Pregame: Rangers vs Caps (Round 1, Game 4) — Turn It Around

Pregame: Rangers vs Caps (Round 1, Game 4) — Turn It Around

The Rangers are at Madison Square Garden tonight to take on the Washington Capitals in their first round playoff series. The Caps lead the series 2-1. The puck drops at 7 p.m. and can be seen locally on MSG and nationally on Versus.

A lot has happened since we last met.

First, we were introduced to the Dubistache. To quote Henrik Lundqvist, it’s so bad it’s good. Brian Boyle, though, was the trendsetter for the mustaches. And Brian McCabe also is sporting a mustache now, although I haven’t seen the photos of it yet.

Then the Rangers actually won! It wasn’t an easy one either. They would go ahead, but then the Capitals would fight back. But Brandon Dubinsky and his pornstache had the final say when he scored with under two minutes left to play in the game. The Rangers are now in the position to tie the series before they head back to Washington for game 5 on Saturday.

But then the fun started on Monday. Caps coach Bruce Boudreau decided to run his mouth. First he complains about Staal’s hit on Mike Green right before Ovechkin’s goal on Sunday, calling for a suspension. Here’s the video:

Maybe the reason Boudreau wants Staal suspended is because of how he’s matched up against Ovechkin this series. Of course, for two games the Capitals coach had the choice to keep Ovechkin away from Staal, and he didn’t do that.

And then Boudreau decided to rip Madison Square Garden and the fans. Because we don’t have a horn guy and cowbells and music blasting every 30 seconds. And do you know how exhausting it is to cheer the entire game? Sheesh. Rangers fans know when to bring it. Just look at the video of the national anthem from Game 7 in 1994. Can you even hear the anthem? Nope. And did you hear the crowd after Dubinsky scored? I’m sure Boudreau will hear it from the Garden faithful on Wednesday night. Someone get some Haagen Daz to throw in his direction.

But these don’t seem like things a coach with a 2-1 series lead would be saying. It’s like the Rangers are ahead in the series. John Tortorella seems like the coach who has the series lead right now.

Now with the hype of Game 4 about to be in the rearview, the Rangers need to focus on the task at hand. They need to get this done tonight if they want to have a chance at this series and to make it interesting.

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Rangers 1, Capitals 2 (Game 1)
Matt Gilroy scored early in the third period to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead. But just when we were getting comfortable, confident in Lundqvist and the defense, not worried there would be an overtime, Alex Ovechkin scored as the Capitals crowded and crashed the net. The play was reviewed, and the replay showed the puck squirt by Lundqvist. We headed to overtime, and the Rangers looked tired in the second half of the extra period. On a bad change and then a bad clear, the puck ended up on Alexander Semin’s stick (insert childish joke here), who scored the winning goal. Caps lead the series 1-0.

Rangers 0, Capitals 2 (Game 2)

The Rangers came out strong in the first period on Friday, but they didn’t get the puck in the net. And in the second period, the Rangers couldn’t keep up their intensity. The Capitals took advantage of the Rangers mistakes. Jason Chimera scored a little more than two minutes into the second to give the Caps a 1-0 lead. Then Jason “Once a Devil Always a Devil” Arnott scored about two minutes later. The score would remain 2-0 as Neuvirth notched the shutout.

Capitals 2, Rangers 3 (Game 3)

The Rangers and Caps kept it scoreless for the first period again, but then the scoring started in the second period. But every time the Rangers scored, the Capitals had an answer. First Christensen scored in the second period, but Ovechkin answered with a late second period goal. And that’s when the conspiracy started. It appeared the Rangers scored as the second period closed, but it was waved off after a review. But everyone was convinced it was a goal because NBC didn’t give us a good enough shot of the play. In the third, Vinny Prospal put the Blueshirts ahead again 2-1, but Mike Knuble answered for the Capitals. Just when we thought we were headed to overtime and the nerves were on the rise, it was the attack of the stache. Dubinsky scored the game winner with under two minutes remaining.

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