Capitals Vs. Rangers: Jason Chimera Scores In Double Overtime As Capitals Complete Stunning Comeback

Jason Chimera scored in double overtime as the Capitals completed a stunning rally from three goals down to defeat the New York Rangers, 4-3, and take a 3-1 lead in this best-of-seven first-round series.

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NHL Playoffs 2011: Marcus Johansson Proves Worth For Capitals

Six months ago, it seemed as though Marcus Johansson wasn't ready to play in the NHL, but his two timely goals in Game 4's comeback win prove that he belongs in the Capitals' lineup.

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Capitals Vs. Rangers, 2011 NHL Playoffs Game 4: Jason Chimera Wins It For Washington In 4-3 Double Overtime Victory Over Rangers

It took 92:36, but the Washington Capitals' comeback came complete.

Jason Chimera's double overtime goal lifted the Caps to a 4-3 victory, giving them a commanding 3-1 series lead.

Down 3-0 at the start of the third period, Marcus Johansson (two goals) and Alexander Semin gave the Caps life and tied the game. A scoreless overtime that saw the Caps have the better chances gave way to a second overtime that saw both teams get their shots in. Henrik Lundqvist made 49 saves, but could not stop Chimera at the doorstep. Johansson entered the zone and left a drop pass for Chimera. Chimera's shot deflected off of Bryan McCabe, but the puck still made its way to the net. As Lundqvist dove to cover the puck, Marian Gaborik attempted to clear the puck, but it hit Chimera square in the chest. The puck dropped down and Chimera was alone to tap it in for the game-winner.

Michal Neuvirth made 36 saves for the victory and did not give up a goal after the second period. With a 3-1 lead, the Caps head home to Verizon Center Saturday afternoon with a chance to close out the series.

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Capitals Vs. Rangers, 2011 NHL Playoffs Game 4: Game Heads To Double Overtime Tied At 3-3

The game wasn't completed in 60 minutes and it wasn't completed in 80 either.

The Capitals and Rangers are still tied at 3-3 after the first overtime.

Washington had the better chances in the period, but could not convert. Brooks Laich sprung Alex Ovechkin on a breakaway midway through overtime, but his simple wrist shot did not get past Henrik Lundqvist. Derek Stepan's delay of game penalty at 14:44 gave the Caps a power play opportunity, but they could not take advantage with the man advantage. Washington is 0-4 on the power play for the evening.

The Caps had 13 shots to the Rangers' nine. Lundqvist has 45 saves on the game, while Michal Neuvirth has 32 saves.

With 80 minutes of hockey played, the ice time for some players is reaching incredibly high levels. John Carlson has 30:46 to lead the Caps. Dan Girardi has 34:57 to go along with nine blocked shots.

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Capitals Vs. Rangers, 2011 NHL Playoffs Game 4: Caps Come To Life, Tie Game At 3-3 At End Of Regulation

The Capitals were 20 minutes away from heading home with the series tied 2-2. They now have at least 20 more minutes to change that to 3-1.

Two goals from Marcus Johansson and one from Alexander Semin brought the Caps back from a 3-0 deficit to send Game 4 to overtime tied at 3-3.

Semin gave the Caps life at 2:47 by crashing the net. After Henrik Lundqvist stopped his initial shot, Semin skated to the net and punched the puck in. Lundqvist thought he had the puck under his glove, but he couldn't cover it and Semin took advantage. The referee called it a goal on the ice and the call stood after a review.

Johansson gave the Rangers a taste of their own medicine with a quick goal 57 seconds later. Brooks Laich threw the puck on net and Johansson was in the right place at the right time to deflect the centering pass past Lundqvist for his first career playoff goal. But Johansson wasn't finished. He scored his second of the night at 12:07 to tie the game when a John Carlson slap shot at the end of a power play deflected off of his body and into the net.

Shots were 13-7 in favor of Washington in the third period and are 35-26 in favor of the Caps for the game.

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Capitals Vs. Rangers, 2011 NHL Playoffs Game 4: Floodgates Open For Rangers, Lead Caps 3-0 After Two Periods

The Rangers had three goals in their Game 3 win Sunday. They have three in the second period.

New York pounced on the Caps in the second period and have a 3-0 lead after 40 minutes.

Artem Anisimov scored his first career playoff goal at 5:24 off of the kind of lucky bounce that has characterized the series for the Rangers. Chris Drury deflected Michael Sauer's initial shot into the end boards, but it found its way to Anisimov's stick. Anisimov fired the puck on net, banked it off of Matt Hendricks' leg and past Michal Neuvirth.

Then the floodgates opened. Marian Gaborik scored his first goal in a month at 13:40 when a bad clearing attempt by Washington gave Ruslan Fedotenko enough room to send a backhanded pass to Gaborik for a one-timer in the crease. Just seven seconds later, Brandon Dubinsky struck for the Rangers right off of the ensuing faceoff to give them a 3-0 lead. The two goals against in seven seconds is a Capitals playoff record.

The Rangers were 29-0-0 when leading after two periods during the regular season, so the Caps will have to work quickly if they have any chance to make a comeback.

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Capitals Vs. Rangers, 2011 NHL Playoffs Game 4: Caps, Rangers Scoreless Again After First Period

The first three first periods of the 2011 NHL playoff series between the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers have featured zero goals. The fourth one was no different.

In what has become a broken record, the Caps and Rangers are scoreless after 20 minutes.

That isn't to say that neither team didn't have their chances. The Caps had an early opportunity when Matt Bradley fed Brooks Laich on a 2-on-1, but Henrik Lundqvist was there to make the save. When Brian Boyle literally bowled over Michal Neuvirth and got called for goaltender interference at 7:07, Washington got their first power play chance of the period, but could not convert. Boyle interfered with Neuvirth again at 18:55 and the Caps got one more power play, but Alex Ovechkin cancelled it out when he interfered with Brandon Prust as the latter was breaking away. Shots are 10-6 in favor of Washington.

The Rangers had two power plays, including a late advantage when Marco Sturm ran into Lundqvist, but they also didn't score. On New York's first power play, Laich blocked Bryan McCabe's slap shot from the point and limped off the ice. Already without Mike Knuble, an injury to Laich would have been costly, but he returned shortly after.

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Capitals Vs. Rangers, 2011 NHL Playoffs Game 4: Starting Lineup

Via Washington Post's Katie Carrera, below is tonight's starting lineup for the Washington Capitals as they prepare to face off against the New York Rangers in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series. The Capitals lead the series 2-1.

#Caps lines for Gm4 against #NYR: 8-19-25, 18-44-28, 21-90-16, 26-15-10 | D: 27-74, 55-52, 4-23 and Neuvirth in net.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply

 

As expected, Mike Knuble is out of the lineup and Jason Chimera will take his place on the top line. Eric Fehr will make his 2011 playoff debut taking Chimera's place on the third line.The defensive lineup has not changed and Michal Neuvirth will start his fourth consecutive game.

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Capitals Vs. Rangers, 2011 NHL Playoffs Game 4: Mike Knuble Likely Out, Jason Chimera To Top Line

While coach Bruce Boudreau did not officially rule out Mike Knuble for Wednesday night's Game 4 of the Capitals' 2011 NHL Playoffs first-round series against the Rangers, it's looking more and more like he will not play. Brooks Laich, for example, said this, via Corey Masisak of NHL.com.

Potentially interesting quote from #Caps Brooks Laich on Mike Knuble: "We'll have to step up while Mike's not in the lineup."#wasnyr

So while it's not official, it looks like Knuble is out. That means Jason Chimera, the hero of Game 2, will likely move to the top line alongside Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. Chimera played a little bit with both players in January as Boudreau shuffled the lines around, but hasn't had much experience that high since. However, Boudreau likes to fiddle with the lines in games, so it might not matter much.

Eric Fehr did not skate with the healthy scratches on Wednesday, so he is expected to return to the lineup.

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Capitals Vs. Rangers, 2011 NHL Playoffs Game 4: Mike Knuble's Status Remains Uncertain

The Washington Capitals could be without the services of veteran winger Mike Knuble when they play Game 4 of their 2011 NHL Playoffs first-round series against the New York Rangers on Wednesday. Knuble once again did not participate in the morning skate, the third straight day in which he did not practice. The Capitals have not disclosed any injury, but he appeared to injure his wrist before scoring the game-tying goal on Sunday.

After practice, coach Bruce Boudreau declined to provide the status of Knuble for Wednesday night. Via Brian McNally of the Washington Examiner:

So Bruce Boudreau said he won't comment on players. Said Knuble's equipment will be in the room. But haven't seen him in 3 days, either    

If Knuble cannot play, Eric Fehr, who has been a healthy scratch in the entire series, would likely take his place. It would be interesting, however, to see if Fehr or Jason Chimera joins Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom on the top line.

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Capitals Vs. Rangers, 2011 NHL Playoffs Game 4 Preview: War Of Words Between Caps, Rangers Will Play Out Wednesday

There haven't been any games played between the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers since Sunday afternoon, but that doesn't mean that both teams haven't been in the headlines.

The Caps will look to take a 3-1 series lead back to Verizon Center when they face the Rangers in Game 4 Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.

Brandon Dubinsky's late goal in the third period Sunday lifted New York to a 3-2 win over Washington, giving the Rangers their first win of the series after losing the first two at Verizon Center last week. Since then, Caps head coach Bruce Boudreau and Rangers head coach John Tortorella have exchanged words regarding a variety of topics. On Monday, Boudreau went on 105.9 The Edge and expressed his displeasure with Madison Square Garden and its facilities. He also voiced his opinion on New York's play in regards to "targeting" Mike Green, who has suffered several head injuries this season. Tortorella indirectly responded, saying that the officiating would not be influenced by "whining."

Meanwhile, on the ice, Mike Knuble did not practice Tuesday, but Boudreau said it was a "maintenance day."

Having a 2-1 series lead shouldn't come as a surprise to the Caps, who have never had a 3-0 lead in a seven-game series in franchise history. History is both for and against Washington Wednesday. The Caps have more wins when leading 2-1 in a seven-game series than in any other playoff scenario (nine), but are 1-4 in seven-game series when leading 2-0 at one point.

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Capitals Vs. Rangers, 2011 NHL Playoffs Game 4: Mike Knuble Doesn't Practice, Expected To Play

The Washington Capitals will look to take a commanding 3-1 lead in their first-round 2011 NHL Playoffs series against the New York Rangers on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden. In their final practice before the game, the Capitals did not have the services of winger Mike Knuble.

Knuble did not practice with the team, in what a team official is dubbing as a "maintenance day." He is still expected to play in Wednesday's game, though, according to coach Bruce Boudreau. Knuble seemed to injure his hand on his game-tying goal in Game 3 on Sunday, getting hit on Mike Green's attempt and then scoring despite being in pain.

Otherwise, one of the interesting questions is whether Boudreau will activate Eric Fehr, who has yet to play in the series as a healthy scratch. Playing Fehr would certainly add more offense and speed, but it might cost the Capitals some defense and grit.

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