Washington Capitals vs. New York Rangers

28 Apr

Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs are starting and I can barely keep myself sane. The first game of Round 2 is the Washington Capitals vs. the New York Rangers today, starting at 3 P.M. A tough showdown. I’m totally rooting for the Washington Capitals, that’s not a surprise. However, I try to use my head, and not my heart, when I’m thinking about who will win. My house is purely divided on the subject. Me, Shelby (my lovely sister) and Riley (my adorable dog) are rooting for the Washington Capitals 100%. Yes, my dog is too. He’s easy to influence. My father, my mother and my other lovely sister, Kelsey, are rooting for the New York Rangers. There’s going to be a showdown. But who will win and have bragging rights for the rest of the Playoffs?

In my head, I’ve tried to level out who will win this series. First off, the New York Rangers have Hart Trophy Finalist and as my sister likes to say ‘Mr. Beauty Personified’, Henrik Lundqvist. Henrik Lundqvist has been one of the top goalies this year for his amazing play and his ability to withstand hefty amounts of pressure. He’s a fantastic goalie, there’s not an argument there.

The Rangers have not just the most physically attractive hockey player everbut also some of the greatest players in the league. Their fabulous and underrated Captain, Ryan Callahan; their overly defensive forward, Brian Boyle; the again underestimated alternate captain, Brad Richards; and also some of the best defensemen in the league including Michael Del Zotto, Dan Girardi and Marc Staal. This team has star players galore and also the best chances to win but don’t underestimate the Washington Capitals.

After Joel Ward scored the series-winning goal in Game 7, many have now realized how talented the Washington Capitals really are. The star players like Alex Ovechkin, Alex Semin and Nicklas Backstrom are not the only ones getting the job done, it’s the rest of the team too! The Washington Capitals have some of the best players in the league too, not just including the star players. Players like Brooks Laich, former Blackhawk Troy Brouwer, Mike Knuble and Jason Chimera, to name a few, have been playing their hearts out this year and it’s showing! And who can forget the amazing play by the breakout star, Braden Holtby, beating defending Champion, Timmy Thomas.

It’s going to be an incredible series, I know that for sure. But what I don’t know is who will win! The New York Rangers are definitely one of the top 5 best teams in the league and have proved that throughout their season games as well as post season games. However, you can’t underestimate the power of the Washington Capitals, who has proven that hard work will most definitely pay off.

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