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23 SOG
31 SOG

Blueshirts to play New Jersey for conference crown

xxx | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

2011-12 Playoff Game No. 14; Home Game No. 8 Rangers win series 4-3
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GAME RECAP

Associated Press

Brad Richards and Michael Del Zotto scored, Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves, and the Rangers advanced to the Eastern Conference finals with a 2-1 victory in Game 7 over the Washington Capitals on Saturday night.

Richards scored less than two minutes in, and Del Zotto doubled the lead in the third period to help the top-seeded Rangers improve to 5-0 in Game 7s at Madison Square Garden.

That set up a matchup with the New Jersey Devils, the team the Rangers beat in the 1994 conference finals en route to the Stanley Cup. The series will open Monday at The Garden.

The Blueshirts and Washington alternated wins and losses from Game 1 on, and this one didn't come easy for the Rangers, who missed a chance to eliminate the Capitals in Game 6 on the road.

Just 38 seconds after Del Zotto made it 2-0 at 10:05 of the third, Roman Hamrlik sent a shot off of Rangers forward Derek Stepan that fluttered past Lundqvist for his only blemish of the night.

Braden Holtby played well in his second career Game 7, making 29 saves. It was yet another heartbreaker for the Capitals, who were looking to reach the conference finals for the third time.

Both the Rangers and the Capitals reached the second round of this year's playoffs with Game 7 wins. The Rangers knocked out Ottawa, and Washington eliminated the  Boston Bruins.

The Rangers played a very disciplined game, taking only one penalty for delay of game against Ruslan Fedotenko in the third.
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PHOTO OF THE GAME

STAT OF THE GAME
Eleven of the Rangers’ 14 playoff games have been decided by one goal, including six of seven games against Washington. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Blueshirts and Washington were either tied or separated by one goal for 91.1 percent of the total playing time in the series.

THREE STARS
(selected by the local media)
1. Lundqvist 2. Richards 3. Del Zotto


THE BIGGER PICTURE
The Rangers are now halfway to the Stanley Cup. Considering how tough the first eight wins have come, the next eight wins simply can't come any tougher because all of this has only strengthened the team's already great character and made it that much better.
RANGERS LEADERS
Icetime -- McDonagh (29:37)
Shots -- Gaborik (6)
Hits -- Del Zotto (8)
Blocks -- Staal (5)
Takeaways -- Anisimov (2)
Faceoffs -- Richards (24)

NEW YORK RANGERS' GAME 7 LINEUP VS. WASHINGTON
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Carl Hagelin Brad Richards Marian Gaborik
Chris Kreider Derek Stepan Ryan Callahan
Artem Anisimov Brian Boyle Ruslan Fedotenko
Mike Rupp John Mitchell Brandon Prust
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, Staal, Del Zotto, Hagelin, Richards, Gaborik.
POWER PLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Ryan Callahan Derek Stepan Marian Gaborik
Chris Kreider Artem Anisimov John Mitchell
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Brad Richards Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto Anton Stralman
PENALTY KILLING UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Brandon Prust Brian Boyle
Ryan Callahan Derek Stepan
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Marc Staal Dan Girardi
1st2nd3rdT
WSH
NYR
Scoring Summary
1st Period
01:32NYR Brad Richards (6) ASST: Carl Hagelin (2), Michael Del Zotto (6) 1 - 0 NYR
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
10:05NYR Michael Del Zotto (2) ASST: Marian Gaborik (6), Carl Hagelin (3) 2 - 0 NYR
10:43WSH Roman Hamrlik (1) ASST: Brooks Laich (5), Jason Chimera (3) 2 - 1 NYR
Penalty Summary
1st Period
11:59WSH Matt Hendricks  Hooking against  Michael Del Zotto
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
11:19NYR Ruslan Fedotenko  Delaying Game-Puck over glass against  Matt Hendricks
12:57WSH Nicklas Backstrom  Slashing against  Marc Staal
shots by period
PeriodWSHNYR
1st88
2nd1112
3rd411
Total2331
Team Stats
CategoryWSHNYR
Power Plays0/10/2
Hits2733
Faceoff Wins2327
Giveaways65
Takeaways68
Blocked Shots1519
Penalty Minutes42
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