Rangers Face Familiar Ground in Game 5

May 7, 2012 12:00 AM

Rangers Face Familiar Ground in Game 5

" At least the Rangers can't claim inexperience when they take the ice on Monday night.

The series with the Capitals is playing out almost exactly the same way that their series with Ottawa played out in the first round. Scoring is low, defense is paramount and every game comes down to a couple of breaks one way or the other.

On Saturday, the break was like the one that the Rangers felt in Game Two. Carl Hagelin was called for a penalty in the third period, just as Brad Richards was at the Garden last week, and the Capitals capitalized with a game-winning goal on the power play.

It was a questionable call in light of the fact that Alex Ovechkin got just two minutes for launching himself at Dan Girardi's head. At least Hagelin wasn't suspended this time, as he was against the Senators while Chris Neil was allowed to run roughshod on the ice without any discipline coming from the league office.

There's nothing the Rangers are going to be able to do about the officiating, outside of avoiding the urge to take out some revenge on Ovechkin "

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