It seems that the Caps strategy throughout the playoffs has been to barely commit to offense, keep the scoring way down, and somehow catch a winning goal. They've executed that strategy remarkably well. They beat a much better team the first round playing one-goal games, and are giving a second better team all they can handle doing the exact same thing. I do not know that this series with the Caps is any measure of how well the Rangers might fare against an opponent with a conventional aproach. I certainly do not think that, should they prevail against the Caps, anything can be said about the Rangers but that.
Hunter, as I see it, has distinguished himself in the playoffs, as has his team.
Ward's game winner was off a brilliant play--he came from an open position on the offside of the net, circled around two defenders instead of trying to crash through them, and got to the position where the rebound came, where it was most likely to come, and which had to have been vacated by the shooter's momentum. Brilliant.
Ward's penalty, by contrast, was accidental. Painful as it was, I don't see that it makes Ward the goat of anything.
The Rangers were able to keep the puck within 15-20 feet of the goal for well beyond far too long during the entire period, especially during the final 5 minutes. That's what won the Rangers' the game--it could have happened in any number of ways. The Capitals did far too little to deserve to steal that game, at least that is the way I see it.