2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Capitals-Rangers Rountable 2

Standing three games into the Washington Capitals-New York Rangers first round series of the 2010-11 Stanley Cup playoffs, we decided to circle back with Kevin from The New York Rangers Blog with whom we held a pre-playoff roundtable session to find out how he feels his beloved blueshirts are doing thus far. Be sure to head over to his blog to read the our thoughts on the Caps’ play thusfar. As always, feel free to add your two cents in our comments section!

How did Coach Tortorella structure his team differently in Game 3 than in Game two, when they were shut out and held to 9 shots in the second and third period, combined?

Torts has been stressing getting pucks and traffic to the net all series, so it was nice to finally see the team realize that if they actually shot the puck on net it will eventually go in. The Rangers were also much better on the forecheck which has driven the offense all year and I also felt the defense did a much better job of pinching leading to longer puck possessions in the Caps zone.

Marian Gaborik has seen a couple of excellent scoring opportunities so far this series, but has been unable to convert. What’s the deal?

I wish I knew the answer. At this point the only thing I can think of is that he’s hurt. He had a shoulder injury earlier in the year and I wonder if it hasn’t healed properly. His shot hasn’t had the same zip on it as last year and his accuracy has been off. Having said that, he’s in the lineup and if you’re on the ice you’re expected to produce.

Although Henrik Lunqvist is 1-2 in the series, he boasts a 1.84 GAA and a .921 Sv %. What grade would you give your goaltender?

I give him an A+, whenever there’s been a breakdown Lundqvist has stepped up to cover for his teammates. And although the Caps had just 25 shots on goal in Game 3, I felt a large portion of them were tough chances. Can’t really fault him for Games 1 & 2 when his teammates only scored one goal combined.

On Sunday, a struggling Brandon Dubinsky was moved from LW to center late in the game and he pots the game winning goal. What position will he (and his mustache) play game 4?

Ha! Actually Dubinsky is a natural centerman but Torts had moved him to the wing this season as the coach felt he’d be more effective. So playing center wasn’t a big change for him and was obviously the right move to get the offense jump started.