This marks the fourth time in five years the Rangers and Capitals have met in the postseason. The Rangers are 1-2 in those matchups, and have now gone 2-2 in Game 1’s. They’ve gone 2-1 in Game 2s against Washington since 2009.
All-time, the Rangers are 3-4 against the Capitals in the postseason, dating back to their first meeting in 1986, which the Rangers won 4-2. In total, the Rangers are 19-23 in playoff games against Washington.
Forwards Derick Brassard and Kris Newbury and defenseman John Moore all made their NHL playoff debuts Thursday night. Brassard finished the night with three shots and four hits in 12:08, while Newbury had one hit in 5:24 of ice time. Moore, meanwhile, finished his first playoff game with three shots in 14:26.
Rangers Playoff Record
The Rangers are now 208-227-8 all-time, including a 92-139-6 mark on the road. Last season, the Rangers went 10-10.
Rangers Out-shoot, Out-hit the Capitals
The Rangers out-shot the Capitals, 36-30, including 28-16 after the first period, in Game 1. Last season, the Rangers out-shot the Capitals in five of their seven games.
Steve Eminger had a team-high seven hits, while Mats Zuccarello led the forwards with six.
The Rangers also out-hit the Capitals, 41-32, with 16 of 18 skates tallying at least one check in the game. Last season, the Rangers out-hit Washington in six of their seven playoff meetings.