Henrik Lundqvist stood on his head, but didn't breathe until 13 seconds into the third period.
"When we scored the fourth one, I felt like, 'OK, we got this,'" smirked the New York Rangers goalie. "As long as it was three (goals), you never know with this team. They have so much skill and they could turn it around quickly."
Ryan Callahan's goal early in the third period was followed by another marker -- this one by Mats Zuccarello -- as the Rangers claimed a 5-0 victory over the Washington Capitals in the decisive Game 7 at Verizon Center on Monday night.
The Rangers face the Boston Bruins the second round, a series that begins on Thursday. For the sixth time of the Alex Ovechkin era, the Caps slinked into the postseason without making it to the conference finals.
Lundqvist was one star on either team that had a prolonged impact on the series. Fortunately the Rangers had role players like Aaron Asham -- a forward who had more goals (two) than Ovechkin (one) -- step up. Asham sco...