New-look Capitals beat Rangers 3-1 to open series

Updated: May 3, 2013, 3:56 AM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- A year ago, the Washington Capitals played a defense-first brand of hockey under coach Dale Hunter.

Nearly all of their playoff games were decided by one goal.

Alex Ovechkin's ice time dwindled.

And their postseason ended with a Game 7 loss to the New York Rangers in the second round.

On Thursday night, the Capitals opened this year's playoffs against -- who else? -- the Rangers, using first-time NHL head coach Adam Oates' more free-flowing style and a re-energized ...

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