New York Rangers
Silverman: The Rangers have an opportunity in Game 1 to set the tone of the series. The Bruins are still in the clouds after their seventh-game miracle comeback vs. Toronto.
“I am not saying there was a phone call from [the league], but someone just wanted Game 7,” Alex Ovechkin told a reporter after the Caps’ Game 7 defeat, seemingly blaming the league for his team even being in an elimination game. But was officiating really Washington’s biggest issue?
Last night’s 5-0 drubbing at the hands of the New York Rangers hurts more than previous playoff disappointments for the Washington Capitals.
Boomer Esiason is a hardcore Rangers fan. He’s also a jinx when at the Verizon Center. So, for tonight’s Game 7 against the Capitals, he’ll be watching the game from the comfort of his couch in high definition.
Radio coverage of Game 7 between the Capitals and the Rangers begins at 7 p.m. Monday with a special one hour pregame show leading up to the puck drop at 8 p.m. on 106.7 The Fan.
The Caps put themselves in the predicament of having to win Game 7 Monday at Verizon Center by losing Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals 1-0 to the Rangers Sunday in New York.
The New York Rangers stayed alive with a 1-0 victory over the Washington Capitals on Sunday that forced a Game 7 in the first-round series.
Mike Ribeiro scored 9:24 into overtime, and the Washington Capitals beat the New York Rangers 2-1 Friday night to regain the momentum — and the lead — in their first-round playoff series.
Caps fans have been forced to temper expectations after Washington raced to a 2-0 series lead, then promptly dropped the next two on the road in New York, but the help the Rangers are getting from the referees is undeniable, even to veteran broadcaster Joe Beninati.
We will look back on 2012-13 as a terrific year during which the Nats, Redskins and Caps all gave Washington division titles. However, the hockey team is getting awfully close to joining its baseball and football brethren in repeating an ugly postseason pattern. Is it something in the Potomac River’s water?