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Consider Monday night's Game 2 in a vacuum without consideration of salary, reputation or statistics, and Alex Ovechkin's numbers made him look like a clutch third-liner and power-play specialist.
Alex Ovechkin's goal late in the third period gave the Washington Capitals a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers, tying their Eastern Conference semifinal series at a game apiece.
It's nice when the Washington Capitals get production from the likes of forwards Jay Beagle and Joel Ward. But in order to beat the New York Rangers, the core players — Alex Ovechkin, Brooks Laich, Alexander Semin and Nicklas Backstrom — need to improve off their Game 1 performance.
General manager George McPhee and owner Ted Leonsis were all smiles. Taking and giving congratulations in the visiting locker room at TD Garden, there was a palpable sense of relief after the Washington Capitals' 2-1 overtime victory in Game 7.
Dale Hunter gushed about it: a Game 7 for the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night at the Boston Bruins with a trip to the second round on the line.
Alexander Semin's prodigious talent makes him one of the Washington Capitals' most effective players. It also is why he can be one of their most maddening.
If there's anything we've learned over the years watching the Washington Capitals in the playoffs, it's not to jump to any conclusions. The Caps are the ultimate it-ain't-over-till-it's-over team.
The Capitals will open the playoffs Thursday at the Boston Bruins, but are now being picked by most pundits to bow out in the first round — unfamiliar territory for a team used to home-ice advantage. But it's not something players are shying from.
It wasn't bad enough that the Washington Capitals skated a player short for much of the game. It wasn't bad enough that they lost starting goaltender Tomas Vokoun to injury in the first period. Then they had to go and blow a two-goal lead late in the third as what could have been a sure victory over the Boston Bruins devolved into uneasy chaos.