Washington Capitals vs. NY Rangers: 5 Keys for Caps to Win Their Playoff Series

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Washington Capitals vs. NY Rangers: 5 Keys for Caps to Win Their Playoff Series
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For the fourth time in five years, the Washington Capitals will be facing the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Unlike last season, in which the top-seeded Rangers were heavy favorites to take down seventh-seeded Capitals in the quarterfinals, the Southeast Division champion Capitals appear poised to advance beyond conference quarterfinals for the third consecutive season.

It won't be easy, because there's a reason the gritty Rangers were two wins away from the Stanley Cup Final a year ago, but with the Caps offense looking better than it has in two seasons, there's cause for optimism in the nation's capital.

With the Caps' miraculous turnaround complete, here's a look at Washington's five keys to an opening-round series against John Tortorella's Rangers.

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