Capitals 3, Rangers 2 (Conor Allen Recalled)

Capitals beat Talbot, Rangers 3-2

The New York Rangers (18-19-2) lost to the Washington Capitals (20-14-4) by the score of 3-2, tonight. For a box score, go to Yahoo! Sports.

Before I get to the game recap, in response to the Anton Stralman injury the Rangers have recalled Conor Allen from Hartford.

…as opposed to previous losses this season, I felt the Rangers competed and were a hard team to play tonight. They dominated 5-on-5, however, that all gets undermined when you play undisciplined against a team as skilled as the Capitals. Also doesn't help when your goaltender can't make a routine save.

…it's been all roses for Talbot this season, but if he wants to seriously compete with Lundqvist for starts he has to make that save on Fehr.

…Nash is completely lost out there. I'm not sure if his head still isn't right from the concussion or he's another in a long line of high price talent who melt under the bright lights of Broadway, but I think AV needs to challenge Nash by making him a healthy scratch. It worked for Zuccarello and Pouliot.

…speaking of Pouliot (yes, he deserves to be called by his real name), points in seven straight games and eight of his last ten. Didn't see that one coming.

…raise your hand if you had Hagelin tied for the team lead in goals through 39 games when the season started. Although, it isn't saying much considering he's only scored nine goals.

…hope the Stralman injury, if serious, doesn't force the Rangers to bring Staal back before he's ready. Assuming Allen's play will likely be a factor in that decision.

…what a pass by McDonagh on the Hagelin goal. Almost enough to make up for the gaffe he made at the blueline that led to Backstom's goal. Although, if Del Zotto doesn't make a perfect outlet pass to the Capitals' Oleksy that play never happens.

…tough season continues for Girardi as even when he has a solid game defensively, he pings one off the pipe and then sees Washington go right down the other end and score the winner.

…still waiting for that guy who thought he was good enough to hold out to be an impact player this season.

…despite the tough loss, I think there's more positives to take out of this game than negatives. Yes, the Rangers still aren't scoring, but a week ago, we were complaining that the team lacked fight as well as an identity. Now, we're definitely starting to see a team full of resiliency that continues to compete when they're down. Sure, it hasn't translated into a long winning streak yet, but all signs point to a team finally starting to turn a corner. Remember, Rome wasn't built in a day.

…off tomorrow, then a game in sunny Tampa on Sunday.

Highlights…

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Capitals 3, Rangers 2

The New York Rangers lost to the Washington Capitals by the score of 3-2 in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals matchup. The series is tied at 2-2. For a recap and box score go to Yahoo! Sports.

…well that was a great game until the referees felt they needed to determine the outcome. Absolutely boggles my mind that officiating at the NHL level can be this deficient. That entire crew should never work another NHL game again. My wife is lucky there are three kids in the house because there would be at least five holes in the walls right now. Furious.

…having said that, the Rangers really didn’t deserve to win this game after giving one of the weakest offensive games in playoff history.

…let’s hope today wasn’t the real “career defining” game for Lundqvist.

…you knew Kreider was eventually going to have one of these games, but for Torts to only play him seven minutes is a joke and an insult to the rest of the team.

…man, you’d love to see Anisimov give that kind of effort more often. Still needs to hit the weights though.

…hope no one thinks Ovechkin is actually going to be suspended because in the NHL a star player making an illegal hit to the head = no suspension.

…just 21 minutes for McDonagh? He must have been ready to run a marathon after this one.

…Gaborik starting to heat up should have every Rangers fan feeling good going forward in this series.

…another Del Zotto shot was just blocked.

…has Prust been a healthy scratch in this series?

…seven minutes for Bickel? Someone get him a respirator.

…for as good as Stralman was against Ottawa is as bad as he’s been in this series. That early penalty set the tone for the game.

…unusually quiet game for Callahan. You know, minus the refs not detecting him being pulled down on the penalty kill that led to the Capitals winning goal.

…having said all that, series is still tied with the Rangers holding home ice advantage which is always a good spot to be in.

…off tomorrow then Game 5 at MSG on Monday.

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Capitals 3, Rangers 2

The New York Rangers lost to the Washington Capitals by the score of 3-2 in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals matchup. The series is tied 1-1. For a recap and box score go to Yahoo! Sports.

…you didn’t think the Rangers were going to sweep this series now did you? I sure as heck didn’t, so I’m not too concerned. Especially because I thought they gave a good effort. When the Rangers were losing games against Ottawa I felt they got away from their game plan, tonight they were just beat.

…having said that, the Rangers need to start getting way more traffic in front of Holtby. He seemed uncomfortable when Callahan was causing havoc in front of the net tonight. Not enough Blueshirts following Callahan’s lead.

…officially concerned about Gaborik. I know Kreider has been unreal, but never a good thing when your best scorer gets bumped from the top line for a rookie. He better figure it out or Rangers will have tough time advancing.

…Richards has had a fantastic playoffs, but that was a dumb penalty.

…”Ovi Sucks” chant didn’t work too well tonight.

…apparently the goal post doesn’t play favorites as a game after it was Lundqvist’s best friend, it stabbed him in the back by coming to Holtby’s aid.

…best game of the playoffs for Del Zotto. Needs to do a better job getting that shot on net though.

…can you imagine how good Kreider’s going to be in the regular season next year? BTW, seven hits on the night for the Rangers rookie.

…i think Tortorella sent Bickel home after that first period turnover led to the Caps first goal. He was MIA from that point on.

…Capitals out-Rangered the Rangers by outblocking them 24-14.

…nice to see the power play come through in the clutch for once.

…3-0 without Boyle in the line-up, 2-4 with him. Just sayin’.

…can someon explain to me why Anisimov got less than five minutes of ice time?

…almost 60% on face-offs for Stepan. That’s got to be a record for him.

…was it me or did that Chimera goal remind you of his double overtime winner in Game 4 last year?

…off tomorrow then right back at it for Game 3 in Washington on Wednesday night.

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