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.
This series is going to be won in the corners and the dirty areas of the ice. It will be a grind-it-out kind of series that will have John Tortorella’s men licking their chops.
“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…”
There is one key explanation, above all others, for why the Rangers are heading to the Eastern Conference semifinals. “Henrik Lundqvist,” Capitals forward Troy Brouwer said. “Plain and simple.”
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.
While Henrik Lundqvist was superman between the pipes, Derek Dorsett threw the Caps off their game with his agitation and intimidation.
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.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 shots in earning his seventh NHL playoff shutout, and Derick Brassard scored a second-period goal for the New York Rangers, who stayed alive with a 1-0 victory.
The Rangers’ woeful 2-for-21 power play can be pinpointed to the underwhelming play of Brad Richards and Rick Nash, their two highest paid players.
Rangers will host Game 6 of their first-round series against the Washington Capitals on Sunday, and they will need to win to force a deciding contest in the nation’s capital on Monday.
Marc Staal is unsure when he’ll return to the Rangers’ lineup after suffering another setback.
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.
If the Blueshirts are going to come all the way back and knock out Washington, they need to figure out how to transport their Madison Square Garden offense to the nation’s capital.