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.