5 Reasons the Washington Capitals Can Beat the New York Rangers in Round 2

May 1st, 2015 by Ryan Davenport Leave a reply »
Heading into the second-round playoff series between the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers, Alain Vigneault's team was deservedly the favorite.

But as it did down the stretch during Round 1 against the Islanders, head coach Barry Trotz's team took Game 1 in New York on Thursday by persevering and coming up with clutch plays at critical moments.

The Rangers dispatched the Penguins in just five games, and while every game was relatively close, Washington arguably provided the top-seeded Eastern Conference club with its first wire-to-wire battle of the postseason.

At the moment, the Rangers should be viewed as at least a co-favorite to represent the Eastern Conference in the Stanley Cup Final, but don't count the Caps out.

Here are five reasons why Alex Ovechkin and company can upset the Rangers.

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