New line combos for Capitals in Game 3?

April, 16, 2011
4/16/11
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ARLINGTON, Va. -- Don't be surprised if the Washington Capitals' line combinations look a little different for Game 3 on Sunday afternoon.

As he has done in the past to try and give his top players a spark, Washington coach Bruce Boudreau moved top center Nicklas Backstrom to a line with Alexander Semin and Marco Sturm. He also moved Jason Arnott, who has been the Caps' best forward through two games, to the No. 1 offensive unit with Alex Ovechkin and Mike Knuble.

"Actually they just put on the wrong jerseys, so I left them out there for practice," Boudreau said Saturday before the team jetted to New York. "I could have changed it, but I knew we were only doing one drill that had anything to do with it, so I just left it."

The coach appeared to be having a little fun with the media gathered at the team's practice facility.

Although the Capitals hold a 2-0 series lead against the New York Rangers, they have scored only four goals. Backstrom, Sturm and Semin did play together at least once earlier this season against Montreal.

"It doesn't matter, I think, who you play with. They are such good players on this team. It's up to the coach to decide who you play with," Backstrom said. "We had a good game there in Montreal, but we'll see. There's nothing wrong with it. Sometimes you have to, I guess."

Rangers report: New York faces uphill battle

The New York Rangers have never come back in a best-of-seven series after dropping the first two games on the road, but coach John Tortorella is hoping the hometown fans will help the team get off to a good start in Game 3.

"We hope it helps," Tortorella said at the Rangers' practice facility Saturday. "We need a good start. Hopefully we get the building behind us and guys relax a little bit and we find our way."

It doesn't sound like the Rangers will change their lineup for Sunday's game, which suggests Sean Avery will remain in, but Tortorella did say he was thinking of shaking things up in the hopes of getting more offense, especially on the power play.

"We may try a different couple of looks, but again it's a matter of confidence," Tortorella said. "It's spread right through our offense. We've been down this road before where we've struggled scoring goals and we've bounced out of it and hopefully tomorrow we find a way."

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