It would seem there are two certainties ahead for the Rangers. First, they will see some very familiar faces in the lineup of their opponent in the Eastern Conference finals. Second, they will play lots of one-goal games.
The Rangers have won their last five Game 7s dating to 2012, including a win in Pittsburgh last season that capped a rally from a 3-1 deficit.
“They’re afraid, because we’re big and strong and you can see how we score goals,” Ovechkin said. “We just put bodies in front of Lundqvist and it goes in.”
“We’re going to come back and win the series,” Ovechkin told reporters. “We’re going to play our game, and we’re going to come back and we’re going to play Montreal or Tampa.”
This is why King Henrik is paid the big bucks. He just continues to find new levels of concentration and coolness.
From two minutes away from elimination to two wins away from the Eastern Conference Finals, the Presidents’ Trophy winners are still very much alive in their second-round tilt with the Washington Capitals.
Ryan McDonagh scored 9:37 into overtime and the New York Rangers kept their Stanley Cup hopes alive with a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Friday night.
Being on the brink is familiar territory for the Capitals and Rangers. The Caps have a history of being in position to advance in the Stanley Cup playoffs, and finding a way to squander it.
Losing in the second round would be really bad, but how the Blueshirts have gotten themselves into this predicament has been a lot worse.
The Blueshirts are squeezing so hard, they’re on the verge of popping blood vessels.
Rookie Andre Burakovsky scored his first two playoff goals and Braden Holtby saved a penalty shot, giving the Washington Capitals a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Wednesday night.
Washington leads the best-of-seven series 2-1, in part because goalie Braden Holtby has allowed a total of four goals, one fewer than counterpart Henrik Lundqvist.
Rick Nash is an easy target. That will happen when you’ve scored five goals in 45 playoff games with the Rangers. But fans need to begin appreciating his all-around game.
With Braden Holtby matching Henrik Lundqvist save for save, the Capitals are proving just as adept at this sort of tight, low-scoring hockey.
Once the bitterness wears off, New York fans might realize that Game 1 should be remembered for the show put on by Ovi.