A near miss avoided by the Blueshirts and they are breathing a bit better at the Gardens these days, it took them seven game to finally get by the Ottawa Senators and surely the Rangers realize that they were but a few bounces of a puck the other way of elimination. It's those lessons that head coach John Tortorella will be re-enforcing for his team as they head into round two against the Washington Capitals.
The Caps, who knocked off the Stanley Cup champions may very well have turned around a culture with their round one victory, this is very much Dale Hunter's team now, the coach who took over in late November seems to have put his stamp on the Caps, mainly at the expense of Alexander Ovechkin's playing time. The message clear, that the reward for hard work is playing time, the punishment for a perceived lack of it is bench time.
So far, after one round, it would seem to be advantage Hunter, whether he can keep up that into round two remains to be seen, but frankly the Caps have already gone further than most gave them credit for, so this series will be an interesting review of where the Caps are compared to a team as homogeneous as the Rangers appear to be.
Game One-- Washington 1 at New York 3
New York leads the series 1 game to 0
Previews and Reviews
New York Post-- Rangers take Game 1 from Capitals with strong third period
New York Post-- Boyle, Dubinsky miss Rangers' Game 1 win
New York Post-- Rangers forward Stepan starring in playoffs
NY Daily News-- NY Ranges rookie Chirs Kreider breaks third period tie to lead ...
NY Daily News-- NY Rangers rookie Chris Kreider gives Blueshirts shot in the arm
Washington Post-- Capitals surrender upper hand to Rangers with 3-1 loss in Game 1
Washington Post-- Capitals' chance at Game 1 victory against Rangers vanishes ...
Washington Post-- Braden Holtby: "I had a tough time getting into the game"
Washington Times-- Green's gaffe opens door for Capitals' loss to Rangers in Game 1
Washington Times-- Hardly tested by Rangers in Game 1, Braden Holtby still struggles
Globe and Mail-- Rangers dump Capitals in Game 1
National Post-- Tempo suits Rangers in Game 1 victory over Capitals
New York Post-- Rangers start second round Saturday
New York Post-- Boyle practices with Rangers, Dubinsky sits out
New York Post-- Ranger goalie Lundqvist named finalist for NHL MVP award
NY Daily News-- Rangers Capitals kick off Eastern Conference semis 3 p.m. Saturday...
NY Daily News-- NY Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist is one of three finalists ...
Washington Post-- Capitals take first step free of expectations, committed to system
Washington Post-- Capitals will face Rangers in Eastern Conference ...
Washington Post-- History shows that it could be boom or bust for Caps in second round
Washington Post-- For Washington pro sports teams, the skies are clearing
Washington Times-- Capitals, Rangers both willing to sacrifice their bodies to block shots
Washington Times-- Capitals to take on the Rangers in Round 2
Washington Times-- Capitals' Joel Ward resumes role of playoff hero
Globe and Mail-- Good teams, with some glaring holes