The New York Rangers lost to the Washington Capitals by the score of 2-1 in overtime, tonight. Washington now leads the series 3-2. For a box score, go to Yahoo! Sports.
…what? Did you actually think the Rangers were going to allow us to enjoy a stress free Mother's Day weekend? I think you know this team better than that.
…absolutely putrid effort on offense. No pressure, no puck control, nothing. Their effort in the second and third period set offense back a century.
…and the reason for their lack of puck possession? Just a brutal night in the faceoff circle. Especially for Boyle and Brassard who combined to go 11-for-33. Can't score if you don't have the puck.
…hope each player individually apologized to Lundqvist after that one.
…Nash = ARod.
…Brassard has gotten a ton of love on this blog, but it was his failure to clear the puck that led to Ribiero's winner.
…on a positive note, Ovechkin is going to have nightmares about the two-headed monster that is McDonagh and Girardi who were phenomenal tonight. Ovechkin wanted nothing to do with going anywhere near the front of the net.
…Boyle's terribly undisciplined penalty wiped away all the positive vibes from his goal.
…hope Kreider's ready, because I doubt we see Clowe on Sunday.
…i liked Dorsett's game tonight. Very active and deserved more than the seven minutes of ice time he was given. Especially with Clowe knocked out of the contest.
…not even going waste key strokes discussing the power play.
…another strong game from Hagelin, but he's got to start finishing on these breakaways.
…Rangers aren't going to win on Sunday if Callahan and Richards can't do better than one combined shot on goal.
…looks like Torts is finally getting as frustrated with Del Zotto as fans are as Moore (25:04) sees 10 minutes more of ice time.
…don't get me wrong, that was a punch in the gut loss tonight, but this series is far from being over. As was the case the first two games, this loss had more to do with what the Rangers weren't doing than what the Capitals were, which has me feeling confident heading into the must win Game 6.
…and just a quick history lesson. The Rangers won Game 5 in overtime at home last season. And guess who won Game 6 at home to force a Game 7? Momentum does not carry over in the playoffs.
…with the Maple Leafs win tonight, game time on Sunday will be 4:30 p.m.