The Rangers’ mental toughness was the difference between winning and losing Game 7.
Washington is good enough to play for the Eastern Conference Championship. If the Rangers come with anything less than their best effort, that’s just what the Capitals will end up doing.
Ryan Callahan’s effort and willingness to do anything and everything for the Blueshirts’ cause is unquestionable.
John Tortorella’s ability to get his team to perform at its best will be tested again, but he has done it time and time again this year.
The top-seeded Rangers lead the series 3-2, one victory from reaching the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 1997.
Tortorella’s tightly wound personality did not have any adverse effects during the regular season, but that approach may be making things more difficult on his players as the postseason moves along.
Despite a career low in ice time, Ovechkin and the Capitals found a way to win Game 2 against the New York Rangers
Going into Game 2 against Washington, the Rangers certainly understand the Caps aren’t going to go away.
The Rangers won Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals as they defeated the Capitals 3-1.
The goal for the Rangers is to be playing through mid-June. That would not have been possible without last night’s 7th game survival exercise against Ottawa. Now that the first round is in the past, at least some of the weight has been lifted.