Discuss: Capitals overwhelm Rangers in 3-1 win

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The Washington Capitals reminded the hockey world why they finished the 2013 season as one of the NHL’s hottest teams on Thursday, beating the New York Rangers 3-1 in Game 1. Let’s discuss the contest:

  • Henrik Lundqvist kept an out-matched Rangers team in the game early on before being overwhelmed by a second period barrage. Can he make enough of a difference for New York to confirm all the dark horse talk they took into the postseason?
  • The Capitals survived a big 5-on-3 in the middle frame. Of course, the Rangers might look at it more as a failure on their part. Can the Blueshirts turn around their shaky power play?
  • How dangerous is Washington? Could the Capitals once again be one of the teams that people expect to impede the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Stanley Cup hopes more than anyone else? (Looking¬†way ahead, obviously.)
  • On a scale of 1-0, how unpleasant do you expect John Tortorella to be after tonight’s game?
  • What changes do the Rangers need to make to get closer in Game 2?
  • Was a play that went under review with 4:03 left in the third period actually a goal?
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