Instant analysis: Capitals-Rangers Game 4

Instant analysis: Capitals-Rangers Game 4
April 21, 2011, 3:45 am
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Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 11:47 p.m.

By Ryan OHalloran


NEW YORK A review of the Capitals 4-3 double overtime win over the New York Rangers Wednesday in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

Why the Capitals won: They found lightning in a bottle in the third period, rallying from a 3-0 deficit in just 12 minutes, seven seconds and then winning it 32:36 into overtime on Jason Chimeras goal. Down three entering the final period, the goal could have been to generate some momentum for a critical Game 5 on Saturday. But as Chimera said afterward, the Capitals best players were their best players Alexander Semin started the scoring and then Marcus Johansson scored his first two postseason goals. Michal Neuvrith stopped 36 shots while keeping the Rangers off the board for the games final 58-plus minutes.

The good: Johansson keeps getting better as the series goes along he scored the two goals and was plus-3. Eric Fehr made his debut this postseason and turned in a solid effort, playing 18:41, going plus-3 and skating a regular shift in overtime. The penalty kill continues to do great work the Rangers went 0-for-7 and had nearly double the man advantage time (13:02 to 7:03) of the Capitals. Defensemen John Carlson and Scott Hannan tried to get the offense going by starting or joining rushes once the Capitals fell behind. Jason Arnott bounced back with a decent 12-8 record on faceoffs. Although Marian Gaborik scored for the Rangers, he was limited to four shots. The Capitals previous big rally of the year was two goals. Brooks Laich hobbled to the bench after blocking a shot, but quickly returned to putting himself in the shooting lanes. Hannan led all Capitals skaters with 7:05 of short-handed time.

The bad: Obviously, allowing three goals in a span of 8:17 of the second period put the Capitals at a huge deficit. The penalty problems continued Boyd Gordon and Semin took offensive zone penalties. Alex Ovechkin erased a power play but saved a breakaway by pulling down Brandon Prust in the neutral zone. Semin in particular through two periods was a complete non-factor. Ovechkin had the game on his stick in the first overtime but went low on a breakaway attempt against Henrik Lundqvist. The Capitals couldnt take advantage of a delay-of-game penalty in overtime.

Key moment: Chimeras third career playoff goal and second game-winner came at 12:36 of the second overtime when, while he was in front of the goal, the puck bounced into his chest and he collected himself enough to score.

Key stat: 53. Shots on goal for the Capitals, the most of the series. The Rangers had 39 shots.
Capitals player of the game: Chimera. A game-winning goal in the second overtime of a road playoff game usually means the award is automatic.

Quote: If we play the same way we played in the third period and overtime, no one can stop us. Ovechkin.

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