Washington Capitals

Henrik Lundqvist (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Hands Off The Panic Switch — Rangers Are Far From Done

No team has ever come back from 0-2 deficits in back-to-back series in NHL history. If there’s ever a team that might do it, it’s Tortorella’s prideful Rangers.

05/20/2013

Capitals coach Adam Oates (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Capitals’ Adam Oates Says He Could ‘Easily’ Beat Up Out-Of-Line Rangers Coach

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.

05/17/2013

Rick Nash (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Have Edge In Second-Round Series With Banged-Up Bruins

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.

05/15/2013

Alex Ovechkin (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Caps’ Ovechkin Calls Out Referees; ‘Someone Wanted Game 7 For The Ratings’

“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…”

05/14/2013

Taylor Pyatt of the New York Rangers celebrates with Derek Dorsett after scoring in the second period against the Washington Capitals in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Rangers Advance To Face Bruins In 2nd Round Of NHL Playoffs

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.”

05/14/2013

The Rangers’ Taylor Pyatt, middle, celebrates with Derek Dorsett after scoring in the second period against the Capitals in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at the Verizon Center on May 13, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Rangers Win Game 7 On The Road For The First Time In Franchise History

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.

05/14/2013

Henrik Lundqvist (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Superhuman Lundqvist Carries Rangers On His Back Into Game 7

While Henrik Lundqvist was superman between the pipes, Derek Dorsett threw the Caps off their game with his agitation and intimidation.

05/13/2013

Henrik Lundqvist makes a save in the second period against Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals during Game 5 in Washington. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Season On The Line For Rangers, Capitals In Winner-Take-All Game 7

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.

05/13/2013

Washington Capitals v New York Rangers - Game Six

Lundqvist, Rangers Shut Out Capitals 1-0, Force Game 7

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.

05/13/2013

Rick Nash and Brad Richards of the New York Rangers. (Photos by Elsa and Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Hartnett: No-Show Nash And Invisible Richards Must Make Difference For Rangers In Game 6

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.

05/12/2013

The New York Rangers jump the bench following their victory over the Washington Capitals in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Rangers Look To Even The Series At Home Against Capitals

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.

05/11/2013

Marc Staal (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Staal Tells Reporters He’ll Miss Rangers’ Game 5 Versus Capitals

Marc Staal is unsure when he’ll return to the Rangers’ lineup after suffering another setback.

05/10/2013

John Tavares of the Islanders skates in warmups prior Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Islanders Center John Tavares Named Hart Trophy Finalist

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.”

05/10/2013

Jason Chimera of the Washington Capitals is tripped up by Taylor Pyatt in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

History Not On Capitals’ Side For Game 5 Vs. Rangers

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.

05/10/2013

John Tortorella (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Return To ‘Tortorella Hockey’ Has Rangers Winning

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.

05/09/2013

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