‘Rangers Inside And Out’
By Sean Hartnett
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Following an appalling start to their 2013-14 season, the Rangers will be in our nation’s capital Wednesday night to test themselves against a familiar foe in the Washington Capitals.
Western Conference powerhouses manhandled the Blueshirts, sending them back East 1-4-0. The Rangers’ abysmal start forced the need for a rethink and a significant roster shakeup.
On Tuesday, the Rangers assigned 36-year-old goaltender Martin Biron and 35-year-old winger Arron Asham to Hartford of the AHL, recalling youthful bodies in goaltender Cam Talbot and forward J.T. Miller.
It’s a fresh start for the Rangers, who are traveling to familiar environs in Washington, New Jersey and Philadelphia — and then Detroit — before finally returning to Madison Square Garden on Oct. 28 to face the Montreal Canadiens in their long-awaited home opener.
In the meantime, the Rangers are recalling their memories of eliminating the Capitals in last season’s Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
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All-world goalie Henrik Lundqvist and reigning Hart Trophy winner Alex Ovechkin have had their share of battles over the years.