May 6, 2013
Rangers make good use of home-ice advantage
By KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

New York Rangers center Brian Boyle celebrates with defenseman Michael Del Zotto after scoring against the Washington Capitals in the first period of Game 3 of their NHL Stanley Cup playoffs Eastern Conference quarterfinal hockey game at Madison Square Garden in New York, May 6, 2013. (REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine)

With history as your guide, oddsmakers in Las Vegas would have been able to tell you the New York Rangers were a strong bet to win Monday’s game at Madison Square Garden.

In fact, you could have bet the farm on it.

But after watching the Washington Capitals earn 3-1 and 1-0 victories in the opening two games in the series, there was a belief that this year might be different.

Instead, the Rangers earned a 4-3 victory in Game 3 of this opening-round match-up, dropping the Capitals to 0-7 when holding a 2-0 advantage in a best-of-7 series.

In case you were wondering, the Capitals have actually lost four of those six series, giving the Rangers a reason to believe this one remains very much wide open.

Although he didn’t come right out and say it, Rangers coach John Tortorella needed more from his men in the middle.



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