First-round breakdown: Caps-Rangers

Updated: April 11, 2011, 12:31 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

And so, after all the gnashing of teeth about the lack of scoring from Alex Ovechkin and whether Bruce Boudreau was the right coach and whether the Caps had seen their window close last spring, here they are at the top of the Eastern Conference once again.

After lapping Philadelphia, Tampa, Pittsburgh and Boston to take over the top seed, the Capitals will face a recent playoff foe in the New York Rangers, a team that avoided a second straight gut-wrenching exit from the playoff race ...

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