The Rangers used the momentum from early power plays to cut the series lead to 2-1. (MSG)
The Washington Capitals dropped a game in their 2013 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the New York Rangers on Monday night, falling 4-3 to the Rangers inside the World’s Most Famous Arena. After taking an early lead on a Nicklas Backstrom, the Capitals allowed two goals before tying the game on a Mike Green tally. After trading goals with New York in the first ten minutes of the third period, Derek Stepan broke the tie for good in close after Ryan McDonagh held the puck in at the line. A late power play for the Capitals with 1:56 remaining failed to even produce a shot, and the Caps saw their advantage in the series cut in half.
The power play at the end of the game for Washington was brutal. After biting so hard on Mike Ribeiro’s fake at the end of game two, did the Capitals really think that the Ranger penalty killers were going to give in to his jukes so easily with the game on the line? I bet John Tortorella personally drilled in to each player’s head that Ribeiro doesn’t shoot on the power play. But the Caps’s shifty center had the puck in a shooting position for a majority of the man advantage without pulling the trigger and his team paid for it, not even getting a shot on goal. Yes, the shooting lanes were clogged, but you have to make something work in that situation and Alex Ovechkin, the team’s best power play weapon, floated unused at the left circle. Inexcusable, especially with how great the power play has been this year.no comments