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Rick Nash is body checked by Brooks Orpik of the Washington Capitals during the second period in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Verizon Center on May 4, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Fans, Don’t Point The Finger At Rick Nash

Rick Nash is an easy target. That will happen when you’ve scored five goals in 45 playoff games with the Rangers. But fans need to begin appreciating his all-around game.

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The Washington Capitals celebrate after defeating the New York Rangers in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on May 4, 2015 in Washington, DC. The Washington Capitals won, 1-0. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Rangers On Short End Of Another Nail-Biter; Caps Lead Series 2-1

With Braden Holtby matching Henrik Lundqvist save for save, the Capitals are proving just as adept at this sort of tight, low-scoring hockey.

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Former Rangers captain Mark Messier (Al Bello/Allsport/Getty Images), Washington's Alex Ovechkin (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Sorry Rangers Fans, But Ovechkin-Messier Comparison Is Dead-On

Once the bitterness wears off, New York fans might realize that Game 1 should be remembered for the show put on by Ovi.

05/01/2015

Martin St. Louis of the New York Rangers is hit from behind by Tim Gleason of the Washington Capitals in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on April 30, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Capitals Stun Rangers On Ward Goal With 1.3 Seconds Left In Third

Joel Ward drove to the net and tapped Alex Ovechkin’s feed past Henrik Lundqvist. After the goal was confirmed by replay, Ovechkin kissed Ward on the cheek.

05/01/2015

New York Rangers v Washington Capitals

Old Friends Meet Again: Rangers, Capitals Set To Renew Heated Rivalry

Four the fourth time in five years and the fifth time in seven, the Eastern Conference clubs are meeting in the playoffs.

04/30/2015

Washington's Braden Holtby makes a save against Derek Stepan of the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on December 23, 2014. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Blazing Speed, Lundqvist Give Rangers Edge Over Caps

Barry Trotz has molded the Caps into a rugged group. But soon, the Rangers will teach them that you can’t hit what you can’t catch.

04/30/2015

Rick Nash (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

Silverman: Time For Rangers’ Nash To Play Like A Star

If the Rangers are going to be victorious in May and June, they need their best players to be their best players. We’re looking at you, Rick Nash.

04/29/2015

Dan Girardi #5 and Ryan McDonagh #27

Who Wants It More? Rangers Gearing Up For Physical Series With Capitals

The New York Rangers know exactly what to expect from the Washington Capitals in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

04/29/2015

New York Rangers

Rangers Mysteriously Stop Using Capital Letters On Twitter Ahead Of Caps Series

Ahead of the Rangers’ second-round series against the Washington Capitals, New York has mysteriously stopped using capital letters when sending tweets from its official Twitter account.

04/28/2015

Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals celebrates a second-period goal by Joel Ward against the New York Islanders during Game 7 of their opening-round playoff series at Verizon Center on April 27, 2015. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Hey Rangers, Meet The New And Improved Alex Ovechkin

Standing between the Rangers and a trip to the Eastern Conference finals is reborn Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin.

04/28/2015

Frans Nielsen of the New York Islanders reacts to the game-winning goal by Washington's Evgeny Kuznetsov in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at Verizon Center on April 27, 2015 in Washington, DC. The Capitals defeated the Islanders 2-1 to win the series 4-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Goodbye, Nassau: Islanders’ Season Ends In Heartbreak

Monday’s elimination ends the Islanders’ playing days at Nassau Coliseum, which opened in 1972 and saw its last game Saturday in Game 6.

04/28/2015

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: Joel Ward #42 of the Washington Capitals celebrates his goal at 18:35 of the second period against the New York Islanders in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on April 27, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Capitals Beat Islanders, Advance To Face Rangers In Conference Semis

Braden Holtby only needed to make 10 saves Monday night, lifting the Washington Capitals past the New York Islanders 2-1 in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

04/28/2015

Jaroslav Halak

Capellini: Islanders’ Chances In Game 7 Come Down To 2 Words — Jaroslav Halak

He had a good, but not great, regular season. So far he’s been very good in the playoffs. Now the Islanders need Jaroslav Halak to be exceptional. And history suggests he should be.

04/27/2015

Anders Lee of the New York Islanders and Tom Wilson of the Washington Capitals fight during the first period of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at Verizon Center on April 23, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Another ‘Epic’? Islanders, Capitals Set For Winner-Take-All Game 7

There’s only been one Game 7 between the Capitals and Islanders, but it has stood the test of time — lots and lots and lots of time — as one of the great games in postseason annals.

04/27/2015

APRIL 25: The New York Islanders celebrate their 3-1 victory over the Washington Capitals in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 25, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Islanders Beat Capitals 3-1 To Force Game 7

Nikolay Kulemin scored the go-ahead goal with 9:27 left and the New York Islanders beat the Washington Capitals 3-1 on Saturday to force Game 7 in the first-round playoff series.

04/25/2015

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