Monday, May 07, 2012

Game Five-- Washington Capitals at New York Rangers -- May 7, 2012

When Dale Hunter taps Alexander Ovechkin on the shoulder, the well rested captain seemingly makes the best of his recently diminished ice time.

While not happy about his lack of time on the ice, Ovechkin is quickly finding ways to make the Rangers wish that Hunter would give his captain a bag skate.

Ovechkin provided for the winning goal on Saturday, spurring the Caps to a 3 to 2 victory and bringing this series to a 2 all tie, with the prospect of it all going to a game 7 looking better and better with each game.

Miscues proved to be the undoing of the Rangers in game four, it was a turnover by the Rangers that sent Ovechkin off to the races, a goal which would seem to have put the side of momentum on the Capitals for the moment, though momentum swings in this series are more frequent than an Ovechkin line change.

Still to be decided it seems is whether Ovechkin will have more time on his hands for game 5, there is some thought that he should be suspended for his hit on Dan Girardi, a hit depending on who you are listening to was either a shoulder hit, headshot or just a plain accident.

Regardless, there has been no word from the league office heading into Monday morning, for the Rangers the best possible word of the day won't be a discussion of how little ice time Ovechkin gets, but rather that he will have No ice time for Game 5.

Game 5-- Washington 2 at New York Rangers 3 (OT) 

The Rangers lead the series 3 games to 2

Previews and Reviews


New York Post-- Rangers defeat Capitals in overtime, lead series 3-2
New York Post-- Rangers power play finds way against Capitals at end of Game 5
New York Post-- Rangers show mettle turning defeat to victory
New York Post-- Staal scores in overtime to give control back to Rangers
New York Post-- Power plays
NY Daily News-- NY Rangers appear to be team of destiny in Stanley Cup playoffs...
NY Daily News-- Brad Richards ties game with 6.6 seconds left, Marc Stall score OT ...
NY Daily News-- NY Rangers' Marc Staal scores game winning goal in overtime ...
Washington Post-- Capitals are stunned by Rangers in overtime
Washington Post-- Capitals aren't done because they don't know what done is
Washington Post-- Capitals' block attempt leads to Rangers' overtime winner in Game 5
Washington Post-- Joel Ward goes from Washington Capitals' hero to goat
Washington Times-- Caps lose lead in final 7 seconds, fall early in OT
Washington Times-- Capitals rookie Holtby plays with poise of a veteran
Washington Times-- Caps-Rangers series yet to cross from tough to dirty
Globe and Mail-- Rangers edge Capitals in overtime to take 3-2 series lead
Globe and Mail-- Marc Staal's long road back to being a playoff hero
National Post-- Rangers find life in dying seconds


New York Post-- Rangers seek to solve Capitals defence in Game 5 tonight
New York Post-- Benching won't rattle Rangers rookie Kreider
New York Post-- Absurd level of blocked shots was never NHL goal
NY Daily News-- Rangers aim to fire away in Game 5
Washington Post-- Capitals have several factors going their way during the 2012 playoffs
Washington Post-- Capitals' power play shows signs of life in Game 4 against Rangers 
Washington Times-- Momentum swings back to Capitals
Washington Times-- Caps' perseverance pays off; power play produces
Washington Times-- Alex Ovechkin's hit on Dan Girardi sparks debate
Globe and Mail-- Caps beating Rangers at their shot-blocking game

Previous items on this series

Game Four
Game Three
Game Two
Game One

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