Updated 04/14/2011 09:51 AM
Rangers Lose To Capitals 2-1 In Playoff Opener
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The New York Rangers lost 2-1 in overtime during their first playoff game with the Capitals in Washington, D.C. Wednesday.
Rangers defenseman Matt Gilroy put the Rangers up 1-0 early in the third before Washington's Alex Ovechkin tied it midway through the period.
Capitals sniper Alexander Semin then won it for Washington 18 minutes into overtime.
"This time of year obviously all you want to do is win, it doesn't matter how. It really hurts when you lose," said Rangers Captain Chris Drury.
"They play tight too, it's hard to get big chances. But we were patient. It's just a tough way to lose in OT here," said angers Goalie Henrik Lundqvist.
The eighth-seeded Blue Shirts made it into the Stanley Cup playoffs on the final day of their regular season.
They beat the New Jersey Devils Saturday afternoon, but had to wait for Tampa Bay to beat Carolina to secure their postseason berth.
The Rangers and Capitals next face off Friday night in Washington.