Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom helped make a winner of a rookie replacement goalie making his second start all season for the Washington Capitals.
As always, there are some pretty notable snubs who will not be attending the festivities. Here are three from the local teams, as well as four others from outside the area.
Braden Holtby made 21 saves, Nicklas Backstrom had two goals and an assist and Alex Ovechkin scored a highlight-reel goal as the Capitals continued to roll with a 4-0 victory on Saturday night.
Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and an assist, and Eric Fehr scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:09 left to lift the Washington Capitals over the New York Rangers 3-2 Friday night.
For the Isles, it’s all about the next move — and I don’t mean the one to Brooklyn, though that will help, too.
While Henrik Lundqvist was superman between the pipes, Derek Dorsett threw the Caps off their game with his agitation and intimidation.
Let’s face it, the Rangers have a lot of positives going for them right now. And they’re playing the sort of gritty hockey typical of a John Tortorella-coached team.
John Tavares led the way with two power play goals in the Isles 5-2 victory over the Caps.
Who’s primed to lift the Stanley Cup at season’s end? Hartnett has readied his fearless NHL predictions for the 2013 season.
The Rangers’ mental toughness was the difference between winning and losing Game 7.
The Rangers advanced in a thrilling Game 7 and will face the Devils in the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Rangers have lost momentum in their series with the Captials as the series is now evened 2-2 and are beginning to make excuses.
Sean Hartnett shares his fearless Eastern Conference opening round predictions and wasn’t afraid to pick a few first round upsets.
The Devils have won four in a row since the NHL’s all-star break, thanks in great part to Kovalchuk.
With a win over the Devils and a little outside help, the Rangers find themselves head-to-head against the Washington Capitals. “We’ve been in the playoffs,” Rangers coach John Tortorella said. “This is the next round of the playoffs for us.”