News, notes and quotes as the Capitals prepare to take on the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Thursday night at Madison Square Garden [6:30 pregame, CSN]:
The stage is set for the second round of the NHL playoffs, and the New York Rangers wasted little time in starting with the trash talk.
The Capitals and Rangers are no strangers to each other in the playoffs, having met three times in the past four years.
The stage is set and, complemented by two performances by Eric Clapton, so is the second-round playoff series between the Capitals and New York Rangers.
With their 2-1 overtime win on Friday, the New York Rangers eliminated the Pittsburgh Penguins and now await the winner of the Capitals-Islanders series.