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ECQF Game Three: Caps at Rangers in a must win

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Update: Marc Staal is back, and that is great news. That said, Clowe is not in the lineup.

OP: As this series comes to New York with the Rangers trailing 2-0, the only thing that matters right now is a victory. The Rangers might be getting Ryane Clowe back in the lineup tonight as Arron Asham appears to be scratched, and there’s a slight chance Marc Staal might come back as well, likely for Steve Eminger. Both are critical pieces in helping the Rangers get back in the series, but returning players won’t matter if the Rangers can’t make Holtby work. He’s a good goalie, but the Rangers have made it very easy on him. Shots to the net, and execution.

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 2-0

NYR Playoff Leading Scorer: Carl Hagelin (1-0-1) / Ryan Callahan (0-1-1) / Ryan McDonagh (0-1-1)
WSH Playoff Leading Scorer: Mike Green (1-1-2) / Alex Ovechkin (1-1-2)

NYR Playoff Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (2 GP, 2.05 GAA, .941 SV%)
WSH Playoff Goaltender: Braden Holtby (2 GP, 0.47 GAA, .983 SV%)

New York Rangers Tickets
RSVP to potentially win tickets to a game

Rangers Lines (unconfirmed until Torts releases the lineup):

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

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto-John Moore

Henrik Lundqvist

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

Broadcast Info: NBCSN, 7:30pm

38 Responses to “ECQF Game Three: Caps at Rangers in a must win”

  1. VinceR says:

    LGR.

    BTW I like how the comments today on the previous post were pretty light hearted. Shows we’re a loose bunch and are relaxed! Bodes well for a W!

  2. Dave says:

    Nice hipcheck from Stralman. How often do you see those nowadays?

  3. Dave says:

    Boyle hurt. Powe hurt. Not good.

  4. Chris F says:

    Boyle haters gonna hate! Its a Power Play goal!

  5. Walt says:

    Glad to see Moore on the point for the PP. Again, I wish Girardi sits on the PP, that weak wrist shot is so lame!!

  6. Evan says:

    POWER PLAY. FINALLY!!!!! ITS ALIVEEEEEEE

    Boyle playing unreal. Winning faceoffs. Doing everything

  7. Dave says:

    What a pass by Zucc.

  8. Seahorse says:

    this might be a controversial topic but i think they should move nash down to the 3rd line and off the PP

    • Dave says:

      What makes you think that?

      • Seahorse says:

        hes non existent, havent seen him win a battle on the boards yet. and just overall seems lost

        • Seahorse says:

          mike milbury actually said something smart saying boyles playing so much better

          • Dave says:

            Milbury said something smart?

          • VinceR says:

            I gave you a thumbsdown Seahorse…it may not be reasonable, but it’s just a natural reaction to the words “said” “milbury” “smart” “mike” in any order.

            I’m not even sure if I read what you said, my click fingers just reacted man.

  9. Evan says:

    Pyatt has to go. No foot speed. Screening hank on the tying goal.

    MDZ waiting for the puck to come to him behind the net on that tying goal. Gets trapped. Tie game.

    Every chance to put them away and we dont.

    • Walt says:

      That’s the very reason I said that if Clowe were to play, we should sit that slow diesel down for the game, and leave in Asham. What was Slats thinking when he signed Pyatt?? Maybe he was thinking of his brother!!

  10. Leatherneckinlv says:

    Nash and Stepan are invisible, MDZ is shakey. Players stepping up are Moore, Brassard, Zuke, Cally and Hags. Powe won’t be missed and agree on Pyatt; when he is on he is a great forechecker and puck possession guy but when he is not he is a liability. Staal looks ok out there.

    Would youse like a trade of Staal to Carolina for the number 5 pick and a roster player and a prospect?

    • Evan says:

      Interesting thought, but Carolina cap situation is a disaster. Not sure how they can afford staal

    • Dave says:

      Staal is not getting traded. I don’t know how many times I need to say this.

  11. Seahorse says:

    asham and boyle. i believe i had that

  12. Leatherneckinlv says:

    Asham 1 goal, Step and Nash O POINTS!!!! that has to change big time in fact unacceptable

  13. Leatherneckinlv says:

    Finally, Nash and Step on the score sheet

  14. Walt says:

    These guys are killing me, nothing comes easy with this team. It’s a good thing I go back to see my GI doc next week, I believe the ulcer is starting to bleed again!!!!!

    What the hell, Lets go Rangers!