Follow this StoryStream throughout the day for updates on the game. Check out Blueshirt Banter and Japer's Rink for more from each of these teams. See you in a bit, and enjoy the hockey.Brandon Dubinsky's tally with 1:39 left in regulation lifted the New York Rangers over Washington, 3-2, in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal set.
Capitals fans might have felt like the ice belonged to the Rangers on Sunday, and the truth is, it kinda did. The Rangers out-shot the Caps 35-25, out-hit them 41-29, crushed them in face-offs 45-35, and had four more power play opportunities. Washington blog Japers Rink thinks Caps fans should tip their cap to New York on this game and then put it behind them:
Let's be honest here: the Rangers deserved to win that game. They out-skated and out-hustled the Caps, they didn't let a disallowed goal bring them down, and they fed off their raucous crowd. But guess what? The score was still tied with two minutes left in a contest the Caps had no right being in. If the Caps can come out with stronger intensity and discipline for Game 4 they won't be outplayed like they were today, and odds are they'll come out with a win. If not...well...buckle up, because we've been down this road before.
For Rangers fans like those over at Blueshirt Banter, the word of the game today is "special."
Despite being down 2-0 in the series, the Rangers were welcomed home to an indescribable feeling this afternoon at Madison Square Garden. Seeing the team take the ice just prior to the opening faceoff with thousands upon thousands of rally towels being whirled around across the entire arena brought about a special feeling. The special feeling that has followed this resilient team all throughout the regular season, and that's just what today's 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals was.... special.