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Playoffs Tonight: Have Rangers started a comeback vs Capitals?

May 8, 2013, 8:04 AM EDT

Marc Staal #18 of the New York Rangers skates against the Washington Capitals in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 6, 2013 in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Capitals 4-3.
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We got another night full of first-round action ahead of us, including two big Game 5s against teams that have split their series so far.

Please keep in mind that you can watch all these games online in addition to the channels listed below:

Game 4: Toronto Maple Leafs host Boston Bruins (7:00 p.m. ET, CNBC)
Boston leads series 2-1

The Toronto Maple Leafs’ first home playoff game since 2004 was spoiled by the Boston Bruins on Monday. Now the Leafs have to refocus on at least claiming one game at the Air Canada Centre so that the series is tied when they go back to Boston.

One thing the Bruins have done exceedingly well so far is to keep the pressure on 25-year-old goaltender James Reimer. He’s faced a minimum of 37 shots in each game this series and the Bruins consequently lead the league in shots per game in the playoffs.

Reimer has allowed four goals on two separate occasions as a result of that onslaught and the Maple Leafs lost both of those games.

Game 4: New York Rangers host Washington Capitals (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN)
Washington leads series 2-1

The New York Rangers got defenseman Marc Staal back from his scary eye injury on Monday and their offense finally woke up en route to a 4-3 victory over Washington. Although Staal didn’t do anything special from a purely statistic perspective in his 2013 postseason debut, his return shouldn’t be overlooked.

“It’s huge. He makes the D-core calm,” Rangers forward Derek Stepan, who netted the game-winning goal, told the New York Post. “He’s got a presence about him that he can just control a game. He did a great job tonight.”

We’ll see if that win marked a turning point in this series or if the Capitals will bounce back and find a way to contain the Rangers’ forwards once more.

Game 5: St. Louis Blues host Los Angeles Kings (9:00 p.m. ET, CNBC)
Series tied at 2-2

The Blues’ two-game lead has been squandered, but the news isn’t all bad for St. Louis.

First off, all four games have been won by the home team and St. Louis has the edge in that department as the fourth seed. Additionally, all four games have been decided by just one goal, so just as they couldn’t claim too much momentum after taking a 2-0 lead, the Kings can’t suggest they have a lot now even after evening the series.

“I don’t think our confidence is shaken here,” Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “If anything, we’re just disappointed with what happened because we know we could have done better.”

It’s also worth noting that Kings forward Jeff Carter got his first goal of the series in Game 4 and he typically scored in bunches during the regular season. If that trend holds true in the playoffs, then Carter might be the difference in this series.

Game 5: Anaheim Ducks host Detroit Red Wings (10:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN)
Series tied at 2-2

There have been two overtime games in this series and Detroit has taken both of them. You might think that’s a sign of their immense playoff experience, and it probably has helped, but the people actually scoring the OT winners have been 23-year-old Gustav Nyquist and rookie Damien Brunner.

A number of Detroit’s younger players have been given sizable roles in this series as the team tries to both simultaneously rebuild and compete after losing several key veterans over the last couple of years.

On the other end, keep an eye on Anaheim’s Corey Perry, who has no goals and just one assist through four games. Perry has been a very effective forward in previous playoff runs and the Red Wings will have a hard time containing him for the remainder of the series.

  1. tfaltin - May 8, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    Buckle up for another great night, hockey fans. Picks:
    Bruins – because playoff David Krejci is elite
    Rangers – seeing the puck go in the net should help the confidence, especially for Nash
    Blues – home team, this team is too complete to lose 3 straight to anybody
    Ducks – no confidence with this pick, I just think Perry’s due

  2. cspsrbums - May 8, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    You talk like the Rangers have been dominating this series The only offense they had was 6 PP. 5 in a row for 12 min in the first 30 min of the game. Caps have out played this team in all 3 games they did get out scored on one. The Caps have shut down there forwards 5-5 in every game. Just tell it like its been played

    • jkay1818 - May 8, 2013 at 8:59 AM

      so i guess everyone should discount the 6 penalties the NYR took in game one then? your logic stinks. I would disagree, the rangers were outplayed the first 15 mins of game one and then controlled the play. Game 2 was 0-0, washington definitely had chances and lundqvist stood on his head but the rangers also hit two key posts in that game in regulation. They took penalties, it is what it is, so did the NYR, you can’t use that as an excuse.
      The shots on goal have been close and the NYR are registered with a lot more hits this series. If anyone listened to you and other cap fans it’s almost as if the NYR have no business even showing up.

    • adge84 - May 8, 2013 at 9:08 AM

      Do you Caps fans even watch the games. Shut down the Rangers 5 on 5 every game really. Last I checked the Rangers put up 3, count them 3 even strength goals last game. Same as the Caps. Fine Boyle’s was at the end of a PP… Still counts as 3 in the books. Try to make yourself a bit more informed before adding a comment that is completely wrong.

    • tfaltin - May 8, 2013 at 9:28 AM

      Yeah PHT might shortchange the Caps’ performance, but you’re not doing the Rangers justice either. The games have been razor close. The Rangers could have deserved game 1, and the Rangers were the better team in Game 3.

  3. johnstone17 - May 8, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    As a Rangers fan, Don’t call it a comeback unless they win tonight.

  4. magicrat13 - May 8, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    monday’s win was obviously huge for the rangers…overall it has been a fairly even series…while i would like the think the win will give the rangers some momentum, nothing this season has gone the way many expected…so i for one, will be nervously watching the game hoping the rangers can even things up…

  5. jpelle82 - May 8, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    stepan is right, its a different team with staal back there. if clowe comes back then green and company can expect a lot more punishment, you know he’s ready to hit somebody. should be a good one to watch

    • utherydeswayn - May 8, 2013 at 12:53 PM

      I don’t see the Caps responding to outside stimulus. They look, to me, like a very confident team that doesn’t panic, and sticks to their game. It’s a very good game, none better to end the season. I don’t see anybody in blue having any impact on the Caps. I just worry about the guys in red, and how they interact with the guys in black and white stripes.

  6. cspsrbums - May 8, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Wrong game 3 caps out shot the rangers 30-18 5-5 you had 1 PP goal and 1 right after one ended the scores have been close because and only because of Lunquest .iif your short handed 5 times in a row on two Sh—t calls you tend to get tired by the end of the game and Ovi Riberio and a few others can’t get on the ice. With that said you need to pay attention to the games Caps have them pinned in there zone for so long it’s not funny. Maybe tonight will be different but don’t fool your self into believing the rangers have matched the Caps. Again Lunquest has kept you in the game. Also get off the post kick Ovi struck one and Chimeria struck one while leading 1-0 in the first period of las game alone the post works not ways.

    • tfaltin - May 8, 2013 at 9:58 AM

      Chimeria and the Lunquest. Sounds like you’re on your way your version of the Canterbury Tales.

    • adge84 - May 8, 2013 at 9:58 AM

      HAHAHAHA. You must be the dumbest SOB of all time. I told you you were wrong the Rangers had 3 even strength goals, I even mentioned and gave you a break saying Boyle’s was at the end of a PP. Still a fact however that they had 3 even strength goals. Also they out shot the Rangers 31-30. not 30-18. At least have the decency to look up the box score if your going to try to defend yourself and not just be wrong all over again further proving my point. Furthermore, no where in my post did I say the Rangers outplayed the Caps. Seriously what the hell are you even talking about. I can’t believe how wrong you are I’m stating facts here not opinions. Way to literally prove you have zero credibility.

      • utherydeswayn - May 8, 2013 at 12:39 PM

        30-18 while 5 on 5. Reading comprehension

    • magicrat13 - May 8, 2013 at 10:12 AM

      seems like someone hit a nerve…lol

  7. cspsrbums - May 8, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Staal was a non factor he still can’t see clear out of his eye. He said that the day before the game Torts is rushing him back. Tort is probably coaching his last few games in NY

  8. cspsrbums - May 8, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Adage your a f idiot if you read clown shots were 30-18 5 on 5 I will spell it out for you a…..ss. Yes the rangers scored one pp goal and one after it ended so yes that means you gave me a break and score 3 on tired players. The caps had 1 shot on There pp so that’s a grand total of 31 40+1=31 .Should have been worse But I have know idea why the caps just passed it around in the rangers zone all night.you should learn to read brfore you open you trap you F… Ing retard

    • tfaltin - May 8, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      Let’s see. Typos (despite the learn to read “brfore” comeback), big fingers, and still in the phase where insinuating f-bombs is valuable to a comment, and calling someone who disagrees with you a ‘retard.’ Obese 15 year old skipping school? Is it breakfast or lunch at Mickey D’s right now?

      • tfaltin - May 8, 2013 at 10:36 AM

        Actually let me try to speak your language. R U M4D BR0?

  9. cspsrbums - May 8, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    30+1 I have big fingers

  10. cspsrbums - May 8, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    30+1I have big finger

  11. cspsrbums - May 8, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Adge84 you are delirious Ho back to your fantasy land I hope they Caps continue to play they have and finish you clowns off . But will have to wait and see. Just let me know who your new coach is next week Jack A…ss

    • adge84 - May 8, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      Haha use a comma it does wonders for getting across what you meant to say. Also are you implying that the Rangers would not of had any shots on goal even strength if non of those power plays happened. Idiot. Trying to read your illegible attempts at a comeback further confirm for me how ignorant you truly must be. Maybe you should worry about the Caps only having 1 shot on goal in 3 power play attempts, one of them being a 2 man advantage at the end of the game. Oh and if Torts loses this series I’d be happy to see him go, so amazing insult. How does a Caps fan take a shot at coaches anyway, 3 different coaches in 3 years. Enjoy watching only a division championship banner rise to the rafters again in DC. Congrats!

  12. anthonykornheiser - May 8, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    CSPSRBUMS, your boss would like to see you in his office, stat! He wants to know why it’s 10:25 and you haven’t done a shred of work but instead hovered over the computer red in the face typing frantically with your “fat fingers” over and over again.
    Just kidding, you don’t work. Your mother just yelled down to the basement, time to peel yourself off the computer, stop commenting and bathe yourself, you have to pound the pavement and start seeing who is hiring.

  13. cspsrbums - May 8, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    I could be watching over you and your Family right now Just thank me that’s all you need to do

    • jpelle82 - May 8, 2013 at 10:38 AM

      thanks batman

      • utherydeswayn - May 8, 2013 at 12:45 PM

        i found you bro.

  14. cspsrbums - May 8, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    I may do that for a living protecting people like you.

    • jpelle82 - May 8, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      lol, what do you do? answer the phone when an alarm system goes off?

  15. anthonykornheiser - May 8, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    You’re an odd human being.
    i’m sorry, THANK YOU! THANKS FOR PROTECTING MY FAMILY AND ME.
    if you are protecting my family, you are doing an awful job. There are three, count them three cat burglars scaling my building right now. You are supposed to be here to protect us but instead you’re frantically commenting 400 times on PHT. how could you!

  16. cspsrbums - May 8, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Well if they fall then Call some people are off during the week and its raining so its a good day to F with NY. I had enough now you win

  17. gaborik104life - May 8, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    I am so sick of everyone saying without Lundqvist this team would suck. It is the truth no doubt about it but a lot of teams rely on one player/players including the team they are facing. Where would Washington be without Ov, Isles without JT, Van without the Sedins, TB without Stamkos, the list goes on. Every team has a player/players they rely and succeed based off. That is not to say these teams would be horrible without them as they all have other good players but it is more than fair to say they would not be as good. Lundqvist is that player for the Rangers. Yes they need him to play good to win but that is how the team is built it’s the reason he won the vezina, why they were in the ECF last year, and why he won an olympic gold, and why he is called “the king.” Washington has the better offense but no one in their right mind is taking Holtby over Lundqvist. That is the advantage the rags have no reason to go crazy over it. Everyone knew coming into this series that would be the case I don’t understand why people are constantly bringing this up.

    • devilsarethebest - May 8, 2013 at 12:43 PM

      How’s that gaborik4life treating you, eh? Go Caps!!

      • gaborik104life - May 8, 2013 at 3:13 PM

        Hehe well played. Gonna need a new name next season or to start posting on cbj posts

  18. adge84 - May 8, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    CSPSR – Haha use a comma it does wonders for getting across what you meant to say. Also are you implying that the Rangers would not of had any shots on goal even strength if non of those power plays happened. Idiot. Trying to read your illegible attempts at a comeback further confirm for me how ignorant you truly must be. Maybe you should worry about the Caps only having 1 shot on goal in 3 power play attempts, one of them being a 2 man advantage at the end of the game. Oh and if Torts loses this series I’d be happy to see him go, so amazing insult. How does a Caps fan take a shot at coaches anyway, 3 different coaches in 3 years. Enjoy watching only a division championship banner rise to the rafters again in DC. Congrats!

  19. c1md6 - May 8, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Adge84, you hit everything on the head except for a, “boom roasted” at the end. Haha you made a lot of great points, LGR!!!

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