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The Rangers will face-off against the Washington Capitals tonight at Verizon Center (7:30 p.m.), in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series. The series is tied at one game apiece following the Blueshirts 3-2 loss to the Capitals in Game 2 on Monday at Madison Square Garden. The loss ended New York's three-game winning streak, which included victories in Games 6 and 7 against Ottawa. The Rangers enter tonight's contest with a 203-220-8 record all-time in 431 playoff contests (113-86-2 at home; 90-134-6 on the road). New York has posted a 34-42 record all-time in Game 3 of playoff series.
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Tune In Tonight!Rangers vs. Capitals Pregame Notes
Tonight's game will be televised nationally on NBC Sports Network. You can also catch the radio broadcast on ESPN New York (98.7 FM or AM 1050) and on satellite radio at XM 92. Tune to MSG Network immediately following the live broadcast for a one-hour postgame show.
* The Rangers were 2-2-0 overall (1-1-0 at home; 1-1-0 on the road) against the Capitals during the 2011-12 regular season. The Rangers outshot the Capitals, 129-87, including a 47-24 advantage in the third. Ryan Callahan led the team with four assists and five points in the season series against Washington, while Brian Boyle and Ruslan Fedotenko tied for the team-high with two goals. Henrik Lundqvist was 2-1-0 with a 3.00 GAA, and Martin Biron was 0-1-0 with a 4.01 GAA.
* The Rangers have won five of their last seven regular season games against the Capitals, outscoring Washington, 26-14, over the span.
* Rangers rookie Chris Kreider notched his first goal at Madison Square Garden with the game-winner, and added his first career assist in Game 1 on Saturday. He became the youngest Rangers player to record two points in a playoff game since Niklas Sundstrom on May 11, 1996, and the first Blueshirt rookie to register a multi-point effort in the postseason since Brandon Dubinsky on May 1, 2008. Kreider is tied for first in the NHL with two game-winning goals in playoffs, and is the first New York rookie to register two game-winning goals in the postseason since Mike Allison in the 1981 playoffs.
* Lundqvist has held opponents to two or fewer goals in six of eight games this postseason, including four games in which he has held opponents to one goal or less. He has allowed five goals total in the last four games, posting a 3-1 record with a 1.26 GAA and .950 Sv% over the span.
* The Blueshirts have 16 players with previous playoff experience against the Capitals, led by Brandon Dubinsky (12 GP) and Ruslan Fedotenko (18 GP) who have both tallied three goals and four assists entering the series.
* New York has posted a 31-11 series record when winning Game 1, including wins in six of the last seven playoff series in which the Rangers won the opening game.
* The Rangers have won their last six playoff series in which they held home-ice advantage, including a 4-1 series win against Washington in the 1994 Conference Semifinals.
* The Rangers list one former Capital on their roster: Steve Eminger (2002-03 to 2007-08).
* Washington lists two former Rangers on its roster: Mike Knuble (1998-99 to 1999-00); Tom Poti (2001-02 to 2005-06)
Rangers vs. Capitals Playoff History
The Rangers and Capitals are meeting in the playoffs for the seventh time overall and the third time in four years. Their last postseason encounter was in last year's Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, a series won by Washington 4-1. Overall, the Blueshirts have a 2-4 playoff series record vs. the Capitals, posting a 15-19 mark in 34 postseason contests.
All-Time Rangers Playoff Records
Goals for: 1,194
Goals against: 1,189
All Time Regular Season -- Rangers vs. Capitals
At MSG: 47-37-9-2
At Washington: 38-48-9-3
2011-12 Rangers vs. Washington
Nov. 23 Rangers 6, Capitals 3 at Washington
Dec. 28 Rangers 1, Capitals 4 at Washington
Feb. 12 Rangers 3, Capitals 2 at MSG
April 7 Rangers 1, Capitals 4 at MSG
Rangers-Capitals Series Schedule
(Series tied 1-1)
April 28 Rangers 3, Capitals 1 at MSG
April 30 Rangers 2, Washington 3 at MSG
May 2 Rangers at Washington, 7:30 p.m.
May 5 Rangers at Washington, 12:30 p.m.
May 7 Rangers vs. Washington, 7:30 p.m.
May 9 Rangers at Washington, TBD*
May 12 Rangers vs. Washington, TBD*
* -- if necessary
* Michael Sauer has missed nine playoff games due to a concussion, suffered on Dec. 5.
* Mats Zuccarello has missed nine playoff games with a fractured wrist suffered on March 23.
* Brandon Dubinsky has missed two playoff games with an injury suffered on April 26.
* The Rangers have lost 30 total man-games to injuries or illness during this postseason.