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    Default 01.00CET | Washington Capitals - New York Rangers

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    Two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference square off tonight at Madison Square Garden when the Rangers host the Washington Capitals.

    Washington currently sits in second place in the conference with 28 points (12-4-4), five ahead of the fifth-place Rangers (11-8-1). Both teams are battling -- or have battled -- injuries to significant players as of late.

    Chris Drury remains out of the Rangers’ lineup due to a concussion, and Brandon Dubinsky is sidelined with a broken right hand. Washington, meanwhile, has played its previous six games without Alex Ovechkin, its superstar winger who has been nursing an “upper body strain” believed to be a shoulder injury.

    However the Capitals quite possibly will have Ovechkin back in the lineup tonight, just as the Atlanta Thrashers had their star Russian sniper Ilya Kovalchuk return from an injury against the Blueshirts at The Garden last Thursday.

    “You have to know when and where he is out on the ice,” defenseman Matt Gilroy said of Ovechkin. “It’s the same as with Kovalchuk the other night, where we didn’t know until warmups that he was coming to play. It’s just the way it is. They’re the best in the world those guys, and it’s just a pleasure to be able to play against them.”

    Washington has been able to post a 4-2-0 record in the games Ovechkin has missed, scoring 22 goals in that span and posting a 42.9 percent success rate (6-for-14) on the power play, even without their top offensive threat.

    That is why Rangers head coach John Tortorella is of the mind not to match lines with the Capitals tonight. He believes that his club can’t focus solely on Ovechkin when the Caps boast so many other great offensive talents on their other lines.

    “We’re playing a team (tonight) that’s pretty much right on through their lineup a solid club,” said Tortorella. “Obviously there are a couple of really good players they do have. That puts the responsibility on our top guys.”

    The Rangers’ “top guys”, as the head coach refers to them, have thrived all season, so far, with large sums of ice-time.

    Marian Gaborik, who is second in the league with 25 points and just one shy of the NHL lead in goals (shared by Ovechkin, Anze Kopitar, and Dany Heatley) with 13, regularly plays well more than 20 minutes per night for the Rangers, and has played four straight games of over 24 minutes.

    And Gaborik’s linemate, Vinny Prospal, is the league’s 17th leading scorer with 21 points while playing just as many minutes as Gaborik. In fact, two games ago Prospal logged a season-high 27:52 worth of ice time against Atlanta, an extremely high number for a forward.

    “I’m playing my top guys,” said Tortorella. “I don’t want to lose the opportunity to play our top guys. I know when you play them 28 or 29 minutes that’s a little much, but these guys can play. I think our top guys are in great shape.”

    Gaborik and Prospal delivered for the Rangers again Saturday afternoon in Ottawa. With the Rangers trailing 1-0 and being badly outshot midway through the second period, Gaborik and Prospal teamed up on a 2-on-1 shorthanded break which resulted in Prospal’s fifth goal of the season -- and first shorthanded tally in 894 career games.

    While Henrik Lundqvist’s brilliant 35-save effort and PA Parenteau’s decisive goal in the seventh round of the shootout played huge roles in the Rangers’ 2-1 win on Saturday, the fact is that the Rangers do not even earn a point in the contest if not for the timely -- and pretty -- play from their top two forwards.

    “It was a huge relief for us,” Prospal said of Saturday’s win, which snapped a brief two-game skid for the Rangers. “With the exception of the (Atlanta) game we have been playing fairly well, but weren’t getting any results.”

    One area that Prospal, Tortorella, and the rest of the team are well aware needs to be cleaned up is the amount of penalties the Rangers are taking. On Saturday against the Senators, the Rangers were called for four consecutive penalties between the 19:35 mark of the first period and 15:24 of the second. As a result, Ottawa largely dominated that stretch of the game, and if not for a brilliant outing by Lundqvist, as well as terrific work by the penalty killing unit, the Rangers could very well have lost the game.

    “Some parts of our game, like staying out of the penalty box and killing a lot of time, that’s what gives other teams momentum,” said Prospal. “That’s why in the second period (on Saturday) we were under the fire. Too many penalties.”

    Playing against a Capitals team this evening which has scored at least one power-play goal in nine of its last ten games, it will be imperative that the Rangers stay out of the penalty box.

    It is also imperative for the Rangers to receive secondary scoring contributions from others not named Gaborik and Prospal. One line to watch tonight will be that of Christopher Higgins centering Ales Kotalik and Parenteau. Tortorella said after Monday’s practice that he thought that threesome really came on in the second half of Saturday’s game, their first as a forward line combination this season.

    Tortorella had special praise for Higgins, in particular. Higgins, who has played very little center in his career, turned in a solid effort in the middle on Saturday, and was especially strong in the third period, when he came close twice to winning the game in the final minutes.

    Following tonight’s important clash against the Capitals, the Rangers are off until Saturday, when they host the Florida Panthers at MSG.
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    Yeah that Rags Caps game should be a be-ute!

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    ovie ovie ovie!!!!!!!
    i hope he don´t hurt himself again!



    joke:

    "The last time the Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup most of their fans were in diapers.
    Coincidentally, the next time they win it those same fans will be back in diapers again!"


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    Quote Originally Posted by TscHeChan View Post
    Wow, that just goes to show how much of an idiot Ovechkin really is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skinny01 View Post
    Wow, that just goes to show how much of an idiot Crosby really is.
    Even if the video doesn fit but anyway Fixed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boothinator View Post
    Even if the video doesn fit but anyway Fixed!
    I don't get it, are you showing me something idiotic that Cosby is doing

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    Quote Originally Posted by patividi View Post
    That's cool, but I'm still confused as to why Crosby was brought into this, the topic was Ovechkin

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    Quote Originally Posted by patividi View Post
    Thanks pat! That was the video I needed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by skinny01 View Post
    That's cool, but I'm still confused as to why Crosby was brought into this, the topic was Ovechkin
    Cause Crosby sucks, Ovie rocks. Crybaby is a whining bitch!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boothinator View Post
    Cause Crosby sucks, Ovie rocks. Crybaby is a whining bitch!
    You're strange dude.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TscHeChan View Post
    ovie ovie ovie!!!!!!!
    i hope he don´t hurt himself again!



    joke:

    The last time the Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup most of their fans were in diapers.
    Coincidentally, the next time they win it those same fans will be back in diapers again!"

    joke:

    "The last time the Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup... Oops, my bad. They never did!
    Coincidentally, the next time they win it... Oops, my bad again...

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    On a serious note... C'mon, you're a chemist! Mix up a winning batch for us Leafers!

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    LOL flash,you mean the last time the buffalo sabres won the cup

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    Quote Originally Posted by patividi View Post
    LOL flash,you mean the last time the buffalo sabres won the cup
    OK...

    Joke:

    The last time the Buffalo Sabres won the Stanly Cup...

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    the sabres are going to win the cup this year, so no discussion about the past....


    @flash: i would but, i´m against doping! lol


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    Ovie is such an idiot.

    Come on career ending injury!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by 100 Years Of Habs View Post
    Ovie is such an idiot.

    Come on career ending injury!!
    lol, dude.
    An idiot, because what? Because he has the greatest skills in the league?
    He is so much better than Cindy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kschey View Post
    lol, dude.
    An idiot, because what? Because he has the greatest skills in the league?
    He is so much better than Cindy
    An idiot for almost injuring himself while not playing a game. He has the greatest offensive skills maybe, but that won't win you a Cup. Ovechkin needs to work on being a two way player and do stuff like this: Great Save!, on that play Ovechkin would be at the blue or red line waiting for someone to pass him the puck. Ovechkin is a great (offensive) player, but a complete moron. I'd rather have Sidney on my team any day, because he can play both ends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TscHeChan View Post
    the sabres are going to win the cup this year, so no discussion about the past....

    First Cats will beat the Wednesday hopefully with a better start than in the last game!
    Quote Originally Posted by 100 Years Of Habs View Post
    Ovie is such an idiot.

    Come on career ending injury!!
    Lets hope that for Crybaby and Malkin! The Cheating duo No.1!

    Quote Originally Posted by Kschey View Post
    lol, dude.
    An idiot, because what? Because he has the greatest skills in the league?
    He is so much better than Cindy
    Agree! Ovie has the greatest skills and plays fair. Crosby never played fair...

    @the video: HAHAHA!! Ballard has done it a thousand times better! Ovie doesnt need it cause they have Mike Green!

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