Disheartened Capitals Lose to Mighty Rangers

Kevin PapaCorrespondent IApril 16, 2009

WASHINGTON - APRIL 15:  Nik Antropov #80 of the New York Rangers sets up a second period goal against Jose Theodore #60 of the Washington Capitals during Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 15, 2009 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Len Redkoles/Getty Images)

Before reading this article, please do me a favor and watch an highlight of Dubinsky's game-winning goal.

Now, the moment he makes the move on the first defender, watch the second defenseman, Mike Green.

He figuratively and literally sits there! He does not even move an inch and actually allows Dubinsky to continue to the net, unfathomed, inevitably scoring the goal on Mr. "Outstanding" himself, Jose Theodore.

This one play summarizes the effort of the Washington Capitals in game one of the conference quarterfinals on Wednesday night.

They came out fast and hard, with their crowd screaming and chanting for them to score and destroy the Rangers, but as soon the going got tough, like all the goals the Rangers score, the Capitals as a whole seemed to flounder and did not look poised to come back.

They almost looked like they were surprised or taken a back that the Blue Shirts were capitalizing on bad choices by the former team, as the latter did everything in their power to secure a win.

If this is how the Capitals respond in the series, especially with everyone eyeing the goaltender predicament, then it will be a short and sweet series for the New York Rangers and all their fans.