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Washington Capitals v New York Rangers - Game Three

Discuss: Rangers hang on late to take Game 3 over Capitals


It wasn’t quite the defensive battle the first two games of the series were, but the Rangers did the right things (like scoring goals) to take Game 3 in dramatic fashion 4-3.

It wouldn’t be the superstars doing the damage for the Rangers in this one as Brian Boyle, Derick Brassard, and Arron Asham scored their first three goals. New York finally broke through on the power play on Brassard’s second period tally. It would be Derek Stepan, however, that cast the dagger with 6:25 to play beating Braden Holtby for the game-winner.

The Caps would get a chance late as Brad Richards slashed Alex Ovechkin with just under two minutes to play. Ovechkin helped sell the call by throwing his head back, but the Rangers PK did the rest of the work not allowing a shot on goal in the final 1:56 as the Caps pulled Holtby to make it 6-on-4 in the closing minutes.

Some talking points to digest:

— Even though the Rangers got off the power play schneid, they still went 1-6 on the man advantage in the game. Boyle’s goal was very nearly a PPG, but came just seconds after the advantage ended.

— You can bet your money on the talk being on Ovechkin helping sell the call on Richards. Debate it if you want, but Richards certainly committed a penalty. Do you think an referee is going to book Ovechkin for embellishment there?

— Goaltending had been such a storyline with both Holtby and Henrik Lundqvist playing strong. Not so much tonight as Holtby gave up four on 30 shots. Lundqvist giving up three in 31 shots is rather average.

— They always say it’s not a series til the road team wins and the Caps sure weren’t fazed by the hostile crowd at MSG. Perhaps we’ll have even more of a battle on our hands for Game 4.

Here are the Game 3 highlights:

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Clowe expected to play, says he’s a game-time decision


Though it’s not guaranteed, forward Ryane Clowe is expected to make his playoff debut for the Rangers tonight, according to Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News.

Clowe said this morning he’ll be a game-time decision. The 30-year-old had three goals and five assists in 12 games after being traded from San Jose to New York prior to the deadline.

He’s also a proven playoff performer — something the Rangers could use after losing Games 1 and 2 to the Capitals in Washington.

It’s believed Clowe was dealing with a concussion. If he plays, Arron Asham will reportedly be the one to come out of the lineup.

In other injury news, defenseman Marc Staal skated this morning but didn’t speak to reporters. It’s not clear if he’ll return tonight.

Video: John Moore hands Jack Skille his lunch in one-sided fight

Jack Skille, John Moore

When you think of the big fighters on the New York Rangers and Florida Panthers, you probably think of George Parros or Arron Asham first, right? That’d be normal and expected.

So how about a fight between John Moore and Jack Skille? What if we told you it was really one-sided in favor of Moore? Seeing is believing as the gang from HockeyFights.com shares with us.

According to HockeyFights.com it’s Moore’s first regular season fight in the NHL as he had a preseason tilt in 2009. Meanwhile this was Skille’s fifth fight in the pros and he looked decidedly overmatched.

After seeing the Rangers run away with a 6-1 victory over Florida, seeing a non-fighter take care of business helped turn the game into even more of a laugher.

Lundqvist stops 48 vs. ‘Canes; Tortorella: “Best I’ve seen him play”


The New York Rangers were out-shot by the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night and, at times, outplayed.

But thanks to Henrik Lundqvist, they weren’t outscored.

Lundqvist stopped 48 of 49 shots in a virtuoso performance as the Rangers beat the ‘Canes 4-1 in Raleigh, earning high praise from head coach John Tortorella.

“That’s the best I’ve seen him play since I’ve been here,” Tortorella told the New York Daily News.

Torts has been the bench boss in New York since Feb. 2009, and it’s hard to argue with his assessment of Lundqvist’s play. The Swedish ‘tender stopped all 14 shots faced in both the first and second periods before stopping 20 of 21 in the final frame — only Zac Dalpe’s snapshot got by.

The Rangers got goals from Derek Stepan, Ryan Callahan, Rick Nash and Brian Boyle to secure their third win in four games. The victory put them into seventh in the Eastern Conference, tied on 42 points with the Islanders but ahead of their in-state rivals thanks to fewer games played.

Following the contest, Lundqvist reflected on his busy night with a bit of humor for reporters.

“I’m so tired I don’t know what to say right now,” he said, laughing. “Short answers today.”


Here’s more on Lundqvist’s performance from his Rangers teammate, Arron Asham, via Twitter:


Rangers send Kreider and Miller to AHL


If you can’t trust them, they can’t play for you.

Especially, we should add, when you are John Tortorella and your team is fighting to make the playoffs.

That seems to be the situation in New York, where the Rangers have reportedly assigned young forwards Chris Kreider and JT Miller to AHL Connecticut.

Neither player saw much ice during Monday’s 4-2 victory over Winnipeg, with coach John Tortorella explaining afterward that the “stakes are too high right now” for mistakes.

Of course, the Rangers also just landed veteran forward Ryane Clowe in a trade with San Jose, so that’s at least one spot that needed to be opened.

Arron Asham could fill the other spot tonight versus the Penguins (on NBCSN).