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ECQF Game Two: Rangers at Caps

RON ANTONELLI/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

RON ANTONELLI/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Update: Brian Boyle and Derek Dorsett are in. Kris Newbury and Chris Kreider are out.

OP: Well, the Rangers dropped Game One, but still have the opportunity to split the first two with a win tonight. There are rumors that some of the injured Rangers will be back tonight, and if all of them return, then the entire atmosphere changes. Marc Staal is the biggest missing link, but the Rangers PK desperately needs Brian Boyle back, and the way the Rangers were dominated physically shows they need Ryane Clowe and Derek Dorsett back as well.

Be sure to catch up on everything you need to know for this series:

Game One goal breakdown
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

Series Lead: Caps lead 1-0

NYR Playoff Leading Scorer: Carl Hagelin (1-01-1) / Ryan Callahan (0-1-1) / Ryan McDonagh (0-1-1)
WSH Playoff Leading Scorer: Seven players with a point last night

NYR Playoff Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (1 GP, 3.09 GAA, .900 SV%)
WSH Playoff Goaltender: Braden Holtby (1 GP, 1.00 GAA, .972 SV%)

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Rangers Lines:

Mats Zuccarello-Brad Richards-Rick Nash
Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
Derek Dorsett-Derick Brassard-Taylor Pyatt
Darroll Powe-Brian Boyle-Arron Asham

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

Henrik Lundqvist

Scratches/Injuries:  Mike Sauer (concussion), Marc Staal (eye), Ryane Clowe (leg), Matt Gilroy (healthy), Roman Hamrlik (healthy), Kris Newbury (healthy), Chris Kreider (healthy)

Broadcast Info: NBC, 12:30pm

Torts’ post-practice interview from Friday:

40 Responses to “ECQF Game Two: Rangers at Caps”

  1. Dave says:

    I have to admit, I’m happy Boyle is back. They needed him on the PK. Dorsett brings a lot too, especially considering who they replace in the lineup.

  2. Spozo says:

    Anyone else think that could have been called a knee on knee hit by Ovechkin on Hagelin?

  3. Spozo says:

    How the hell was that not interference on Nash?

  4. JTC says:

    Once again, these refs are total garbage. It may not be an excuse, but it’s a big factor. They determined the outcome in game 1, and they are on their way to doing it again today.

    • Dave says:

      Refs never determine the outcome. The Rangers didn’t execute in Game One, especially on that five on three. But yes, the officiating has been horrible on both sides.

      • JTC says:

        They can sure influence the outcome. High stick on Boyle, no call. Garbage.

        • Dave says:

          The missed calls generally even themselves out over the course of the series.

          • JTC says:

            That’s your opinion. Where is it substantiated by facts? In a tight series, bad officiating can and has tipped the scales. These refs will have to work hard in the remaining games to “even out” the slant they’ve given the Caps thus far.

            • Dave says:

              Can’t substantiate by facts since missed calls for refs isn’t tracked. But it’s safe to assume if they miss one against the Rangers, they miss one against the Caps.

            • Dave says:

              There’s your even out call. Stralman’s trip on Ribiero wasn’t called.

              • JTC says:

                Guess that delay-of game penalty not called doesn’t matter either. It’s 20 blown calls against the Rangers, 2 against the Craps. Totally lopsided, not close to even.

      • JTC says:

        Nash held by Backstrom, no call. These refs are simply garbage. It makes a difference.

        • Dave says:

          They need to execute. They aren’t doing this. The refs do not prevent the Rangers from scoring. They do not help Holtby make saves.

  5. Chris F says:

    There was not nearly enough indication there to call embellishment. I can see Dorsett is one of those guys the refs will have on a tight leash.

  6. Dave says:

    I still have no idea how you call a penalty and a dive. It’s one or the other. If there’s a dive, there’s no penalty because it was embellished. If there’s a penalty, there’s no dive.

  7. Chris F says:

    That second period was rough. Caps had the puck the entire time, except when they dumped it and changed.

    Rangers need to get some forecheck going.

  8. Chris F says:

    Where’s Nash? He can’t break coverage for a second.

  9. JTC says:

    Interesting to see Dorsett play a couple of periods. Dude is definitely a scrapper, hope he gets under the Caps’ skin.

  10. Spozo says:

    If this goes in to OT will they cut the game for the Derby?

    • Dave says:

      NBC will have the first two OTs. After that, it will go to CNBC in all areas except NY and DC.

  11. Spozo says:

    Holy crap Rick Nash.
    I’m jumping on the announcers bandwagon.

    Rick Nash will net the game winner.

  12. Spozo says:

    Seriously no penalty?

    Even Dave can’t rationalize that one!

  13. Dave says:

    That is the worst non call I have ever seen. The rule book SAYS IT’S A PENALTY!

  14. VinceR says:

    Worst non-call ever…I was ready to account for swallowing the whistle for some of the others, but that was just blatant.

    I think I’ll go with Dorsett for overtime…no logic other than it seemed like every player after the trade deadline scored a goal in their first game with their new team.

  15. Rangers fan in Boston says:

    Miss Gaborik yet?

    • VinceR says:

      The guy who is getting surgery again? Not too much. We’ll see if he rebounds from the most recent issue.

      • Rangers fan in Boston says:

        I know, it’s just that the worst case scenario for this team is happening. The lack of offensive talent is catching up to them. In the tighter style of play in the playoffs, the Rangers just can’t generate enough. But this has been the case with this team for close to a decade of playoff hockey.

  16. Walt says:

    No one laid a hand on Ovechkin, and that sob killed us today! Why, why doesn’t anyone take a run at the basta*d????? Hank deserved a better outcome than he got.