Game 1: Capitals 3, Rangers 1 … Post-game notes (updated with quotes)


Courtesy of the NYR:

Eastern Conference Quarterfinal, Game 1
Verizon Center – Washington, DC
Capitals 3, Rangers 1

Team Notes:

–      The Rangers were defeated by the Washington Capitals, 3-1, tonight at Verizon Center, in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series.

–      New York is now 208-227-8 overall in postseason action, including a 92-139-6 mark on the road.

–      The Rangers out-shot the Capitals, 36-30, in the contest, including a 28-16 advantage after the first period.

–      The Blueshirts out-hit the Capitals, 41-32, with 16 of 18 skaters registering at least one hit in the contest.

Player Notes:

–      Carl Hagelin opened the game’s scoring with his first career playoff goal at 16:44 of the first period. He also registered four shots on goal and logged 17:15 of ice time. Hagelin has now recorded three points (one goal, two assists) in eight career playoff contests against Washington.

–      Ryan Callahan tallied the primary assist on Hagelin’s goal, was credited with three blocked shots, and logged 21:09 of ice time. He has now registered a point in eight consecutive games (five goals, seven assists), including a seven-game point streak to end the regular season.

–      Ryan McDonagh recorded an assist and was credited with two hits in 23:33 of ice time. He has now registered nine points (two goals, seven assists) in the last 15 games, including eight points (two goals, six assists) in the final 14 games of the regular season.

–      Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves and is now 25-31 in 56 career postseason contests.

–      Rick Nash led all skaters with a playoff career-high, eight shots on goal, and logged 23:04 of ice time in the contest.

–      Steve Eminger was credited with a team-high, seven hits, while Mats Zuccarello led all team forwards with six hits.

–      Dan Girardi led the Rangers with four blocked shots, was credited with three hits, and logged a game-high, 29:00 of ice time.

–      Derick Brassard, John Moore, and Kris Newbury each made their playoff debut tonight.

Team Schedule:

–      The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, May 3, is 12:00 p.m. at Verizon Center.

–      The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Washington Capitals on Saturday, May 4, at Verizon Center (12:30 p.m.), in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup.  The game will be televised live on NBC, and can be heard on ESPN 98.7.


Postgame quotes courtesy of the Washington Capitals:

Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates on the 5-on-3 being a momentum changer…

“Big kill. I thought the breakaway that Holts [Braden Holtby] stopped on [Carl] Hagelin was the big one though. Penalties… we killed them well. Every little thing matters.”

Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates on winning tonight…

“It’s one game. Obviously you want to win them all, but it’s one game. We are still holding serve at home and we’ve just got to get ready tomorrow for Saturday.”

Washington Capitals forward Martin Erat on the importance of killing the 5-on-3 penalties…

“It’s a momentum thing. The momentum is going to change so many times in a series. But they came up strong and we played 60 minutes of hockey. That’s what we need to do if want to move on.”

Washington Capitals forward Martin Erat on the importance of winning game one…

“They have to come back and they will come back stronger. We just have to expect it and raise our level for the next game.”

Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin on his power play goal…

“Right away after we had no success on a couple of power plays, we were saying we have to play it simple and just come down and play our game. It was a big goal for us.”

Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin on winning the first game of the series…

“It’s important. We get the lead and right now we have to forget it and get ready for the next game.”

Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson on protecting the two goal lead…

“We just stuck to what we were doing and kept it a little more simple. When we play the game the way we are supposed to for 60 minutes, that’s when we really get it.”

Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson on the Capitals drawing a number of penalties on the Rangers…

“I think we were working hard and moving our feet out there. Sometimes they had no choice but to. That’s the way it is sometimes.”

Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby on the Capitals penalty killing…

“We’ve been good lately. It’s hard to come back percentage-wise when we were where we were at the start of the year. Our penalty kill is right up there with the league’s best now.”

New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella on the importance of the 5-on-3…

“You are trying to get something there, we didn’t. I thought after, in the 5-on-4, we had some chances. But you like to get something there.”

New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella on taking penalties…

“We can’t take that many penalties in the game. They [the Capitals] did get a good bounce off the boards. You can’t take two in a row. Hopefully, we will discipline ourselves next game.”

New York Rangers forward Ryan Callahan on the Rangers 5-on-3 power play…

“We had a couple good looks [on the 5-on-3], obviously you want to score on that opportunity in that chance. After that, it seemed to swing a little bit their way, the momentum but we had some chances on it, it’s just a matter of putting [the puck] in.”

New York Rangers forward Ryan Callahan on how the swing in momentum was a huge factor…

“There’s that five, 10 minute span there in the second period where [the Capitals] grabbed on to [the momentum] and ended up getting a couple goals off of it, and that’s what the playoffs is about, momentum swings and handling it and trying to grab it back when you lose it and not trying to get hurt and tonight. It hurt us.”

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist on the third Capitals goal…

“I have to be more solid on the ice there. I probably expected a pass and maybe I was a little slow to react but it doesn’t matter, I have to stop that. It was just those couple minutes there [in the second period] where they hurt us a little bit, a couple big plays for them and if you take away those five to 10 minutes, we played a pretty strong game.”

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist on the Capitals killing off the 5-on-3 and responding…

“It’s a big play in the game. [The Capitals] kill it off and then they get a couple quick goals so obviously it changed a lot, it really did but we didn’t give up. We kept working really hard. We’ll sit down tomorrow and talk about a few things but they got the first one.”


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  1. His year hasn’t been as good as last year, Salty, but he’s been fairly spectacular to get them into the playoffs and then the sixth seed.

  2. Carp,,,,based on post game interviews, Richards, another Conn Smythe winner, seems to be a lot like Leetch, he knows where the game was won and lost.

  3. Czechthemout!!! on

    Carp Manny

    Actually, they had plenty of zone time on the PP. Torts continues to play the same players who have not produced squat on the PP all season.

    The point men cant shoot for chitt. And Torts love child, Richards shoots when he should pass and pass when he should shoot. He also tries to always pass through the other teams players. Yet, there he is, on the PP always. John Moore is the only guy who can get his shot on goal from the point and yet, he is glued to the bench not only on the PP but also at even strength. MDZ had no buisness getting more ice time than Moore tonight.

    Playing Pyatt over Kreider on the PP is beyond stupid. It borders on the insane.

    And saying that Moore plays with Eminger is not a reason not to play him more.
    Torts changes players around as often as he blinks. It is easy to flip Moore to a different partner.

  4. Olga Folkyerself on

    Definitely on the negative, here. No Sather team will EVER win a Cup. I think that is the weakest link. I’ll still root for them, still hope for them, but I don’t see Stanley Cup from this group. There needs to be a BIG change. Better drafting, better UFA signings, better player development, better scouting, better management.

  5. No sour grapes. We didn’t play well enough, however:

    Bush league officiating. (for both sides, but it happened to especially hurt us.)

    Get that damned Richards OFF the PP.

    Torts has the Press totally intimidated. They sound like a bunch of high school reporters and if they ever did have an intelligent question, they are afraid to ask it.

  6. You have to love the deep hockey wisdom coming from the locker room that points out the game turned on the blown 5 on 3 and giving up two goals in quick succession.

    Then all the reporters echoing it back as if it’s some sort of meaningful insight.

  7. I’m still here, Papa. It might have to go seven, but we will get it done.

  8. Well the only positive thing I can say is let’s see what happens on Saturday when Boyle, Clowe, Dorsett and Staal are all back in the lineup.

  9. Stranger Nation on

    Papa – Richards has a very good view of why we lost as he is usually on the ice when the PP is not working or when they are scoring.

    Enough of him already. Get him OFF the PP entirely. Thought Bros-hard outplayed him since he came over here by a long shot.

    The Rangers’ anchor ….Mr Brad Richards

  10. Olga Folkyerself on

    I do too, Papa. But for every year but the last one since Sather took over, if I wanted to watch hockey past the second round, I had to pick a different team to root for. I settled on Chicago when old man Wirtz died and someone with hockey smarts started running the franchise. I’m waiting for that to happen in NY.

  11. My Granny told me. When I was a kid “on your worst day, if you make it to bed, you have the chance of waking up tomorrow in a better place than you finished today” ….Never really understood what she meant. But, oh well.

  12. Thought Brassard was decent on the PP, but at even strength hes with Pyatt and Kreider neither of whom look so great tonight. Also he outshot Richards 3-1 in about 10 minutes less ice time.

  13. Stranger Nation on

    Torts had Brassard on for 12 ins and Richards for 22 mins and the Rangers had trouble scoring – go figure

  14. Stranger Nation on

    Love the laundry Papa – no tall those wearing it. Will root for the home team and call it as I see it.

    This team is still a year or two away with Bucky Richards playing the role of Terry Malloy.

  15. Olga Folkyerself on

    My Granny tied my left hand behind my back to make me write right-handed. It didn’t work. Now I’m anti-dexterous, I can’t write well with either hand…

    Some grannys mean well but don’t know squat.

  16. Stranger Nation on

    Wings 3-1 after Ducks just scored with Koviu rebound off a Selanne shot – what is this – 1999

  17. Stranger Nation on

    It is as grandmothers that our mothers come into the fullness of their grace.

  18. Richards was bad tonight again… and still got over 20 min of playing time. Torts is amazing coach

  19. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I expected the series to be 1-1 after d.c. (Sound familiar carp?)

    That being said 3 things killed us IMHO…

    No pp goals, especially 5 on 3

    No short handed goals on all those opportunities (including hagars breakaway)

    Stralman (I’m serious as hell here, I’d rather see mcilrath than him on d, inexperience and all)

    Notice how everytime erskine is on the ice and there is a save by holtby at the goal mouth and a stoppage, rangers end up on the ice and a scrum ensues, our guys need that same mentality in front of hank)

    We got pushed around, need clowe, dorsett, Boyle badly!! I’d rather see Haley than kreider

    All that being said LGR!!! We even the series Saturday!!

    Torts needs to pull a teddy Roosevelt and muscle up his line up after game one (I know they ended up losing the series, but…)

  20. Just got back sat right behind the net with all the goals and crossbar, still very optimistic. Biggest play of the game bar none was the short handed breakaway miss by Hags. 2-0 and Hank playing great it was game set n match there. The 5-3 was all about face off loses. We hit hard for short bursts but got to be more constant n smarter. Win game 2 all forgiven

  21. On the Waterfront, Stranger?

    “You don’t understand. I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let’s face it. It was you, Charley.”

  22. it would be really cool if everyone could refer to the time of previous post when commenting on said post.

  23. The last slick move Richards made was when he squeezed a tube of Brylcreem onto his wig.

  24. Slatsko Folkyerself on

    We are still a few years away after the moment Sather retires. It will take time to undo what he’s done.

  25. If the NHL doesn’t start enforcing uniform regulations, in five years we’ll see more car seats than at the bumper car ride at Playland.

  26. Tired, too, of watching Richie stand flat footed in front of the opposing net when the other team is breaking out and then end up 30 yards behind the play, or meandering to the bench while the opposition attacks our blue line.

  27. ThisYearsModel on

    At the ANA-DET game. Watched the game on the monitors here. I thought we took a physical pounding for most of the game. The third goal was brutal, but so was Girardi and McD sleeping and letting Johansson behind them. Strain being taken down right in front of the ref resulting in the third goal was frustrating for sure. The refs allowing Erskine to cross heck away in front all game was silly. I thought Nash needed to show some more intensity. Richards was squeezing his stick, especially on the PP. We sure miss the beef that is out injured.

  28. Stranger Nation on paraphrase Lily Von Stupp

    Tired of play uninspired
    Tired of being admired (by Torts)
    Lets face it…he’s pooped!

  29. Papa/Stranger – My second favorite Brando line, (from The Wild One), sheriff says to him, “What are you rebelling against, son?”
    Brando says, “Whatcha got?”

  30. Stranger Nation on

    You think you’re too good for me. Nobody’s too good for me! Anybody thinks they’re too good for me, I make sure I knock ’em over sometime. Right now, I could slap you around to show you how good you are and tomorrow, I’m someplace else and I don’t even know you or nothing.

    Johnny/Marlon – The Wild One

  31. Stranger Nation on

    Craps D is Craps, just saying
    Our line-up is a mess
    Hank lets in one softee and the world starts rotating the other way
    MDZ was much del zaster

  32. Stranger Nation on

    Salanee with a roughing penalty – throw three punches to head of Wings’ checker – whaaa?

  33. Torts: “We’re changing our tactics. From now on, we’re going to take it TWO games at a time.”

  34. Stranger Nation on

    Torts – you got a question, eh?

    Sam meekly responds – Did the powerplay hurt the team tonight?

    Torts – yes and No…next question

  35. Between An Evrock And A Hard Place on

    Holtby: “Our penalty kill is right up there with the league’s best now.”
    Now? What, like in the playoffs? If you finished in 27th place at the end of the season, your penalty kill hasn’t exactly been top of the class. But after playing the Rangers, every team’s penalty kill looks top notch.

  36. Lloyd Braun on

    Tonight the Rangers looked a whole lot like the team they looked like for most of the season

  37. Between An Evrock And A Hard Place on

    Callahan on the 5 on 3: “but we had some chances on it, it’s just a matter of putting [the puck] in.” Really? Is that what you were trying to do? I couldn’t tell.

  38. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    All the sliding around on their stomachs the rangers d does and the one time they should (caps second goal) and neither guy dives.


  39. Is This Real? on

    might be a short series if the usual suspects dont get their game together. lundqvist made some great saves but true to form let up a real featherweight that broke their backs. richards mia, nash mia, D-Zaster doing his thing. very frustrating game. again i can’t help but wonder why i invest so much emotionally in this team year after year. i’m getting to old for it, wish i could just enjoy it like a normal person

  40. We Will, We Will Evrock You! on

    My Observations (in no particular order and remember, I had to watch the VS. feed):

    1)Didn’t the Rangers have the puck when Erat freight-trained Zuccs? In fact all of the penalties that the craps took were whistled down while the Rangers had the puck and/or when no one actually ever touched it to get the whistle. Great job, refs, though no surprise there.

    2)I know Zuccs turned his back to Erat, probably because he saw him coming, but if Zuccs got hurt on the play do you think that would’ve been a 5 minute major? I thought it should’ve been anyway. Erat sized him up and had no intention of playing the puck, just running the little guy through the boards. Not that it matters seeing as our PP is back its norm.

    3)It’s quite apparent that Richards thinks he has a superpower… the ability to pass and shoot through anyone in the way. He always waits til an opponent is right in his face before he’ll let a shot and sometimes a pass go.

    4)Speaking of waiting til the opponent is all up in your grill… The Rangers need to stop waiting until an opponent is right next to them to move the puck, especially in d-zone. The only reason behind this is that they have no idea what to do with the puck until they’re forced into making a decision and by then their options have become extremely limited.

    5)Rangers played better on the Craps PP than we did on our own. I think we had more shots on theirs at least.

    6)The Rangers always back up when the opposing teams try to skate in with the puck. Never trying to make a hit, just trying to keep them to the outside. You can’t win when you have too much respect for any member of the other team like that.

    7)Lundqvist’s upending behind the net: Not a single word acknowledging it by every VS. announcer. That was a trip, plain and simple and the craps player even looked back because he knew what he’d done.

    8)The goal that didn’t count: Isn’t it funny how the two views of the puck weren’t available. The goal-cam was angled low and there was no angle that showed anything from the side where the shot was taken.

    9)This looked a lot like the beginning of our season. Too-many-men 35 seconds in. Lundqvist looking amazing and then entirely mortal. Hopefully they’ll pick it up a lot quicker than it took them in the regular season. They’ve only got at most 6 games to get a handle on it….

    10)The Rangers still play 2 and sometimes 3 guys high on the blue line on the PP. What the heck is that? In fact two Rangers almost hit each other because it was too cramped on the blue line. No one on our team has a heavy enough shot to play that way up top. The 5 on 3 looked just like their 5 on 4. Even though they had 2 extra men the Rangers continued to play 2 high, all the way at the blue line and 2 against the boards. They need to move in a little. Those long passes aren’t fooling anyone. Also Richards. ‘Nuff said.

    11) On a positive note the Rangers had some good offensive looks but just couldn’t put it in. Hopefully Lundqvist got the kinks out of his game in this one and that the offense can score a couple more next game. Our offense was bad in this one AND our goaltending was a little soft, but there’s no way those two can happen in the same game again, can it? We’ll just have to see if they come to play on Saturday or if they need to wait till the 10 minute mark to join the play….

  41. If Boyle and Dorsett come back:


    If Clowe comes back as well I assume Kreider comes out. Be interesting to see how many hurt players come back, who comes out and if it makes any noticeable difference.

  42. I don’t think they looked that bad. They were not great, but I thought they were good enough that Hank could have stolen the game. They came close on a couple of chances and Hank let in one very-non Hank goal. Hope Saturday is better.

  43. We Will, We Will Evrock You! on

    They game definitely fell out of the Rangers hands when the 2nd goal in that 46 second span happened. Took away whatever wind was in their sails.

  44. Lloyd Braun on

    they didn’t look that good either

    if Clowe, Boyle and Dorsett are all playing in the next game there’s no way you can have both Asham and Pyatt in the lineup

    and Tortorella needs to split Nash and Richards up because as most of us realized 6 weeks ago, it doesn’t work

  45. We Will, We Will Evrock You! on

    And I was thinking that too. That Hank could’ve stolen this one. I have no idea what happened to him after the first and a bit of the second. It was like a tale of two goalies. He wasn’t horrific and he even made a bunch of fantastic saves the rest of the way, but the soft goals hurt, not just him, but the whole team.

  46. We Will, We Will Evrock You! on

    Lloyd, did you forgot about Newbury? He’s coming out before Pyatt. I’d say that’s unfortunate but we’ll never know what Newbury’s got from the amount of time Torts plays him. I’ve always wondered if Newbury would be a full-time NHLer if he was on another team with a coach that wasn’t afraid to play all 4 lines.

  47. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I’ve been complaining about your #6 for years, and we never seem to address it. Step up and separate the man from the puck.

    The worst part about #7 was no one on the rangers stepped up and did anything about it. We looked very buffaloesque there and that isn’t good.

  48. We Will, We Will Evrock You! on

    I was thinking the exact same thing about the similarities to Buffalo not backing up Miller…. twice. Maybe if it was Lucic that tripped him the Rangers might of done something I guess…

  49. We Will, We Will Evrock You! on

    The thing I don’t understand about Newbury is that he’s a scorer in the AHL and yet whenever he’s brought up he’s brought up to be a 4th liner that’s supposed to bang bodies and act tough. Sounds kinda like Torts’ handling of Kreider in a way.

  50. Watched the game TIVO so I skipped around.

    rangers had opptys. did not cahs in. hags post, breakaway.

    they need to bury some opptys.

    get clowe and even boyle back and sit some of the 4th line dreg. newbury did OK in his time but he is like Powe a million to 1 to score….

  51. Rob in Beantown on

    I only saw one period of the game because I’m on the road–the second period. Actually I turned on the game right immediately before the Caps scored their first goal, so you should all blame me for the loss. I’m posting from 38,000 ft right now just to say that after reading the game thread comments, mothman should be banned from this site for being a worthless troll who impedes the enjoyment of the rest of us.

  52. Rangers in 5. Caps are terrible…Nash controlls play

    Henrik is so hot right now….so hot

  53. Rangers in 6. Capitals got the first goal on a bad call. Got their third goal on a bad non call and the rangers got a goal taken away from them on a terrible call. The capitals can’t hide behind the refs all series. A three goal spotting by the refs is tough to overcome in playoff hockey I don’t care who you are. BTW. Holtby is weak.

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