Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 5/13/12
Although the Washington Capitals were officially eliminated from the playoffs by the New York Rangers in a Game 7 squeaker, the upstart club out of the No. 7 seed knows it let this series get away in what it thought was the final seconds of Game 5. Just 7.6 seconds away from taking a 3-2 series lead over the top-seeded Rangers in the Eastern Conference semifinals, the seventh-seeded Capitals allowed the tying goal to Brad Richards on the first half of a 4-minute power play. Then they were vanquished early in overtime when Marc Staal cashed in on the second half of the advantage, as New York took that edge and moved within one win of advancing. The Capitals didn't give up, however, and pulled out a 2-1 win at home in Game 6 on the strength of Alex Ovechkin's power-play goal 1:28 in. But as was the case throughout the entire series, the teams alternated wins throughout, and the club that scored first never lost. Washington came up short in Game 7 on Saturday night, another 2-1 dec...
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