Caps, Rangers had turning points on way to Game 1

Updated: May 1, 2013, 5:23 PM ET
Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Things were looking bleak for the Washington Capitals in early February.

Playing a new system under a rookie head coach, with a shortened training camp and zero exhibition games thanks to the lockout, Alex Ovechkin and Co. won only two of their first 11 games. Somehow, Washington wound up atop the Southeast Division and hosts the New York Rangers on Thursday night to begin an Eastern Conference playoff series.

"When you have a tough start like that, sometimes you ...

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