stanley cup playoffs
Jarome Iginla and James Neal each scored twice and the Pittsburgh Penguins routed the Ottawa Senators 7-3 on Wednesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal 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.
The Washington Capitals have called up right wings Joey Crabb and Tom Wilson from Hershey of the AHL ahead of Friday’s Game 5 against the New York Rangers. Wilson is just 19-years-old, and the Caps 16th overall pick in the NHL Entry Draft just last year.
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?
The Caps hopes for a series sweep were dashed in their 4-3 loss to the Rangers Monday, but the chance for a short series in the interest of sparing their legs for a deep playoff run is still alive.
“I thought some guys worked hard and played a good game,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “Again, with our club we need all 20 guys going, and we didn’t have all 20.”
Hours after helping the Penguins demolish the New York Islanders, Pittsburgh winger Matt Cooke stops by with Vinnie & Cook for his weekly appearance on Sportsradio 93-7 The Fan.
What would playoff hockey be without the Rangers playing the Capitals?
In less than 48 hours Capitals goalie Braden Holtby not only dealt with a disappointing game seven loss in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, but also the surprising news that the man who helped lead them there is leaving.