by Patrick Hoffman on 04/26/09 at 11:15 PM ET
Note: I apologize for not posting this weekend as I was out of town with my fiance this weekend. Looks like I picked a good time to go, huh?
Well, folks, here we go. The New York Rangers and Washington Capitals are headed to a Game 7 on Tuesday night at the Verizon Center, thanks to huge back-to-back wins for the Caps by scores of 4-0 and 5-3, respectively.
It’s easy to see why the Caps won these last two games by a combined score of 9-3: they know how to put the puck in the net. Alex Ovechkin is heating up, the Caps power play is converting and getting more dangerous by the game and more importantly, they are making Rangers’ superstar netminder Henrik Lundqvist look human.
Through the first four games, Lundqvist had stopped an amazing 141 of 148 shots and was the main reason why the Blueshirts were up 3-1. However, in Game 4 and 5, Lundqvist was shaky, allowing four goals on 14 shots in Game 5 on Friday night and five goals on 20 shots this afternoon at Madison Square Garden.
Now, the Blueshirts will be forced to regroup and battle it out in their first Game 7 since 1994 of the Stanley Cup finals against the Vancouver Canucks. Most knowledgeable hockey fans know what happened then and the Blueshirts have shown that when their backs are against wall, they can come out and play a solid hockey game.
However, the last question is: Will they play well enough on Tuesday night to win the series?
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