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New York Rangers center Brandon Dubinsky, obscured at center with no helmet, and Rangers' Marc Staal, right, scuffle with Washington Capitals center Brooks Laich, left, Alexander Semin (28) from Russia, and Jason Arnott (44) after a goal by Capitals Mike Green. (April 23, 2011)

Caps eliminate Rangers, 4-1

The Rangers lost to No. 1 seed Washington in the first round of the NHL Playoffs.
Game 1: Capitals 2, Rangers 1
Game 2: Capitals 2, Rangers 0
Game 3: Rangers 3, Capitals 2
Game 4: Capitals 4, Rangers 3 (2 OT)
Game 5: Capitals 3, Rangers 1

Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine, center, fights with
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Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine, center, fights with New York Rangers right wing Ruslan Fedotenko, left, of Ukraine, as linesman Steve Barton (59) tries to separate them during the third period. (April 23, 2011)

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of
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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, shakes hands with New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, after the Capitals won 3-1. (April 23, 2011)

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, left, from
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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, left, from Sweden, makes a stop as Washington Capitals left wing Marco Sturm, from Germany, goes for the puck during the third period. (April 23, 2011)

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New York Rangers react around New York Rangers
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New York Rangers react around New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), from Sweden, after their Game 5 of a first-round NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series. (April 23, 2011)

New York Rangers left wing Brandon Dubinsky (17)
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New York Rangers left wing Brandon Dubinsky (17) reaches for the puck Washington Capitals center Matt Hendricks (26) during the third period in Game 5. (April 23, 2011)

Washington Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth, the Czech Republic,
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Washington Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth, the Czech Republic, stops a shot by New York Rangers center Derek Stepan during the third period. (April 23, 2011)

Fans react during the third period of the
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Fans react during the third period of the New York Rangers and the Washington Capitals Game 5 of a first-round NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series. (April 23, 2011)

Washington Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth (30), of the
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Washington Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth (30), of the Czech Republic, shakes hands with New York Rangers center Brian Boyle (22) after the Capitals won 3-1. (April 23, 2011)

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New York Rangers center Derek Stepan (21) reacts
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New York Rangers center Derek Stepan (21) reacts after his shot was stopped by Washington Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth during the third period in Game 5. (April 23, 2011)

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, far right,
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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, far right, of Russia, celebrates his goal with teammates including Scott Hannan (23) and Jeff Schultz (55) during the second period. (April 23, 2011)

New York Rangers left wing Sean Avery, right,
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New York Rangers left wing Sean Avery, right, scuffles with Washington Capitals center Matt Hendricks (26) during the third period in Game 5. (April 23, 2011)

Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin, from Russia, and Nicklas
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Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin, from Russia, and Nicklas Backstrom, from Sweden, celebrate Ovechkin's goal during the second period in Game 5 of a first-round NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series with the New York Rangers. (April 23, 2011)

Washington Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth (30) of the
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Washington Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth (30) of the Czech Republic, stops the puck against New York Rangers left wing Sean Avery (16) during the second period in Game 5 of a first-round NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series. (April 23, 2011)

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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, right, of
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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, right, of Sweden, leans to stop the puck against Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (19), also of Sweden, during the first period. (April 23, 2011)

New York Rangers center Brandon Dubinsky, obscured at
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New York Rangers center Brandon Dubinsky, obscured at center with no helmet, and Rangers' Marc Staal, right, scuffle with Washington Capitals center Brooks Laich, left, Alexander Semin (28) from Russia, and Jason Arnott (44) after a goal by Capitals Mike Green. (April 23, 2011)

New York Rangers center Chris Drury, center, and
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New York Rangers center Chris Drury, center, and defenseman Dan Girardi (5), scuffle with Washington Capitals center Brooks Laich after a goal by Capitals Mike Green. (April 23, 2011)

New York Rangers center Vinny Prospal, from the
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New York Rangers center Vinny Prospal, from the Czech Republic looks to shoot past Washington Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth, from the Czech Republic, during the second period in Game 5. (April 23, 2011)

Marco Sturm #18 of the Washington Capitals takes
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Marco Sturm #18 of the Washington Capitals takes a shot on goal against Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 23, 2011)

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Jason Arnott #44 of the Washington Capitals celebrates
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Jason Arnott #44 of the Washington Capitals celebrates the Caps first goal of the game against the New York Rangers in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 23, 2011)

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, from Sweden,
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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, from Sweden, deflects the puck as Washington Capitals center Brooks Laich keeps an eye on it, with Rangers Marc Staal (18), during the first period in Game 5 of a first-round NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series. (April 23, 2011)

Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green, right, celebrates his
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Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green, right, celebrates his goal with Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, during the first period in Game 5 of a first-round NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series. (April 23, 2011)

A fan of the Washington Capitals receives a
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A fan of the Washington Capitals receives a cheer card prior to the game against the New York Rangers in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. (April 23, 2011)

Jason Chimera #25 of the Washington Capitals celebrates
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Jason Chimera #25 of the Washington Capitals celebrates his overtime goal against the New York Rangers with his teammates during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 20, 2011)

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Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers
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Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers looks on after surrendering the overtime goal against the Washington Capitals during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 20, 2011)

6) RANGERS BLOW THREE-GOAL LEAD VS. CAPS Apr.
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6) RANGERS BLOW THREE-GOAL LEAD VS. CAPS
Apr. 17, 2011 - Game 4 of Eastern Conference quarterfinals
Down 2-1 in the series, the gritty Rangers shot out to a three-goal lead in Game 4 as the second period ended. Garden fans, responding to criticism from Washington coach Bruce Boudreau, chanted "CAN YOU HEAR US?" The Rangers put a major scare in the Caps. But then Washington scored three third-period goals to force overtime. In double overtime, the weary Rangers were overwhelmed and eventually surrendered the winner on a fluke play. Marian Gaborik chased back into his own zone and accidentally deflected the puck away from Henrik Lundqvist as the goalie was about to cover it. The Caps' Jason Chimera swooped in to score the winner, crushing any hopes of a first-round upset.

Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers
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Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers looks on after surrendering the overtime goal against the Washington Capitals during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

Jason Chimera #25 of the Washington Capitals celebrates
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Jason Chimera #25 of the Washington Capitals celebrates his overtime goal against the New York Rangers with teammate Alex Ovechkin #8 during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 20, 2011)

Jason Chimera #25 of the Washington Capitals scores
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Jason Chimera #25 of the Washington Capitals scores the overtime goal past Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 20, 2011)

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Alexander Semin #28 of the Washington Capitals scores
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Alexander Semin #28 of the Washington Capitals scores a third period goal past Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 20, 2011)

Marcus Johansson #90 of the Washington Capitals scores
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Marcus Johansson #90 of the Washington Capitals scores a third period goal past Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 20, 2011)

Marcus Johansson #90 (R) of the Washington Capitals
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Marcus Johansson #90 (R) of the Washington Capitals celebrates his second goal of the third period against the New York Rangers during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 20, 2011)

Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals shoots
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Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals shoots the puck against Dan Girardi #5 of the New York Rangers during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 20, 2011)

Wojtek Wolski #86 of the New York Rangers
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Wojtek Wolski #86 of the New York Rangers checks Alexander Semin #28 of the Washington Capitals during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 20, 2011)

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Marian Gaborik #10 of the New York Rangers
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Marian Gaborik #10 of the New York Rangers celebrates his second period goal with teammates Marc Staal #18 and Brandon Dubinsky #17 as Nicklas Backstrom #19 of the Washington Capitals looks on during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 20, 2011)

Brandon Dubinsky #17 of the New York Rangers
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Brandon Dubinsky #17 of the New York Rangers celebrates his second period goal with teammates Marc Staal #18 , Marian Gaborik #10, and Dan Girardi #5 as John Carlson #74 of the Washington Capitals looks on during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 20, 2011)

Brandon Dubinsky #17 of the New York Rangers
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Brandon Dubinsky #17 of the New York Rangers celebrates his second period goal against the Washington Capitals with teammates Marc Staal #18 , Marian Gaborik #10, Ruslan Fedotenko #19 and Dan Girardi #5 during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 20, 2011)

Artem Anisimov #42 of the New York Rangers
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Artem Anisimov #42 of the New York Rangers celebrates his second period goal against the Washington Capitals during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 20, 2011)

Artem Anisimov #42 of the New York Rangers
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Artem Anisimov #42 of the New York Rangers celebrates his second period goal against the Washington Capitals during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 20, 2011)

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Mike Vargetto holds up a sign in reference
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Mike Vargetto holds up a sign in reference to Washington Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau prior to the game against the New York Rangers during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 20, 2011)

Zach Blick of Syosset holds up a sign
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Zach Blick of Syosset holds up a sign in reference to Washington Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau prior to the game against the New York Rangers during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 20, 2011)

Brian Boyle #22 of the New York Rangers
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Brian Boyle #22 of the New York Rangers commits a interference penalty against Michal Neuvirth #30 of the Washington Capitals during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 20, 2011)

Brian Boyle #22 of the New York Rangers
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Brian Boyle #22 of the New York Rangers commits a interference penalty against Michal Neuvirth #30 of the Washington Capitals during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 20, 2011)

Brian Boyle #22 of the New York Rangers
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Brian Boyle #22 of the New York Rangers commits a interference penalty against Michal Neuvirth #30 of the Washington Capitals during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 20, 2011)

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Artem Anisimov #42 of the New York Rangers
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Artem Anisimov #42 of the New York Rangers tries to block a shot from Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 20, 2011)

Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers
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Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers celebrates after a victory against the Washington Capitals during Game 3. (April 17, 2011)

Derek Stepan #21 of the New York Rangers
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Derek Stepan #21 of the New York Rangers celebrates after a goal against the Washington Capitals during Game 3. (April 17, 2011)

Vaclav Prospal #20 of the New York Rangers
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Vaclav Prospal #20 of the New York Rangers celebrates with teammates after he scored a third period goal against the Washington Capitals in Game 3. (April 17, 2011)

Marc Staal #18 of the New York Rangers
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Marc Staal #18 of the New York Rangers celebrates with teammates on the bench. (April 17, 2011)

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The New York Rangers celebrate after Vaclav Prospal
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The New York Rangers celebrate after Vaclav Prospal #20 of the New York Rangers scored a second period goal in the third period against the Washington Capitals in Game 3. (April 17, 2011)

The New York Rangers celebrate after Vaclav Prospal
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The New York Rangers celebrate after Vaclav Prospal #20 of the New York Rangers scored a second period goal in the third period against goalie Michal Neuvirth #30 and Karl Alzner #27 of the Washington Capitals in Game 3. (April 17, 2011)

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