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Lundqvist on Game 7: “We’ve done it before and we know how to do it”

May 9, 2012, 11:58 PM EDT

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Henrik Lundqvist wasn’t very happy about the New York Rangers’ collective effort in Game 6, telling Andrew Gross that “we were pretty far from where we have to be to win a game like this.” Despite that setback, the all-world goalie seems pretty confident about his chances against the Washington Capitals in Game 7 at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, as he told Katie Strang.

“We’ve done it before and we know how to do it,” Lundqvist said.

That’s true; the Rangers took down the Ottawa Senators at home in a spirited Game 7 in round one. The “how” part is pretty simple: with the possible exception of Lundqvist, the Rangers basically need to produce the exact opposite of their Game 6 effort.

So far, New York’s best work has come with its backs against the wall, so maybe Hank is right. (Also on the Rangers’ side is the fact that the team is 4-0 in franchise history during Game 7 matches at Madison Square Garden.)

On the other hand, the Capitals won a Game 7 of their own against the No. 2 seed Boston Bruins and defeated Lundqvist’s Rangers in a Game 7 in 2009. The Capitals also booted New York out of the playoffs last year.

In other words, history won’t repeat itself one way or another on Saturday. We’ll find out soon enough if that’s a good thing for Lundqvist and the Rangers.

  1. 0987654321abc - May 10, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    im really disgusted at nbc’s love affair with the washington capitals. im not for either team. so when i turn on a game thats obviously being commented and reported by reporters and commentators with a bias towards one team really makes it annoying to tune in and watch. you at abc should be ashamed at the fact that you consider yourseves impartial.

    • rg3isvictory - May 10, 2012 at 12:29 AM

      I don’t know if you have watched the entire series but it’s always a NY love fest! It may be a matter of which team is playing better at the time but I wouldn’t consider NBC a love fest with the caps.

      • davidpcoelho - May 10, 2012 at 9:16 AM

        I don’t know if he/she has watched even 5 minutes of the series…

    • Grace - May 10, 2012 at 5:16 PM

      I think every Caps fan that read your comment just lol’ed at the irony.

  2. jaybyrd99 - May 10, 2012 at 7:12 AM

    The caps are a good team as are the rangers . Two very similar teams right now and the caps have had the rangers number except for 1994 .i’m hoping for a W by the rangers but by no means will it be easy and it could certainly be a repeat of 2009 when the caps won in 7 . This has been a real gritty , rough , clean series IMO and though I want a new York victory , I am glad I have no $$$ on this game . Too close to call.

  3. vindicatus - May 10, 2012 at 7:33 AM

    I’m not a fan of either team, but NBC seems much more impartial with this series than the Flyers/Devils series. Logically, if NBC were to have a rooting interest in this series, it should be for the Rangers, with their larger NY market and the prospect of playing up the 1994: The Rematch storyline of the ECF.

    I don’t care who wins. Bring it on! Let’s go, Devils!!!

    • delsj - May 10, 2012 at 8:51 AM

      NBC (and the NHL for that matter) definately wanted the Flyers, and rightfully so. All they care about are ratings. Nobody is going to watch the boring Devils. They don’t even have a fan base – from Trenton down are Flyers fans and everyone above Trenton is a wannabe New Yorker. NHL & NBC hockey execs are having nightmares about a possible Devils/Coyotes final.

      The only final NBC wants now is LA Kings vs. NY Rangers, so get ready for more of the same next round if the Caps can’t pull the upset on Saturday.

  4. holtbeast - May 10, 2012 at 8:32 AM

    @0987654321abc first, awesome name. Real relevant and original. Second, thanks for copying your exact comment on at least two different posts; I dunno what I would have done without your expert analysis of the situation so thanks for making sure to enlighten me.

  5. thehairychestsportsblog - May 10, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    BIAS towards the Caps??????? LOL…..You have obviously never watched an NBC Caps game during the regular season or against the Pens. McGuire and Milbury despise the Caps along with the rest of NBC.

  6. smartdecisionsaboutmoney - May 10, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Pierre is a Pens guy, but this series has seen All the analysts tout the Caps. In Gm 4 Olcyck said that he thought Caps would win the series with a win in game 4. The entire discussion goes on ad naseum about Caps as it did last night, If one listened and no score was posted you would get the impression that Caps were winning 5-0 or so. Been a great series but game 7 is in the Garden and that is why they play the regular season. Home ice is all about gm 7, and Rangers are 4-0 at Garden in gm 7’s, don;t see any reason why they won’t once again prevail in this one.

  7. brian32556 - May 10, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    I’m a Ranger and haven’t noticed partiality either way. Its a coin toss, so LET’S GO RANGERS!

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