GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Left wing Alex Ovechkin will be in the left circle on the Washington Capitals power play with his stick loaded ready to fire a one-timer. The New York Rangers know this and insist they're devising a strategy to defend against it, but will it matter?
Ovechkin scored a League-leading 25 power-play goals in the regular season, including four against the Rangers. If he has a similar rate of success in the Eastern Conference Second Round, it might be enough to catapult the Capitals into the Eastern Conference Final.
Game 1 between Washington and New York is Thursday at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).
"You watch teams make adjustments to him and he has the ability to get pucks through," said Rangers center Derek Stepan, who plays on New York's first penalty-kill unit. "Even if there is a guy standing next to him, even if there is a guy close to him, he has that ability. The other thing too, is if you overplay too much, they have four other guys on the ice that can capitalize.
"We'll have to make adjustments, so we'll see."