Henrik Lundqvist Shuts Out The Capitals, Forces Game 7
To win a Stanley Cup you need your goaltender to steal some games along the way. Not sure the Rangers have the ability to go all the way, but Sunday their brilliant goaltender Henrik Lundqvist led the Rangers to a 1-0 win at the Garden and extended their season at least 1 more day.
In fact either the Rangers or the Caps will be heading off to an early summer after Monday's game 7 in Washington. The Rangers get to that final game only because of the man they call " The King."
Lundqvist stopped 27 shots, including at least 3 golden chances by caps star Alexander Ovechkin. it only seemed Ovechkin was on the ice the entire 3rd period, and it only seemed he had a chance every time he skated into Ranger territory. It didn't seem because it did mean Lundqvist would have to be on his game. He was.
Not only did Lundqvist have to ward off Ovechkin, he also had to match saves with Washington's Braden Holtby. He did. these 2 masked men matched save for save in a brilliant duel. Holtby stopped 28 pucks.
The other amazing development was the caps lethal power play not saw the ice. In fact the only time the Caps had the extra man was in the last minute and a half when they pulled Holtby for the extra skater. The Rangers skated with the swift Caps and never had to revert to a sloppy penalty such as holding or tripping.
The only goal of the game was a 2nd period tally by Derick Brassard. The puck actually was tipped in by Caps defensemen Steve Oleksy. Originally Rick Nash was credited with the goal but it was changed after review showed Aleksy tipped it with his glove, not Nash with his stick.
The Rangers had the game's only power plays, especially in the opening period. They also had a 2 man advantage in the 2nd period. Their power play looked anemic, coming up empty and barely getting any good chances.
Game 7 is Monday night back in Washington. Last year these 2 long time combatants played a 7 game series, the Rangers winning the 7th game on home ice. Neither team has been able to win in the others rink so far in this series, both getting all 3 of their wins on friendly ice. The Capitals hope that trend continues Monday night