NHL Playoffs 2012: Why the Washington Capitals Will Eliminate the Rangers

May 5th, 2012 by Eric McKelvie Leave a reply »
The Washington Capitals evened their series with the New York Rangers with a Game 4 victory at home.

The game was tied 2-2 late in the third when Mike Green scored on the power play to give the Capitals the edge.

After a tough triple-overtime loss in Game 3, many thought the Capitals' season was over. They responded by coming out flying in the first period of Game 4, out-shooting the Rangers 14-3 and taking a one-goal lead.

Although they made a few mistakes, including one that cost them a goal on a waved-off icing, the Capitals outplayed the Rangers for the most part.

As the series shifts back to Madison Square Garden in New York for Game 5, the pressure is on the Rangers to avoid going down 3-2 in a series for the second time in the playoffs.

The Capitals have been able to play stride-for-stride with the Rangers for the better part of four games. Their depth, goaltending, smart defensive play and a dynamic group of forwards will give the Capitals the edge needed to win the series.



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