May 8, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Derek Stepan (21) waves to fans after receiving the first star of the game award against the Washington Capitals in game four of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Rangers win 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs Recap: Washington Capitals @ New York Rangers

The Washington Capitals travelled to the big city to try and make the series harder for the Rangers, but fell to them in both game 3 and 4. The Rangers got a star defenseman back for game 3. Marc Staal returned after being out for two months with an eye injury. With him being back was a big boost for the Rangers at home. Sadly (because I want Washington to win the series), I was correct about New York winning both home games. Here’s the recap of the two games.

In game 3, the Rangers were playing catch-up the first two periods. They scored a goal after Washington did. Almost three minutes into the third period, Arron Asham made a great goal and it was the Rangers game to take. Washington’s Jay Beagle scored the tying goal five minutes later. About five and a half minutes later, Derek Stepan sealed the deal with a tip-in from Rick Nash. They took game 3 by a score of 4-3. Derick Brassard, Brian Boyle, and Ryan McDonagh were named the three stars of the game.In game 4, the Rangers dominated the shooting and scoring, having one goal in 13 shots. The Capitals had a total of six shots in the first period. The Rangers slumped down in the second period, letting Washington tie the game after 40 minutes of play. Even though Carl Hagelin scored the first second period goal, Mathieu Perrault and Troy Brouwer tied up the game. Both goals were great goals, but it wouldn’t be enough for the Caps. Dan Girardi and Derek Stepan scored the third period goals for New York, and Karl Alzner scored the final goal of the game for the Washington Capitals. New York, once again, won the game 4-3. Carl Hagelin, Derick Brassard, and Dan Girardi were named the three stars of the game.


So far this has been a win-at-home series. I think this will continue, and Washington will take the series in seven games. Big players for the Rangers will be Rick Nash, Marc Staal, and Ryan Callahan. Big players for the Capitals will be Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, and Jason Chimera.

Tags: Alex Ovechkin Carl Hagelin Derick Brassard FanSided Hockey Jason Chimera Marc Staal Martin Erat New York Rangers NHL Stanley Cup Washington Capitals

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