Metropolitan Division Preview: Capitals

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Season Series

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Oct. 16 at Verizon Center

Dec. 8 at Madison Square Garden

Dec. 27 at Verizon Center

Jan. 19 at Madison Square Garden

A Year Ago

The Rangers and Capitals met for the first time last year on Feb. 17 at Madison Square Garden with the Blueshirts walking away with a 2-1 win. The Capitals opened the scoring early in the first period on a John Carlson goal, but the Rangers tied it midway through the second period on a Carl Hagelin goal. The Rangers snapped the 1-1 tie early in the third period when Derek Stepan scored on the power play to give the Rangers the 2-1 win.

It was déjà vu when the teams met again on March 10, as the Capitals once again scored early, this time Steve Olesksy beating Martin Biron just 2:16 into the contest. Stepan knotted the game midway through the opening period, and Brian Boyle scored his first goal of the season, which held up to be the game-winner at 10:53 of the second. Ryan Callahan and Brad Richards added goals as the Rangers left D.C. with a 4-1 win.

The Rangers were unable to complete the season sweep of Washington on March 24, as they loss, 3-2, in a shootout at Madison Square Garden. Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves in regular and overtime, while Arron Asham and Stepan each had goals.

The Rangers and Capitals met in the playoffs for the third consecutive season, with each team winning one series. The Capitals jumped out to a 2-0 series lead after winning both games in Washington, but the Rangers answered back with two wins of their own in New York. After they dropped Game 5, the Rangers won Game 6 before taking Game 7, 5-0, at Verizon Center. It was the first time the Rangers won a seventh game on the road.

The Rangers are 87-85-18-6 all-time against the Washington Capitals.