On Monday night, the Rangers dominated the Capitals on the road, beating them 5-0 to win the series and advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals. Down 2-0 in the series against the Washington Capitals, then 3-2, but that was no problem for the New York Rangers, as they fought back to dig themselves out of the hole to beat the Capitals.
It’s the second straight season that the Blueshirts eliminated the Capitals in a Game 7.
The hero, and the big reason the Rangers advanced to the second round of the playoffs, is Henrik Lundqvist. Lundqvist had his second straight shutout in 24 hours, shutting down the Capitals in Game 6 and in Game 7.
Other key reasons for the big Game 7 win is stellar defense from Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh, who were able to shut down Alex Ovechkin. Also, Arron Asham tied for the team lead in goals (2) with a great shot that made its way past Braden Holtby that opened up the Rangers’ offense that exploded with five goals. Taylor Pyatt followed up with a score; Chris Kreider scored one right after a defensive lapse, and Steve Eminger had two assists.
The Rangers got their entire team involved in tonight’s win, and if they keep it up, that and Lundqvist’s extraordinary play can give them a fighting chance against a just as tough Bruins team.