April 30, 2012 12:00 AM
" After a few years as one of the more exciting teams in hockey, it is strange to see the Capitals playing like, well, playing like the Rangers.
They block shots, use the body, limit risks and slog their way through games in hopes of getting a victory. Alexander Ovechkin and Alexander Semin are still on the team, but they no longer define it.
That much was clear in Game One. The game featured just 32 shots overall as many an attempt on both sides ended in the shinpads of a defensive player or skittered past the net after the shooter was rushed by defender closing out on him.
It wasn't a boring game, hard to find playoff hockey that's tied at one through two periods boring, but it wasn't a masterpiece, either. It also figures to be a blueprint for what the Rangers are going to have to do to keep winning games in this series.
Because both sides are going to play such deliberate styles, mistakes are going to be at almost as big a premium as goals "
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