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ECQF Game One: Rangers at Caps

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NICK WASS/AP

Rangers playoff hockey is finally here. After four off days, the Rangers and the Caps will drop the puck tonight in Game One of their series, the third time in four years that these two teams will meet in the playoffs. We’ve spent all week previewing this series, so be sure to catch up  on each post, as it covers everything you need to know for this series:

How the Caps will match up lines
Keys for Ranger success
Special teams may decide series
Scouting Braden Holtby
Previewing the Caps systems
Caps will be a tough series for the Rangers

2012-2013 Records: Capitals (27-18-3), Rangers (26-18-4)

NYR Leading Scorer: Derek Stepan (18-26-44)
WSH Leading Scorer: Alex Ovechkin (32-24-56)

NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (43 GP, 2.05 GAA, .926 SV%)
WSH Goaltender: Braden Holtby (35 GP, 2.58 GAA, .920 SV%)

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Rangers Lines:

Mats Zuccarello-Brad Richards-Rick Nash
Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
Chris Kreider-Derick Brassard-Taylor Pyatt
Kris Newbury-Darroll Powe-Arron Asham

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto-Anton Stralman
John Moore-Steve Eminger

Henrik Lundqvist

Scratches/Injuries:  Mike Sauer (concussion), Marc Staal (eye), Brian Boyle (knee), Ryane Clowe (leg), Matt Gilroy (healthy), Roman Hamrlik (healthy)

Broadcast Info: MSG, 7:30pm

Torts’ post-practice interview from Wednesday:

15 Responses to “ECQF Game One: Rangers at Caps”

  1. Dave says:

    Well. I was wrong about Staal. Damn.

  2. Steven says:

    What is the word on Clowe? Still nothing?

    • Dave says:

      Didn’t skate today. Only Boyle and Staal did. Dorsett still in a non-contact jersey.

  3. Chris F says:

    That was a scary period. Lucky to be up 1-0.

  4. Dave says:

    These refs are awful.

    • Rangers fan in Boston says:

      So is the Rangers PP. Not scoring with the two man advantage completely changed this game. That’s what’s going to kill this team.

      • Dave says:

        I don’t mean that in the sense that these refs are bad from the Rangers perspective. I mean they just suck in general. For both teams.

  5. Galen H says:

    No penalty on the stralman takedown prior to the caps 3rd goal?

  6. Joestradamus says:

    The Rangers need to look like a team that is ready for the playoffs.

  7. JTC says:

    The outcome so far has been mostly determined by the refs. Calling penalties on the Rangers that should never have been called (Pyatt, Asham, Callahan) and refusing to call penalties on the Caps for slew-footing Nash and for blatantly tripping Stralman (to name but a few) which led to a Caps goal. There is nothing worse than being beaten by horrible officiating, and so far these refs are garbage.

  8. Chris F says:

    That was disgusting. Rangers have no one to blame as they couldn’t capitalize in several PP opportunities, but seriously, how was Asham’s a charging call and what penalty did Callahan take while he was getting crossed checked to the ice three times by Erskine?

    • Dave says:

      Exactly. No one should blame the refs, no matter how bad they were. The Rangers didn’t capitalize on chances so far. Still one period to go.

  9. Chris F says:

    Anyone see the hit on the Habs’ Lars Eller? Brutal. Hope the dude is alright.