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It’s Over

If you were watching the game, you could see that the Washington Capitals were poised to beat the New York Rangers this afternoon and move onto the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Capitals put plenty of pucks on net, forechecked hard, blocked a lot of shots and showed just how different a team they are in beating the Rangers 3-0 to win the series. This team can not only score timely goals, but they know how to play defense and a lot of credit needs to be thrown towards Capitals’ head coach Bruce Boudreau.

With that said, it is an unfortunate ending for the Blueshirts. The team got a terrific effort from goaltender Henrik Lundqvist once again but unfortunately, were not able to do much up front.

It will certainly be tough to swallow given the opportunity the Rangers had to win Games 1 and 4, both of which they lost in overtime. Like I mentioned in my blog earlier today, this series could have been much different had the Blueshirts won those games.

There really isn’t much left to say about the game so for now, let’s just see it for what it is and move on. The season is over and it is time to think about how the team can build on the season they had this year and use it as a building block for next season.

I am not going anywhere so stay tuned for more Rangers’/hockey coverage.

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Series went as Caps fans expected. Nothing for Rangers fans to be embarrassed about. Great top D pairing, stud in net, terrific coach, lack of offensive talent. Is Richards enough? Probably not but it would be a good start. People who picked against the Caps underestimated their motivation and overlooked the massive upgrade in talent with Arnott,Hannan,Sturm,Johannson and Neuvirth being added to last year’s team not mention the huge return of Wideman in rd 2. Whoever beats this team is going to have to play the series of their lives to do it.

Posted by flacco5 on 04/23/11 at 09:15 PM ET


It may have been a different series with Callahan in the line up, but I think it just would have been longer series and still a Caps win.  Any chance for the Rangers ended obviously in game 4.  I also didn’t think the Rangers got enough of a physical presence on the Caps D, but it is what it is.

Posted by pens fan in baltimore on 04/24/11 at 12:37 AM ET

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Patrick has a tremendous passion for hockey. Besides covering the Rangers and the NHL for Kukla's Korner, you can also find Patrick's work over at Sportsnet.ca, The Red Light District Hockey Blog, NHL Home Ice, and Liam Maguire's Ultimate Hockey web site.

Prior to writing for the above mentioned outlets, you could find Patrick's musings at hockey web sites/outlets such as TheHockeyNews.com, TheFourthPeriod.com, Spector's Hockey, Hokeja Vestnesis, Blueshirt Bulletin, SNYRangersBlog.com and many more.

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