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Discuss: Capitals overwhelm Rangers in 3-1 win

May 2, 2013, 10:18 PM EDT

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The Washington Capitals reminded the hockey world why they finished the 2013 season as one of the NHL’s hottest teams on Thursday, beating the New York Rangers 3-1 in Game 1. Let’s discuss the contest:

  • Henrik Lundqvist kept an out-matched Rangers team in the game early on before being overwhelmed by a second period barrage. Can he make enough of a difference for New York to confirm all the dark horse talk they took into the postseason?
  • The Capitals survived a big 5-on-3 in the middle frame. Of course, the Rangers might look at it more as a failure on their part. Can the Blueshirts turn around their shaky power play?
  • How dangerous is Washington? Could the Capitals once again be one of the teams that people expect to impede the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Stanley Cup hopes more than anyone else? (Looking way ahead, obviously.)
  • On a scale of 1-0, how unpleasant do you expect John Tortorella to be after tonight’s game?
  • What changes do the Rangers need to make to get closer in Game 2?
  • Was a play that went under review with 4:03 left in the third period actually a goal?
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  1. sadskinsfan89 - May 2, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    WOW is all i gotta say. LETS GO CAPS!!!!

    • ravenscaps48 - May 2, 2013 at 10:34 PM

      Holtby stood TALL tonight. Good win. 15 to go!

      • bbk1000 - May 4, 2013 at 3:52 PM

        haha, the Caps are not winning the cup by any stretch…….

      • ravenscaps48 - May 4, 2013 at 6:19 PM

        And the Kings weren’t supposed to win it last year. Or the Bruins the year before. Or the Ducks in 2007. Or the Hurricanes in 2006. Or the Lightning in 2004…. You don’t have to be the best team to win the Cup. You have to be hot at the right time. And there is only two teams that bear that title, Chicago and Washington. So shut your whore mouth

      • bbk1000 - May 5, 2013 at 12:24 PM

        haha, the Caps are not winning the cup by any stretch…….

  2. devilsarethebest - May 2, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Ovechkin just showed again how great he is and the regular season streak is no fluke. With him, the Rags stand no chance.

  3. bruinsfan19 - May 2, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    I’m surprised I thought the Rangers would have had their way with Washington this series with King Hank in the net well gotta give it to Washington they played great

    • devilsarethebest - May 2, 2013 at 10:34 PM

      not entirely sure how someone can even think of calling someone without a single cup “king”?

      • mattybo - May 3, 2013 at 7:46 AM

        Funny, because you just called someone without a single cup “great”.

      • devilsarethebest - May 3, 2013 at 1:47 PM

        great is a description, king is a title which is earned by being the best, and henrik aint the best

  4. kantnockdahustle89 - May 2, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Caps played great but the refs made some very odd calls that I had to rewind to figure out what happened. Loved all the hitting by both teams. It was a pretty good game overall. Short rest for Saturday should slow down the pace of the game.

  5. johnstone17 - May 2, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Caps were the better team tonight. Some strange calls on Beagle & Asham. Rangers need to find a way on the power play.

  6. holtbeast - May 2, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    I know that last non-goal was close but there was absolutely no video evidence showing the puck crossing the line. That was a great behind-the-back save by Holtby.

    • johnstone17 - May 2, 2013 at 10:37 PM

      Close don’t count. Hell of a play by Holtby.

  7. panicatthedistrict - May 2, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    The Verizon Center was ROCKING tonight! Nice play by the Caps, it was one heck of a game.

  8. jimw81 - May 2, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    John Tortorella is heading down the same path from his last coach gig. great defense, great goalkeeping, no offensive.

  9. jkay1818 - May 2, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    Odd journalism. the rangers overcame a huge barrage the first 15 mins, the second and third the rangers had a huge advantage in shots. Anyway, this looks like it’s going to be a long tough series. The goal review was close and the crossbar was big in the third. You get the feeling the whole series is going to go this way. games the NYR’s win will be the caps hitting posts and just missing, and vice versa. Loved the tempo in this game. Hats off to the caps, frustrating game for a rangers fan, lots of blocked shots, good job not allowing many odd man rushes. Lundqvist let up two awful goals and the caps played well enough to make them stand. saturday will be fun.

    • johnstone17 - May 2, 2013 at 10:56 PM

      Caps spent an awful lot of time in the Rangers end tonight.

  10. micklethepickle - May 2, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    I don’t watch a lot of Rangers games, so I’m always surprised at just how good Lundqvist is. What a showing by both goalies!!

    As for the “dark horse reputation” of the Rangers, you mean how almost every writer at here picked NYR over the Caps? Uh-huh :)

    Great win, but seemed like a sloppy game by both. Tons of penalties! Glad the Caps came out on top. Can’t wait for the next one!

    • anthonykornheiser - May 2, 2013 at 11:05 PM

      relax, it’s one game in a best of 7 with the home team winning at home. it isn’t a one game series can’t really knock anyone for picking the rangers or the caps just yet.

      • micklethepickle - May 2, 2013 at 11:43 PM

        Good point, and like I said earlier today, the Rangers have a ton of talent that just hasn’t been playing to their potential. But it’s irritating that everyone discounted the Caps because of their early-season slump when Washington had more points in the regular season, a better goal differential, and it’s assumed they can’t advance? Hmph.

        Go Caps!

  11. jkay1818 - May 2, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    i was just commenting on the title of the article. the rangers outshot them and outhit them. they hung tough after the first 15 minutes and the caps took advantage of a few plays. The stralman turnover that led to chimera’s goal and the breakaway goal on the great pass. That’s what wins playoff games. converting on breakaways and getting breaks, eg: the puck not being visible on the goal review, crossbars. taking six penalties vs the leagues top PP doesn’t help your chances either. This is going to go both ways this series with the caps nailing posts in close games as well. I was most impressed with the capitals shot blocking. that is the one column on the stat sheet (aside from the score of course) that they had a real advantage on. they had 36 shots on goal but attempted close to 70.

  12. gmenfan1982 - May 2, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Yeah I wouldn’t exactly say the caps “overwhelmed” the rangers at all. Play went back and forth with the caps starting off much better than the rangers. Just can’t allow turnovers like stralman’s TO that led to a goal. Rangers had plenty of offense and really solid chances just couldn’t get a bounce or a rebound.

  13. jaredo10 - May 2, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    hopefully staal and clowse come back game 2 and when Boyle nd Dorsett are ready I like our chancess

  14. capsfan19 - May 3, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Can i just say steve olesky is a f’in man? A great addition for this team.
    Holtbeast had some rediculous saves that kept the game what it was. And as for that contentious call… Def not a goal

  15. critter69 - May 3, 2013 at 2:42 AM

    Was it a goal, or did the puck get stopped before it cleared the goal line?

    No one can say for sure, but one ref had about as clear a view as anyone, and he ruled the puck did not cross the goal line completely, so no goal. Remember, the NHL rules state that there must be clear evidence in the replay to overrule the call on the ice, and there was no clear evidence in any replay to overrule.

    Personally, I saw nothing that would even cause me to doubt that the call on the ice was correct. Great save by Holtby, and good call by the on-ice zebras.

  16. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 3, 2013 at 7:15 AM

    Great game by the caps. Holt by could have had a shout out if not for a poor play by beagle on the half board. Had the puck clean on his stick and tried to tap it by the d man which failed, that resulted in the play going deep in the zone a ensuing goal.

  17. tfaltin - May 3, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    Great game 1, closer than the scoreboard indicated. The Caps came out flying and really controlled the game early. Credit to Hank for weathering the storm, though after the first I considered the Rangers lucky to be ahead. For the next two periods though I drew a lot of positives for the Rangers. They were ready to fire the puck and cycled in the Washington zone a lot. I’m about as upbeat as I can about a loss. Puck-luck was not with the Rangers, between the Hagelin crossbar, Moore’s probably-a-goal-but-can’t-rule-it-a-goal, and the Caps 3rd marker. If the Rangers stop taking dumb penalties, Zuccarello remembers where the net is, and the bounces even out, I think this series will be even going back to NY. We may have already seen the Capitals potential (Holtby in particular), but not NY’s

  18. daniel10017 - May 3, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    All the Caps did was protect home ice advantage. However if the Rangers don’t make it past the first round, then it would be wise that James Dolan fire both GM Sather and Coach Tortarella. I believe that most fans want to see Sather gone. A complete mediocre record during his 13 year tenure and not even close to the success he had in Edmonton.

  19. blackfoot11 - May 3, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Good game by both teams last night, as both sides had their chances. Clearly, the 2nd period tilted the game the Caps way when they scored the PP goal, killed the 5 on 3, and tallied two more. The Rangers had a late push, but were turned away. This is still a series, and the Caps have to go do it again tomorrow and take nothing for granted. Go Caps!

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