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GREENBURGH, N.Y. – It seems the New York Rangers' first-round playoff win over the Washington Capitals took a lot more out them than it appeared.
The toll was more mental than physical.
The Rangers rallied from a 3-2 series deficit in the opening round and advanced with back-to-back shutout wins in the final two contests — culminating with a 5-0 rout in Game 7.
But when the time came to take on the Boston Bruins just three days later, the Rangers weren't ready. Boston outlasted Toronto in seven games in the first round, and then got the jump on New York by winning the first three games of that matchup.