New York Rangers: Alex Ovechkin crazy to guarantee Game 7 win


The New York Rangers were able to win Game 6 against the Washington Capitals to force an exciting seventh game of the series.

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New York had their backs against the wall trailing 3-1 in the series, but a few clutch goals late in Game 5 kept their season alive. In Game 6, the Rangers had a 4-1 lead in the third period, but nearly gave up the lead. With some great saves for Henrik Lundqvist, the Rangers were able to survive in Game 6.

Game 7’s in any sport are always exciting to watch, and Madison Square Garden will be rocking.

Capitals’ star Alex Ovechkin has complete confidence that his team won’t choke away the 3-1 series lead.

“We’re going to play our game and we’re going to come back and we’re going to play Montreal or Tampa” Said Ovechkin to Larry Brooks of the New York Post.

“We almost tie the game and the character of this group, it shows a lot,” Ovechkin said to Brooks. “We’re going to come back and win the series.”

“His whole career, he’s said stuff,” Trotz said at the team’s practice facility on Monday to the Associated Press. “Every year, he says stuff that (is) bold — and he backs it up, usually.”

Ovechkin scored in the first two goals of the series, but since then has been held in check.

If recent history is any indication, the Rangers will be winning Game 7. This will be the third time in the last four seasons that the two teams have played in a Game 7 against each other. In those games, the Rangers won 2-1 in New York, and then a shocking 5-0 victory in Washington.

Ovechkin could very well be the MVP in the NHL this season, but he is crazy to be guaranteeing a victory against the Rangers.

Asked Monday about Ovechkin’s statements, Trotz said to the AP: “That’s what leaders do. I think leaders say, ‘This is what we need to do. This is what we’re going to do.’ I have a lot more respect for someone who will be bold enough to say, ‘I’m the leader of the hockey team. We’re going to go there and give our best game and we’re going to win the hockey game.’”

The Capitals certainly aren’t lacking any confidence despite losing two straight against the Rangers. In the first-round, the Capitals were able to win a seven-game series against the New York Islanders, so they know what it will take to win.

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