May 1, 2012 12:00 AM
" The Rangers have made their bones this season winning games that could have gone either way.
They've done it by being disciplined on defense, by giving extra effort all over the ice and by getting the puck to bounce their way more often than not. That's the formula they rode past the Senators in the first round and it is also the formula that led to a 3-2 defeat in Game Two against the Capitals.
Unlike the Senators series, this wasn't a case of the Rangers losing because they were outworked by a team playing with more urgency. There was plenty of urgency from the Rangers and they blocked shots, played hard and controlled the pace of the game for long portions of the game.
As we said Monday, though, the Capitals are playing the exact same style these days and they matched the Rangers' defensive commitment even when it looked like the game was in the hands of the Rangers. They cut down the passing lanes that the Rangers used to beat them in Game One and got a much better performance from goalie Braden Holtby than in the opener "
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