With the first three games of the Eastern Conference Quaterfinal series between the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers being very close contests, it was no surprise that Game 4 would once again be settled with just one goal. However, the Blueshirt faithful at Madison Square Garden were more shocked than surprised by the fact that their team surrendered a 3-0 first-period lead and eventually fell 4-3 in double overtime.
Artem Anisimov got the scoring going for New York with a wrist shot early in the first period that found its way past Caps' goalie Michal Neuvirth and into the back of the net. Marian Gaborik and Brandon Dubinsky added goals just seven seconds apart later in the first to give the Rangers what seemed like a comfortable 3-0 lead. But the Capitals refused to go quietly as they owned the second period and tied the game at 3-3 on a goal by Alex Semin and a pair of tallies from center Marcus Johansson. Jason Chimera sealed it on a tip-in goal past Rangers' goalie Henrik Lundqvist in double OT to give Washington a 3-1 series lead heading back to D.C.