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Capitals-Rangers: Washington Loses Focus, New York Takes Advantage in Game One

Published by on April 16, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NHL

In the first period of last night's first-round Stanley Cup Playoffs matchup, the Washington Capitals completely dominated the seventh-seeded New York Rangers in every category on the ice—except the scoreboard.

Then, after an early second period goal by Tomas Fleischmann, the Eastern Conference's second seed appeared to lose focus, especially much-maligned goalie Jose Theodore, and the New York Rangers stole Game One, 4-3, right out from underneath the Capitals.

Washington out-shot, out-hit, and out-hustled the Rangers in the first. The Caps held a 14-4 shot advantage, and several loud hits by Caps forwards in the New York end made it look like the rout would be on for the home team.

But the Rangers, ...

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