Stepan Wins Game 7 in Overtime For Rangers
In his last ten elimination games, Henrik Lundqvist is 10-0.
The NY Rangers have once again stunned not only a playoff opponent, but the Hockey World as well, as they climb out of a 3-1 series deficit to win a Game 7. This time the opponent was the Washington Capitals, who had built a 3-1 series lead by winning Game 1 on a fluke last second goal by Joel Ward and two one goal games at the Verizon Center in DC. But that was where it ended for the Caps, as the Broadway Blueshirts took the next three games to take the series.
The scoring opened in the first period, as Alex Ovechkin, who had guaranteed a victory in Game 7, who took a beautiful pass from Marcus Johansson that just got past Dan Girardi, and rifled it past Lundqvist.
The Rangers had a golden opportunity when Derek Stepan poked the puck ahead to Rick Nash while shorthanded, and the Monster Nash streaked in on the Caps net. But a great save on the backhander by Holtby denied the Ranger power forward.
In the second period, the Rangers did tie the score, as J.T. Miller’s pass found Kevin Hayes alone to the side of Holtby and the former BC Eagle deposited it into the back of the net.
The score stayed that way through the rest of the second and the entire third period, but there were some great scoring chances, but bot net minders were fabulous! Both Holtby and Henrik stood their ground and made some awesome plays to keep the game deadlocked at 1-1.
The game went into OT, and the Caps did put enormous pressure on the Rangers, but the defense and Henrik kept the puck out of the net. Then the Rangers had a faceoff off an icing deep in Washington territory. Derek Stepan won the faceoff, and brought the puck back to Keith Yandle, who then passed to Dan Girardi. Girardi then took a blast from the point that Holtby saved, but the rebound came out to Steps, who waited and then snapped the wrister past the fallen Caps goalie for the game and series winning goal.
Steps not only won the faceoff, but got himself in a position to score the game winner. What a set of plays by the youngster from Hastings, Minnesota.
The Rangers will now meet the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Finals that will start on Saturday May 16th, at Madison Square Garden. Puck drop will be at 1:00PM EST on NBC.
WSH: Alex Ovechkin (5) Assisted by Marcus Johansson & Nicklas Backstrom
NYR: Kevin Hayes (2) PPG Assisted by J.T. Miller & Ryan McDonagh
NYR: Derek Stepan (3) Assisted by Dan Girardi & Keith Yandle
Team Stats WSH NYR
Shots on Goal 36 39
Power Play 0 for 3 1 for 4
Hits 26 32
Face Off Wins 47 32
Giveaways 9 12
Takeaways 1 9
Blocked Shots 21 19
Braden Holtby: 37 Saves on 39 Shots for a SV% of .949
Henrik Lundqvist: 35 Saves on 36 Shots for a SV% of .972
3 Stars of the Game:
3rd Star: Braden Holtby: 37 Saves on 39 Shots for a SV% of .949
2nd Star: Henrik Lundqvist: 35 Saves on 36 Shots for a SV% of .972
1st Star: Derek Stepan; 1 Goal (Game and Series winner in OT)
In his last six Game 7’s, Henrik Lundqvist has a 0.81 GAA and a SV% of .973
In his last ten elimination games, Henrik is 10-0, with a GAA of 0.96 and a SV% of .968
Dan Boyle was clobbered by a hit from Brooks Orpick, who once again delivered a hit to an opponent’s head. Boyle went down, got up and fell back to the ice. He skated off under his own power and went to the locker room with trainer Jim Ramsey.
The play should have been a penalty, as Orpick not only delivered a hit to Boyle’s head, but LEFT HIS FEET in doing so. There was no penalty called, but he should face a suspension for the start of the 2015-16 season.
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