The New York Rangers lost to the Washington Capitals by the score of 2-1 in overtime tonight to go down 1-0 in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup. For a recap and box score go to Yahoo! Sports and newyorkrangers.com.
...while the score may have said otherwise I thought the Rangers were completely outplayed tonight. Except for the third period, the Rangers had absolutely zero forecheck and if it wasn't for a few Caps crossbars that game would have been over in regulation. Having said that, despite the Capitals taking the play to the Rangers the Blueshirts were able to stay in the game all night with what worked for them all year blocked shots and shear determination which has me confident that this series is far from being over.
...hate to kill Staal who had a great game chasing Ovechkin around but that giveaway was brutal. No pressure on him and two wide open Rangers on the other side of the ice.
...it took Gaborik a little while to get going but I thought he had a very active game which should give him confidence going into the rest of the series.
...was it me or was Boyle & Prust on the ice the entire game.
...as I've been saying Lundqvist can stand on his head all he wants but if the Rangers can't score they're not going to win.
...are we sure McD has never played in the playoffs before? He looked like a seasoned vet out there.
...man Ovechkin is a dirty player. His elbows are up on every hit. And of course nothing is ever called.
...and for anyone complaining about Ovechkin's goal. The puck was loose and the refs did the right thing not blowing the whistle.
...there's more traffic on my street at 1am than the Rangers had in front of Neuvirth tonight. Way to put pressure on a kid playing in his first NHL playoff game.
...Dubinsky needs to step up his game as he's been invisible since scoring the game tying goal against the Bruins last week.
...as always, big opportunity on the power play at the end of the game wasted. I think there's still some Perry Pearn residue effecting the power play.
...great goal by Gilroy should have him back in the lineup Friday night.
...surprised with the early ice time MZA & EC got but come the third period they might as well have stayed in the locker room. Which is why I don't think there is a need to argue MZA vs. Avery because neither one is going to get the minutes to make a difference.
...series are not won or lost in Game 1, so shake it off Rangers fans there's still plenty of hockey to be played.
...next game back at the Verizon Center oin Friday night.
The more I replay this game in my head the next day, the madder I get. We had a great chance to steal one. 1-0 with a few minutes to go, and then that cheesy goal. Thought it was close, the ref maybe could of blown the whistle, but too close to say. You cant let Ovechkin continue to whack and push there, get him the F outta there. Saw alot of rangers standing around. Can Gabby put one in? He had two great chances that he flubbed. If he goes top shelf in OT with their goalie lying down, game over. I thought we were outplayed and outhit and still had a chance to steal it. Uuggghh, so frustrating. God I miss Cally. Oh well, lets get em Friday!
Henrik played unbelievable but lets not forget the two crossbars the Caps hit early in the game. This game could have easily been a 3-1 or 4-1. Tough way to lose the 1st game but this will really show what were made of.
I HATE TO BLAME ONE PLAYER WHEN A GOAL IS SCORED BUT STAAL HAS TO GET THAT PUCK OUT OF THE DEFENISVE ZONE. THERE IS NO EXCUSE HE HAD PLENTY OF TIME. HE COULD HAVE CLEARED IT CROSS ICE HE COULD HAVE FLIPPED IT HIGH OUT OF THE ZONE, OR HE COULD HAVE EVEN RETREATED BEHIND THE NET TO BRING THE FORWARDS BACK IN THE ZONE. I HAVE BEEN TAUGHT MY WHOLE LIFE IF YOU ARE GOING TO CLEAR UP THE BOARDS IT'S HARD OFF THE GLASS. ITS MUCH HARDER TO STOP THE PUCK OFF THE GLASS. MY SISTER COULD HAVE CLEARED THE PUCK HARDER THAN THAT. STAAAL NEEDS TO HIT THE GYM!!!!!!
Entertaining game. Rangers stayed in it despite all of Washington's pressure. Anyone could have had this game...remember caps are the top team in the East.
i was there and was shown on tv after the caps goal haa...we got out played i felt the whole entire game... that stadium is so loud cant believe henrik can stay focused with that going on...gotta get em friday
three things: drury had a clear shot at clearing the puck but he wiffed on it resulting in the staal give away.
staal and girardi were great tonight for the minutes they put in.
when we speak of henrik putting his team on his back, tonight would be a good reason as to why he is sometimes the exception because he put this team on his back tonight and was excellent and doesnt have much to show for it
we got destroyed in OT. we need to not look for the long pass, actualy connect passes, not have so many give aways, and rattle nuvy.it was a good game but things need to change.
Ovies goal was definitely garbage but you have to give his effort and determination creadit because that is what did it. Girardi absolutely got manhandled by him. I swear Girardi and Staal can be a bunch of pussies sometimes. They both stood there watching Ovie keep swinging at the puck like oh dont worry Hank has it covered. They played great except this play and Staal's bullshit attempt to clear the puck, these two plays cost us the game so who cares how well they played. Those two scewups cost us.
@CinciMike I think you just summed up every Ranger fans feelings on last night's game.
@JoshMoelis Where the Caps fans on you during the game?
@cjbnyr That's way Gaborik may be a bigger key to the series than Lundqvist.
oh how sweet it would have been to hold on to that lead....i didnt really see anymore chances after our goal was scored