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For Capitals, Rangers, numbers don’t add up


The numbers are so staggering that even Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom agrees this best-of-7 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal round series against the New York Rangers is just flat out, off the charts, mind-boggling bizarre.

“Kind of weird, yeah,” Backstrom said. “I don’t know what to say, it’s just weird.”

The Caps have outscored the Rangers, 12-7, including a pair of 4-0 whitewashings. They have outshot the Rangers, 170-119. Don’t even try to count how many scoring chances the Caps have had compared the Rangers.

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This story just reiterates the value of goaltending in the NHL playoffs.  I’ve been hearing (on Satellite radio and the Illegal Curve Radio Show) people discount the value of goaltending in the playoffs.  Its been suggested that goalies are over valued these days.  Think they think that in Vancouver or Boston?  Young Varlamov seems to be working out for the Capitals but I think it just goes to show you how important goaltending is to advance deep into the playoffs.