Skip to content

Get ready for Lundqvist vs. Ovechkin Part III

Apr 26, 2012, 9:55 PM EDT

lundqvistlookstiredgetty Getty Images

Even in times when they weren’t moderate underdogs, it seemed like the Washington Capitals had one team’s number in the Alex Ovechkin era: Henrik Lundqvist‘s New York Rangers. King Henrik often kept over-matched Rangers teams in those series, yet the higher seed Caps won both series.*  The third part of that trilogy will happen in the 2012 semifinals after the Rangers and Capitals won insanely close first round series.

The third edition has some interesting new wrinkles even if Lundqvist’s and Ovechkin’s names remain on top of the marquee. This time around, the Rangers are the No. 1 seed while the Capitals are the dangerous underdogs.

After jostling with equally emphatic coach Bruce Boudreau before, John Tortorella will get to soak up all the attention if Dale Hunter gets his way. Tortorella didn’t have a whole lot to tell PHT’s Joe Yerdon about the upcoming series after Game 7 yet, though.

“I haven’t even got that far yet,” Tortorella said.

That coaching difference will likely represent as big a change as who has home ice. The Rangers might very well see a little bit of themselves – or maybe their old selves – in the increasingly scrappy Capitals.

So, with all that in mind, what are your early impressions? Can Washington thrive in its underdog role again or will the Rangers get some revenge? Will Braden Holtby top Lundqvist like he did to Tim Thomas? It should be a fun one.

* The Capitals took the 2009 series in seven games and topped New York in five last year.

Latest Posts
  1. NHL shoots down Tkachev’s contract with Edmonton

    Sep 30, 2014, 8:15 PM EDT

    tkachevvlad Getty Images

    It appears that he needs to enter the 2015 NHL Draft.

  2. NHL Board of Governors approves Islanders sale

    Sep 30, 2014, 7:27 PM EDT

    islanderslogo

    It looks like the transition from Charles Wang’s ownership will ramp up soon.

  3. Johansen, Blue Jackets talks haven’t just resumed, they’re ‘very polite’

    Sep 30, 2014, 7:13 PM EDT

    Columbus Blue Jackets  v Pittsburgh Penguins - Game Two Getty Images

    What a difference injuries and a nearing regular season makes …

  4. Drouin’s goal is to return for Lightning opener

    Sep 30, 2014, 6:40 PM EDT

    Lightning Camp Hockey AP

    He says the “progress has been really good.”

  5. Risk Factors: Toronto Maple Leafs edition

    Sep 30, 2014, 5:28 PM EDT

    Randy Carlyle Getty Images

    Will this be another season to forget for Toronto?

  6. Babcock was raving about Smith’s performance versus Leafs

    Sep 30, 2014, 4:26 PM EDT

    Brendan Smith AP

    Called him “the best defenseman on the ice.”

  7. Caps still haven’t identified their 2C

    Sep 30, 2014, 4:00 PM EDT

    Brooks Laich Getty Images

    “We’ve got three games left here, so we really need to finalize what we’re going to do.”

  8. Spezza wants to ‘get comfortable’ before talking contract with Stars

    Sep 30, 2014, 2:28 PM EDT

    Florida Panthers v Dallas Stars Getty Images

    “I’m not naive, I know as the season goes on it’ll become more of a talking point.”

  9. Jets get good news on eye injuries to Cormier, Galiardi

    Sep 30, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT

    Patrice Cormier Patrice Cormier

    Looks like both have avoided serious damage.

  10. Speedy recovery: Giroux (lower body) to play vs. Rangers tonight

    Sep 30, 2014, 11:57 AM EDT

    claudegirouxcgetty Getty Images

    Flyers captain will make preseason debut at Wells Fargo.

  11. Devils release Fedotenko and Kaberle from tryouts

    Sep 30, 2014, 11:46 AM EDT

    New Jersey Devils v New York Islanders Getty Images

    Could either catch on with another team?

  12. Risk Factors: New York Rangers edition

    Sep 30, 2014, 11:09 AM EDT

    Montreal Canadiens v New York Rangers - Game Four Getty Images

    Defending Eastern Conference champs had some major turnover this summer.

  13. Dumba ‘doing a lot of good things’ in push for spot on Wild

    Sep 30, 2014, 11:05 AM EDT

    Matthew Dumba Getty Images

    Good things like getting an assist in three straight games.

Sign up for Fantasy hockey

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. S. Crosby (2630)
  2. R. Johansen (2374)
  3. E. Malkin (2191)
  4. P. Datsyuk (2166)
  5. J. Drouin (2035)
  1. D. Stepan (2028)
  2. F. Forsberg (1863)
  3. C. Giroux (1784)
  4. T. Krug (1782)
  5. J. Staal (1758)