Another year, another frustrating early postseason exit for the Capitals.
New York has never won a Game 7 on the road and hopes to alter that trend against the Capitals Monday night at Verizon Center.
Once again the Capitals must remind themselves that unnecessary, avoidable penalties are doing little to help their cause.
The New York star has just one point, an assist, through the first five games of this series and the Capitals want to make sure his dry spell continues for another few days.
As the Capitals head back to Madison Square Garden they know a solid start to Game 6 would go a long way to bolstering their efforts as they try to close out this first-round series.
Through the first five games of the playoffs the Capitals' third line has been their most consistent and effective unit.
In Game 4 the Rangers dominated play early with an aggressive forecheck and by preventing Washington from making clean breakouts. It's the Capitals' turn to adapt.
Capitals prospect Tom Wilson was recalled from Hershey on Thursday and skated with the fourth line in practice. The 19-year-old right wing could make his NHL debut in Game 5 against the Rangers.
The Capitals know patience is critical when facing Henrik Lundqvist, who is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy for the fifth time in his career.
Alex Ovechkin responds to Ryan McDonagh's comments that the star winger looked "tired" on the shift that led to the Rangers' game winning goal in Game 3.