Instant analysis of the Capitals’ season-ending 5-0 loss to the New York Rangers Monday night in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
If the Capitals go on to lose this series, they will have no one to blame but themselves and the path they wore to the penalty box.
Third-period goals by Dan Girardi and Derek Stepan gave the Rangers a two-goal lead, and although the Caps got a goal from Karl Alzner, they could not score the equalizer.
The Caps were able to score three goals on Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, but the Rangers netted four of their own, giving Washington its first loss in the first round of the playoffs.
NHL owners made significant movement Tuesday with a new offer to the players that could save the full 82-game season.