Apr 7 2012; New York, NY, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates scoring with teammates during the first period against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

Capitals Finish Regular Season Strong, Defeat Rangers 4-1

Goals by Alex Ovechkin, Mathieu Perreault, John Carlson, and Nicklas Backstrom led the Capitals to a 4-1 victory over the Rangers regular season finale.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs 2012: Capitals To Face Boston Bruins In Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

It came down to the last game of the regular season, but the Washington Capitals finally know who they will be matched up against in the NHL's Eastern Conference quarterfinals. By virtue of their 4-1 win over the New York Rangers on Saturday night coupled with Florida's win over Carolina, the Capitals earned the No. 7 seed and will face the Boston Bruins in a first round battle.

Washington will have to travel to Boston to open the playoffs. The Bruins, the defending Stanley Cup Champions, finished the season with a record of 49-29-4, good for 102 points and first place in the NHL's Northeast Division. The Caps came up just short in the Southeast Division, closing with 92 points and finishing in second place with a 42-32-8 record.

The Capitals took three out the four regular season meetings against the Bruins, including a 3-2 shootout win in Boston during their last meeting on March 29th.

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Capitals Vs. Rangers Final Score Update: Washington Wins 4-1

Behind three first-period goals and the superb play of goaltender Braden Holtby, the Washington Capitals beat the New York Rangers by a score of 4-1. Led by Holtby, who made 35 saves, the Capitals ruined New York's dream of clinching the Presidents' Trophy.

The Caps got on the board quickly as Alex Ovechkin and Mathieu Perreault scored on the team's first two shot attempts against the Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist. John Carlson extended the lead to 3-0 late in the first period, and Nicklas Backstorm's goal early in the second completed the scoring for Washington. The story of the game though for the Caps was the play of Holtby, who made 35 saves including a pair of breakaway saves on Carl Hagelin and Brandon Prust in the third period.

Washington finishes up the regular season with a record of (42-32-8) and 92 points, and will play the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

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Capitals Vs. Rangers Score Update: Washington Leads 4-1 After Second Period

Already leading 3-0 after one period of play, the Washington Capitals have extended their lead over the New York Rangers to 4-1 as the teams head into the second intermission.

Just a little under six minutes into the second period, Nicklas Backstrom scored to give the Caps a 4-0 advantage. Backstrom's 14th goal of the year was assisted by Alexander Semin and Roman Hamrlk. The always dangerous Rangers got in the board later in the period as a result of Brian Boyle's 11th goal of the year. Boyle's shot past Braden Holtby was assisted by Stu Bickel and Brandon Dubinsky.

With one period left to play, the Capitals leading despite the Rangers are holding a great advantage over them in regards to shots on goal. Branden Hotlby has managed to stop 23 of the 24 shots directed at him, giving the Capitals a much needed boost. Holtby will try and shut down the Rangers for more one period and give the Capitals some momentum with the playoffs approaching,

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Capitals Vs. Rangers Score Update: Washington Leads 3-0 After First Period

The Washington Capitals are trying to finish up their regular season on a two-game winning streak and are well on their way through the first period of play against the New York Rangers. The Caps broke the 0-0 tie first with an Alex Ovechkin goal, assisted by Brooks Laich to give the Caps the early lead.

The Caps weren't done though in the first period, as Mathieu Perreault picked up a goal to give Washington a 2-0 lead over the Rangers. Towards the end of the first period, Ryan McDonagh picked up a delay of game penalty, giving the Caps a powerplay opportunity and they took advantage. John Carlson picked up a powerplay goal, giving the Caps a 3-0 lead as they head into the locker room to get ready for the second period.

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Capitals Vs. Rangers: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Washington Capitals, fresh off of finally securing a playoff spot, travel to New York on Saturday to face the New York Rangers, who may very well be their opponent when the Eastern Conference playoffs begin.

Washington can still finish in three possible playoff positions (third, seventh, eight) depending on the outcome of their matchup with the Rangers and the results of the Florida and Ottawa games. The Capitals will remain the eighth seed with a loss to New York, but a Washington win and Florida regulation loss would hand the Caps the Southeast Division title for the fifth consecutive year and the No. 3 seed.

The Capitals might have serious goaltending issues to deal with come playoff time, as Braden Holtby and recent call-up Dany Sabourin are the only healthy options between the pipes currently for Washington.

Here is what you need to know for tonight's contest:

Gameday/Time: Saturday, April 7, 6:30 p.m. ET

Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

Television coverage: NBC Sports Network

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Capitals Vs. Rangers: Washington Faces New York In Possible Playoff Preview

The Washington Capitals (41-32-8, 90 points) travel to Madison Square Garden on Saturday to face the New York Rangers (51-23-7, 109 points) in a regular season finale that could serve as a possible Eastern Conference playoff preview.

The Capitals finally clinched a berth in this year's playoffs with a 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night. The Washington win coupled with a Buffalo loss to the Flyers eliminated the Sabres from the playoffs and secured a berth for Washington. It was the Capitals third win in four games.

Washington would remain the eighth seed in the playoffs with a loss Saturday to New York. However, a Capitals win and a Florida regulation loss would hand Washington the Southeast Division title for the fifth consecutive year and the No. 3 seed entering the postseason. The Capitals could also jump into seventh place if they win and Ottawa was to lose in regulation to New Jersey.

The Rangers have wrapped up home-ice advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs. A New York win would assure the Rangers their first Presidents' Trophy since the 1993-94 Stanley Cup championship team.

The puck will drop at 6:30 p.m. ET, and can be seen on NBC Sports Network.

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Capitals Vs. Rangers: Washington Recalls Goalie Dany Sabourin From Hershey

Prompted by Michal Neuvirth's left leg injury, goaltender Dany Sabourin was recalled from Hershey to serve as a back-up in the Capitals' season finale against the New York Rangers on Saturday.

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