First-round breakdown: Caps-Rangers
It must be true that opposites attract because the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers found each other in the first round of the playoffs. It's Alex Ovechkin and the Caps' high-powered offense versus Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers' air-tight defense.
The numbers don't lie. The run-and-gun Caps are third in the NHL in goals per game, but a leaky 19th in goals against. The squeeze-your-stick-tight Rangers are 28th in offense, but a stingy sixth in goals against.
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2009 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
The Stanley Cup playoffs kick off Wednesday. Scott Burnside, Pierre LeBrun and the rest of our NHL team preview the first round: