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Final score was 5-0 and it wasn't even that close.
Rangers will face the Bruins in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.
Feel free to discussion the plays, the goals, the action from both games tonight.
My take on the play at the time it happened remains unchanged. Mike Green would receive a major and automatic game misconduct for cross-checking while Derek Dorsett a minor penalty for boarding. The teams would play 4 on 4 for two minutes at which point the NY Rangers would receive a 3 minute power-play for the balance of the major penalty to Green.
More from Fraser on this topic at TSN.
If you missed the incidents...
from Katie Carrera of the Washington Post,
The Capitals are quite familiar with the agony-inducing, pressure-packed contests that are a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Winner-take-all nailbiters where every shift and every mistake are magnified because at the end, one team’s season will come to a screeching halt.
Five of six contests in this series have been decided by one goal and two have gone to overtime, so it’s not all that surprising that the Capitals and Rangers would need Game 7 to determine a winner of this Eastern Conference quarterfinal.
“I kind of thought that right from the beginning of the series that it was going to be a long one,” Karl Alzner said. “The fact that we went up 2-0, I thought that was great, but I knew that wasn’t the case. Game 7 against this team is kind of normal now, so we’re ready for it.”
Of the nine playoff series in the Ovechkin era (dating back to 2008), seven have gone the distance, including this matchup against the Rangers. Washington is 2-4 in Game 7s in that same span and 1-3 when that decisive contest occurs at Verizon Center.
Toronto beats Boston 2-1 tonight to force a Game 7 in Boston tomorrow at 7:00pm ET.
Along with the New York Rangers against the Washington Capitals at 8:00pm ET, it should be quite the night for hockey.
If the last 1 1/2 minutes of today's game is any indication, tomorrow's (8:00pm ET) game should be must see TV.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
History, however, is not the biggest obstacle the Rangers have to overcome. That, instead, would be the present reality of trying to win consecutive games with effectively a half-dozen functioning forwards, none of whom named Rick Nash or Brad Richards.
Nash had another tough one, the winger a non-factor until he created a scoring chance with a rush to the net a half-minute before the Caps won it.
“I don’t know if it’s frustrating, but it’s not a good thing when you can’t help the team to win and do what you want to do out there,” said No. 61, who had two shots in OT after going through regulation with only one blocked attempt. “I just have to work myself out of this slump.”
But Nash isn’t the biggest worry. Richards is. The center, who had seemed to snap out of season-long distress with a representative final week, has backslid into a quagmire.
Capitals now up 3-2 on the New York Rangers with game 6 in New York on Sunday at 4:30pm ET.
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