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Brooks Orpik, Dan Boyle

Rangers survive Caps’ mad rush, force Game 7


The New York Rangers managed a 4-3 win to force a Game 7 against the Washington Capitals, but not after the kind of finish that likely left fans hyperventilating.

In a way, quick plot twists only seem to fit the ending considering the beginning of Game 6 … and really, this skin-tight series in general.

Chris Kreider didn’t just begin the scoring with a goal 40 seconds in; he barely beat the clock with a 2-0 goal that came with .3 seconds remaining in the first period.

The Capitals dominated the second period, generating an 18-4 shot advantage. They only were able to beat Henrik Lundqvist once, however, and entered the final frame down 2-1.

The theme of quick goals continued as Rick Nash made it 3-1 just 54 seconds into the third (Jason Chimera’s goal came less than 30 seconds into the second period, giving the opening minute of each period a tally).

Dan Boyle’s 4-1 tally seemed like it would make this game a laugher … instead, it eventually stood as the game-winner.

Evgeny Kuznetsov and Joel Ward combined for two goals in less than three minutes to make things very tense in the final 10 minutes or so. That line with Jason Chimera might be a trio to watch, as Barry Trotz took Ward off of a line with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom.

Ovechkin’s line failed to score a point for the fourth consecutive game, even if he created some havoc, including this dangerous chance and big hit on Ryan McDonagh:

The bottom line is that many won’t give Ovechkin & Co. the benefit of the doubt, even in a series where goals were hard to come by (at least until tonight) and Washington enjoyed significant luck in building what was once a 3-1 series lead in the first place.

These Capitals and Rangers series have been tight since it’s been Ovechkin vs. Lundqvist (who was stellar tonight), so it all seems fitting that this one is going the distance. With Washington’s dignity and the Rangers’ outstanding season on the line, the stakes will certainly be high at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.

Chimera on Ovechkin: ‘I have no doubt he’s going to score a big goal’

Washington Capitals v New York Rangers

The Washington Capitals haven’t been getting point production from their big top line of Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Joel Ward lately, but the company line seems to be “it’s just a matter of time.”

Jason Chimera more or less predicted a big goal for Ovechkin while speaking with the Washington Post about Game 6 on Saturday.

“You can’t keep a guy like that down too long,” Chimera said. “He’s got his looks, he’s playing hard, you’re not going to stop him. You can limit his looks but he’s going to get those looks and they’re going to go in eventually tomorrow. I have no doubt he’s going to score a big goal tomorrow.”

The attempts have been there, at least to an extent. Ovechkin has 11 shots on goal in this three-game drought, although only two came in Game 5.

Backstrom’s only had two SOG in this span (all in Game 5), yet that isn’t overly concerning considering his role as a passer. Joel Ward hasn’t been shy to shoot (nine SOG in three games, including five in the past one).

It all gives at least some credence to the belief that the Caps’ first line is getting its looks.

Actually, the real company lines are “you need everyone to step up” (Barry Trotz to the Post) and “we don’t care where the offense comes from” (Brooks Orpik to the Post).

That said, considering how tight this series has been, a breakthrough from Ovechkin – Backstrom – Ward could be enough to punch a ticket to the Eastern Conference finals.

Trotz: ‘We weren’t good enough to win this hockey game’


The Washington Capitals were out-shot 15-4 and fell behind 2-0 in the opening period of Game 2 on Saturday afternoon – that was the difference in the eyes of coach Barry Trotz.

“We didn’t play our best game for 60 minutes. You can’t get away with that. You can’t get around that. You’ve got to go through those things so full credit to them,” said Trotz. “We weren’t good enough to win this hockey game. The Rangers deserved to win the hockey game.

“To me, it was our start, it was our degree of desperation level… it was higher on their side than it was on ours. They capitalized on that.”

Chris Kreider opened the scoring 38-seconds into the first and Dan Boyle had his first of the playoffs giving New York an early lead at MSG.

“I think after what happened [Thursday], we were all upset,” said Henrik Lundqvist. “I was really annoyed and it really bothered me, so you try to use that energy to bring it over into this game and be determined that we need this one. I think the first period we played one of our better periods.”

Washington out-shot New York 28-20 in the final 40 minutes including 12-8 in the third period, but was unable to find the equalizer falling 3-2.

“I think we matchup very well, I think there’s some things that they do extremely well, I think there’s some things we can do a little bit better, if we do that, then who knows? The series can turn on a dime some times,” said Trotz.

“I think we’re two teams that are quite evenly matched. It’ll be interesting coming back in our building.”

Jason Chimera, who assisted on Evgeny Kuznetsov’s fourth of the playoffs, agreed the start was the difference.

“A slow start hurt us,” Chimera said. “Anytime you dig yourself a 2-0 hole in a building like this, it’s hard to come back. (In) afternoon games, you have to get up for them. You have to get ready.

“You have to have a short memory in the playoffs. Hopefully we can come back in our barn. We have home ice and we have to take advantage of that.”

Game 3 goes Monday night at the Verizon Center.

Capitals chase Halak in third en route to taking Game 5


The New York Islanders went into Thursday’s game with a chip on their shoulders over Tom Wilson’s big hit that sidelined defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky. Anders Lee settled that dispute early in the contest with a sparring match, but the Islanders now have more immediate problems after suffering a 5-1 loss to Washington tonight.

New York was able to strike first as Josh Bailey found the back of the net shortly after Lee’s fight. However, Evgeny Kuznetsov managed to even the score midway through the first period and Karl Alzner put the Capitals’ up 2-1 in the second frame.

Then the floodgates open in the third as the Capitals netted three goals in the span of just over six minutes to drive Jaroslav Halak out of the contest. Despite only lasting 49 minutes and surrendering five markers, Halak still finished with 30 saves.

Kuznetsov, who was held off the scoresheet in his first four playoff contests, led the charge with two goals and an assist. Jason Chimera and Karl Alzner each chipped in a goal and an assist for Washington.

Islanders goaltender Michal Neuvirth held his own in relief of Halak, but the damage was already done. The Islanders will how head back to Nassau Coliseum. Their home since 1972, they will be saying goodbye to it on Saturday if they lose in Game 6.


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Ovechkin, Chimera help Caps add to wild card lead

Alex Ovechkin

Alex Ovechkin and Jason Chimera each scored twice as the Washington Capitals defeated the New York Rangers 5-2.

For the time being the Capitals trail the New York Islanders by just one point for the third seed in the Metropolitan Division. Washington also has a five-point lead on the first wild card seed in the Eastern Conference.

Marcus Johansson added an empty netter while Braden Holtby made 23 saves for the win.

One of Holtby’s bigger saves on the afternoon came midway through the first when he robbed Kevin Hayes.

With the pair of goals, Ovechkin now has a league-leading 49 on the season. He is one goal shy of his sixth career 50-goal season.

Chimera’s pair of goals snapped a 20-game drought.

Washington improves to 5-2-0 in their past seven games. New York has lost two straight in regulation for the first time since Jan. 27 and Jan. 29.

Eric Fehr and Brooks Laich each had two assists in the win.

New York, who got goals from Hayes and Derick Brassard, led 2-1 after the first period.

Cam Talbot made 26 saves in the loss.