The Rangers advanced in a thrilling Game 7 and will face the Devils in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Alex Ovechkin’s power-play goal with 7:27 remaining snapped a tie and gave the Washington Capitals a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers that squared the Eastern Conference semifinal series 1-1 on Monday night.
The Blue Jackets star won’t be shipped to New York before Monday’s trading deadline.
Rookie Michal Neuvirth stopped 33 shots for his fourth shutout and the Washington Capitals put another dagger in the New Jersey Devils’ playoff hopes with a 3-0 victory on Friday night.
The Washington Capitals look to beat the New York Islanders for the ninth time in 10 meetings overall and win their fifth straight at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday night.
Coming off two straight losses, a matchup with beaten-up New Jersey may be just what the NHL-leading Washington Capitals need to get back on track.