WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 13: Alexander Semin #28 of the Washington Capitals scores the game winning goal at 18:24 of overtime against the New York Rangers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on April 13, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Alexander Semin's Overtime Goal Gives Capitals 2-1 Win Over Rangers In Game 1 Of NHL Playoffs

Alexander Semin broke a 14-game goalless streak in the NHL Playoffs, scoring with 1:36 left in the first overtime to give the Capitals a 2-1 win over the Rangers in Game 1 of a first-round series.

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NHL Playoffs 2011: Physical Play, Michal Neuvirth Give Capitals A Blueprint For Success

Thanks to physical play and a sparkling effort by Michal Neuvirth in Game 1, the Capitals have once again made it clear that they are a completely different team than in the past.

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NHL Playoffs 2011: Washington Capitals Must Crash Net To Beat Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers

The game-winning goal by Alexander Semin to win Game 1 against the Rangers was nice, but the Capitals need more gritty goals like the one that tied the game if they want to make a deep Stanley Cup Playoffs run.

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NHL Playoffs 2011, Rangers Vs. Capitals Final Score: Washington Wins, 2-1, Behind Alexander Semin's Overtime Goal

The Washington Capitals have eased their fans' concerns, at least for one night, winning a tense and exciting Game One of their best-of-seven first round playoff series, 2-1, against the New York Rangers. Alexander Semin scored the game-winning goal with just 1:36 remaining in the first overtime, his first goal in 14 playoff games.

Washington, the top seed in the Eastern Conference, headed to overtime with New York for the sixth time in their playoff history, and increased their win total in such battles to four. Semin's goal came on a one timer that found that net off a nifty Jason Arnott pass. The goal not only was a huge leap forward for his team, but an individual step forward for Semin as well, given his playoff goalless streak. Alex Ovechkin also scored for the Capitals.

A fun fact before I head out: 67 percent of the teams that win game one of a NHL playoff series win the series. Knowledge is power. Rock the Red.

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NHL Playoffs 2011, Rangers Vs. Capitals Score: Washington And New York Headed To Overtime Tied At One

The top seed in the Eastern Conference, the Washington Capitals, shook off a sluggish start to tie the game in the third period against the No. 8 seed New York Rangers and force overtime. Both clubs head to the locker room knotted at one after three periods of play.

The stellar play of Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and a reviewed-but-allowed goal by Capitals star Alexander Ovechkin highlighted period three, but for those that have watched the real story is Washington’s inability to score when it has had the chance. The Rangers took the lead when Matt Gilroy banged home a one-timer near the beginning of the period.

Mike Green, despite a missed scoring opportunity, has been stellar in his return for the Capitals, and Washington goaltender Michael Neuvirth has matched Lundqvist shot for shot between the pipes through three frames.

The Capitals need to continue putting pressure on the Rangers and their stellar Swede in the extra session (and beyond), and hope that, much like Andy escaping Shawshank, it’s simply a matter of pressure … and time.

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NHL Playoffs 2011, Rangers Vs. Capitals Score: Henrik Lundqvist Keeps Game Scoreless

Oh, sorry, didn't realize you were here. I've been waiting on the other shoe to drop. Yep, that's right, the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, your hometown Washington Capitals, cannot seem to escape the No. 8 seed New York Rangers in game one of this seven-game first-round 2011 NHL Playoffs series. The game is scoreless after two periods despite several great chances for the Capitals.

Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has held the Capitals in check through two periods despite several solid scoring chances. Nicklas Backstrom swung and missed on an empty-netter, and also was stoned on a breakaway.

Defenseman Mike Green has returned to the ice for Washington after a brief injury layoff, leading the team in ice time through two periods and spiriting an attack that has peppered Lundquist and the Rangers but ultimately led to unfulfilled scoring chances. I'm no hockey guru, but peppering the net and causing some confusion can only go well for the Caps.

Washington hopes to break through in period three and prevent the arm-chair Bruce Boudreau mess that will ultimately come with a game one loss.

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NHL Playoffs 2011, Rangers Vs. Capitals Score: Washington, New York Scoreless After One Period

The first round of the 2011 NHL Playoffs have begun, and fans of the Eastern Conference No. 1 seed Washington Capitals are as ansty as ever given the zero-zero deadlock with the underdog No. 8 seed New York Rangers 20 minutes into the frist round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Despite outworking the Rangers from the first drop, the Capitals have been unable to capitalize on their offensive possession, and superstar Alex Ovechkin has yet to work himself into the game, managing only two shots on goal in seven minutes of ice time.

Between the pipes, Michal Neuvirth has given Caps fans nothing to whine about, minus that lack of an "e" in his first name. Unfortunately for the Capitals, longtime Capitals nemesis Henrik Lundqvist has of course stopped all nine shots he faced and also plans to build a petting zoo in the second period while stopping nine more shots.

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2011 NHL Playoffs, Rangers Vs. Capitals: Bruce Boudreau Mum On Mike Green's Status

Washington Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau addressed the media briefly before Wednesday's Game 1 against the New York Rangers and provided little to no information regarding the status of Mike Green.

"Maybe," Boudreau said after being asked if Green would play tonight for the first time since February 25. "We'll talk to him after warm-ups."

Yet, what he did elaborate on were his feelings about the Caps' collective psyche as they head into another first-round series.

"This is what hockey people live for," Boudreau said. "It only happens once a year. A lot of the time, most teams and individuals have to wait 11, 12 months. The lucky ones only have to wait 10 months. For us, this is what eight months of preparation and hard work has come to."

When asked about the difference in his nerves between last year's Game 1 and Wednesday's Game 1, Boudreau said he couldn't remember.

"I think you'll get two teams that are really giving it everything they've got," Boudreau said. "We've made adjustments. We're a different team. We play a different way and we have a different opponent than we did last year. I think I've made changes accordingly to that."

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Capitals Vs. Rangers, 2011 NHL Playoffs Game 1: Washington Looks For Series Lead

It is nearly a full year since the Washington Capitals suffered a stunning loss to the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the 2010 NHL Playoffs. Now, they will get a chance for redemption. The Capitals will square off in Game 1 of a first round 2011 NHL Playoff series against the No. 8 seed New York Rangers at 7:30 at the Verizon Center. The game will be televised locally by Comcast SportsNet and nationally by Versus.

The Rangers have had lots of success against the Capitals this season, and in fact, it was their 7-0 win back in December that convinced the Capitals to change their style of play. Goalie Henrik Lundqvist is the Rangers' ultimate trump card, and they will put the Capitals' new style to the test.

Michal Neuvirth will get the start in goal for the Capitals, though he could be replaced by Semyon Varlamov at any point. Mike Green is expected to be in the lineup, and Jay Beagle, Tyler Sloan, Sean Collins, D.J. King, Tom Poti and Eric Fehr are expected to be the healthy scratches. Sean Avery and Steve Eminger will sit for the Rangers.

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Capitals Vs. Rangers, 2011 NHL Playoffs Game 1: Michal Neuvirth Starting For Capitals

The Washington Capitals and New York Rangers get their 2011 NHL Playoffs series underway on Wednesday at 7 p.m., and we now know which goalie will start for Washington. Michal Neuvirth, who started the majority of the season, will also get the call for Game 1, he announced after practice on Tuesday

Neuvirth gets the call over Semyon Varlamov, who has struggled with injuries. For the season, Neuvirth has a 27-12 record with a 2.45 goals-against average and a 91.2 percent save percentage. Varlamov, meanwhile, has an 11-9 record with a 2.23 goals-against average and a 92.4 percent save percentage. 

Of course, just because Neuvirth starts Game 1 doesn't mean we have seen the last of Varlamov. Coach Bruce Boudreau has elected to start Jose Theodore to begin the playoffs in each of the last two years, only to yank him quickly and insert Varlamov in net. There's no reason the same could not happen again this year.

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Capitals Vs. Rangers, 2011 NHL Playoffs Game 1: Washington Looks For Series Lead

The 2011 NHL Playoffs series between the No. 1 seed Washington Capitals and No. 8 seed New York Rangers will get underway Wednesday. Game 1 will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Verizon Center and will be televised on Versus and Comcast Sports Net, according to the 2011 NHL Playoffs schedule.

The Capitals will be looking to shake off the demons from the past two years, while the Rangers are hoping goalie Henrik Lundqvist can steal the series like he nearly did in 2009. Game 2 is scheduled for Friday night, while Game 3 will take place Sunday afternoon. 

For more on the series, check out the Capitals Vs. Rangers section, series preview and predictions from around the web. Also, be sure to check out Japers' Rink, SB Nation's Capitals blog. For more on the Rangers, check out Blueshirt Banter, SB Nation's New York Rangers blog, and SB Nation New York.

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