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Just one week ago, the New York Rangers anxiously waited through a long Saturday to find out if they would get into the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Bruce Boudreau couldn't sense if Alexander Semin was feeling any pressure heading into Game 1 against the New York Rangers. The enigmatic winger hadn't scored in 15 playoff games dating to 2009 but was doing his best (as usual) to hide his emotions.
Alexander Semin scored at 18:24 of overtime and the Washington Capitals rallied for a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference playoff series on Wednesday night.
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It's an adage in sports that if you don't believe you can and will win, no matter the odds, you might as well not play.
The turning point for the Washington Capitals came on Sunday, Dec. 12, when they were shut out 7-0 by the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
Rewind two seasons and there were the Capitals, a young team trying to win the franchise's first playoff series in 11 years. After two games at home, they were down 2-0, and then 3-1 after four. But they still managed to come all the way back to beat the New York Rangers.
Even in a season that has featured its share of ups and downs, two scores stick out for the Capitals - 7-0 and 6-0. Both are losses, and both came at the hands of the New York Rangers.
The out-of-town scoreboard at BankAtlantic Center on Saturday night meant a lot more to the Capitals than what they did against the Panthers on the ice. Washington left with a 1-0 loss to Florida in Game 82 of the regular season. But the bigger news was the Caps learned they will face the New York Rangers in the first round of the playoffs.