The stage is set for the second round of the NHL playoffs, and the New York Rangers wasted little time in starting with the trash talk.
The Capitals and Rangers are no strangers to each other in the playoffs, having met three times in the past four years.
If the Capitals go on to win the Stanley Cup in June, goaltender Philipp Grubauer did enough to get his name etched onto the big, silver chalice, despite the fact that he returned to the AHL Hersh
The stage is set and, complemented by two performances by Eric Clapton, so is the second-round playoff series between the Capitals and New York Rangers.
The tension inside Verizon Center was as thick as Braden Holtby’s playoff beard.