, converting on one and cashing in right at the expiration of another to edge the Caps 4-3. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. Here is what to watch for: FRESH LEGS: While the Rangers practiced Tuesday, Capitals coach Adam Oates opted to give his team a day off to rest, recover and regroup before Game 4. The result? A pretty business-like morning skate at MSG on Wednesday. “Guys were feeling pretty focused,” said Caps defenseman Karl Alzner . CLOWE POSSIBLE: Yet to make his postseason debut with the Rangers, gritty forward Ryane Clowe said Wednesday there is a “good chance” he will return for Game 4. Clowe, who has been sidelined since suffering an apparent head injury in the final week of the regular season, has been skating with the team since last week. source: http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/hockey/tag/_/name/washington-capitals

Rangers Tie NHL Series at 2 Games Each as Bruins Move Ahead 3-1

“I think we’ve done better as the series has gone on,” said Rangers coach John Tortorella . “One thing I like about our team the past couple of games is that we certainly have bent at times but didn’t break.” Rangers’ Resiliency The Capitals, who have lost two in a row, host Game 5 tomorrow. All four games in the series so far have been won by the home team. “I think our resiliency has really shown in these past two games and we are going to need that when we go to Washington,” Tortorella said. “They are going to surge there and we just need to find a way to keep our heads above water and find a way to win a game.” David Krejci scored his third goal of the game — a 34-foot wristshot — 13 minutes, six seconds into overtime to give the Bruins a 3-1 lead in their first-round series. The Maple Leafs had a 2-0 first-period lead on goals by Joffrey Lupul and Cody Franson at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Patrice Bergeron had Boston’s first goal in the second period followed by back-to-back scores by Krejci before Toronto’s Clarke MacArthur tied it for the Maple Leafs. Boston hosts Game 5 tomorrow. At Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Slava Voynov scored midway through overtime to give the Kings a 3-2 advantage in their Western Conference series, which moves to their home ice tomorrow. The Kings’ Jeff Carter had two goals, while the Blues got goals from Alexander Steen and Alex Pietrangelo. Nick Bonino’s 14-foot wristshot 1:54 into overtime gave the Ducks a 3-2 series advantage before moving to Detroit for Game 6 tomorrow. source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-09/rangers-beat-capitals-to-tie-nhl-series-at-two-games-apiece.html

Capitals look to regroup at home after two straight losses

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That’s it.” Second, urgency: Washington called up 19-year-old prospect Tom Wilson from AHL Hershey and put him on their fourth line in practice. The 6-4, 210-pound Wilson, a first-round pick (16th overall) in 2012, could make his NHL debut Friday night as the Caps look for ways to unleash their powerful offense against the Rangers ‘ shot-blocking and tight-playing defense. “Our line has to create chances,” said Ovechkin, the NHL ‘s leading goal-scorer in the regular season with 32 who Thursday was named one of the three finalists for the Ted Lindsay award (given annually to the most outstanding player as voted by members of the NHLPA) along with Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and Tampa Bay’s Martin St. Louis . Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson have combined for five points so far. “Last game I don’t think we created lots of opportunities for our line,” Ovechkin said. “Backy, me and JoJo have to play better. We have the most minutes on the ice and we have to at least have like 10 shots on net. Everybody. Of course they have a good ‘D’, but if we have full speed it’s pretty hard to stop me or JoJo or Backy, especially one-on-one.” Oates wouldn’t put all of the blame on Ovechkin and his pals for the Capitals’ defeats at the Garden. “Everybody can do things better, make better decisions,” he said. “And they’re not different. source: http://www.newsday.com/sports/hockey/capitals-look-to-regroup-at-home-after-two-straight-losses-1.5233558

 

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