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Caps prevail 2-1 at home to force a Game 7 at Garden

xxx | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

2011-12 Playoff Game No. 13; Road Game No. 6 Series tied 3-3
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GAME RECAP

Associated Press

Alex Ovechkin rebounded from a rare zero-shot performance by scoring after 88 seconds Wednesday night, Braden Holtby made 30 saves, and the Washington Capitals recovered from a potentially devastating loss by beating the top-seeded Rangers 2-1 to force a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference semifinal.

Two nights after blowing a lead in the last 10 seconds of regulation and losing in overtime, the No. 7-seeded Capitals showed immediately they were over it. Ovechkin's early power-play goal and Jason Chimera's second-period score were just enough for the unflappable playoff rookie Holtby.

The teams meet at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night to determine who will face the New Jersey Devils in the conference finals.

With his mom covering her eyes in the stands, Holtby made only one error, and it came with 50.5 seconds left -- a goal that was credited to Marian Gaborik and deflected off a skate and someone in a scrum in the crease. But Washington held on this time.

The 3-2 victory for the Rangers in Game 5 was the sort of setback that can be tough to set aside. The Capitals, however, staved off elimination and are proving to be quite adept at bouncing back. They're 4-0 in games immediately after overtime losses in these playoffs; they haven't lost consecutive games since March 22-23; and Holtby is 6-0 after any defeat this postseason, his first in the NHL.
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PHOTO OF THE GAME

STAT OF THE GAME
The Rangers out-hit the Capitals 37-33 led by Brandon Prust's game-high, seven hits. The Blueshirts lead the league with 453 hits in postseason action.

THREE STARS
(selected by newyorkrangers.com)
1. Girardi 2. Lundqvist 3. Stepan


THE BIGGER PICTURE
The Rangers have won all of the odd-numbered games in this playoff series and the Caps have won all the even-numbered games. No team has won two in a row, and the Rangers have never lost a Game 7 at home. All are good signs for Saturday night.
RANGERS LEADERS
Icetime -- Girardi (27:45)
Shots -- Girardi, Callahan (4)
Hits -- Prust (7)
Blocks -- Del Zotto, Bickel (2)
Takeaways -- McDonagh (2)
Faceoffs -- Richards (28)

NEW YORK RANGERS' GAME 6 LINEUP AT WASHINGTON
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Carl Hagelin Brad Richards Marian Gaborik
Artem Anisimov Brian Boyle Ryan Callahan
Ruslan Fedotenko Derek Stepan Brandon Prust
Mike Rupp John Mitchell Chris Kreider
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Marc Staal Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto Stu Bickel
Goaltenders: Henrik Lundqvist, Martin Biron
Starting Lineup: Lundqvist, McDonagh, Girardi, Hagelin, Richards, Gaborik.
POWER PLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Callahan/Fedotenko Brad Richards Marian Gaborik
Artem Anisimov Derek Stepan John Mitchell
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Michael Del Zotto Dan Girardi
Marc Staal Anton Stralman
PENALTY KILLING UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Callahan/Prust Brian Boyle
Carl Hagelin Derek Stepan
Ruslan Fedotenko Artem Anisimov
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Marc Staal Michael Del Zotto
1st2nd3rdT
NYR
WSH
Scoring Summary
1st Period
01:28WSH PPG - Alex Ovechkin (5) ASST: Nicklas Backstrom (5), Mike Green (2) 1 - 0 WSH
2nd Period
10:59WSH Jason Chimera (4) ASST: Nicklas Backstrom (6), John Carlson (3) 2 - 0 WSH
3rd Period
19:09NYR Marian Gaborik (4) ASST: Dan Girardi (6), Derek Stepan (7) 2 - 1 WSH
Penalty Summary
1st Period
01:13NYR Anton Stralman  Tripping against  Jason Chimera
13:44WSH Brooks Laich  Holding against  Ryan Callahan
18:49WSH Roman Hamrlik  Interference against  Brandon Prust
2nd Period
06:29NYR Ryan Callahan  Tripping against  Dennis Wideman
12:05WSH Jeff Halpern  Hi-sticking against  John Mitchell
12:05WSH Jeff Halpern  Hi-sticking against  John Mitchell
17:04NYR Brandon Prust  Roughing against  Jason Chimera
3rd Period
02:16WSH Mike Green  Delaying Game - Puck over glass
shots by period
PeriodNYRWSH
1st119
2nd98
3rd116
Total3123
Team Stats
CategoryNYRWSH
Power Plays0/51/3
Hits3733
Faceoff Wins2738
Giveaways918
Takeaways55
Blocked Shots624
Penalty Minutes610
  • NY RANGERS
  • WASHINGTON
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
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5D. GirardiD0114027:45
8B. PrustL0000213:52
10M. GaborikR1003023:26
18M. StaalD00-13025:23
19B. RichardsC0003022:33
20C. KreiderL000006:06
21D. StepanC0111016:35
22B. BoyleC0001017:01
24R. CallahanR0014222:59
26R. FedotenkoL0001012:18
27R. McDonaghD0003019:38
32A. StralmanD0001216:51
34J. MitchellC000007:55
41S. BickelD00-1006:01
42A. AnisimovC0001016:00
62C. HagelinL0001015:39
71M. RuppL000205:09
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30H. Lundqvist2123.91357:42
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
6D. WidemanD0000021:06
8A. OvechkinR1003015:14
15J. HalpernC00-11410:23
19N. BackstromC0212018:54
20T. BrouwerR00-12017:24
21B. LaichC0001217:09
22M. KnubleR000007:51
23K. AucoinC000106:54
25J. ChimeraL1015013:33
26M. HendricksC00-10018:17
27K. AlznerD0000023:13
28A. SeminR0011013:33
42J. WardR0000012:41
44R. HamrlikD0000217:42
52M. GreenD0103221:02
55J. SchultzD0000015:24
74J. CarlsonD0103022:00
90M. JohanssonC0001017:40
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
70B. Holtby3031.96860:00