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For the first time since 1997, the New York Rangers have advanced to the Eastern Conference finals. It wasn't easy -- it took seven games -- but New York showed it was a top seed for a reason in Game 7 against the Washington Capitals with a 2-1 win. Never straying from their identity, the Rangers stayed calm amid another pressure-packed, low-scoring, tight-checking game. But that was OK with them. it's a style they've employed successfully all season.
From Day 1 of training camp, the Rangers' goal after a season in which they lost in the quarterfinals to the Capitals was to earn home-ice advantage in the playoffs. They did that this season -- and then some, narrowly winning the Presidents' trophy. The Rangers' focus shifted to how to accomplish that goal, and that was a game plan cultivated by coach John Tortorella in his three-plus years in New York.
Overall, the game plan involves doing the little things right -- the things that often aren't noticed from the casual viewer: forechecking hard, closing off the boards, being smart with the puck. Intelligent defense-first hockey is the key. All five players on the ice commit to defense or you don't play. It's as simple as that. You pick up your man in the defensive zone, you get sticks or bodies in the way of pucks and you use your body physically against the other team. Of course, there are lapses, so that's why all good teams need a good goaltender and the Blueshirts have a Vezina Trophy-worthy one in Henrik Lundqvist, who has bailed them out all season long.
Then, after this part of the game is executed, you concentrate on offense. Defense to offense. All season, New York has never employed an offensive brand that's fun to watch -- it's dump and chase, cycling and a grind-it-out style that isn't flashy but just wears teams down. The offense is opportunistic -- it's been that way all season, through this point of the playoffs. And it was in Game 7.
Brad Richards scored the game's first goal Saturday night 1:32 into the game, caused by Carl Hagelin's speed and puck-retrieval skills. He fetched a dump-in from Michael Del Zotto, then fed Richards for his sixth goal of the playoffs. It was the way the Rangers needed to begin the game -- the first goal was key -- and it allowed them to feed of their home crowd.
The game went scoreless in the second period, the Rangers clinging to their one-goal lead, with both offenses starting to generate a few more chances than the first frame. But, Lundqvist and Holtby stood tall. The next goal could be the dagger.
Or so the Rangers thought. Del Zotto potted what looked to be the back-breaking goal at the 10:05 mark of the third period. It was the Rangers' second two-goal lead of the series. It seemed insurmountable. But that lasted 38 seconds as the Capitals came back with a fluttering Roman Hamrlik marker. Then, the Rangers took a delay of game penalty after Ruslan Fedotenko, who played a brilliant game, batted the puck in mid-air over the glass in the defensive zone. Just like that, the Caps had seized some momentum. One goal, the tying one, could destroy the Rangers' morale.
But the ensuing penalty kill was key and quelled any of those fears. New York barely let the Capitals set up, they were relentless. The Rangers sapped the Caps' momentum from the Hamrlik goal. In fact, they were relentless and hard-working all period -- it was period, even with an early 1-0, that the Rangers did not sit back in. They didn't get too comfortable and they didn't fall into a defensive shell, just hoping to not let in a goal, instead of pushing the attack to try to get another one. The proof was in the shot totals for this period -- the Rangers had 11, the Caps four.
New York thoroughly outplayed the Capitals for stretches of this game. Sure, it needed Lundqvist's 22 saves, a number of them big ones. But the Blueshirts played to win the game and not to lose in the third period. And that's the mark of a good team.
Now, the top-seeded Rangers will begin a series with the sixth-seeded New Jersey Devils on Monday, in a series that should be more gut-wrenching than the two that reached Game 7 before it.
The New York Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals, 2-1, Saturday in Game 7 of their 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff series. The Rangers now advance to the Eastern Conference finals, where they will face the New Jersey Devils. The Devils got there by defeating the Philadelphia Flyers.
Brad Richards scored in the first two minutes for New York, and Michael Del Zotto gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead midway through the final period. Roman Hamrlik scored seconds later for the Capitals. That left the Rangers with a 2-1 lead, which they managed to hold on to until the closing horn.
Here is Del Zotto's goal:
The New York Rangers are 20 minutes from moving on in the 2012 NHL Playoffs. The goal scored in the second minute of the Rangers' game against the Washington Capitals has held them through two periods and they lead, 1-0, with goaltender Henrik Lundqvist blanking the Capitals on 19 shots. The Rangers have taken 20 shots at the other end, but still only have the one goal to show for it.
The Capitals have mounted some serious offensive pressure in the second period, with a two minute stretch about halfway through the second period that would have you counting the men on the ice to be sure it wasn't a powerplay. Washington Defenseman Mike Green has been particularly good on offense, sending Rangers sprawling to the ice repeatedly on fake shots. For the Rangers offense, Marian Gaborik leads the team with four shots. But the story for the Rangers isn't on offense, it's Henrik Lundqvist.
They may need 20 more minutes of that from their stellar goaltender, as aside from the goal in the second minute, the Rangers offense hasn't been able to produce much.
The New York Rangers scored less than 90 seconds into the first period of Game 7 of the 2012 NHL Playoffs, snaking one past goalie Peter Holtby. Carl Hagelin came from behind the Capitols net to feed a pass to Brad Richards, who sent it flying with a one-touch to put the Rangers up:
Henrik Lundquist would, as usual, make sure the score stayed that way. He made eight saves through the first period, and managed to excell even when they came batted out of the air at bizarre angles.
The Rangers got one power play in the first, a 2 minute minor when Matt Hendricks was called for hooking Michael Del Zotto. Nothing would come of it, however, as the Rangers power play failed to capitalize. That left things at 1-0 in the intermission, giving the Rangers a slim advantage going forward.
Stick with this storystream for updates throughout and after the game. If you're a New York Rangers fan, Blue Shirt Banter has the news and analysis you need. If the Capitols are your team, Japers' Rink has you covered.
New York Rangers coach John Tortorella has a reputation for being notoriously short in his postgame press conferences, so it's no surprise that he failed to be long-winded in the moments after the Washington Capitals beat New York in Game 6 Wednesday night to force a Game 7.
During a press conference that lasted about as long as one Sergio Garcia golf shot, Tortorella often cut off reporters midway through questions. He said one span of the game "sucked," answered a simple "no" to multiple questions, refused to comment on individual players, and at one point grabbed his face as if to say, "Man, these reporters are real imbeciles."
If you want to hear more of Tortorella at his finest, you're probably in luck. If the Rangers lose Game 7, he should be in rare (or for him, relatively common) form again. And if they win, we'll have at least one more round of Tortorella pressers to look forward to.
Considering how tight the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals series has been to this point, it's fitting that these two will settle their score with a game seven on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.
But before they do, here's a look back on game six, via our trusted SB Nation bloggers from Blueshirt Banter and Japers Rink.
Over at Blueshirt Banter, frustration set in on Wednesday night:
- I think the best word to use to describe Game 6 would be frustrating. It was just a frustrating game. Ryan Callahan trips on the penalty kill, can't cover Alex Ovechkin and Ovechkin does what he does an it's suddenly 1-0. Then the officials incorrectly call icing on the Rangers, the Capitals win the draw, get a ton of luck on the puck deflection and Jason Chimera scores the game winning goal. Sometimes the bounces go that way.
Japers Rink, meanwhile, is relishing the continued resilience of the Caps:
After letting Game 5 slip painfully through their fingers in a matter of minutes, the question facing the Caps was one which has faced them a number of times throughout the playoffs: how would they respond? Down 3-2 in the series, the only way they could respond - the only way they could prolong their postseason at least a little longer - was to show that resilience we've grown accustomed to seeing over the past month.
And thankfully for Caps fans, it was on full display tonight, as the hometown boys made sure to send the raucous Verizon Center crowd home happy - and to book their tickets for one last trip to New York.
The New York Rangers hoped to end their 2012 NHL Playoffs Eastern Conference second-round series with the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night. Instead, the Capitals held onto an early lead in front of a raucous home crowd for a 2-1 win, forcing a Game 7 on Saturday.
Alex Ovechkin put Washington on the board with a big slapshot on the power play less than two minutes into the first period. In the second period, Jason Chimera acted fast to push in a rebound of Niklas Backstrom's skate to give Washington a two-goal lead.
The night belonged to Capitals goalie Braden Holtby. He stopped 30 shots, and held back a Rangers' attack in the third period to preserve the win for Washington. Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist made 21 saves.
Game 7 is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Eastern time at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. The Rangers have won two of three home games in the series so far.
The Washington Capitals extended their lead over the New York Rangers in the second period of Game 6 on Wednesday night. Jason Chimera added another goal to Washington's tally, giving his team a 2-0 lead after two periods of play.
Chimera moved fast to deflect the puck into the net after it hit Niklas Backstrom's skate blade just about halfway through the second period. Backstrom and John Carlson were credited with an assist. It was Chimera's third goal of the series and his fifth in the postseason.
Both teams had a pair of power plays, but both failed to convert. New York had nine shots on goal; Washington had eight.
Despite allowing the two goals, Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist has played a strong game. He needs some help from his teammates to get the win and eliminate Washington.
The Washington Capitals lead the New York Rangers by a score of 1-0 after the first period of play in Game 6. New York leads the series and could close it out with a win.
So far, the Capitals are not going quietly. Alexander Ovechkin scored on the power play barely 90 seconds into the game. Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green set up Ovechkin who fired a long slapper from the slot to give the Capitals the lead.
The Rangers failed to convert two power play attempts late in the first, missing an opportunity to tie the score. New York does have an advantage in the shots on goal, with 11 versus nine for Washington. Ryan Callahan shoveled a shot in front of the net, but Marian Gaborik missed the rebound just as the buzzer sounded.
The Rangers seized a 3-2 series lead in Game 5 when they tied the game with seven seconds remaining in regulation, then tallied the game-winner in the overtime session. They'll have a chance to end the series in Game 6 on the road.
The schedule for the Eastern Conference Finals has not yet been released, but Game 1 could be as early as Monday, May 14 even if the current series goes to Game 7.
If the New York Rangers can finish off the Washington Capitals to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals, they will meet the New Jersey Devils for the right to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Trash talk for the series that might never happen has already begun, courtesy of an unlikely source.
Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, New Jersey, was asked Tuesday on Twitter whether he felt the New York Rangers would win the Stanley Cup title.
"Call the FAA because u must be pretty high if you believe that," he responded.
The first shot has been fired, and it includes a drug reference from a New Jersey mayor.
Let's hope the Rangers can handle the Capitals, because Rangers-Devils has the potential to be a whole lot of fun.
With 10 seconds remaining in Monday night's Game 5 against the Washington Capitals, the New York Rangers were facing a 3-2 series deficit. Three seconds later their fate was altered and the series took on an entirely new complexion, with New York improbably pushing Washington to the brink of elimination.
Joe Fortunato of the SB Nation blog Blueshirt Banter explains how much changed after Mike Richards scored with seven seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime, and Brad Richards tallied the game-winner in the extra session.
Think about it. The Rangers were 10 seconds away from dropping a game they dominated and looking at a 3-2 hold going back to Washington. The Rangers were 10 seconds away from walking out of the Garden as losers, confidence shattered, moral all but gone. Then Brad Richards scores a goal and boom, he may as well have flipped the world upside down. Confidence is pouring from this team, the Garden is rocking, people start believing again. And then Marc Staal lights the lamp in overtime and all hell breaks loose. It's one thing to win a big playoff game, it's another thing to win like that. Just wow.
Here is some of the reaction to the New York Rangers’ dramatic 3-2 overtime victory over the Washington Capitals Monday in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference NHL Playoff series.
From Blueshirt Banter:
What a win, what a game, but the work is not done. The contributions need to be greater all around, and the Rangers need to go into Washington looking at it as if they are down 3-2, not up 3-2.
From Japers’ Rink:
6.6 seconds. That’s all that remained in regulation, all that separated the Caps from a 3-2 series lead heading back to DC. And despite their penchant for “blowing” one-goal leads during the postseason, they’ve managed to hang on to them late when it’s really counted. It’s how they’ve gotten to this point in the first place. But a lot can happen in 6.6 seconds, and with the Caps shorthanded the Rangers decided to finally find a way to make their power play work. 6.6 seconds, a scramble in the crease, a bad play by Holtby and the game was tied.
The New York Rangers won Game 5 over the Washington Capitals in an absolute thriller on Monday night. After Brad Richards tied the game with seven seconds to play in regulation, Marc Staal came through with the game winner just over a minute and a half into overtime. The Rangers now hold a 3-2 lead in the second round series of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, putting them one win away from advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Staal took control of the puck just in front of the blue line off the faceoff, and fired a slap shot to the right side of the net past a well-screened Braden Holtby. The puck appeared to just barely glance off the skate of a Capitals defender.
The Rangers dominated everywhere except the scoreboard for most of the game. They outshot the Caps 38 to 18 through regulation and overtime, but still found themselves down 2-1 until late in the third period. The difference was Holtby, who repeatedly came through with big saves as he has throughout the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Rangers led 1-0 after the first period, scoring on a pretty shot by Anton Stralman from the far wide set of the net. The Caps came back with a Brooks Laich goal off a mishandled puck in the second period, and a powerplay goal by John Carlson in the third. Because of Holtby's play Washington was seemingly on its way to a pivotal win until Richards stuffed the pack past the young goaltender with the Rangers on a powerplay.
Henrik Lundqvist may have been overshadowed on the night, but he did have a few key stops among his 16 saves to keep the Rangers within striking range. New York will have a chance to close out the series Wednesday night when they head to Washington D.C. for Game 6.
The New York Rangers were seconds away from a Game 5 loss to the Washington Capitals on Monday night. With seven seconds to go Brad Richards came through to tie the game at 2-2, stuffing the puck past Braden Holtby to force overtime. The next goal will put one team a win away from advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Holtby was spectacular in net for most of the night, recording 34 saves. The Rangers out shot the Caps 36-18 in regulation but it was Washington who led for most of the third period after John Carlson put the puck past Henrik Lundqvist on powerplay. Mike Rupp earned the penalty with a hook on Joel Ward.
The New York Rangers continue to dominate the Washington Capitals offensively in Game 5 of their second round 2012 NHL Playoffs series. They outshot the Caps 9-6 in the second period, and now hold a 26-10 advantage for the game. Regardless, the game is still anyone's to win after Brooks Laich scored off a mishandled puck on the Rangers end to knot the teams up at one goal apiece.
Henrik Lundqvist has been solid despite his slow reaction on the Laich's goal. He had a huge stop on Alexander Semin earlier in the period. Braden Holtby continues to be spectacular, however. He has 25 saves already. Both teams remain perfect on the penatly kill. The Rangers had two powerplay opportunities in the period.
The New York Rangers are up 1-0 after the first period in Game 5 of their second round 2012 NHL Playoffs series against the Washington Capitals. The Rangers are looking to take 3-2 lead in the series and put themselves within a win of the Eastern Conference Finals. Through 20 minutes, they are leading the Caps in shots on goal by a 17-4 margin. Anton Stralman put New York on the board with a very pretty shot across the face of Braden Holtby at a tough angle.
Lundqvist hasn't been tested often, but the Capitals did have one 2-on-1y opportunity stuffed by the veteran goaltender. Both teams have had one powerplay opportunity each so far, though they neither has capitalized yet.
With an opportunity Saturday to take 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven second round 2012 NHL Playoff series with the Washington Capitals the New York Rangers could not take advantage. Fresh off a devastating triple overtime loss in Game 3 the Capitals bounced back in Game 4, winning 3-2, to knot the series at two games apiece.
The Capitals jumped out to an early 1-0 in the first period, on an unassisted goal from Alex Ovechkin. The Rangers tied the game twice in the second period, but never led and ultimately fell by a score of 3-2. Mike Green scored the game-winning goal on a power play, with five-plus minutes remaining in the third.
The series heads back to New York for Game 5, where the Rangers will look to maintain homecourt advantage and send the series back to the Nation's Capital with an opportunity to clinch and move to the Conference Finals.
After two periods of play in game four of the Eastern Conference semifinals, the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers are tied at two. The Rangers out-shot the Capitals 10 to six in the second period, but the Caps are still out-shooting the Rangers for the game, 20-13. Neither team has been able to convert a power play.
Three total goals were scored in the second period – two from the Rangers and one from the Caps. Artem Anisimov tied the game at one, for the Rangers, early in the period, followed by a Caps goal from Nicklas Backstrom, which was quickly answered by Marian Gaborik. Videos of all three goals can be seen below (in order):
The remainder of the game can be seen on NBC.
Coming off a devastating triple overtime loss, the Caps have bounced back nicely, and played a solid first period in front of their home crowd. They've out-shot the Rangers, 14-3, have yet to commit a penalty, and lead one-to-nothing on an Alex Ovechkin goal with 12:43 elapsed in the period. Ovechkin's goal was a one-timer off a ricochet, unassisted. Check out the video below:
Rangers goalie, Henrik Lundqvist, has done well considering the barrage of shots he faced in the first period. Here's a .gif of one very impressive, possibly lucky, save.
The remainder of the game can be seen on NBC.
Game three between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals was so epic that we figured why stop re-living it now?
So, with an assist from our trusty SB Nation network of blogs, here's a little more insight and reaction from New York's big W.
Via Blueshirt Banter (who went to bed smiling):
- Wow. Just wow. I've never seen a triple overtime game before, and I'm betting most of you guys haven't either. What a game. Then again, it's not a game you appreciate until it's over. I got multiple texts from friends during the game asking me how much fun this game was. My response: "This isn't fun, I'm miserable." And I was, until ...
And, with a slightly less enthused reaction, here's a clip from Japers Rink:
When a team tries to turn every game into a coin-flip, as Dale Hunter's team has done rather successfully through the first nine games of this year's post-season, success is largely predicated upon three factors: 1) limiting mental mistakes; 2) not allowing bad goals; and 3) not losing (preferably winning) the special teams battle.
Make sure to check out both sites for more insight and information, as they will continue to have the series covered like a blanket.
It took more almost five hours for the New York Rangers to pull off a 2-1 over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night in Game 3 of their 2012 NHL Playoffs Eastern Conference second-round series.
Roughly six minutes remained in the third overtime period when Marian Gaborik tucked a tight wrist shot behind Capitals goalie Braden Holtby. Brad Richards set his teammate up for the game winner. It was only Gaborik's second goal of the postseason. You can see the goal here.
The goalies, Holtby and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 92 shots on goal; 45 for Lundqvist and 47 for his counterpart.
The win gives New York a one-game edge in the series, leading two games to one. The best-of-seven series continues on Saturday in Washington for Game 4.
For all news and information regarding the New York Rangers, please visit Blueshirt Banter. For complete coverage of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, stay tuned to SB Nation's dedicated NHL hub.Complete Coverage.
The New York Rangers and the Washington Capitals are tied 1-1 after two periods of play on Wednesday night at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. After a scoreless first, both teams battled through an intense second period to end up at this point in the third game of the series.
New York got on the board first with a power play goal from Ryan Callahan, his fourth goal of the playoffs. Michael Del Zotto and Marian Gaborik assisted him on the goal. Callahan found a loose puck in front of the net barely seven minutes into the second frame and poked it in for the score. You can see his goal here.
Four minutes later, the Capitals answered when John Carlson went top shelf to the stick side of Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist to tie the game. It was Carlson's first goal of the postseason. Alexander Semin assisted him.
New York had 12 shots on goal versus just eight for the Capitals in the second period.
Game 3 of the 2nd-round series between the New York Rangers and the Washington Capitals is underway, with Wednesday night's action taking place just a slapshot down I-95 at the Verizon Center in the nation's capital. After one period of play, neither team has scored a goal.
Each team certainly had scoring opportunities. Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist turned away 13 shots from the Capitals. A number of those shots came from just inside the blue line, but Washington closed in with a few viable scoring chances that had to give Rangers fans pause. Credit Lundqvist, who stopped a Capitals team that had most of the momentum.
New York put 10 shots on goal. Capitals goalie Branden Holtby stopped them all, most of which were distance shots. The Rangers did have one quality scoring opportunity, which you can see in the animation below.
The New York Rangers fell 3-2 in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Washington Capitals on Monday night. Neither goaltender faced an obscene amount of shots--Henrik Lundqvist turned back 22 of 25 shots faced while Braden Holtby turned back 26 of 28--but the quality opportunities were bountiful on both ends of the ice. Ultimately, the Caps just happened to take advantage on more of their chances than the Rangers.
New York never led at any point of the game. The Caps got out to a 2-0 lead on a goal by Mike Knuble and another by Jason Chimera that was set up when Lundqvist mishandled the puck behind his own net. Brad Richards scored just two minutes later to bring the Rangers back within a goal, but New York would never fully recover from Lundqvist's mistake.
After a scoreless 2nd period, Ryan Callahan tipped the puck past a well-screened Holtby off a Michael Del Zotto shot from the center of the right circle. The goal tied the game at two goals apiece, and seemed to turn momentum back in favor of the Rangers.
Alex Ovechkin had other plans, however, scoring just over five minutes later on a powerplay. Ovechkin got the puck in front of the blue line and unleashed an absolute beauty of a wrister into the upper right hand corner of the net.
The Rangers had just over seven minutes to respond, but Holtby was too strong in net. Del Zotto very nearly netted the equalizer in the waning minute of regulation, but his deflected wrister from just in front of the blue line glanced off the crossbar above Holtby's right shoulder.
The bounces simply weren't on New York's side Monday night, and as a result the series heads to Washington tied at one game apiece. Game 3 is set for Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. ET.
After the second period, there is no change in the score of Game 2 between the New York Rangers and the Washington Capitals. The scoring opportunities have been plentiful on both ends of the ice, but the goaltenders have been stalwart in net. That's not to say there haven't been some close calls. The Caps' probably had the best chance to score in the entire period when Henrik Lundqvist lost track of long slapshot that slipped behind him.
The Rangers had a brilliant scoring opportunity of their own when Mike Rupp found himself one-on-one with Braden Holtby early in the period. Rupp's shot just hit Holtby's left arm as the goaltender slid right to left to stone New York's best chance of the period.
Shots were down in the period--the Rangers took eight while the Caps took six--but the pace remains frenetic. If the first two periods are any indication, we should be headed for an exciting finish at Madison Square Garden.
The New York Rangers are down 2-1 after the first period of their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Washington Capitals. Both teams have done a nice job putting pressure on the goaltenders. Henrik Lundqvist has faced 12 shots on the night to 10 for Braden Holtby.
A big mistake by Lundqvist is so far the difference in the game. After the Rangers failed to score on a Chris Kreider breakaway, the Capitals quickly turned around the puck to the other end of the ice. Lundqvist, perhaps anticipating a line change, came out to play the puck behind the net, but Jay Beagle met him there and was able to send the puck in front of the net. Matt Hendricks passed the puck backwards between his legs, and Jason Chimera got credited with the tip-in goal though replay shows that the puck actually went off the skate of Ryan McDonagh.
The Rangers caught the Capitals napping themselves just two minutes later. Brad Richards score on a tip-in one time assisted by Marian Gaborik. Unfortunately, the goal only put them back within striking distance heading into the second period.
The New York Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals in the first game of their second round match-up in the 2012 NHL Playoffs. The game was tied at zero after one, and one after two periods, before the Rangers put the Caps away with two goals in the third.
Neither team was able to convert on a power play, and both had four opportunities. Neither goaltender saw much actions, as there were 32 shots combined. The Rangers scored three goals on only 14 attempts.
Game two is scheduled for Monday, at 7:30 PM.
Artem Anisimov scored the lone Rangers goal, with 12:38 elapsed in the second period. He was assisted by Ruslan Fedotenko and Ryan McDonagh. Jason Chimera answered for the Capitals with just before time expired in the period. He was assisted by Brooks Laich.
The Capitals have out-shot the Rangers, 13-8 and have failed to convert on four power plays. Ryan McDonagh has taken the most individual shots with three. Ryan Callahan leads the game in hits, with six.
The Rangers are the first seed in the Eastern Conference. The remainder of the game can be seen on NBC.
There wasn't much action during the first period, with the two teams totaling only 10 shots. The Capitals hold the slight edge in shots on goal, 6-4. Each team also has two penalties a piece, all were two minute minors. Neither team was able to convert on their power play chances.
Ryan McDonaghof the Rangers is the only player with multiple shot attempts; he had three in the first period. Ryan Callahan leads the game with six hits.
The remainder of the game can be seen on NBC.
The New York Rangers and Washington Capitals begin the second round of the 2012 NHL Playoffs on Saturday afternoon.
Neither team is operating with much rest after both squads needed seven games to prevail in round one.
The Rangers survived a real scared from the 8th-seeded Ottawa Senators to win 2-1 in Game 7. Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves and Dan Girardi's tally 9:41 into the second period turned into the series-winner.
Game Time: 3 p.m. ET, Saturday, April 28
TV Coverage: NBC
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