New York Rangers’ 2010-2011 season ends in Washington D.C.
With their 3-1 loss on Saturday in Washington D.C., the New York Rangers lost their first round playoff series to the conference-winning Capitals, 4-1. The Rangers, who qualified for the playoffs on the last day of the regular season, put up a fight. They held a lead in 3 of the 5 games, but ultimately were no match for a defense-first Capitals team with a hot rookie goalie and an arsenal of offensive weapons. Photos by Avi Gerver, ©Madison Square Garden, L.P.
The Rangers held a number of viewing parties for their away games, including a couple at bars near Madison Square Garden for Games 1 and 2:
I had to put myself on the injured list for Game 3 due to illness, but was back at Madison Square Garden to shoot Game 4, much to the excitement of these fans:
The Capitals’ Jason Arnott, acquired from the New Jersey Devils in February, is a key part of his new team at both ends of the ice. He’s seen here diving to the ice to block a shot late in Game 4:
New York’s Wojtek Wolski checks Washington’s Alexander Semin. The Rangers led the league in hits during the regular season with 2333.
The Rangers’ top defensive line of Marc Staal (#18) and Dan Girardi (#5) flanks Brandon Dubinsky (sporting the ‘stache) and Marian Gaborik in celebration after Dubinsky puts the Rangers up 3-0 in the second period for the last Rangers goal at Madison Square Garden this season.
Washington stormed back in the third period to tie it, and then won the game in double overtime. The heartbreaking loss dropped the Rangers to 3-1 in a series that could have been tied at 2-2 heading to Washington for Game 5.
Until next season….