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Discuss: Capitals take 3-2 series lead with OT win

May 10, 2013, 10:47 PM EDT

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The Washington Capitals struggled to beat Henrik Lundqvist on Friday night, but they finally solved him a second time to win Game 5 2-1 in OT, taking a 3-2 series lead against the New York Rangers in the process.

Let’s roll out the talking points.

  • Fans and pundits love to lob unfair criticism on Alex Ovechkin. Hopefully Lundqvist is immune to such talk since he was a huge difference-maker (and usually is), but will that be the case? Can great play by the Swedish star stave off silly “choker” talk if the Rangers fall short in the playoffs once more?
  • Mike Ribeiro hasn’t had a very productive series, but he scored the game-winner. How much would Washington miss him if he bolts via free agency? How much is he worth?
  • Can the Capitals end this series in Game 6?
  • If not, which team is more equipped for a Game 7 victory? Could every game of this games go to the home team?
  • The Caps fired 13 shots on goal to the Rangers’ four in the third period. Was that a matter of fatigue or a squad hyped up by home-ice?
  • Rick Nash seemed to struggle with cramps and inconsistent play. Is this evidence that he isn’t “ready” or “built” for the playoffs or merely a bump in the road?
  1. mp1113 - May 10, 2013 at 10:54 PM


  2. billyhauntswizards - May 10, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Nash better be injured or something because his display in this post season has been nothing short of PATHETIC. Richards. God. I don’t know what else to say about that plug. What chokes.

    • ravenscaps48 - May 10, 2013 at 11:34 PM

      I smile at this comment.

    • polegojim - May 10, 2013 at 11:56 PM

      Now we see that the Blue Jackets issues…. may not have been ‘Columbus’…

      Nash is right up there with Parise… FLOP FLOP FLOP when it counts most.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 11, 2013 at 12:03 AM

        Come on now. He’s not Parise bad. Wasn’t “No Show” Parise a Negative 7 or something equally as laughable?

      • polegojim - May 11, 2013 at 10:27 AM

        ; ) ok… you’re right on that one.

        100 mil… for -7 -7 -7… in the playoffs… WOW.

  3. dabutcha114 - May 10, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    FIRE TORTS!!!!

  4. csilojohnson - May 10, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Ribiero had a great game on faceoffs as well as the OT winner.
    I think he has added some much needed depth on that team.
    Nash is Top 3 Biggest PusC in the game. Not surprised he can’t handle the playoffs.

  5. stunzeed5 - May 10, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Love those Cappies!

  6. spearsnva - May 10, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Nash is a big lug, like the bench boss!

    The CAPS will crush the rangers in game 6 and put them out of their misery.

    • phillyphanatic77 - May 11, 2013 at 12:02 AM

      With the exception of game 1, every game has had a one goal difference. I don’t think either team will do any crushing. I want the Caps to advance but the Rangers aren’t just gonna roll over. They still have a world-class goalie that’s tough to beat. It’s very possible this series goes seven.

  7. sportsfan69 - May 10, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Nash and Richards equals NOTHING.

  8. sportsfan69 - May 10, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Wow! What’s 15 million (Nash and Richards) buy you? 1 goal and 1 assist. Fire Sather and Tortorella, this is pathetic. First, Chris Drury and Gomez, now these two playoff chokers.

  9. c1md6 - May 10, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Can we please trade lundqvist so he has an opportunity to win a cup. What a waste of a talent. All ranger fans knew the second this went to ot it was over, lets face it outside or the staal goal last year (which was gift wrapped by a ward high stick) were always on the other side of these big goals. Poor hank, he deserves a real team and I hope for his sake he bolts for the door.

  10. cspsrbums - May 10, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    While Ribs got the game winner.I don’t think he gets a 4 year contact that he is looking for at his age. If he settles for 2 years Caps will keep him

  11. cspsrbums - May 10, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    If Nash isn’t ready or built for the playoffs he would be in real trouble if this was a full season

  12. capitalspowerkill - May 11, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    If anybody were to call Lundqvist a choker they’d be crazy. The guy is playing on his head, and its not his fault that the Rangers can’t score.

  13. josephdj9 - May 11, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    I think this series goes 7. An the winner is……..

    • cheesesteak75 - May 11, 2013 at 8:02 AM

      …the team they will play in the next round!

  14. johnstone17 - May 11, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    Checking in once again as the realistic, non whining Rangers fan. At what point tonight were the Rangers the better team? Oh. let me help you. NEVER Hey coack, I have an idea: Keep shortening your bench. it works so well. better yet, Keep defending Boyle & Richards, it works so well. Hey I have an idea: Let’s score one goal & ask our worn out goalie to make it stick. Starts with Tortorella. End of story.

    • gaborik104life - May 11, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      Wow Johnstone. How dare you not mention the first 55 seconds.

  15. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 11, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    It was a dumb penalty by Boyle that led to the caps first goal. It was a selfish retaliation. In OT it was Brassard who cleared the puck right to Green which then led to the shot on net and onto Ribiero’s stick for the game winner. BTW, is it just me or were the caps diving a lot during that game?

    • bmoreredfury311 - May 11, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      No it’s just you. Cause your an idiot and biased.
      Love the hate. Keep it going boys.GO CAPS

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 11, 2013 at 3:59 PM

        Well. Ovi embellished a few times and Ribeiro went down like a rock on a slash to the leg, and Alzner also took a dive. Oh! What do you think of Erskine’s whining?

      • bmoreredfury311 - May 11, 2013 at 9:45 PM

        OH you sad little troll, you make me laugh, please show me these dives and the whining.
        Aren’t you the same moron that was trying to predict the whole end to the lock out and your awesome source, that was always wrong. You sir lost all respect and your words carry no insight, w/ that sh*t show.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 12, 2013 at 12:25 PM

        Chill out! I don’t know what bit you. Don’t try telling me Ovi doesn’t embellish. Just spend a few minutes on you tube and you’ll see for yourself. I love to watch Ovi when he’s on offense because he’s at his best. But when he is on D, he’s pathetic. So, why can’t you admit he embellishes and he sucks on D. He’s only one of many who embellishes. There are so many now that the NHL is starting to look like soccer when it comes to dives.

  16. 950003cups - May 11, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    That was one of the wildest end-to-end action OTs I’ve seen in a loooong time. Nash didnt choke. Neither did Ovi or Parise for that matter. It just goes to show you that when a team wants to shut them down, you see how great they’re not.

    That’s why I love having Kovalchuk on my team. He’s hard to shut down even in playoffs. Last year he was doing well in the postseason. Good job Lou!

    • johnstone17 - May 11, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      Nobody has ever shut Kovie down? Really?

    • phillyphanatic77 - May 11, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      Kovalchuk is as relevant to this discussion as Claude Giroux. And to your point of being shutdown, Giroux WAS shutdown by your devils but he still had as many goals (8) and two less points (17) than Kovalchuk (8, 19) in 13 less playoff games last year. So I wouldn’t say Kovalchuk was some unstoppable force.

  17. blackfoot11 - May 11, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Good team win for the Caps. Let’s go get game 6 and end this series. Go Caps!

  18. vtdcfan - May 11, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    I must say that that rangers fans are the smartest and respectable of the bunch from that city… In all sports. Tough fought games every time out and we will be “lucky” if we can finish in 6 with the way this series has gone. This team will not go away quietly. Lets go caps! Finish this thing and let’s move on!!!

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