Rangers Take 3-1 Series Lead with Win

Well it’s about that time to start panicking Caps fans.  After their 2-1 loss last night at MSG, the Caps will have to come back home with the chance they might play in the last game of the 2009 Playoffs this Friday.

Photo Courtesy of Barton Silverman/The New York Times

Photo Courtesy of Barton Silverman/The New York Times

Alex Ovechkin finally got his first notch of the series two minutes into the 3rd period, but it wasn’t enough to rally back from a 2-0 deficit.  He seemed like a man possessed in the last stanza, but Henrik Lundqvist was there to stop him.  He recorded 38 saves, including 19 straight in the 2nd period.  If the Caps are going to comeback in this series, they are going to have to find out how to score on him. 

Ovie and the Caps think they still have a fighting chance.

Read on for some quotes from the game…

“They come hard when they come,” Lundqvist said, after his heroics. “You are never safe against this team. They’re so fast, they come right away. It felt the same as the second game in Washington.” –[Daily News]

“During the regular season, the Rangers are a different team than they are now,” Green said. “It seems like they play with a lot more passion, but during the regular season it seemed like they had guys that didn’t seem like they knew where to go. It seems like they have bought into (coach John) Tortorella and they are playing it well and they aren’t making it easy on us, that’s for sure.”

“Being in this situation last year, we know we’re not down and out,” Green said. “We lost in overtime in Game 7 last year and it could’ve gone either way. Last year, we took a penalty and it cost us. We obviously don’t want that to happen this year. Coming (Friday), we’re going to make sure that we’re not down and out yet.” –[NHL.com]

“Nobody’s going to believe it, but, you know, I like to go to our fan club message boards,” Ovechkin said after the Capitals’ practice Thursday afternoon at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. “They say, ‘OK, like, what’s next?’ ‘What do we have to do?’ ‘Trade him.’ ‘Build new team.’ It’s kind of an interesting situation.”

“I just want to see how our fans react,” Ovechkin said. “Of course, they’re not happy, but we’re not happy either. But it is what it is. We lost three games. I think we played good enough in the games, but one guy beats our team.”

“Keep your head up,” Ovechkin said. “We need support right now, like last year. Our fans were great all season long. Wish us well. Scream loud. That’s it.”–[NHL.com]

“There’s a lot of games where the other team has a lot of pressure, I don’t know,” said Lundqvist before finally relenting. “It’s definitely up there. Even in the second period they came really hard. You don’t want to accept that you’re tired. You just tell yourself that you have so much energy. You have to stay tall.”

“You can’t stop them, you just try to contain them as best you can,” Tortorella said of the Capitals’ potent attack. “I thought the middle of our ice was much better tonight. We found a way.”–[NY Times]

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