Oates isn’t happy with John Tortorella for calling the Capitals a bunch of whiners after the Rangers beat Washington in the first round of the NHL playoffs.
“I don’t know whether the refs were predisposed against us or the league,” Ovechkin said. “But to not give obvious penalties (to the Rangers), while for us any little thing was immediately penalized…”
Led by Henrik Lundqvist’s 35 saves in a second consecutive shutout, and goals from some unlikely sources, the New York Rangers beat the Washington Capitals 5-0 in Game 7 Monday night to reach the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Home-ice advantage has held up for six games between Washington and New York. The Rangers hope to snap the trend in Monday’s do-or-die series finale.
Tavares is among the three finalists for the NHL’s prestigious Hart Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the player “adjudged to be the most valuable to his team.”
Nobody collapses in the postseason quite like the Capitals. 1985. 1987. 1992. 1995. 1996. 2003. 2009. 2010. All series that Washington led either 2-0 or 3-1 — and went on to lose.
Let’s face it, the Rangers have a lot of positives going for them right now. And they’re playing the sort of gritty hockey typical of a John Tortorella-coached team.
Derek Stepan and Arron Asham both scored tiebreaking goals in the third period for the New York Rangers in a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals in Game 3 on Monday night.
Alex Ovechkin’s franchise-record 31st career playoff goal got the Capitals started before teammates Marcus Johansson and Jason Chimera scored 46 seconds apart, and Washington beat the New York Rangers 3-1 Thursday night in Game 1.
What would playoff hockey be without the Rangers playing the Capitals?
Who’s ready to lift the Stanley Cup? Sean Hartnett gives you a full breakdown of the 2013 NHL Playoffs.
The NHL has announced its schedule for the opening round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs — and there’s no shortage of intrigue for our locals in the Eastern Conference.
Whether or not the Islanders’ John Tavares should win the Hart Trophy goes back to the age-old argument of “most valuable” versus “best” player. So, let’s ask the questions that should be asked.
Fighting for a playoff spot, the New York Islanders could ill afford to waste a two-goal lead to start a crucial four-game trip. Thanks to John Tavares, they didn’t.
Brian Boyle scored an important goal for the Rangers in his return to lineup as the Rangers defeated the Caps 4-1.