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Discuss: Rangers crush Capitals in Game 7

May 13, 2013, 10:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 13: Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers makes a save in the first period against the Washington Capitals in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Verizon Center on May 13, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins used up tonight’s quota of Game 7 dramatics. Not that the New York Rangers mind.

Arron Asham gave them a one-goal lead in the first period and they steadily added to it throughout this game. Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 35 Capitals shots to earn his second straight shutout.

Here are a few notes about the Rangers’ dominating 5-0 win:

  • Alex Ovechkin wasn’t able to score in this contest, but he tried to contribute in other ways. He had a game-high 13 hits, but of course, that’s not what his team needed the most from him tonight.
  • With back-to-back shutouts, Lundqvist has now earned eight in his postseason career. That puts him in a five-way tie for 13th place on the NHL’s all-time list.
  • Four different Rangers players scored their first goal of the playoffs tonight. No one on the Rangers has more than two goals in the playoffs, but they have gotten goals from 11 different guys.
  • The Rangers failed to convert on their two power-play opportunities in Game 7. Obviously, that didn’t change the outcome of this game, but the Rangers are dead last with the man advantage among the teams that have advanced to the second round.
  • Rick Nash is still searching for his first goal of the 2013 playoffs, but he did register an assist tonight. At the age of 28, he has also won his first postseason series.
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  1. biffnasty - May 13, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Solid team always King was on top of his game. But congrats to the Rangers, they def deserved this win. Off to Boston for what should be a great series

    • ravenscaps48 - May 14, 2013 at 12:30 AM

      Great Series until Game 7… You guys just bent us over your knee and spanked our ass. Congrats, Ranger Fans. Now get Lundqvist the Cup that HE deserves!

      • johnstone17 - May 14, 2013 at 12:36 AM

        Classy, Thank You.

  2. Stiller43 - May 13, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    1-4 in home game 7’s.

  3. devilsarethebest - May 13, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Lets Go Bruins!!! Hopefully, this time the refs will be on Bostons’s side and we will prevails. #Bruinels

    • badintent - May 14, 2013 at 1:14 AM

      The Refs will be on your side ? Is this a veil threat to Gary Bettman ? Or do you believe in TV network major market conspiracies ? Last time I looked outside my window smoke was rising from the Vancouver Hockey Riots that started right after the Bruims won the Cup. Grown up.Get a pair.

      • rogersjd16 - May 14, 2013 at 11:25 AM

        You must not look out your window very often…

      • badintent - May 15, 2013 at 12:57 AM

        everyday, just to make sure the wind don’t bring me no teargas cloud from the Vancouver hockey riots. That stuff was nasty. My friend downtown had the gas come up her building’s elevator and she threw up.
        West Coast mellow right ?

  4. rpiotr01 - May 13, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    If only the Caps were given more power plays…

  5. subliminalnoize - May 13, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Sad to see them go out this way, but to start the way they did and end it the way they did. Oh well, next year is the true test of the Caps. See you in the 13-14 season.

    • crabcakesfootball - May 13, 2013 at 10:47 PM

      Hasnt the past 5 years been true tests too. This is a continuous disaster of an underachieving team.

      • chanceoffleury1 - May 13, 2013 at 11:31 PM

        Next year they are in a division with a lot more playoff competition, though. Rangers, Islanders, Pittsburgh, and Columbus are all coming in hot. On top of that, Philly and New Jersey haven’t missed the playoffs two consecutive years for over 20 years. In other words, it sucks to be Carolina.

      • crabcakesfootball - May 14, 2013 at 12:04 AM

        So going into next year where their division doesnt suck will mean what? That they are a 7 or 8 seed tops instead of 3 seed?

  6. pitpenguinsrulez - May 13, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    NA NA NA HEY HEY HEY GOODBYE THE WASHINGTON CRAPITALS! Yet another flop for the Craps in the playoffs. Ovie basically disappeared after game 3 which is nothing new, don’t go saying “But he had 13 hits!?” Doesn’t matter he fails again to produce in the post season which is nothing new for him considering he shows up when he wants to during the regular/post season.

    • badintent - May 14, 2013 at 1:18 AM

      We got two guys named the Sundin twins, they rarely show up in the playoffs either but they also Never Hit. I give Alex major Kudos for his nasty hits tonight.He had more hits than the Entire Ranger team . Nash better man up

      • barkar942 - May 14, 2013 at 1:42 AM

        One of the Sedins know how to hit a guy in the head with the butt end of his stick on faceoffs- doesn’t that count?

      • badintent - May 15, 2013 at 12:54 AM

        Hell no ! It was an accident. Sedins have never hit anyone or anything in anger.Swedes are cool ,like ice, baby ,ice

  7. 2jivecrew - May 13, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    And with that, slow-as-molasses stay at home Pens defenseman Doug Murray has scored twice as many goals in round one as Alex Ovechkin having played one less game. Just let that sink in, Caps fans. And tell us more about how Ovie is the Hart winner. LOL! You boys deserve this after all the whining about the officials during this series. The hockey gods have spoken.

    Ovech-trick! Ovech-trick! Ovech-trick!

  8. bronxsanman - May 13, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    A total shalla-KING by the broadway blueshirts.If hank continues playing like this the rangers are gonna b a tough opponent for anybody.My hats off to Derek Brassard too.What a series for this kid.All star potential for sure.See ya in bah-ston.LETS GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!

  9. panicatthedistrict - May 13, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    As a Caps fan, I must give credit where credit is due. Before the series, I said, “may the best team win.” NYR was definitely the better team tonight. Respect to the Rangers, and the way they battled back from an 0-2 lead.

    The Caps have a long way to go to win in the playoffs (defense, anyone?). Anyways, I’m still so proud of this team, after everybody counted us out of the playoffs at the beginning of the season, with all the criticism of Ovi.

    Lundqvist is beyond amazing, it’s hard to think where the Rangers would be without him. This was an amazing series and battle, and don’t count the Caps out should these two teams’ fates intertwine one again in the future. Red vs. Blue, fellas.

    Ah well, the Rangers are a pesky team to beat. See you next year in the Patrick (“Atlantic”) Division!

  10. crabcakesfootball - May 13, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    The late season surge by the Caps was a mirage.

    They were the flawed team in the playoffs that they were most of the season. How can Caps fans have any faith that Ovi can take this team to the promise land if they cant even get past the second round, let alone to a conference championship

  11. Troll_toll - May 13, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Caps fans…can you believe how bad the refs screwed you over?! Enjoy the links! Go Rangers!

  12. cosmo83 - May 13, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Well once again the Rags fans show just how classy they really are. I’ll be a classy Caps fan and tip my hat. We got beat. Nothing else to say, no excuses.

    • gaborik104life - May 13, 2013 at 11:24 PM

      Look back at the previous articles bud. Take your fancy cane and shove it to the previous posts to see how classy your caps fans are.

    • magicrat13 - May 14, 2013 at 6:45 AM

      i admit i hate sore winners more than sore losers…

      but you need to seriously read all the posts from the past few days from caps fans if you want to talk about lack of class…not all, but quite a few…

      personally i think it was a great series….

  13. mp1113 - May 13, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    If John Erskine is on this team next year I will no longer be a fan. He was god awful all series. The callahan goal put the icing on the cake for erskine. riberio goes from hero to goat, ot game winner to -4 in game 7. heres to next season. again

  14. jkay1818 - May 13, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Sather has a huge hand in this series, he fleeced the jackets and dumped gaborik who became dead weight to add brassard, dorsett and moore. Real key.
    Ugh, hopefully this will put the whiney cap fans to sleep until next season. Yes, other fans of every team can be obnoxious, but wow, the whine level of these fans were through the roof. They were all over the place this series, the refs conspiracy, holtby has been better than lundqvist, no wait you’re only winning because of lundqvist, we have been better 5 on 5, if we had the same power plays we would have swept. please, stop.
    Let’s look inside the numbers, playoff series are a grind, the rangers outhit and were the way more physical team since game one and Sam rosen made a huge point midway in the third. in 3 of the 4 capital home games, the caps have only had the lead once. only once. it took them two overtime wins to get there. For all you whiney fans saying you dominated the series, you didn’t, you blew a 2-0 lead, you had a lot of nice bounces, caroms and deflections for goals but the better overall team prevailed. to add insult to injury and to remediate the whining, you got shelled at home in game 7 and forgot to show up, absolutely blown out.

  15. stakex - May 13, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    This Caps team was simply not a very good team, and when it mattered most it showed. Ovechkin did an amazing job down the stretch making the Caps look like a contender, but they really were a one trick pony… and their late season surge was fueled by exactly one guy. Thats not going to fly in the playoffs. Since the Caps lacked depth, and scoring punch from guys not named Ovechkin…. it was easy for the Rangers to double cover Ovi and shut the Caps down.

    As for the Rangers, they are a really good team thats just struggled to score goals. Their goaltending and defense are second to none… and the only reason the Caps had a 3-2 series lead at one point is the Rangers offensive problems. Once the goals started going in in this game, the Caps didn’t stand a chance.

  16. moe0594 - May 13, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Down 0-2…Win in 7…GO RANGERS

  17. jessejames182 - May 13, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    You had one job Caps.

    • 19to77 - May 13, 2013 at 11:12 PM


  18. 19to77 - May 13, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Ovechkin with one goal, one assist, -3 in seven games. A truly inspiring performance by the captain.

  19. ducksk - May 13, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    The caps will never win without the leadership a true captain can bring. Ovie is a talent for sure, a C? Never. He is an embarrassment to us that ever wore it. Should of stayed in ruskie, he deserves to be ridiculed. For sure.

    • barkar942 - May 14, 2013 at 1:45 AM

      Is he on the plane yet to play with Kovy in the Worlds yet?

    • magicrat13 - May 14, 2013 at 8:02 AM

      my daughter said to me last night while watching the game….”dad, ovechkin just doesn’t seem like captain material to me”…..i told her about his experience and all his goal scoring and she said “come on dad, scoring goals does not make one a captain”….

      yep….one proud papa….

  20. herbiecane - May 13, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    I thought the early playoff exits were Alexander Semin’s fault….,

    Although, technically, he was a no-show again tonight…..

  21. 19to77 - May 13, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Shame the Caps’ playoff opponents weren’t the Panthers, Hurricanes and Lightning, considering over half their regular-season wins came from beating up the Southeast Division. Same old, same old.

  22. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 13, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    At the risk of sounding like a broken record I will reiterate what I’ve been saying. The Caps have to start thinking about a reset. And it has to start with Ovi. He is not, and NEVER will be a leader that will lead his team to the Stanley Championship let alone lead them to the finals. Move this guy this summer and use his worth to build now and for the future. Mr. MVP was no where to be seen. When you’re in a do or die situation you expect your leaders to lead.

    BTW, so many here dished on the Habs fans for leaving half way through the 3rd period. What have you got to say about the Caps fans?

    • jkay1818 - May 13, 2013 at 11:23 PM

      I don’t know, those were ranger chants the second half of the third period.

  23. blomfeld - May 13, 2013 at 11:22 PM


    In all seriousness, tonight my heartfelt sympathies go out to all of you ‘true’ Capital fans. Since your inception in 1974, yours’ has always been a ‘proud & resilient’ organization which if I recall correctly, featured the first ever ‘brother’ to play in the NHL? (ie: Mike Marsden or something?). Anyway, the bottom line is that you people don’t deserve this crap and so we fellow hockey fans ‘implore’ you to now take a good, long, hard look in the mirror and see Ovechkin for the ‘Judas’ which he is. Mend your hurts friends in the meantime and take care. But also promise to rid yourselves of this phoney parasite once and for all …

    may God bless the Washington Capitals during this difficult time …

    • tuberippin - May 14, 2013 at 12:27 AM

      Please explain how Alex Ovechkin = Judas. Did he sell his team for thirty pieces of silver?

      • blomfeld - May 14, 2013 at 12:51 AM

        “Did he sell his team for thirty pieces of silver?” …

        Sorry there pal, but it’s a little bit more involved than that. In addition to issuing ‘hurtful’ threats of defection to his own loving fans last fall, this ‘parasitic’ Russian hot dog is also guilty of bilking his employer to the tune of US $10,000,000.00 per year for a ‘fake’ captaincy. Were I to be a Cosa Nostra , then suffice it to say that this weasel would be getting an invite to a ‘spaghetti dinner’ from me post haste! I can’t stand back-stabbers period, especially those with an attitude …

      • tuberippin - May 14, 2013 at 1:00 AM

        While I don’t think he makes a good captain, to say that he’s bilking the Caps for the price they’re paying him is ridiculous. First off, management offered him that deal; he simply signed his name. The onus is on Caps ownership and management for that one. Second, if it wasn’t for Ovechkin going on an insane hot streak beginning on St. Patrick’s Day, the Caps might not have made it into the playoffs at all. They were on the outside looking in on March 17th (how quickly we forget, yeh?).

        Next, the “threats” of staying in Russia and playing in the KHL were sentiments echoed by other Russian NHL players, including Datsyuk and Malkin and Kovalchuk; it was contingent on the possibility that salaries would be driven down drastically as a result of the lockout. Are you really trying to slander Russian players for wanting to play in their own country, with their countrymen, in front of Russian fans?

        It’s fine to not like a player (I don’t like Crosby, and I can understand disliking Ovechkin as well), but you seem to be really stretching for things to dislike him for.

      • blomfeld - May 14, 2013 at 1:25 AM

        tuberippin – forget the slandering of Russian players, etc … my favorite player of all time is Vladislav Tretiek and the most beautiful hockey of all time in my opinion was that offered by the 1972 CCCP national team against Canada … no friend, my beef is against Ovechkin the ‘individual’ who I think is nothing more than a lazy, opportunistic ‘new-age’ parasite … it really is as simple as that, trust me …

      • tuberippin - May 14, 2013 at 1:29 AM

        Fair enough. I wouldn’t call him lazy, but he definitely doesn’t go all-out all the time. Far too passive for such a prolific scorer, and as mentioned earlier (and I think we’re all in agreement here on PHT) not the guy you want as your captain. I don’t know that there’s a more suitable replacement to wear the C who is already on Washington’s roster, though. Maybe Brooks Laich.

      • barkar942 - May 14, 2013 at 1:49 AM

        Hey wait- Maybe Ovie and Kovy can go sign with Metallurg Magnitogorsk and play for Iron Mike Keenan!
        I would buy the KHL video package to watch that!

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 14, 2013 at 3:36 AM

      “Mike Marsden or something?” Nice research there. Too bad you don’t have Internet access.
      The first black player in the NHL was Willie O’Ree, who on Jan. 18, 1958 played for the Boston Bruins. Mike Marson became the second black in the NHL in 1974 when he played for the Capitals.

  24. theageofquarrel - May 13, 2013 at 11:24 PM


  25. gaborik104life - May 13, 2013 at 11:27 PM


  26. mianfr - May 13, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Lundqvist has been absolutely phenomenal, in absolute peak form.

    Hopefully he can be one of those goalies who “just gets hot” in the playoffs, even though he is rarely totally cold.

  27. thecardbob - May 13, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    why are all the guys at NBC sports so in love with•Alex Ovechkin,he is not that good in my eyes.i think Mike milbury wants to do him lol

  28. cspsrbums - May 13, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Millbury hates Ovi didn’t you here him talk about him earlier in the season?

  29. capitalspowerkill - May 14, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    I’m disappointed the Capitals lost, but i am used to them choking in the playoffs, sadly. at least the Bruins and Rangers should be a good series.

  30. johnstone17 - May 14, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Tip of the hat to the Caps on a helluva series. As a Rangers fan I was impressed with the Caps tenacity to turn around their season & win their division. Hank was so big of a difference in this series, where I thought Holtby at times was brilliant, just couldn’t find a way to finish.

  31. nashernation - May 14, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    In my opinion this series seemed to shift after Holtby commented that the Rangers didn’t make him work much. Blackboard material for sure. The King is the best goalie in Hockey and he was absolutely lights out. That Columbus trade bolstered our lineup and gave us much needed debth. Brassard is the steal of that trade, hands down.

  32. bbk1000 - May 14, 2013 at 6:45 AM

    Comments from another PHT article…..haha..I told them the Caps were not winning the cup…
    bbk1000 – May 4, 2013 at 3:52 PM
    haha, the Caps are not winning the cup by any stretch…….
    sadskinsfan89 – May 2, 2013 at 10:24 PM
    WOW is all i gotta say. LETS GO CAPS!!!!

    ravenscaps48 – May 2, 2013 at 10:34 PM
    Holtby stood TALL tonight. Good win. 15 to go!

    ravenscaps48 – May 4, 2013 at 6:19 PM
    And the Kings weren’t supposed to win it last year. Or the Bruins the year before. Or the Ducks in 2007. Or the Hurricanes in 2006. Or the Lightning in 2004…. You don’t have to be the best team to win the Cup. You have to be hot at the right time. And there is only two teams that bear that title, Chicago and Washington. So shut your whore mouth

    devilsarethebest – May 2, 2013 at 10:29 PM
    Ovechkin just showed again how great he is and the regular season streak is no fluke. With him, the Rags stand no chance.

    devilsarethebest – May 2, 2013 at 10:34 PM
    not entirely sure how someone can even think of calling someone without a single cup “king”?

    devilsarethebest – May 3, 2013 at 1:47 PM
    great is a description, king is a title which is earned by being the best, and henrik aint the best

  33. capsfan19 - May 14, 2013 at 6:52 AM

    Look the caps wont move ovechkin. All your grand schemes are for naught.
    No trade clause, rediculous contract, ted leonsis will not let his cash machine go. So really forget about it.
    George mcphee needs to go. I think his era brought the capitals to a team that is an annual loser to someone who can at least contend. Now its time to move on. I think more toughness and discipline is needed. If little puppy dog callahan can throw off the chemistry of the team thats not good.

    • bbk1000 - May 14, 2013 at 6:55 AM

      You have obviously never watched Callahan play…he’d be the captain of the Caps if he was on that team….he has more heart than the Caps entire team…

  34. joco901 - May 14, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    Have to give the Rangers props for the heart they showed in the series.Henrik is at the top of his game right now.Now comes the Bruins the Rangers will have to put the puck in the net more often on the PP to advance.The Bruins showed they are tough under pressure it should be a great original six series.With that said i am now not looking forward to the nbc sports coverage of the playoffs Mike Millbury is such a a#$h&*$ cant stand his commentery on the game. Thinks he knows all if he did he would still be GM of the islanders a team he blasted back to the stone age and has taken them 10 years to get over his incopentence.Just wish the games were on MSG where they belong.LETS GO RANGERS

  35. bronxsanman - May 14, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    And you should be.that is one very intelligent little lady.

  36. clefty1 - May 14, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Ovi once again does not show up in the playoffs and the Caps bow out in the first round, then again what’s new..

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