2012 NHL Playoffs, Capitals Vs. Rangers: Heartbreak, Again; Caps Fall, 2-1 In Game 7

Braden Holtby's 29 saves are not enough as Washington is eliminated in the second round for the third time in the last four years.

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2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship: Alex Semin, Alex Ovechkin To Join Team Russia

With the Washington Capitals season now over courtesy of a Game 7 loss on Saturday night to the New York Rangers, Alexander Semin and Alex Ovechkin will play for Russia in the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. Via Dmitry Chesnokov of Yahoo! Sports Puck Daddy blog:

Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post bumped into Semin at the Capitals practice facility on Sunday and received confirmation that the two Alexs would indeed be playing for their homeland.

This will be Ovechkin's eight appearance and Semin's sixth for Team Russia at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.

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2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship: Washington's Nicklas Bäckström Will Play For Sweden

After being eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs on Saturday night in Game 7 by the New York Rangers, the Washington Capitals' Nicklas Bäckström will play for his homeland of Sweden in the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.

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NHL Playoffs 2012, Rangers Vs. Capitals: Blogger Reaction From Game 7

The Washington Capitals and New York Rangers played a classic game 7 Saturday night, with the Rangers scratching out a hard-fought 2-1 victory to move on to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Rather than go back over the game in their recap over at Japers' Rink, they thought a picture of what the coming weeks have in store would do much better.

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As for the Rangers, they now must prepare for a showdown with the New Jersey Devils. The writers over at Blueshirt Banter had this reflection of the playoff run so far in their post-game notes.

The resiliency of this team is remarkable. It really is. Two Game 7's, a miracle Game 5 that was only possible based on this team's refusal to quit and 14 insane playoff games that have put us through the emotional roller coaster I mentioned above. I've been saying this since the start of the playoffs, you don't win the Stanley Cup you earn it. The Rangers are well on their way to earning this thing. They're winning the big games, stepping up when they need to and continuing to simply get the job done.

The Rangers are now just eight wins away from their first Stanley Cup since 1994.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs 2012, Rangers Vs. Capitals: Game 7 Reaction

The Washington Capitals suffered a devastating 2-1 loss in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series with the New York Rangers.

With the Capitals eliminated before reaching the conference finals yet again, the reaction has been mixed over whether the season has been a success or not.

Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy takes a look at the roller coaster of a season that the Capitals had, and had this to say.

"But in this oddest of odd years for the Capitals - the summer additions, the high expectations, the underwhelming play, Bruce Boudreau's firing, Dale Hunter's lack of impact and then sudden impact in the playoffs - the end result was an appearance in Game 7 of the conference semifinal. It's not where it should have ended based on preseason aspirations, but it's an achievement given what they've become."

In a post-game column for the Washington Post, Thomas Boswell says that this loss has given the Capitals a "new identity".

The Caps reasserted, even in their 2-1 loss at the hands of superb goalie Henrik Lundqvist, that they have found a new playing style - a new team identity really - under rookie Coach Dale Hunter that can keep their Window of Opportunity as a serious Stanley Cup contender open for years.

The Capitals will now embark on the offseason, looking to build on their playoff performance in 2012.

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2012 NHL Playoffs, Capitals Vs. Rangers Game 7: New York Edges Washington In Final Game Of Series

With 10:05 remaining in the final period of a deciding Game 7, the Washington Capitals found themselves trailing the New York Rangers, 2-0. A comeback would be unmistakably difficult. And even though, the Caps would respond with a goal near seconds later, they fell nonetheless by a final score of 2-1 at Madison Square Garden, bringing about an end to their season just short of the Eastern Conference Finals.

The game, which had remained at 1-0 for nearly 50 minutes since a New York goal at the onset of the contest, changed midway through the third period when Michael Del Zotto scored to give the Rangers a commanding two-goal margin. Here's a clip of his goal.

Quickly, though, Washington responded with its first goal of the game on a shot from Roman Hamrlik.

But despite the response, the Capitals were held to just four shots on goal, including Hamrlik's score, over the course of the final 20 minutes, significantly lowering their chance of mounting any sort of come-from-behind win or even to just force overtime.

New York, which began the playoffs as the No. 1 seed in the East, will now face the No. 6-seeded New Jersey Devils in the conference finals. Here's once last GIF of the goaltenders -- Henrik Lundqvist and Braden Holtby -- afterwards.

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2012 NHL Playoffs, Capitals Vs. Rangers Game 7: New York Preserves One-Goal Lead After Two Periods

Twenty minutes later, little has changed at Madison Square Garden. The New York Rangers still sport a 1-0 lead over the visiting Washington Capitals in spite of the Caps' 19 shots on goal. To a large degree, credit New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist for preserving that narrow margin, as he finished with nearly 20 saves over the course of the first two periods of Game 7.

Here's his stop on Capitals' right winger Mike Knuble during the second frame.

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Similarly, Washington's Braden Holtby has been more than efficient between the pipes, as he has recorded 19 saves on 20 shot attempts.

Holtby had a nice block of his own in the second.

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2012 NHL Playoffs, Capitals Vs. Rangers Game 7: New York Grabs Early 1-0 Lead

The New York Rangers lead the Washington Capitals 1-0 following the first period of Game 7 at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night. The winner will advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.

The loan goal of the opening period came rather quickly. Roughly 90 seconds into the start of the series' deciding contest, center Brad Richards found the back of the net with the assist coming from Carl Hagelin and Michael Del Zotto to give New York an early one-goal lead.

Here's a shot of Richards' goal.

Beyond that, however, it's been a pretty even opening 20 minutes, as both the Capitals and Rangers have eight shots on goal, respectively.

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2012 NHL Playoffs, Rangers Vs. Capitals Game 7: Can Washington Win Another Game 7 On Enemy Ice?

For the second time in as many playoff series, the Washington Capitals face a do-or-die Game 7 on enemy ice with their season on the line.

In the first round of the 2012 NHL Playoffs, the Capitals knocked off the defending Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins 2-1 in overtime of a Game 7, and now Dale Hunter's club will need to do the same to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night in order to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Rangers are no stranger to Game 7 drama this postseason either, having squeaked out a 2-1 win over the No. 8 seed Ottawa Senators in a round one Game 7. New York is just 4-3 at home this postseason.

Through six games of this Eastern Conference semifinal matchup, Washington and New York have alternated wins and losses, with the club who scores first winning every game. Games two through six of the series have been decided by one goal, with two of those games going to overtime.

New father Braden Holtby will once again be a key to Washington's success. The Capitals goaltender brings a postseason goals against average of 1.95 and save percentage of .935 into Game 7.

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2012 NHL Playoffs, Rangers Vs. Capitals Game 7: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

The Washington Capitals play for a spot in the Eastern Conference Finals against the New York Rangers on Saturday. Where can fans find the game?

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2012 NHL Playoffs: Braden Holtby And Dale Hunter Have The Capitals On The Shore Of Uncharted Waters

They weren't here at the start of the season, but Dale Hunter and Braden Holtby will see the Caps through to the end, whenever that is.

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2012 NHL Playoffs, Capitals Vs. Rangers Reaction: Penalty Kill Helps Spur On Capitals

The Washington Capitals were facing elimination in their Game 6 against the New York Rangers on Wednesday night, but they came out strong early and held on late, earning a trip back to Madison Square Garden for a deciding Game 7. Game 5 turned on Joel Ward's late double penalty, and the Caps picked up another four minute penalty in Game 6, but the Caps killed it off, and Japers' Rink took note.

Only a few days ago, it was the Caps' inability to kill a double-minor late in Game 5 that cost them the lead and ultimately the game, surrendering two goals to fall into a 3-2 series hole. So if seeing a Cap go to the box for another four minutes tonight made your heart beat a little faster, you likely weren't alone. This time, however, the Caps made no mistake, killing first one and then the other penalty in dutiful fashion, bringing the Verizon Center crowd to its feet in appreciation of a job well done.

The Capitals now have to win a Game 7 on the road, something that is incredibly difficult to do. But the Capitals showed they have the ability to do just that when they knocked off the defending champion Bruins in a similar situation in Round 1.

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Capitals Vs. Rangers, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 6: Washington Forces Game 7 With 2-1 Win

For the second straight series, the Washington Capitals are headed to Game 7. After Monday night's brutal overtime loss, the Caps responded in Game 6 on Wednesday night with an impressive 2-1 win over the New York Rangers. Braden Holtby was fantastic for Washington, stopping 30 shots. While Holtby has been the breakout star for the Caps in net this postseason, with his team's back against the wall, this was perhaps his best performance of 2012 NHL Playoffs.

Washington took an early lead, less than two minutes into the game, on Alexander Ovechkin's second power play goal of the series. Coming off the penalty, the Rangers won the draw and Ryan McDonagh tried to clear the puck, but it hit the net as he retreated from the circle. The puck took an odd carom off the board and Mike Green controlled it at the blue line. Green moved the puck over to Nicklas Backstrom at the top of the circle and Ovechkin popped out into the slot to take a perfect feed from Backstrom. Ovie one-timed it home over the glove of Henrik Lundqvist for his third goal of the series. Ovechkin was everywhere in Game 6, blocking shots and putting constant pressure on the Rangers' goaltender.

In the second period, Jason Chimera made it a two-goal game with his fourth goal of the playoffs. Alexander Semin put in the work in the zone, controlling the puck along the boards before it slid over to John Carlson. The Caps' defenseman sent one to the net and it ricocheted off the skate of Nicklas Backstrom right across the front of Lundqvist. Chimera was right there along the back post to quickly poke it in for the 2-0 lead.

Holtby would stand tall over the final 20 minutes to keep the Rangers from getting on the board until the final minute. With Lundqvist out of the net, New York would finally break through with 50 seconds remaining. Marian Gaborik threw one to the front of the crease from the left side and with a scramble in front, the high puck went off the back of Carlson and into the back of the net to cut the lead in half.

But Washington would clean up the final 50 seconds and make the 2-1 lead hold up, forcing another decisive matchup this weekend. While New York outshot the Caps 31-23, it could have been worse but Holtby really stuffed every shot and gave up almost no major rebounds, limiting the Rangers' chances around the paint. Game 7 is set for Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. ET from Madison Square Garden.

Stay tuned to this StoryStream for updates throughout the Capitals and Rangers Eastern Conference semifinal series. For more news and analysis on the Caps, visit Japers’ Rink. For news and info from a Rangers perspective during the series, visit Blueshirt Banter. And for all your news on the NHL Playoffs, check out SB Nation’s NHL hub.

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Capitals Vs. Rangers, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 6: Jason Chimera Makes It 2-0, Washington After 40 Minutes

Jason Chimera scored his fourth goal of the playoffs to give the Washington Capitals a 2-0 lead over the New York Rangers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Verizon Center.

Chimera's goal was made possible by when Nicklas Backstrom deflected a John Carlson shot right to the skates of Chimera at the side of the net, and the winger made no mistake at 10:59.

New York's best chance came later in the period when Jeff Halpern received a four-minute high-sticking penalty, but the Caps were able to kill the penalty.

After 40 minutes, the shots were 20-17 in favor of New York.

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Capitals Vs. Rangers, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 6: Alex Ovechkin Goal Has Washington Up, 1-0

Alex Ovechkin scored his 30th career playoff goal as the Washington Capitals hold a 1-0 lead over the New York Rangers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Verizon Center.

Trailing 3 games to 2 in the series, Washington received an early power play when Anton Stralman received a two-minute penalty for tripping up Jason Chimera on a breakway. The Caps capitalized 15 seconds later when Mike Green’s pass from the point found its way to Nicklas Backstrom at the halfboards. Backstrom’s pass found Ovechkin in the slot, and the captain made no mistake with a high shot that beat Henrik Lundqvist to the glove side.

The goal tied Ovechkin with Petr Bondra for the most playoff goals in franchise history. Current Caps coach Dale Hunter

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2012 NHL Playoffs: Potential Capitals/Rangers Game 7 Scheduled For 7:30 Saturday Night

The National Hockey League has announced that a potential Game 7 between the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers would take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening at New York's Madison Square Garden.

The Eastern Conference Semifinal series is the last second-round series going, with the Los Angeles Kings, Phoenix Coyotes, and New Jersey Devils all having previously taken their place in the Conference Finals.

The potential Game 7 would air on NBC Sports Network. The nighttime start is due to NBC's daytime coverage of the The Players' Championship.

A schedule for the Conference Finals has not been set, but if Game 7 does take place, Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals could take place as early as Monday, May 14.

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2012 NHL Playoffs, Capitals Vs. Rangers Game 6: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

The Washington Capitals are trying to stay alive in their Eastern Conference Semifinal against the New York Rangers. Where can Capitals fans watch the game?

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Stanley Cup Playoffs 2012, Rangers Vs. Capitals Reaction: Braden Holtby Didn't Even See Game Winner

The Washington Capitals got pushed into overtime against the New York Rangers in Game 6 on Monday, and it only took about 90 seconds in that extra frame for the Blue Shirts to get a win. The winning shot came off the stick of Marc Staal, was deflected on the way to the goal, and flew by Braden Holtby without much resistance. According to Katie Carrera of the Washington Post, Holtby didn't even see it.

"I didn’t see a thing," said Holtby, who had John Carlson, along with Rangers’ Derek Stepan and Artem Anisimov, blocking his view. "So, whether I had a lane or not I’d have to look at it on video to see if I could have done a better job seeing around the traffic. That’s what happens when we play a style where we block a lot of shots; sometimes those go in."

Considering the number of shots Holtby faced in that game, three goals is not a lot to let through. But when the two deciding goals happen to come through in such succession as they did in this game, it hurts. It hurts bad.

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NHL Playoffs 2012, Rangers Vs. Capitals Reaction: Washington Was Just 6.6 Seconds Away From 3-2 Lead

The Washington Capitals were in New York City on Monday night with a pretty good chance to put a strangle hold on their series against the Rangers. And for 59 minutes and 50 seconds, it looked like they were going to do just that. But an incredibly poorly timed Joel Ward penalty gave the Rangers a chance to score with 6.6 seconds left to send the game into OT, and then again on the same Power Play just minutes into the extra frame. Suffice it to say, our Capitals blog Japers' Rink is disappointed.

6.6 seconds. That's all that remained in regulation, all that separated the Caps from a 3-2 series lead heading back to DC. And despite their penchant for "blowing" one-goal leads during the postseason, they've managed to hang on to them late when it's really counted. It's how they've gotten to this point in the first place. But a lot can happen in 6.6 seconds, and with the Caps shorthanded the Rangers decided to finally find a way to make their power play work. 6.6 seconds, a scramble in the crease, a bad play by Holtby and the game was tied.

This series is not over. The Capitals play well enough at home to think that they can win there in Game 6, and we all saw what they did in a road Game 7 against the Bruins in Round 1. But to ask them to win two games in a row against the top seed in the Eastern Conference might be a pretty tall order.

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Rangers Vs. Capitals, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 5: Marc Staal Wins It For New York Early In Overtime

The New York Rangers pushed the Washington Capitals to the brink of elimination on Monday night with a 3-2 overtime win in Game 5 at Madison Square Garden. With Joel Ward still in the box for a double-minor after drawing blood on a high-sticking penalty to Carl Hagelin, the Caps were forced to buckle down with two minutes remaining on the penalty right at the start of OT. The Rangers put the pressure on right away, and then quickly broke through with the game-winner just 1:35 into the extra session.

New york center John Mitchell won the face off and the puck was sent out to the top of the zone to Rangers' defenseman Marc Staal. The Rangers captain skated to his left and would fire a low rocket from out top that went through two block attempts and plenty of traffic to find the back of the net. Video of the goal below:

After the heartbreaking loss, the series now moves back to Chinatown, with Game 6 scheduled for Wednesday night at Verizon Center.

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Rangers Vs. Capitals, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 5: Late New York Goal Sends It To Overtime

The Washington Capitals and New York Rangers are headed to overtime again, after Brad Richards tied it up 2-2 with less than seven seconds remaining in the third period. The Caps added a power play goal less than five minutes into the final period to take a 2-1 lead they would hold until the final ten seconds of regulation.

Washington went on the power play after Marc Staal got caught out of position and Mike Rupp had to chase down Joel Ward, and was forced to take a hooking penalty to get back into the play and slow down the two-on-one breakaway.

The Capitals took the lead with a John Carlson power play goal. Ryan Callahan's stick broke of the first shot by Carlson on the power play. Callahan was at the top of the penalty kill without a stick, and when the puck rotated back to Carlson, the Caps defenseman ripped one past a kneeling Callahan who helplessly tried to block the rocket from the top. But Carlson's shot avoided Callahan and went right off the glove of Henrik Lundqvist to fall into the back of the net. Video of the goal below:

Braden Holtby and the Caps' defense would hold off the Rangers for the next 15 minutes until the Rangers tied it up with less than seven seconds remaining. With Henrik Lundqvist pulled, and Joel Ward in the box for high-sticking Carl Hagelin, Brad Richards would slide one through in a mad scramble on the left side of the crease. Richards put one past Holtby and right under the arm of Carlson, who was set up against the post. Video of the goal below:

This will be the second overtime game of the series, and it will begin with Ward still in the box.

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Rangers Vs. Capitals, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 5: Washington Ties It Up In 2nd Period

The Washington Capitals have evened things up at Madison Square Garden as their Game 5 matchup with the Rangers heads to the second intermission with things knotted at 1-1. The Caps killed off two penalties and added the equalizing goal in a solid second period.

Washington tied things up 1-1 with Brooks Laich snapping one past Henrik Lundqvist for his second goal of the series. Laich won a face off in the zone and Alex Ovechkin controlled the puck along the boards. Ovie tried to center it through traffic to Laich and the Caps caught a nice bounce off the stick of Brian Boyle as the puck found its way to Laich at the top. He quickly slapped it home off the bounce from Boyle. Troy Brouwer set up a nice screen in front, and Lundqvist thought Laich would go to the far side to his right, but instead he put it right in the middle of the net on the short side to even it up 1-1. Video of the goal below:

The Rangers pushed back immediately after the Caps tied it up, continuing to pepper Washington goaltender Braden Holtby. John Carlson was whistled for a delay of game penalty after the puck caught an edge as he tried to clear it and sailed one over the glass. The Rangers kept the pressure up in the zone, the Caps did a solid job of blocking shots to kill it off. Through two periods, New York has a 26-10 shot advantage.

Stay tuned to this StoryStream for updates throughout the Capitals and Rangers Eastern Conference semifinal series. For more news and analysis on the Caps, visit Japers' Rink. For news and info from a Rangers perspective during the series, visit Blueshirt Banter. And for all your news on the NHL Playoffs, check out SB Nation's NHL hub.

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Rangers Vs. Capitals, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 5: New York Takes 1-0 Lead At 1st Intermission

After one period of a crucial Game 5 at Madison Square Garden, the New York Rangers lead the Washington Capitals 1-0. The Rangers set the pace in the first period, tilting the ice and peppering Caps' goaltender Braden Holtby. New York out-shot Washington by 13 through the first 20 minutes.

The Rangers took the 1-0 lead at the mid point of the period, with Anton Stralman tallying his first goal of the series. Stralman controlled the puck at the top of zone, skating down the board and firing off a quick wrister that went right through the legs of Braden Holtby. It was not the prettiest goal, as the puck went right past Eric Schultz and Dennis Wideman and through the five-hole. Video of the score below:

Washington has been unable to get much going in the offensive zone, putting just four shots on goal. The Caps did go on the power play in the final two minutes of the period when Michael Del Zotto desperately took down a streaking Alexander Semin along the boards and was whistled for tripping. It was not a pretty power play, however, as the Rangers consistently cleared the puck before Washington could get anything going. The Caps will start the second period with 13 seconds remaining on the power play

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2012 NHL Playoffs, Rangers Vs. Capitals Game 5: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

The Washington Capitals have a chance to take the series lead against the New York Rangers. Where can the game be found on TV and Radio?

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2012 NHL Playoffs, Capitals Vs. Rangers Game 5 Preview: Washington Looks To Take Series Lead In New York

The Washington Capitals can take their first series lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal against the New York Rangers on Monday night at Madison Square Garden. The Capitals are looking to build on Saturday's Game 4 victory that evened the series at two games a piece.

Goaltender Braden Holtby will get the start in net for the Capitals again, after making 18 saves in Game 4. In this series he has a goals against average of 1.94 with a save percentage of .933. He'll match up again with Hart Trophy and Vezina Trophy finalist Henrik Lundqvist, who has a 1.68 GAA with a .940 save percentage.

Whats more encouraging, there has been no contact by the NHL's discipline committee to Alex Ovechkin in regards to a hit he put on Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi that set up Mike Green's game winning goal on Saturday. Ovechkin does lead the Capitals in goals this playoff year with four.

The Capitals have to keep their aggressive play on defense up to take the lead in the series. If they can continue to block Ranger shots and get traffic in front of Lundqvist on offense, Game 6 could be a potential series clincher for Washington.

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2012 NHL Playoffs, Capitals Vs. Rangers: Reaction To Washington's Dramatic Win

Mike Green scored a power play goal with under six minutes left in the third period of Game 4 between the Washington Capitals and the New York Rangers to give the Caps a 3-2 win. The victory tied the series at 2-2, which heads back to New York for Game 5 on Monday night.

Alex Ovechkin and Niklas Backstrom also scored in the win. Japer's Rink, SB Nation's Capitals blog, marked the occasion with a little relief as the team's young players all picked an important game to shine.

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As far as Ovechkin's hit on Dan Girardi, Japer's Rink shook off questions about the legality of it.

And, lastly, if you think Ovechkin should or will get supplemental discipline for his (deservedly) penalized hit on Dan Girardi, you need to Check Your Head.

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Alex Ovechkin Unlikely To Face Suspension For Hit During Game 4 Vs. Rangers, According To Report

It now seems as though the Washington Capitals will have no added worries when heading back to New York to take on the Rangers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Wednesday. That is because the team will almost certainly have their superstar Alex Ovechkin in the lineup.

After committing a questionable hit in the second period on Rangers' defenseman Dan Girardi, it was wondered by many if Ovechkin would have to miss time due to a suspension. According to Arthur Staple, the New York Islanders beat writer for Newsday, league sources have told him that Ovechkin will not be facing any kind of extra discipline for the play.

Ovechkin was called for a two-minute charging minor on the play.

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Alex Ovechkin Faces Possible Suspension For Controversial Hit On Dan Girardi

After helping power the Washington Capitals to a crucial, series tying win in Saturday afternoon's Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the New York Rangers, it seems as though Alex Ovechkin may potentially be facing discipline after a controversial hit to Rangers' defenseman Dan Girardi.

The play occurred a little after the halfway mark of the second period, when Ovechkin attempted to land a big hit on Girardi, but in the process left his feet and appeared to make contact with his head. It also should be noted that Girardi was not in possession of the puck at the time of the hit.

Ovechkin was called for a minor penalty of charging on the play.

When asked for comment after the game, Ovechkin said that he attempted to kick the puck on the play and saw Girardi coming out of the corner of his eye. He maintained that the hit was in order to protect himself.

Girardi wasn't upset about the play and felt that the officials made the right call on the ice. When asked if he felt Ovechkin should be suspended the defenseman stated that he didn't wish to comment on it but did say that he was hit in the head.

Ovechkin remained consistent that he did not make contact with Girardi's head. Capitals head coach Dale Hunter said the play was the result of incidental contact, but backtracked by saying that he hadn't had a chance to view a replay yet.

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2012 NHL Playoffs, Capitals Vs. Rangers Game 4 Final Score: Washington Beats New York, 3-2

The Washington Capitals and the New York Rangers engaged in a thriller at the Verizon Center this afternoon but it was the Caps who held serve on their home ice and came away with the 3-2 victory, evening the series with the Rangers at two games apiece.

With the score tied 2-2, the Caps scored on a power play goal from Mike Green on the assist from Dennis Wideman to give Washington the lead with 5:48 remaining in the third period.

The Caps were able to withstand a late, frantic push by the Rangers to try and tie the game but held firm and came away with the victory in Game 4.

The series resumes Monday night at 7:30 P.M. EST on New York's home ice at Madison Square Garden.

Stay tuned to this StoryStream for updates throughout the Capitals and Rangers Eastern Conference semifinal series. For more news and analysis on the Caps, visit Japers' Rink. For news and info from a Rangers perspective during the series, visit Blueshirt Banter. And for all your news on the NHL Playoffs, check out SB Nation's NHL hub.

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2012 NHL Playoffs, Capitals Vs. Rangers Game 4 Score Update: Washington and New York Tied 2-2 After Second Period

The New York Rangers wasted no time getting on the board in the second period.

Artem Anisimov scored less than two minutes into the period as he maneuvered the puck between Alex Ovechkin and Brooks Laich and past Braden Holtby for the score to tie the game 1-1.

But the Caps regained the lead with 8:06 left to go in the second period after Nicklas Backstrum scored on an assist from Jason Chimera behind the net. Backstrum shot the puck over the right shoulder of goalie Henrik Lundqvist to give Washington the lead 2-1.

The Rangers then tied the game at 2-2 with just over three minutes to play in the period when Marian Gaborik scored on an Anisimov assist past Washington goalie Braden Holtby for the score.

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2012 NHL Playoffs, Capitals Vs. Rangers Game 4 Score Update: Washington Leads New York 1-0 After First Period

Alex Ovechkin scored a goal on a loose puck with 7:17 left on the clock in the first period to give the Washington Capitals a 1-0 lead over the New York Rangers in the first period.

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist tried to stop Ovechkin's shot but the puck ricocheted off of his glove and into the net.

The Capitals are currently the aggressor in the game as they are outshootting New York 14-3 so far after 20 minutes of action in the first period. Washington is looking to even the series at two games apiece with a victory over New York this afternoon.

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2012 NHL Playoffs, Capitals Vs. Rangers Game 4: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

The Washington Capitals look to even the series this afternoon against the New York Rangers.

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2012 NHL Playoffs, Rangers Vs. Capitals Game 3: Reaction To 3 OT Winner

The Washington Capitals certainly made a game of it on Wednesday, and it took the Rangers almost two hours to knock off the plucky No. 7 seeds in Game 3. But a game winning goal by Marion Gaborik ended a long night of hockey just over 14 minutes into the third extra frame. Our Capitals blog Japers' Rink is ready to blame that goal on just pure exhaustion.

14:41 into triple overtime Marian Gaborik took a Brad Richards feed from prime real estate and put it through Holtby's five-hole. The game-ending moment was the culmination of a lot of puck-chasing and poor positioning by Capitals defenders, likely equal parts physical and mental fatigue. The puck could have ended up in either net at the end of the night tonight (this morning?), but it came to rest behind Braden Holtby. After 114 minutes and 41 seconds of hockey, that was that.

After that much hockey, it just came down to which team was going to play the best fundamental hockey the longest, and the Capitals defense just broke down a little bit. It would have been nice if Ovechkin could have ended things in the first overtime, but his shot went begging off the post.

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2012 NHL Playoffs: Marian Gaborik's Goal Defeats Capitals, 2-1 In Triple Overtime

Marian Gaborik stunned the Washington Capitals with a goal from close range with 5:19 remaining in the third overtime to give the New York Rangers a 2-1 victory in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals Wednesday night at Verizon Center.

Gaborik drove to the front of the net to receive a centering pass from Brad Richards and score his second goal of the playoffs.

Video of the goal is below.

The win gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series. Game 4 is set for Saturday afternoon back at Verizon Center, with puck drop scheduled for shortly after 12:30 p.m.

The Rangers finished the game with 49 shots on goal, while the Capitals recorded 46. Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh led all non-goalies in ice time with 53:17.

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NHL Playoffs 2012 Rangers Vs. Capitals Score Update: Tied 1-1, Headed To Double Overtime

The New York Rangers and Washington Capitals finished up the third period of the game tied at 1-1, heading into overtime. In the overtime period, neither team was able to break the tie and net a goal, but the Caps were close a handful of times. The first shot that nearly went in just went a little wide of the net.

The real killer miss came from a point blank shot by Alex Ovechkin, bouncing off the post.

The puck just happened to bounce off the perfect spot, shooting it back out of the crease instead of into the goal or into the back of the goalie. The Capitals also might be looking for a new goal horn sound guy, as they prematurely sounded the goal horn when there was no goal.

Stay tuned to this StoryStream for updates throughout the Capitals and Rangers Eastern Conference semifinal series. For more news and analysis on the Caps, visit Japers' Rink. For the opponent's perspective during the series, visit Blueshirt Banter. And for all your news on the NHL Playoffs, check out SB Nation's NHL hub.

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2012 NHL Playoffs, Rangers Vs. Capitals Score Update: Game 3 Tied At 1-1 Heading To Overtime

The Washington Capitals went down to the New York Rangers 1-0 mid-way through the second period, but were able to quickly tie the game up on a John Carlson goal, but neither team was able to break to 1-1 tie in the third period as the two teams are headed to overtime.

The teams are even just about in shots on goal, with the Caps holding a slight 29-27 lead and that doesn't look to change very much in the overtime period. One area that Caps need to worry about however, is the Rangers have dominated the face offs thus far in the game, which could potentially lead to a better look on the goal in overtime.

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NHL Playoffs 2012, Rangers Vs. Capitals Score Update: Game Tied 1-1 After Two Periods

The Washington Capitals and New York Rangers were scoreless through the first period of the game, but that scoreless tie was broken mid-way through the second period when Ryan Callahan picked up a power-play goal assisted by Michael Del Zotto and Marian Gaborik. Callahan simply camped out next to the goal and was able to quickly knock the rebound into the net.

The Caps didn't sit back however, as they began to attack the Rangers goal and John Carlson picked up a goal to tie the game up at 1-1, assisted by Alexander Semin. It was a nice look for Carlson as he was coming across the goal and just put it over Henrik Lundqvist's outside shoulder.

The game has been exceptionally close through two periods thus far, as the two teams head into the final period tied 1-1.

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NHL Playoffs 2012, Capitals Vs. Rangers: Scoreless After First Period

The Washington Capitals and the New York Rangers are scoreless after the first period of play in Game 3 of the 2012 NHL Playoff series between the two teams, tied up at one game a piece. The were a couple of good chances for each side, including this shot for the Caps just missing.

While neither team scored and each had some decent looks, there was still hitting going on in the game. Just like the Boston Bruins did in the series before, the Rangers are getting physical with Caps star Alexander Ovechkin. Here's one of the big hits on Ovi in the first period.

There was just a single power play for either team in the first period, the Caps picking up one, but the power play fizzled out to no avail.

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2012 NHL Playoffs, Rangers Vs. Capitals Game 3 Preview: Can Washington Defend Home Ice?

The Washington Capitals were able to earn a split in their two games on the road at Madison Square Garden to start their series against the Rangers, and now they head back home where they should have some home ice advantage. But Katie Carrera of the Washington Post warns that may not be the case, or at least it hasn't proved to be the case so far in these Playoffs.

But if there’s one thing this spring’s Stanley Cup playoffs have shown, it’s that home ice is an advantage in name only and comes with no guarantees. Road squads are 34-21 this postseason through Monday’s games. Through nine postseason contests, the Capitals are 4-2 on the road and 1-2 at home.

While their results on the road have been impressive, they need to defend the Verizon Center ice if they want to make it out of this series against the top seeded Rangers.

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2012 NHL Playoffs, Capitals Vs. Rangers Game 3: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

The Washington Capitals can take a 2-1 series lead at the Verizon Center on Wednesday as they play Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal against the New York Rangers.

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2012 NHL Playoffs, Rangers Vs. Capitals Reaction: Why Was Alex Ovechkin's Ice Time Cut?

The Washington Capitals earned a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers on Monday night, evening their series at 1-1 before heading home to Washington for Game 3. Even though he scored what would prove to be the game-winning goal, Alex Ovechkin was a not totally positive tops of conversation. Japers' Rink explains why.

You may not have heard, but apparently Alex Ovechkin 's ice time was cut drastically throughout this game and he would finish with what has to be one of his lowest times of his career at just under fourteen minutes. Whether it was a plot by Dale Hunter to break the Rangers' groove, or a strategy to get Ovechkin away from his shadows, or simply just to a plan to use more defensively responsible players at even strength, we may never know.

It's not all bad news though. As Japers' points out, Ovechkin was very effective in his limited minutes, including that crucial goal. Maybe he was able to focus all of his efforts on a shorter time period and could make the most of his minutes. Maybe he was mad about the fewer minutes and played his tail off. Maybe it had nothing to do with the minutes and he just played a good game. We'll never know.

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Rangers Vs. Capitals, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 2: Alex Ovechkin Goal Wins It For Washington

As they did against the Bruins in the first round, the Washington Capitals rebounded from a tough first loss to open the series against the Rangers and captured home-ice advantage with a 3-2 win at Madison Square Garden in Game 2. The Caps never trailed, and a late Alex Ovechkin power play goal delivered the win. Braden Holtby, who had some hiccups in Game 1, was on his game and impressive handling a flurry of shots (while also receiving some help from the pipes on a few occasions).

After a scoreless second period, Washington took a 2-1 lead into the final 20 minutes. But the Rangers would break through and tie it up on the power play seven minutes in, with Mike Knuble in the box for high-sticking. The goal was credited to Ryan Callahan who deflected a Michael Del Zotto shot from the right circle. The shot initially changed directions off the stick of Washington defenseman John Carlson and then Callahan's re-direction sent a bouncing puck past the right side of Braden Holtby, who was dealing with heavy traffic in front. Video of Callahan's goal below:

Alexander Ovechkin, however, put the Caps back in front with a power play goal of his own. Ovie, who's had his minutes reduced by Dale Hunter, fired an absolute snipe from center ice on a wrist shot that went right over the glove of Henrik Lundqvist. It began with a face-off win by Nicklas Backstrom to start the power play, as Ovechkin controlled the puck at the top of the zone. Backstrom also provided a nice screen, winning the face off against Brian Boyle and then obstructing the gigantic Rangers forward from getting out to cover Ovechkin. Ovie then skated to center ice and let it rip. Video the game-winning goal below:

It was a great win for Washington, evening it up 1-1 in what looks to be another hard-fought evenly matched series. The action now moves to Chinatown, with Game 3 set for Wednesday evening at Verizon Center.

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Rangers Vs. Capitals, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 2: Braden Holtby Solid As Washington Holds On To 2-1 Lead

The Washington Capitals maintained their 2-1 lead through the second period, holding on to the advantage going into the second intermission of Game 2 against the Rangers. Both teams had several great scoring chances, but both Henrik Lundqvist and Braden Holtby held on to keep the puck out of the back of the net. Each team put 18 shots on net in an evenly matched 20 minutes.

The Rangers started the period with the first great chance, as Mike Rupp ended up on an open breakaway. Rupp went to his backhand as he came across the ice, but Holtby slid right to left and caught the shot with his shoulder, pouncing on the rebound which fell right in front of him. It was a big save early in the period.

Washington had a couple golden chances as well, peppering Lundqvist. They came the closest to adding their third of the night on an Alex Ovechkin rocket which hit the post and went through the legs of the Rangers' netminder as he tried to smother it against the pipe. The puck came loose but Marc Staal jumped in to put his stick behind it before Lundqvist could fall on it. The ref immediately blew it dead, and the puck never visibly crossed the line. An animated gif of the play below:

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Stil, the story of the period was Holtby who looks to be re-gaining his confidence after a shakier Game 1. New York put consistent pressure on the Caps goalie, but he was up to the task, making a handful of impressive saves to keep his club in front.

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Rangers Vs. Capitals, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 2: Caps Lead 2-1 After 1st Period

The Washington Capitals took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission against the New York Rangers in Game 2 at Madison Square Garden. The Caps jumped out to a two-goal lead, out-hustling the Rangers and taking advantage of turnovers to convert against Henrik Lundqvist.

The Caps opened the scoring 12 minutes into the first period, as fourth-line veteran Mike Knuble buried his second goal of the playoffs for the 1-0 lead. New York defenseman Stu Bickel coughed it up in the neutral zone and Round 1 hero Joel Ward was off to the races the other way with Knuble. Ward dropped it back to a trailing Keith Aucoin who gave it right back on a give-and-go. Ward then put a perfect cross on the stick of Knuble, who went charging to the back post. Knuble got his stick down on the ice and slammed it into the back of the net before Vezina finalist Lundqvist could rotate over.

Video of the goal below:

The Caps would take a 2-0 lead just five minutes later on Jason Chimera's third goal of the playoffs. Chimera, however, let the Rangers do the work themselves as New York defenseman Ryan McDonagh unknowingly knocked a loose puck in from across the goal line. Chimera, however, created the chance by hustling down the ice to challenge Lundqvist as he played the puck behind the net. Video of the goal below:

The Rangers would quickly get one back, however, on Brad Richards' second goal of the series which cut the lead in half. The goal was set up off a pretty feed from Marian Gaborik, as both he and Richards ran a perfect two-on-one break, with Richards beating the Caps' defense for a relatively uncontested shot. Video of the goal:

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2012 NHL Playoffs, Rangers Vs. Capitals Game 2: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

The Washington Capitals came into the 2012 Playoffs playing with house money. They were the underdogs against the defending Stanley Cup Champions, and were running with their third string goalie. One seven game series and the Caps are doubling down against the No. 1 team in the Eastern Conference. They failed to steal Game 1 of the series over the weekend, but they'll get another chance to take home ice advantage back during Game 2 in Madison Square Garden on Monday.

Here is all the information you need to find the game on television tonight.

Game Date & Time: Monday April 30th, 7:30 pm ET

Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

TV Schedule: NBC Sports Network

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Rangers Vs. Capitals, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 1: Washington Falls 3-1 To New York In Series Opener

The Washington Capitals and goaltender Braden Holtby allowed two goals in a 90 second stretch on Saturday afternoon, leading to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of the New York Rangers in Game 1 of this 2012 NHL Playoffs second round matchup.

Chris Kreider blew by Roman Hamrlik at the 7:00 mark of the period for his second goal of the playoffs. Just a minute and a half later, Brad Richards lit the lamp for New York. It was Richards' third goal in eight 2012 playoff games. The Rangers scored three goals in Game 1 despite taking just 14 shots.

Jason Chimera scored the lone goal for Washington with just four seconds left in the second period, on a beautiful feed from Brooks Laich.

Game 2 of the series will be played at 7:00 p.m. ET on Monday night at Madison Square Garden.

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Rangers Vs. Capitals, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 1: Washington Scores With Seconds Left In Period, Game Tied 1-1 Entering Third

The Washington Capitals scored with just four seconds left in the second period of the opening game of their 2012 NHL Playoffs second round playoff series with the New York Rangers, sending the game to the third period tied 1-1.

Jason Chimera, on a beautiful assist from Brooks Laich, beat New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist at the 19:54 mark to even the score, helping Washington salvage a period that saw them fail to convert on a 5-on-3 power play.

The Rangers Artem Anisimov scored at the 12:38 mark of the period, assisted by Ruslan Fedotenko and Ryan McDonagh.

The two teams have combined for only 21 shots in the game, with Washington Braden Holtby stopping seven of the eight Boston shots he has faced.

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Rangers Vs. Capitals, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 1: Washington, New York Scoreless After First Period

As has become the norm for the Washington Capitals in this playoff season, Game 1 of their Eastern Conference series with the New York Rangers sees defense and goaltending the stars as the first period ended 0-0.

The two teams mustered only ten total shots, with the Capitals attempting six and the Rangers four shots in the period. Both teams had two power play opportunities, but failed to convert on any of the opportunities.

Karl Alzner and John Carlson led Washington in time on the ice, with Alex Ovechkin failing to take a shot in the period but managing to deliver two hits.

Braden Holtby stopped all four shots he saw in the period, and will once again be the key for Washington between the pipes.

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2012 NHL Playoffs, Rangers Vs. Capitals Game 1: Washington's Quest For The Cup Continues In New York City

The seventh-seeded Washington Capitals continue their quest for the Stanley Cup when they travel to New York on Saturday to take on the Rangers. Washington won their opening series against the defending champion Bruins in overtime of Game 7 on Wednesday night, with New York needing to win Game 6 in Ottawa and Game 7 at home to escape their first round matchup with the No. 8 seed Senators.

This will be the third time the two teams have met in the past four postseasons, with the Capitals winning the previous two. Washington is 4-2 all-time in playoff series against the Rangers.

Defense and goaltending was the key for Washington in the first round, with netminder Braden Holtby the star of the seven game series with the Bruins. Holtby played every minute of the matchup with Boston, allowing 15 goals with a .940 save percentage. He is also familiar with Madison Square Garden, as he made 35 saves in Washington's season-ending 4-1 win over New York.

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2012 NHL Playoffs, Rangers Vs. Capitals Game 1: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

For the third time in the past four season, the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers will meet in the postseason. This year's clash begins Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. ET on the Madison Square Garden ice.

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2012 NHL Playoffs, Capitals Vs. Rangers Schedule: Game 1 Saturday At MSG

The National Hockey League has released the full series schedule for the Eastern Conference Semifinal series between the Washington Capitals and the New York Rangers. The series begins on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. with Game 1 at New York's Madison Square Garden. Games 3, 4, and, if necessary, 6, will be played at Verizon Center in Washington.

All games will be aired exclusively on either NBC or the NBC Sports Network.

  • Game 1: Saturday, April 28, 3:00 p.m. Capitals at Rangers, NBC
  • Game 2: Monday, April 30, 7:30 p.m. Capitals at Rangers, NBCSN
  • Game 3: Wednesday, May 2, 7:30 p.m. Rangers at Capitals, NBCSN
  • Game 4: Saturday, May 5, 12:30 p.m. Rangers at Capitals, NBC
  • Game 5: *Monday, May 7, 7:30 p.m. Capitals at Rangers, NBCSN
  • Game 6: *Wednesday, May 9, Time TBD. Rangers at Capitals, TBD
  • Game 7: *Saturday, May 12, Time TBD. Capitals at Rangers, TBD

* = If necessary

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2012 NHL Playoffs: Capitals To Face New York Rangers In Eastern Conference Semifinals

The Washington Capitals get a chance at revenge against the New York Rangers in the second round of the 2012 NHL Playoffs.

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