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2-0 win gives Capitals 2-0 lead

WASHINGTON — If the aim of the new-style Capitals is to win by frustration, they have hit full stride against the Rangers.

New York controlled play for two periods Friday. But it managed only 22 shots (13 in the first), and rookie Michal Neuvirth stopped them all. Add second-period goals 1:57 apart by Jason Chimera and Jason Arnott, and Washington had a 2-0 win and 2-0 series lead.

"It's a long game," said Brooks Laich, who assisted on Chimera's goal. "And if you can bend at times but not break and keep up that solid defensive hockey, maybe frustrate them, it works to our advantage."

Neuvirth, 23, has stopped 46 of 47 shots in the series.

"We've done some of the things we wanted to do, but it's not enough," Rangers center Brian Boyle said. "It wasn't enough in Game 1, and it wasn't enough (Friday). It's frustration. We get (ticked) off, but it is what it is."

Alex Ovechkin has just one goal, but that's no longer the formula for beating the Capitals.

"People still identify our team as an offensive firepower," Laich said. "Our … defensive coverage is going to be a key for us, perhaps the biggest key in the playoffs. We're going to get some goals. We're not going to score five."

With the lead, Washington essentially called off the attack in the third and played 20 more minutes of frustration hockey.

"I'm not discouraged," Rangers coach John Tortorella said. "We need to just relax … and just find a way to bang a couple in."

Capitals 0 2 0 2
Rangers 0 0 0 0

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesMcDonagh, NYR (interference), 8:04; Bradley, Was (charging), 17:52.

Second Period1, Washington, Chimera 1 (Johansson, Laich), 2:11. 2, Washington, Arnott 1 (Green, Ovechkin), 4:08 (pp). PenaltiesMcDonagh, NYR (roughing), 2:59; Fedotenko, NYR (high-sticking), 10:45; Semin, Was (hooking), 18:11.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesPrust, NYR (roughing), 20:00. Shots on GoalN.Y. Rangers 13-3-6—22. Washington 7-8-3—18. Power-play opportunitiesN.Y. Rangers 0 of 2; Washington 1 of 3. GoaliesN.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 0-2-0 (18 shots-16 saves). Washington, Neuvirth 2-0-0 (22-22). A18,398 (18,398).

King suspended: Los Angeles center Jarret Stoll was suspended for tonight's Game 2 for Thursday's hit from behind on the Sharks' Ian White. The first-period hit sent White's head bouncing off the boards, but no penalty was called. San Jose did not say if White sustained a concussion but did say he's doubtful for tonight.

Around the league: Center Henrik Zetterberg, the Red Wings' leading scorer during the regular season, will miss Game 2 today against the Coyotes with an undisclosed left knee injury. He also missed Game 1. … Versus, in its sixth season covering the league, set a network record by averaging 534,328 viewers with Wednesday's opening-night coverage, a 12 percent increase from last season.

Eastern Conference

Capitals 2, Rangers 0

Game 1: Capitals 2, Rangers 1 OT

Friday: Capitals 2, Rangers 0

Sunday: at New York, 3, Ch. 8

Wednesday: at New York, 7, Versus

April 23: at Washington, 3, Ch. 8 *

April 25: at New York, TBD *

April 27: at Washington, TBD *

Sabres 1, Flyers 0

Game 1: Sabres 1, Flyers 0

Today: at Philadelphia, 5

Monday: at Buffalo, 7, Versus

Wednesday: at Buffalo, 7:30, Versus

Friday: at Philadelphia, 7:30 *

April 24: at Buffalo, 3, Ch. 8 *

April 26: at Philadelphia, TBD *

Canadiens 1, Bruins 0

Game 1: Canadiens 2, Bruins 0

Tonight: at Boston, 7, Versus

Monday: at Montreal, 7:30

Thursday: at Montreal, 7, Versus

April 23: at Boston, 7, Versus *

April 26: at Montreal, TBD *

April 27: at Boston, TBD *

Western Conference

Canucks 1, Blackhawks 0

Game 1: Canucks 2, Blackhawks 0

Friday: at Vancouver, late

Sunday: at Chicago, 8, Versus

Tuesday: at Chicago, 8, Versus

Thursday: at Vancouver, 10, Versus *

April 24: at Chicago, 7:30 *

April 26: at Vancouver, TBD *

Sharks 1, Kings 0

Game 1: Sharks 3, Kings 2, OT

Tonight: at San Jose, 10, Versus

Tuesday: at Los Angeles, 10:30, Versus

Thursday: at Los Angeles, 10:30

April 23: at San Jose, 10:30, Versus *

April 25: at Los Angeles, TBD *

April 27: at San Jose, TBD *

Red Wings 1, Coyotes 0

Game 1: Red Wings 4, Coyotes 2

Today: at Detroit, 1, Ch. 8

Monday: at Phoenix, 10:30, Versus

Wednesday: at Phoenix, 10:30 Versus

Friday: at Detroit, 7, Versus *

April 24: at Phoenix, TBD *

April 27: at Detroit, TBD *

Predators 1, Ducks 0

Game 1: Predators 4, Ducks 1

Friday: at Anaheim, late

Sunday: at Nashville, TBD

Wednesday: at Nashville, TBD

Friday: at Anaheim, 10 *

April 24: at Nashville, TBD *

April 26: at Anaheim, TBD *

* If necessary

2-0 win gives Capitals 2-0 lead 04/15/11 [Last modified: Saturday, April 16, 2011 12:07am]
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