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.