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One goal by the New York Rangers was enough to send this series against the Capitals back to Washington for a decisive Game 7.
One goal will likely be the margin of difference as these teams fight to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals on Monday night.
The Rangers held serve on home ice Sunday, winning 1-0 as Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves for his seventh career playoff shutout. Derick Brassard's slap shot from the point midway through the second period stood as the game-winner. The home team has won all six games in this series and the last 10 postseason matchups dating back to last year's conference semifinals.
"We are just going to have the same mentality we had coming into this game,'' Brassard said. "We just played our game, had fun. The guys were relaxed, and that's what we need to do (Monday).''
Last year's series also went the distance, with the Rangers posting a 2-1 victory in Game 7 as Lundqvist made 22 saves while Braden Holtby stopped 29 shots. Eleven of the last 12 playoff games between the teams have been decided by one goal - including the last five - with New York outscoring Washington 26-25 in the 13 games overall.
Lundqvist is 2-1 in previous Game 7s in his career, with the loss coming at Washington in the first round in 2009. He is 3-10 with a 2.00 goals-against average lifetime there in the playoffs - losing 10 of the last 11 - and the lone victory in that span came in a 2-1 triple overtime victory last year in Game 3, which was also the last road win by either team.
"They play really well at home and they're confident,'' Lundqvist said. "The games we've played in that building, special teams have played a big part. We played a really disciplined game, and that's going to be key for us because they have a really good power play, so you have to respect that.
This is the third time in as many career playoff series Holtby will start a Game 7, having also won at Boston 2-1 in overtime before falling to the Rangers last year. He has won five straight over New York at home in the playoffs since that triple overtime defeat and has a 0.97 GAA and .962 save percentage in six lifetime postseason games versus the Rangers in the nation's capital.
In a series of tight checking and few scoring opportunities, neither team has distinguished itself on the power play. The Rangers have had far more chances, but are 2 for 26 in the six games after failing to convert on five chances - including a 5-on-3 for 44 seconds on Sunday. Washington did not draw any power-play opportunities in Game 6 and is 3 for 14 in this series.
"We battled the whole way,'' Holtby said. "Disappointing, but we move along. Our (penalty-killing) is doing great, holding us in the series. Our guys kept their composure. We knew this could go seven.''
Both teams also have done standout jobs neutralizing their opponent's superstar. Alexander Ovechkin was held off the scoresheet for the fourth consecutive game - the longest such stretch of his career in the postseason - but did have a team-high five shots. For the Rangers, Rick Nash failed to register a point for the third straight game and has only one assist in this series.
The Rangers are 0-5 on the road in Game 7s in franchise history, and their only two road wins to decide playoff series came in 1986 at Philadelphia and the 1928 Stanley Cup final at Montreal when both were best-of-5s.
Washington lost its last Game 7 at home to Montreal in the first round in 2010, and is 3-7 all-time in such contests. The Capitals are 2-5 at home in Game 7s, with the only other victory coming in 1988 against Philadelphia.
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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."
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Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 shots in earning his seventh NHL playoff shutout, and Derick Brassard scored a second-period goal for the New York Rangers, who stayed alive with a 1-0 victory over the Washington Capitals on Sunday that forced a Game 7 in the first-round series.
Brassard handed Lundqvist the lead at 9:39 of the second period, with a goal that was originally credited...
It only took one goal from Derick Brassard to keep the New York Rangers alive on Sunday.
Brassard told Newsday that the team’s fans pushed him to do it. “The crowd was chanting to shoot the puck,” Brassard said.
“I didn’t see myself giving a pass to one of my teammates there. I think I had to shoot it.”
Video: Derick Brassard scores Game 6′s only goal
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Seriously, is there anything Henrik Lundqvist can't do? This guy has single handedly kept the Rangers in this series. The Blueshirts have scored just 11 goals in the first six games. 11! And because of the Swedish netminders heroics there will be a Game 7.
Here's some of his handy work from the closing minutes of Game 6 including his final second pad save on John Carlson...
This game shall forever be known as the Henrik Lundqvist show. Lundqvist stopped all 27 shots thrown at him, including 12 in the third period, en route to a shutout and a 1-0 win for the Rangers. With the win, the Rangers forced Game Seven in Washington in a series that has seen the home team hold serve in each of the first six games. Braden Holtby dueled Hank shot for shot except...
Mission #1 accomplished, now on to Mission #2.
The Rangers pulled out a thrilling 1-0 win over the Caps on Sunday, buoyed by a goal by Derick Brassard and supported by the constant, stellar goaltending by Henrik Lundqvist. The combination of those two along with a strong forecheck that helped control action better than many games throughout the series and the discipline to stay...
Led by Henrik Lundqvist's 35 saves in a second consecutive shutout, and goals from some unlikely sources, the New York Rangers beat the Washington Capitals 5-0 in Game 7 Monday night to reach the Eastern Conference semifinals.
New York contained Alex Ovechkin again and completed its comeback after trailing in the series 2-0 and 3-2 - the latest in Washington's long history...
The New York Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals 1-0. For a box score, click here.
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Brassard continues to be the Rangers best player on the ice not named Henrik Lundqvist. Not only is he living up to his high draft status, but is also making Sather and his infamous trades look pretty good as well. 2-5...
The Washington Capitals fell in another game seven on home ice Monday evening, losing to the New York Rangers in the final game of their 2013 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series by a final score of 5-0. Henrik Lundqvist was stellar once again in net for New York, posting his second consective shutout, behind a Ranger team that pushed all of the right buttons after falling behind...
Well this was a convincing way to end the series. The Rangers made a statement in Game Seven, scoring five goals and shutting out the Caps to complete the comeback from down 3-2 in the series. Henrik Lundqvist was good when he needed to be, but the Rangers made sure he didn’t need to be dominant like he was in Game Six. They won the physical battles, and they finally found chinks...
Nearly everything about the New York Rangers' Game 7 victory over the Washington Capitals was improbable, and yet the 5-0 drubbing they authored wasn't even the most surprising result of the night.
No, that belonged to the Boston Bruins - the Rangers' next opponent in the NHL's Eastern Conference playoffs.
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The Rangers are pretty good at making us sweat. This club went to seven games twice (Ottawa, Washington) and six games once (Devils) last season. They went to seven games in 2009 (Washington). There was only one series in this time frame that didn’t go to seven games, and that was in 2011 when the Rangers lost to the Caps in five games. If the Rangers are...
It's almost too predictable at this point. (ESPN)
The Washington Capitals lost game six of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the New York Rangers on Sunday at Madison Square Garden, falling 1-0 in a had-fought, defensive affair. Derick Brassard scored the lone goal of the game for New York midway through the second period while Henrik Lundqvist made 27...