The Washington Capitals did exactly what they had to in winning Game 5
That is to say they brought the right blend of passion, patience and persistence. Coach
The stars took over in the second for the Capitals, with
Meanwhile, nothing went right for the Rangers. Coach
To make matters worse, King Henrik was a commoner in this one, giving up a weak goal on Bradley's second bid, a wide-angle wrister that squeaked through. The other goals were the result of some superior one-on-one skills, but once it was 4-0, Tortorella made the call to Lunqvist's backup
Besides, Tortorella needs Lundqvist rested and ready and hopefully back in top form on Sunday. But the Rangers need more. Unless the rest of the Blueshirts' best players step forward, this series won't end in New York. It'll be back to D.C. on Tuesday -- just as it was a year ago for the Capitals. Seems fitting. Now, it is possible, if not imminent.