Watch Washington Capitals vs New York Rangers Live Stream Online PC TV Video Free, Washington Capitals vs New York Rangers Live Online Instant Streaming Internet TV, Washington Capitals vs New York Rangers Live Ice Hockey TV Channels Online Forget about pats on the backs and sighs of relief. The New York Rangers and Washington Capitals have no time to revel in their first-round playoff victories before they meet up again.
The seventh-seeded Capitals knocked out the defending Stanley Cup champion Bruins in Boston on Wednesday in Game 7 and then watched the top-seeded Rangers outlast the Ottawa Senators a night later in that decisive game to avoid elimination.
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Now the former division rivals are matched up in the Eastern Conference semifinals, their third postseason meeting in four years. The Capitals won the previous two over the Rangers and coach John Tortorella, but New York insists those series have no bearing on this one.
"Irrelevant," Tortorella said after practice Friday on the eve of Saturday's matinee opener at Madison Square Garden. "This is another series. We found a way to get through a tough series against Ottawa, Washington is the next one. It doesn't matter what has happened before."
Tortorella, a Stanley Cup-winning coach in 2004 with the Tampa Bay Lightning, just earned his first postseason series win with the Rangers since he took over during the 2008-09 season. The Capitals knocked out New York in 2009 by rallying from a 3-1 series hole, and did it again last year in five games.
"It's a different team every year," Rangers forward Brian Boyle said. "What happened in the past is over and done with. We're looking at them now and who they have, their personnel and how we need to play against them and how we need to play as a group."
Boyle missed the final two games of the Ottawa series after sustaining the first concussion of his career when he was hit by Chris Neil in Game 5. Boyle skated Friday for the first time since being hurt, but didn't know if he would be able to play Saturday.
Brandon Dubinsky, injured in the third period of Game 7, didn't practice Friday. If Boyle is cleared to play, and Dubinsky can't go, the two players could be swapped in the lineup.
With only one day off between the first round and the second, the Rangers moved quickly to put the Senators behind them and begin focusing on the Capitals. Washington, 4-2 in playoff series against New York, split four regular-season games with the Rangers.
"We can't relax," Rangers top-line forward Brad Richards said. "We're not changing anything. We've got to realize that that game is over and now this is the most important one of the year. We've got to bring it up right away. We can't finish Game 1 still worrying about how great we were to beat Ottawa.
"That's got to be out of there. Actually, we're done with that now."
One difference in this meeting is that it's the Rangers who are on top of the conference, and the Capitals who had to fight to get into the playoffs.