Rick Nash scored two of New York’s three first-period goals, and Henrik Lundqvist won for the fifth time in six outings as the surging Rangers beat the sliding Washington Capitals 4-1 on Sunday night.
Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and an assist, and Eric Fehr scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:09 left to lift the Washington Capitals over the New York Rangers 3-2 Friday night.
The Rangers were trounced 4-1 by the Capitals at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.
Ovechkin’s goal came after Washington tied the game with a short-handed goal by Nicklas Backstrom 49 seconds left in the third period.
If the Blueshirts can replicate this kind of complete performance throughout the season, they’ll win a ton of games. They appeared to turn the corner in D.C.
Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers was voted as the Second Team goaltender and John Tavares of the Islanders missed out.
It wasn’t John Tavares’ year as Alex Ovechkin of the Capitals was awarded his third career Hart Trophy.
This city offers Henrik Lundqvist everything he desires. He isn’t going to turn his back and throw it all away.
The New York Rangers didn’t bring the right mentality in their round two playoff exit at the hands of the Bruins.
The Blueshirts are very far from being a perfect hockey club – but they’re even further from being branded as a common, run-of-the-mill team.
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.
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.”