It's almost too predictable at this point.
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The Washington Capitals lost game six of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the New York Rangers on Sunday at Madison Square Garden, falling 1-0 in a had-fought, defensive affair. Derick Brassard scored the lone goal of the game for New York midway through the second period while Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves in net for the Rangers, stellar once again. The Capitals took five penalties in the game while the Rangers did not take one until the 20:00 mark of the final period, after it could have any impact on the game. With the loss, Washington is set up for yet another game seven, their third consecutive and sixth in their last eight playoff series.
The penalties were the story in this game. Though the Capitals were able to kill off all five power plays that the Rangers were awarded, they set the tone for the whole game, as I have said that they would over and over again in this series. You can complain about the officials all you want, and you may have a point. But the bottom line when it comes to stuff like this is that the Capitals have to keep their heads. They cannot lose their cool. The Rangers, like the Bruins, are a big physical team who will goad you in to crap like this and then take advantage of it. Mike Green, justified or not, lashed out late in the game after what he perceived to be a slew foot and it cost Washington any momentum they had as the game wound down, hurting their chances to tie. It’s not an excuse, and it’s over. Move on.no comments