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."
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.