Rangers Advance to Second Round After Sweeping Capitals

The New York Rangers swept the Washington Capitals in the first round of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs, becoming the first team to advance to the second round.

The Washington Capitals barely made it into the playoffs. But the New York Rangers? They made sure the Capitals were the first to head home. Sunday night, the Rangers wrapped up a four-game sweep. They clinched a 4-2 victory right at the Capital One Arena in Washington.

Now, New York’s the first team punching their ticket to the second round of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs. They’re set to face off against the winner of the Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Islanders series. Currently, the Hurricanes are leading 3-1, with Game 5 happening on Tuesday.

The game-changer came 3:21 into the third period on Sunday. Artemi Panarin nailed a power-play goal, breaking the 2-2 deadlock. That goal? It was the decider. Jack Roslovic later sealed the deal with an empty-netter, 51 seconds from the end. Vincent Trocheck and Mika Zibanejad were also key players for New York, with Zibanejad dishing out two assists. Between the pipes, Igor Shesterkin was solid, stopping 23 shots.

This sweep was a first for the Rangers since 2007. Back then, they dominated the Atlanta Thrashers, who’ve since become the Winnipeg Jets. On the Capitals’ side, Martin Fehervary and Hendrix Lapierre were the goal scorers. Their goalie, Charlie Lindgren, made 19 saves.

A noteworthy subplot? The Lindgren brothers. With the series over, New York’s defenseman Ryan Lindgren and his brother can finally catch up. They had paused their regular chats and texts during the series. Especially since the Capitals clinched their playoff spot in the nick of time, making this matchup even more personal.

And the Rangers? They managed to keep Washington’s superstar, Alex Ovechkin, quiet. He finished the series without a point and a minus-2 rating. Quite the achievement, really.

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
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