Smokin’ Al: Caps ‘Held Their Own’ Through Rangers’ ‘Desperation Punch’

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Ryan Callahan #24 of the New York Rangers with a very clean-looking hit against Caps star Alex Ovechkin. (Credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Ryan Callahan #24 of the New York Rangers with a very clean-looking hit against Caps star Alex Ovechkin. (Credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - Braden Holtby came down to earth in the Caps 4-3 loss to the Rangers Monday night, bringing New York within one game of tying the series and offering fans in D.C. a crude reminder of who kept their team out of the Eastern Conference Finals last season.

But fear not Caps fans, Smokin’ Al Koken – a man who needs no introduction around these parts – has just the medicine to get you in the right spirits for Game 4 Wednesday, when the Caps head back to the Garden to play for a Game 5 elimination game at home.

“If that was the Rangers desperation punch, I think the Capitals answered it and held their own,” Koken told the Junkies Tuesday morning. “It’s a disappointing loss, but it’s not a crushing loss by any means.”

“When you watch them kill off the penalty in the aggressive fashion they did, and then literally dominate the Rangers so badly that Ryan Callahan, even with a timeout taken by John Tortorella, was on the ice for the final three minutes and 45 seconds before he took that delay of game penalty, because they wore the Rangers out,” Koken continued. “They had three different lines changing to keep the Rangers relatively pinned in.”

“The way they outworked the Rangers defense, the way they controlled the boards, the way they just did everything to keep pucks alive has, to me, been the most impressive story of these playoffs,” he said, to cheering Caps fans everywhere.

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