Eastern Conference Semifinals Against Capitals

In the second round, the Rangers continued right where they left off from the first round and took the first three games against the 7th-seeded Caps with dominant wins.

But after seven straight victories where they outscored the two opponents 36-9 to begin the playoffs, the Rangers would lose Game 4 in Washington.

Two days later when the series shifted back to The Garden, the Blueshirts finished off Washington behind a two-goal game from Adam Graves and a four-point night from Brian Leetch to set up a conference finals showdown with the Devils.

Check out the video below to see a classic moment from the series when Rangers’ agitator Esa Tikkanen tries to kiss legendary Caps’ tough guy Dale Hunter during a scrum.

Game 1: Rangers 6, Capitals 3

Game 2: Rangers 5, Capitals 2
Game 3: Rangers 3, Capitals 0
Game 4: Capitals 4, Rangers 2
Game 5: Rangers 4, Capitals 3