by Patrick Hoffman on 04/23/11 at 07:03 PM ET
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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