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Rangers Come Up Short

That is what the New York Rangers did tonight in their 3-2 Game 2 loss of the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden.

After battling back from a 2-1 deficit on a goal by Ryan Callahan, Capitals’ team captain Alex Ovechkin scored the game winner on a power play with less than 8 minutes to go. The power play was a result of a holding penalty taken by Rangers’ forward Brad Richards.

With the win, the Capitals were able to even up the series at one game apiece as both teams will now prepare for Wednesday night’s Game 3 at the Verizon Center. The Rangers do not exactly have to go back to the drawing board but they must find more ways to make life difficult for Capitals’ goaltender Braden Holtby.

To beat Holtby, the Rangers need to do a better job of driving to the net and creating traffic in front of the net. On the first goal of the game, Richards drove to the net and was able to put a Marian Gaborik feed into an empty net. On the second goal, Rangers’ defenseman Michael Del Zotto’s shot from the point was redirected by Ryan Callahan a few feet outside the crease before getting by Holtby.

The Rangers will also need to stay out of the box. Richards’ penalty 12:29 into the third period proved to be a costly one as Ovechkin was able to cash in on the power play on what proved to be the game-winning goal.

This game was somewhat similar to Game 2 against the Ottawa Senators in the first round. In that game, the Senators were lucky to get a goal off a Ranger just like in this game, Capitals’ forward Jason Chimera was able to get a goal off a Ranger.

This was a game that the Rangers could have won but the consistency was just not their tonight for the Blueshirts. Luckily, this was just Game 2 of the series and not an elimination game.

The team will be back in action on what will surely be a packed Verizon Center for Game 3 on Wednesday night. The Blueshirts cannot afford to come up short because if they do, the Capitals could take advantage of the series in a hurry.

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This game was not similar to Game 2 of the Sens series. It was the Rangers who led 1-0 and 2-1 in that game before Foligno tied in up in regulation on a late third-period goal. The Sens then won early in OT. They had not led to that point. In fact, they did not hold a lead in regulation until the first period of Game 5.

Posted by DBS on 05/01/12 at 12:37 AM ET


The Rangers gave up two soft goals.  That’s tough to come back on in the playoffs.  I still felt the Rangers carried the play for most of the game.  They beat themselves with 2 mistakes.

Posted by 13 user names on 05/01/12 at 02:34 AM ET

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If the Caps stop missing the net this should be a short series.  Could have been 6-2.

Posted by Thag from DC on 05/01/12 at 08:25 AM ET

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