Caps lose to Rangers, 5-0, in Game 7

Washington’s lockout-shortened sprint of a season ended with a thud Monday night at Verizon Center.

The Capitals lost to the Rangers, 5-0, and will now watch from home as New York moves on to face Boston in the Eastern Conference semifinals later this week. The win is the first for the Rangers on the road in Game 7. Washington, meanwhile, is now 3-9 all-time in these must-win situations.

New York scored two goals in the second period and the put things away with a goal 13 seconds into the third period. After taking a 2-0 lead in this series, Washington finished its season by losing four of its final five games. This is the ninth different postseason in which the Capitals have blown a two-game series lead.

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Neil’s take:

Tough way to end the season, but there are a lot of bright spots to take away from this year: Washington climbed back into the playoff picture when it looked like they could be headed to the draft lottery. Adam Oates rejuvenated Ovechkin by moving him to the right side, resulting in the Great Eight’s third Rocket Richard Trophy. And this team will get healthy and make some roster moves so Oates has “his guys” in the fold.

This is a bitter pill to swallow, but it isn’t what this team will be in the coming years.