Thursday night’s faceoff at the Verizon Center between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals will commence the 42nd all-time playoff game and the eighth series between these two franchises. The Rangers and Capitals previously crossed paths on this stage in 1986, '90, '91, '94, 2009, '11 and '12.
This matchup will tie five others, including Rangers-Islanders and Capitals-Penguins, for the 15th most common card in NHL playoff history. The 39-year-old Washington franchise will now have faced the Rangers and Penguins more often than any other adversary in the Stanley Cup tournament.
Going into the 2013 Eastern Conference quarterfinals, this matchup’s fourth installment in the last five seasons, the Caps hold the all-time edge with four series wins and a 22-20 game advantage.
Washington also holds a slim 5-4 advantage when facing the Rangers in overtime in the postseason.
Each side has triumphed once in a Game 7.
Before the Blueshirts look to pull even on the historical scorecard and follow up on last year’s seven-game conquest of the Caps, here is a look back at the six most memorable moments in this matchup.
We will start with the three highlights that favored the Rangers.
Unless otherwise indicated all statistics were found via hockey-reference.com