I mean it more as in take Game 1 and then the Rangers start doubting that maybe "these guys really do have our number." It puts A LOT more pressure on the Rangers if the Caps take Game 1 because you know the media will start saying the same thing.
That's certainly true. And if Holtby gives up less than 2 goals, that'll start rattling their offensive confidence, too.
And the opposite isn't true, since the Caps have 2 series worth of memories to draw on in which they found ways to beat Lundy.
Anyone think we'll see Ovi and Backstrom back together more during this series? I think it was a good choice forcing BOS to essentially pick their poison between Ovi and the Backstrom - Semin line when sending out Chara- - Seidenberg, but NYR has no pairing on that level but a much better 2nd pairing.
Also - didn't the speed of the line of Chimera - MoJo - Laich give the Ranger's defense some trouble last year?
With there being a good chance the Rangs will be missing both Boyle and Dubinsky. We need to come out on game one and put our foot on their neck and not let up. We can’t let them steal a game missing two key players.