"Obviously we pushed very hard in the first period; he made a lot of great saves," Capitals coach Adam Oates said. "They got a lucky one and every bounce seemed to go their way after that."
Game 7: New York 5, Washington 0
"Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves for his second shutout in roughly 30 hours and the Rangers' offense stole the show as Arron Asham, Taylor Pyatt, Michael Del Zotto, Ryan Callahan and Mats Zuccarello all scored to lift New York to a 5-0 victory against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. The Rangers trailed the series 2-0 after losing in overtime in Game 2. They were 0-3 with two goals in three games at Verizon Center prior to Game 7. The Rangers now turn their attention the Boston Bruins, who came back from a three-goal deficit in the third period to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs in overtime Monday. The Rangers and Bruins haven't played in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 1973, when New York beat Boston in the quarterfinals. It was a rematch of the 1972 Stanley Cup Final won by the Bruins."
"They kept our most dangerous weapon off the ice, our power play," Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner said. "They got the one good bounce to go in, and we didn't have an answer for it. It's very frustrating that you have to go for Game 7 [Monday], but that's the way it is sometimes."
Game 6: New York 1, Washington 0
"Henrik Lundqvist made sure the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers need a seventh game to decide their playoff series for a second straight season by making 27 saves for his seventh career playoff shutout Sunday at Madison Square Garden. Derick Brassard scored the lone goal as the Rangers beat the Capitals, 1-0, in Game 6 of this Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series. The Rangers are 0-5 all-time in Game 7s on the road. Washington will be heading to its third straight Game 7 after beating the Boston Bruins and losing to the Rangers last year."
"All game we were grinding and pucks were in the skates, the puck was bouncing," Ribeiro said. "It just showed up there at the right time, right moment. We'll take this win."
Game 5: Washington 2, New York 1 (OT)
"Braden Holtby and Henrik Lundqvist traded big saves in OT before Mike Ribeiro slammed a deflected shot past Lundqvist from the slot to give the Capitals a 2-1 victory in Game 5 and a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series. When the Capitals finally got a power play opportunity 7:33 into the second period, Joel Ward scored with a one-timer from between the circles after some pretty passing by Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson. Lundqvist kept the Capitals from winning earlier in overtime when he made a brilliant save with his left pad on Mathieu Perreault, who broke in behind Stralman thanks to a pass from Ward."
"Our line has to play better," Ovechkin said. "When we have a chance to play in their zone, we have to use it. [Wednesday night] we didn't do it."
Game 4: New York 4, Washington 3
"Derek Stepan scored the winning goal in Game 4 Wednesday to again lift the Rangers to a 4-3 victory against the Capitals. The Rangers scored eight goals in Games 3 and 4 after managing one goal in Games 1 and 2 at Verizon Center. The Rangers applied pressure, worked a perfect penalty kill (5-for-5), scored a pair of power-play goals (one in each game), withstood Washington's inevitable surges, and managed to hold Alex Ovechkin to zero points and three shots on goal over the two games. Martin Erat left Game 4 late in the first period with an upper-body injury and never returned."
"We were probably a little too cute with it," Adam Oates said.
Game 3: New York 4, Washington 3
"The Rangers got goals from Brian Boyle, Derick Brassard, Arron Asham and Derek Stepan to beat the Washington Capitals, 4-3, at Madison Square Garden. Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves and the Rangers pulled to within 2-1 of the Capitals. The Rangers also had to kill off a late penalty on Brad Richards, who was called for slashing Alex Ovechkin at center ice. It turned into a 6-on-4 when Holtby left the net with roughly 90 seconds to play, but the Rangers kept the puck out to preserve the win."
"We're just too stagnant," Rangers coach John Tortorella said of his struggling power play. "We're almost paralyzed."
Game 2: Washington 1, New York 0 (OT)
"The Washington Capitals held firm when they were a man down, then won it on Mike Green's latest extra-time winner, topping the Rangers 1-0 Saturday to take a 2-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference playoffs. It's the eighth career overtime goal - and first in the postseason - for the defenseman whose more well-known nickname is 'Game Over Green.' His 12 regular season goals led all NHL defensemen. Washington is 7-for-7 on the PK in the series. Despite finishing 27th on the penalty kill during the regular season, it is 35-for-40 in the past 14 games. Braden Holtby made 24 saves for his first career playoff shutout for the Capitals and has stopped 59 of 60 shots in the series."
"It rolled into the palm of my hand," Holtby said. "One of the guys yelled it was in. It wasn't. It was in my palm the whole time."
Game 1: Washington 3, New York 1
"Alex Ovechkin's franchise-record 31st career playoff goal got the Capitals started before Marcus Johansson and Jason Chimera scored 46 seconds apart, and Washington beat the New York Rangers 3-1 Thursday night in Game 1 of their first-round series. Ovechkin, a two-time MVP who led the NHL with 32 goals this season, crashed the net to score on a power play about seven minutes into the second period to tie the game for the Capitals, the third-seeded team in the Eastern Conference. Carl Hagelin had put sixth-seeded New York ahead 1-0 in the first period — the only puck that made it past Braden Holtby, who finished with 35 saves."
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