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Rangers 4, Capitals 3

The New York Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals by the score of 4-3, tonight to tie the series 2-2. For a box score, go to Yahoo! Sports.

…listen, I'm more than pumped about the win, but man, this team can't make it easy on their fans, can they. Rangers obviously the better team and still have to hang on for the win. Heart in my throat for the final minute once again.

…resiliency? Urgency? Toughness? Not exactly characteristics that have defined the 2013 Rangers. But hey, better late than never.

…you can't stop Dan Girardi on the power play, you can only hope to contain him.

…one assist, +1, 6 SOG, 7 blocks and 5 hits. Yep, that's a Callahan stat line if I've ever seen one. The exact performance any great captain is supposed display in a game of this magnitude.

…watching Stepan (two game winning goals) and Hagelin (2g, 2a, +3) taking the next step in their careers right in front of our eyes in this series. Exciting to see.

…can't believe Torts scratched Nash tonight. Wait, he played?

…at this point it's safe to a say a half blind Staal would be better out there than Del Zotto. Still can't figure out what he was doing on the Perreault goal.

…speaking of the Perreault goal, I know Eminger made a bad read but Torts is cutting off his nose to spite his face by benching him for the rest of the game. Eminger had been good in this series up until that point and we all saw how the Rangers defensemen got burned out last year when Torts lost confidence in Bickel.

…anyone saying Lundqvist is giving up soft goals has never played goaltender before. Almost every goal against has been either deflected or in the slot. What else do you want from him?

…who new that Brassard would be the former Blue Jacket sparking the Rangers offense in the playoffs.

…praying that Staal scratch had to do with him just not feeling comfortable Monday night, not being flattened by Brouwer.

…it wasn't a goal to tie it with 6.6 seconds to go, but that was a big tally by Richards to reward the Rangers for their strong first period.

…I really like the healthy, playoff Boyle. He's sort of good.

…maybe Ovechkin needs to focus more on finding the back of the net for his team than if the Rangers are being physical enough with him.

…eight goals on Holtby the last two games. Now that the Rangers are finally getting some quality shots on the Washington netminder I think he's been exposed.

…best of three starting on Friday in Washington.

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