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Discuss: Capitals roll over flat Rangers, force Game 7

May 9, 2012, 10:11 PM EDT

For the second straight time, the Washington Capitals seemingly shrugged off a brutal overtime loss and took it to the New York Rangers. This time around, an inspired Capitals overwhelmed a Rangers team in a game that had a deceptively close 2-1 score. With that, both teams will be pushed to a Game 7 for a second series, which will take place at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.

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Let’s get talking.

  • Alex Ovechkin now has 30 goals in just 50 career playoff games. How stupid on a scale of 1-10 do those already-dumb “clutch” critiques look now? I’d say 30.
  • Braden Holtby was robbed off a shutout, but he was a brick wall, letting up fewer and fewer rebounds especially as the game went on. Can he best Henrik Lundqvist in Game 7?
  • As great as Holtby looked, his 30-save performance wasn’t as magnificent as it looked on paper because New York barely showed up for most of the contest. Will the Rangers regret their tepid Game 6 efforts?
  • Speaking of which, the Rangers barely squeezed out a quarterfinals win against the eighth seed Ottawa Senators and will go to the max against the seventh seed Capitals too. Is anyone a little disappointed with a team that seemingly went from “scrappy upstarts” to “legitimate contenders” this season?
  • OK, the obvious one: who do you have in Game 7? Is all the pressure on the Rangers?
  • Finally: is Joel Ward exonerated from “goat status” or do the Capitals need a series win to wipe that clean?
  1. goskinsvt - May 9, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    That’s 12 out of 13 Caps playoff games decided by 1. Extremely exciting hockey if nothing else.

    • rg3isvictory - May 9, 2012 at 10:24 PM

      Caps played the majority of game 5 very well and dominated game 6!!! They’re going to win game 7 and then have a tuff time with the devils!!!! Very exciting hockey, win or lose!!!

  2. caps247 - May 9, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    So close to being a 1st playoff shutout for Holtby. The Caps played with heart and urgency, and Ovie had many solid chances including a post shot and a lying down around the world shot attempt that would’ve been an unreal addition to his highlight reel (and a déjà Vu flashback to his 2005/2006 goal against Pheonix).

    Holtby sure doesn’t seem like a rookie now, he’s drastically reducing the amount of rebounds he’s giving up.
    Makes sense though, since Olie the Goalie Kolzig is the goaltenders coach.

    Jason Chimera finally got rewarded for tons of hard work, Mike Green is getting his finesse back, and Nick Backstrom is our clutch center as always.

    Let the Young Guns roll once again.
    This isn’t over yet — Let’s go Caps!

  3. capsrockva - May 9, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Caps win in 7 then go on to face the devils. Lovin’ it. LET’S go CAPS!!!!!!!!!!!!! Caps Caps Caps

  4. caps247 - May 9, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    if Joel Ward scores the series winning goal in game 7…
    It would make everybody look more than a hypocrite, right?

  5. stevefromsacto - May 9, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    Whatever happens, this is a remarkable playoff run, best since the Cup final in 1998. To lose 3OT and come back, to lose with 6 seconds left and come back, you can’t ask for anything more from these guys.

  6. chap6869 - May 9, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    After my Flyers got knocked off, I thought a Devils-Rangers matchup would be an incredible must see but maybe the Caps a throwing a wrench into that. Should be a great game 7 to watch!!!!

  7. subliminalnoize - May 9, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    This has been some of the most heart wrenching hockey I’ve watched in a long time. Big win for the CAPS tonight. GAME 7!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is what the playoffs are all about. Can’t wait for the hammer to drop.

  8. stevefromsacto - May 9, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    The fact Ward started Game 6 is all you have to say about how his coach and teammates feel about him. It’s over. Let it go.

  9. bmmayhew - May 9, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    I guess the only way the rangers are competitive is when they use 6 players on the ice. One more win and it will be the Caps second gahhhhden party this playoffs.

  10. gaborik104life - May 9, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    I hope the Rangers season continues for two reasons. One I am a rangers fan. Two Torts post-game conferences are so entertaining. He looks like he wants to kill everyone in the room whether they win or lose. Great coach. Richards summed it up best at the end of the OTT series. Knowing there is that extra game just in case of a loss causes the teams to not play as desperate as the other team. Next game will be great one with hopefully a different outcome.

    • rg3isvictory - May 9, 2012 at 11:07 PM

      I completely agree with watching Torts post game! Very scary but entertaining!!!

    • rockthered1286 - May 10, 2012 at 8:35 AM

      I agree Torts is… interesting to watch and very smart when it comes to taking focus away from his team and putting it on himself by hosting these outlandish press conferences that answer no questions and leaves everyone with a sour taste in their mouths. HOWEVER, I 100% disagree with the Richards comment. Nobody goes out and gives a half ass effort because it’s not an elimination game for you. Every game should be played like an elimination game or else you’re simply letting other teams get the best of you. You have no way to determine the outcome of game 7 goes in your favor so why would you play less than your best up until that point? If you don’t go for the jugular every chance you get, you’re risking too much and could end up costing your team the series. To me it sounds like Richards is merely excusing poor play, which is inexcuseable to me.

  11. cspsrbums - May 9, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Holtby should of had a shutout how is a crease violation not called on the rangers goal holtby couldn’t move.
    Also Rangers needed a few more power plays what a joke. Seemed like they had a PP all night. But I believe the Rangers are done this could be one of the greatest Story lines 3 OT lose lose with 6.6 sec. Left with a one goal lead Win game 6 and 7 on the road to move on. Setting up for a great one.

    • rfoster75 - May 10, 2012 at 6:31 AM

      If that was a game winning goal, it gets overturned. He absolutely had a shutout, I think even Rangers fans can see that.

  12. mrpigs - May 9, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    No hart! No soul! We’re done for! For all the defense we allegedly have we sure take some awful penalties and constantly have to save our arse! Caps are the better team I feel, we just don’t have the offense! LGR anyways but I don’t have a good feeling…

  13. howardforvezina - May 9, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    The Capitals totally shut down the Rangers as the only goal they scored was garbage. Joel Ward should have been out there for the whole duration of the EN.

  14. andyb053 - May 9, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    This Caps team has so much heart it’s insane. They won’t be satisfied if they lose Game 7, but they should be proud either way.

  15. ravenscaps48 - May 9, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    I was watching the Rangers Bench during the 2nd Period… About 15 Guys were hunched over and gasping… In the 2nd Period? Partying too much after your game 5 victory?… I just hope they lose for sending out that email saying that ECF Single Game Tickets are on sale before they close the series…. You just don’t do that! Horrible, HORRIBLE job by the NYR Marketing Department

  16. polegojim - May 9, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Great win…. and I’m the first to say Ovi stepped up!!!

    However, Ovi will only shake the ‘clutch’ critics when his team wins a Cup.

    Until then, it’s only ‘almost’. Sorry, that’s just a fact.

    • rfoster75 - May 10, 2012 at 7:52 AM

      which is really stupid. Winning the Cup is the hardest thing to do in Sports. You have to have massive contributions from everyone. When the Pens won in 09, Crosby got all the glory–but Malkin won the Con Smyth. Guerin had 14 goals in the playoffs that year. Crosby is clutch I guess, it’s hard not to be when you have players like that around you playing at a high level. Ovi= 30 playoff goals in 50 games. The guy is a beast! flat out. Clutch also. See last night.

      • polegojim - May 10, 2012 at 10:09 AM

        Not really stupid… it’s reality. Ovi can take all the bows he wants for personal accomplishments.

        Personal stats don’t win Cups. There are players who are individually great… and players who make everyone around them better…

        Which do the results show Ovi is?

      • rfoster75 - May 10, 2012 at 11:04 AM

        The Cup would certainly be a notch on his belt…But again, we’re not talking about a last second shot to win a basketball game, or a walk off homer for that matter. This is a grueling accomplishment, the most in all of sports, and it can take years and years for a team to finally get the pieces. Only haters are going to not see it that way. If Ovie should be so lucky to hoist a cup this year, and suddenly he becomes clutch as a result…Then we live in a very simple world my friend

      • hawk29 - May 10, 2012 at 11:37 AM

        “Clutch” (whatever that really means) or not Ovi has shown a lot of growth and maturity in these playoffs. He’s doing everything that can be asked of a player…scoring timely goals, blocking shots, hard hits and saying all the right things after the game. What more can you ask from a guy?

        This team clearly sees that Hunter cares about winning and that’s it. Individual ice time…don’t care. High flying offense and pretty looking goals…don’t care. Talking to the media…don’t care. Do anything and everything it takes to win the game.

        He doesn’t need this job to validate himself. He wasn’t begging to be an NHL coach. It’s really an amazing dynamic going on here in DC. They’ve fallen in line and are playing their guts out for him. Amazing to see the change and I was admittedly a doubter of Hunter through much of the regular season. Game 7 should be an exciting game.

      • polegojim - May 10, 2012 at 2:49 PM

        @rfoster – that’s the problem… you use the word ‘luck’ for Ovi hoisting the Cup. Washington has been good for YEARS….. they’ve had all the pieces…. and fallen short. I’m not the only one who has seen Ovi as a goat in several of those previous runs. I’m not an Ovi hater… I just don’t drink the unearned Ovi kool aide. Same with Sedins. Put up the big one and stop all the little individual celebrations.

        @hawk – what more can be asked of the guy??? A complete Stanley Cup winning run, without the typical Ovi taking off games. If he does it, I’ll be the first to congratulate him. So far, he’s never put in a complete Cup series without suspect mail in games. When Caps fans stop apologizing for, and defending his CUP failures and start demanding the ultimate result…. maybe they’ll get it done.

        Until then folks….Vancouver is loving the company.

  17. cspsrbums - May 9, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    They have to start selling them if the won tonight they would have played at home Sat. Caps do the same thing but we are the7th seed two away games first we have time.

    • ravenscaps48 - May 10, 2012 at 12:38 AM

      You don’t publish it!

  18. dawglb - May 9, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    Caps will win this. The Rangers must go up 2-0 in game 7 to have a chance (sounds pretty unlikely). Hate to admit it, Caps look good. They are mentally where a team needs to be.

  19. oside760 - May 10, 2012 at 1:36 AM

    rangers suck ass. i hate how the kings have to wait longer. they have such good momentum right now. all this waiting better not F it up

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