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Capitals will face Rangers in Eastern Conference semifinals starting Saturday (updated)

Washington will face the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference semifinals, beginning with Game 1 on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Madison Square Garden dates and times have not yet been announced but be sure to check back for the schedule. Click the link for the full second-round playoff schedule.

The Rangers defeated the Ottawa Senators 2-1, in Game 7 Thursday night at Madison Square Garden to advance. This will mark the third time in the past four playoffs that the Capitals will face New York.

More to follow in the coming days about the Capitals and their familiar Broadway foes, but for a quick primer check out an earlier post.

Also, if you’re looking for a reminder as to how the regular season series went between Washington and the Rangers, The Post’s coverage from each game follows after the jump:

Nov. 25, Rangers 6, Capitals 3: Before the Capitals’ coaching change and shift to a more defensive mentality, Washington was plagued by turnovers and each miscue wound up in its net.

Dec. 28,: Capitals 4, Rangers 1: Alexander Semin recorded a pair of goals in one of the earliest demonstrations of Washington’s ability to fully execute Coach Dale Hunter’s systems.

“It’s up to them on the ice to do the little things like blocking shots, taking a hit on the boards to get it out of our own end,” Hunter said at the time.

Feb. 12, Rangers 3, Capitals 2: Tomas Vokoun fell ill, leaving Michal Neuvirth the surprise starter in a game that saw New York take advantage of the Capitals’ early breakdowns.

April 7, Capitals 4, Rangers 1: Washington closed out the regular season with an impressive victory over the Rangers in which Braden Holtby finished with 35 saves in his first career start at Madison Square Garden.



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