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Late penalties spoil Rangers’ comeback attempt

Apr 30, 2012, 11:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: The Washington Capitals celebrate after they won 3-2 against the New York Rangers in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 30, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Getty Images

The New York Rangers had been playing catch-up for most of Monday’s game when Ryan Callahan finally found the back of the net at 6:58 of the third period to even the score at 2-2. They seemed to have momentum on their side and for a short time it looked like they might pull off a comeback.

In the end though, they were undone by minor penalties at 9:53 and then 12:29 of the third period. The Rangers were able to kill off the first penalty, but Alex Ovechkin scored off the latter opportunity to led the Washington Capitals to a 3-2 victory.

“Can’t give things for free… You battle back as hard as we did, you can’t take four minutes in penalties (late),” said Rangers coach John Tortorella.

That might sound obvious, but as we’ve seen, it’s also easier said than done.

The Rangers’ penalty killing percentage is 84.8, which is lukewarm by the 2012 postseason’s standards. Washington’s effectiveness with the man advantage also hasn’t stuck out in the playoffs. Still, those untimely penalties might have cost the Rangers a game and the advantage in this series. Now they will have to take at least one contest in Washington if they want to get into the Eastern Conference Finals.

  1. dsd3 - Apr 30, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Good game, very exciting. I also thought it was pretty funny when the Caps scored about 20 seconds after the “Ovi sucks” chant.

    • ithacamike - May 1, 2012 at 8:09 AM

      Twice!

  2. capsfan19 - May 1, 2012 at 7:22 AM

    Ha how about scoring after the holtby sucks chants?? Rangers fans need to cheer when the puck is in their zone, not on the transition ha ha ha

  3. rockthered1286 - May 1, 2012 at 7:51 AM

    All I keep hearing now is “non-call on inteference right before the Ovi goal” And I do in fact apologize to Rangers fans. I’ll go ahead and make sure I notify the team that if their boys have a lane or spot on the rink in mind, we must move out of their way and hand them the puck next time.

    Rock.
    The.
    RED.

    • ithacamike - May 1, 2012 at 8:12 AM

      They wouldn’t have called interference there in the 1st period of a regular season game…Backstrom barely moved. Is he supposed to move out of the way and roll out the red carpet?

      Caps in 7.

      • oconnor007 - May 1, 2012 at 10:25 AM

        Why Caps in 7? Holtby is starting to show some signs of turning into a pumpkin. Bunch of bad rebounds last night.

      • tonyromoisterrible - May 1, 2012 at 9:13 PM

        Caps in 5….. Dale has the rangers figured out. Two at home, and then finish them off at their god for saken, dim, terrible iced arena. MSG should be condemned. It is a gross, smelly, disgusting building with the majority of the fans (rangers fans) being drunk, belligerent, and rude. Hell of a lot you got going for you up there in NY ranger fan boys.

  4. rg3isvictory - May 1, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    It’s going to be a much more difficult time for the Caps defenders as the series continues if the Capa can’t find a way to clear the puck more effectively! NY has so much speed that I’m amazed there wasn’t more odd man scoring chances for the Rangers. But the Rangers leave themselves open for similar situations with the offensive aggressiveness of their defenders. Holtby played well enough and will continue to keep the Caps in games. The guy is the real deal!!! I would like to see the Caps hit a lot more!!!

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