NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Washington|
(Monday, May 13th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 5, Washington 0
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - The home team had won every game in this
series, except for the last one.
Backed by Henrik Lundqvist's second straight shutout and an offense that
finally came alive on the road, the New York Rangers took a 5-0 win over the
Washington Capitals in Game 7 of this Eastern Conference quarterfinal series
at Verizon Center.
The sixth-seeded Rangers had dropped all three games in Washington, scoring
just two goals there coming into Monday's contest. New York, though, got
goals from Arron Asham, Michael Del Zotto, Taylor Pyatt, Ryan Callahan and
Mats Zuccarello to give the team the series victory.
"I think this was our best game of the series," said New York head coach John
Tortorella. "Henrik was really good early to give us a chance and then I
thought we played really well the rest of the way in front of him, right on
through our lineup."
Lundqvist turned aside 35 shots in this game after stopping all 27 shots in
Sunday's Game 6 to force the deciding contest.
It was the second straight year that the Rangers and Capitals had played a
Game 7, with the Rangers taking a 2-1 win at home in last year's semifinal
New York will travel to face Boston in the semifinals as the Bruins rallied
from a 4-1 deficit in the third period then won in overtime on Monday to take
their series against the Toronto Maple Leafs in seven games. Game 1 is set for
Thursday night in Boston.
Braden Holtby was tagged with all five goals on 27 shots for the third-seeded
Capitals, who were in the playoffs for a sixth straight season, but have bowed
out after one series in three of those appearances and haven't made it out of
the semifinals during that run.
"This is tough to explain," said Washington head coach Adam Oates. "It's funny
how over the years a seventh game turns into some kind of blowout. I wish I
had an answer for that. We pushed really hard in the first period and
Lundqvist made some great saves, they got a lucky one and every bounce seemed
to go their way after that."
Washington had taken Games 1, 2, and 5 at home, with Games 2 and 5 being
decided in overtime, while the Rangers took a pair of 4-3 wins at Madison
Square Garden in Games 3 and 4 before the 1-0 win in Game 6.
Washington was controlling play in the latter half of the first period and was
peppering Lundqvist, who made 13 saves in the frame, but it was the Rangers
who walked away with a 1-0 lead.
Skating the other way after the Caps had a chance in the Rangers end, Chris
Kreider gained the zone along the right wing and left a drop pass for Asham,
who blasted a slap shot through a Washington defender and past Holtby for a
1-0 lead with 6:41 to play in the period.
Lundqvist made the lead hold up by stopping a Jay Beagle shot from the right
wing and swallowing the rebound with Mathieu Perreault in front inside of two
minutes to play.
The Caps skated the final 1:18 of the first on the power play and began the
second with the man advantage, but were unable to capitalize.
The Rangers made it a 2-0 game at 3:24 on Pyatt's first of the playoffs. Derek
Dorsett had hit the post on a shot from the left circle, but play continued in
the Washington end. Steve Eminger blasted a shot on net from the right point
that Dorsett tipped. Holtby made the stop, but Pyatt was at the right side to
slam home the rebound.
Just over two minutes later, it was a 3-0 contest as Del Zotto's shot from the
left point hit off the skate of Troy Brouwer and made it between the pads of
Only 13 seconds came off the third period clock before the Rangers to made it
a four goal game. Callahan stole a soft pass from John Erskine in the neutral
zone and skated down the right wing before turning his back to the goal and
lifting in a backhand.
Zuccarello's goal just over six minutes later put the cap on the rout and
Lundqvist finished off his eighth career playoff shutout with nine saves in
the final frame.
New York improved to 6-5 in Game 7s, while the Capitals fell to 3-9 ...
Washington forward Alex Ovechkin, who led the NHL in goals during the regular
season with 32, scored just once in the series, in Game 1, and finished the
series with two points ... New York's Derick Brassard had two assists in the
game and led all skaters in the series with 11 points (2G, 9A) ... Rangers
forward Brad Richards is 5-0 in Game 7s in his career ... The Rangers were
without defenseman Marc Staal and forwards Ryane Clowe and Darroll Powe, while
Washington forward Martin Erat missed the game with an arm injury sustained in
Game 4 ... This was the eighth playoff matchup between these two clubs, with
each squad winning four times.
05/14 02:12:19 ET