- The Washington Times - Monday, April 27, 2009

SEEN AND HEARD AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

NEW YORK - On a steamy spring afternoon in Manhattan, more than 18,000 fans filled the Garden, but they were as nervous as the Rangers were tentative. And things never got better for either group.

The press box at Madison Square Garden is between two levels of seating, so every insult, every encouragement and every whine by Rangers fans is heard loud and clear. The good thing about Rangers fans is they don’t need somebody blowing a horn to start yelling “Let’s go Rangers!”

They booed Alex Ovechkin every time he stepped on the ice but booed their team off the ice after the first period. When the Caps made it 4-1, a new chant started: “Fire Sather!” referring to Rangers general manager Glen Sather.

After the Caps made it 5-1, a cheer started every time the Rangers got a shot on goal. Near the end of the second period, fans in front of the box got up to leave, saying, “We’ll see you guys next year.”

- Ryan O’Halloran

NUMBER OF THE GAME

17-10 Goal differential in the Caps’ favor this series.

THREE STARS

Tom Poti

He scored a goal and assisted on three others

David Steckel

Assisted on two goals for his first points of the series

Viktor Kozlov

His dazzling goal made it 4-1 midway through the second

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