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Playoffs Tonight: Tale of Two Game 7s

May 13, 2013, 8:01 AM EST

TORONTO, CANADA - MAY 12: James van Riemsdyk #21 of the Toronto Maple Leafs looks for the puck in front of Tuukka Rask #40 and Adam McQuaid #54 of the Boston Bruins in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs May 12, 2013 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images) Getty Images

It’s the final day of the first round and two series are still undecided.

Before we take a look at them, please keep in mind that you can watch both of these games online in addition to the channels listed below:

Game 7: Boston Bruins host Toronto Maple Leafs (7:00 p.m. ET, CNBC)
Series tied at 3-3

For the Toronto Maple Leafs, simply making the playoffs was an accomplishment that many didn’t think they would achieve this season. They did anyways and when the Leafs fell behind in this series 3-1, Toronto showed that neither the pressure nor a sense of contentment would stop them.

Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer has proven that he can handle himself in the playoffs despite no prior postseason experience. Meanwhile, forward Phil Kessel has been a hero against his former team, the Boston Bruins, despite his prior struggles versus the club.

That being said, the Boston Bruins aren’t about to roll over either. Many of the Bruins’ key players were around when they blew a 3-0 series lead to the Philadelphia Flyers in 2010 and although this collapse isn’t on that level, there will likely be plenty of desperation on their side to avoid a similar fate.

The player to watch on the Boston Bruins’ end is Tyler Seguin. He’s typically one of their most effective offensive weapons, but he doesn’t have a point in this series.

Game 7: Washington Capitals host New York Rangers (8:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN)
Series tied at 3-3

This is the fourth time in five years that these two teams have met in the playoffs and the third time in that span that they’ve needed the full seven games to settle their differences. In 2009, Washington took Game 7 and last year, the New York Rangers edged past the Capitals.

Just as it was a year ago, Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby and Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist have been leaders for their respective teams. However, one of them will obviously surrender at least one more goal and it will be interesting to see if either team’s biggest stars will step up for this deciding contest.

Rick Nash has just one assist in this series while Alex Ovechkin has no points and a minus-three rating in his last four contests. Additionally, Rangers forward Brad Richards has just one goal and no points in the playoffs.

Among those three, Richards is the one that has struggled the most in this series. Richards started Game 6 on the fourth line and logged just 9:34 minutes in that contest.

  1. pfailp8 - May 13, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    I’m a NYR fan and obviously hope the rangers win 6-0; the real score will probably be much closer. The series has proven to be such an even match up, this game can really go either day. If i had to give an edge to one team, I would have to say the caps strictly based on home ice.

    That said, beyond my emotional attachment to the game, I cannot see how ANY person can call themselves a hockey fan and not be excited about this game. It might be low scoring, but after that ugly brawl that occurred after the 3rd period buzzer yesterday, you KNOW today is going to be a NASTY game. Its going to be an awesome game.

    • bcsteele - May 13, 2013 at 9:42 AM

      I’m a Blues fan and I’m agree. While I’m really pulling for the Caps in this one (sorry, no hard feelings), this series has been about as even as the Blues – Kings series was. I’m “out of market” and I’ll be watching this one for sure.

    • bucrightoff - May 14, 2013 at 12:13 AM

      Nope, apparently your hope score was nearly dead on.

  2. capsfan19 - May 13, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    I agree*^^^. It’ll be a good game. Maybe bruce boudreau will be in the crowd now that he’s off for summer vacation?
    Last night was the first time i’ve EVER seen oates yell during a game and that massive scrap at the end was nuts. Certainly going to make it interesting.
    I hate to be one of those caps fans, but seriously i expect a big game from ovi tonight

  3. panicatthedistrict - May 13, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Ovi has had pretty good chances at the net, it’s just Lundqvist that’s in his way. Hopefully the Caps bring their A game.

    May the better team win. (hoping for a Caps/Leafs Round 2 matchup)

  4. tfaltin - May 13, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Is the workday over yet?

    I think fans of all four teams are anxious today. Any combination of teams could win today. It’ll be the ones that want it more while staying composed. I think we know what we’ll get from the Rangers, Caps, and Bruins. The question for me is the Leafs, are they going to be loose and skate like they did 12 hours ago? Or will the moment catch up with them?

  5. blackfoot11 - May 13, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Its the final round of a heavyweight bout. Let’s go get it. Go Caps!

  6. lizardlickk - May 13, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    I’m just glad the Caps have home ice. Every game has been decided on home ice and hopefully that will play out tonight. Caps seem to play a hair more disciplined at home, not to mention I feel like the better 5-5 team (Caps) will win.

    • anthonykornheiser - May 13, 2013 at 10:04 AM

      if you go by your logic and the better 5 on 5,then the NYR should win tonight. They have outhit washington all series and two of washingtons wins at home came via OT. Caps have done well on the PP, where the rangers which is well documented have been absolutely abysmal.
      I get what you’re saying though, it’s going to be a great game and has been a real close series.

      • dcdangles - May 13, 2013 at 10:15 AM

        Eh, not sure what you’re talking about. Caps clearly better 5v5 in this series. Hoping tonight’s game is officiated better than what we’ve seen in NY. Two glaring penalties missed yesterday (AGAIN) – being Callahan’s elbow to Hillen and the slew foot on Green. I’m proud of the Caps for staying close in these games despite the lopsided penalty calls against them.

        Should be much better tonight, and the better team will take it. Go Caps.

      • tfaltin - May 13, 2013 at 10:58 AM

        If the series is tied, the Rangers have scored 2 PP goals, and the Caps have won multiple games with their power play goals, how exactly are the Caps the better 5 on 5 team? No doubt it’ll be a great game and a great series. Let’s just be reasonable, the Caps can’t be the better PP team and the better 5 on 5 team and still be tied.

  7. buffalomafia - May 13, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Bruins & Caps win!

  8. anthonykornheiser - May 13, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    It’s incredible, if you read all the caps fans comments and not comments from unbiased fans, you would think the rangers were swept in 4. i dont know how they made it to 7 games, it’s incredible.
    and yes, 5 on 5 the rangers have been the more physical team , and the caps have performed better on the PP than the NYR.
    the caps have 3 wins and so do the rangers, caps had to win two in OT. Most caps fans admit it’s a close series, some are just delusional. So they missed two calls, on top of the 5 clear penalties taken yesterday, there was a good 3 or 4 that went unnoticed on top of that. It’s absurd how this is an issue when in game two and the NYR got jerked out of a few PP’s, including a huge delay of game penalty with a minute to go where the refs blew the call of the puck going in the stands. Everyone was telling the NYR fans to quit whining and play the game, etc,etc…Yes, there is a disparity in PP’s but the rangers were also the least penalized team in the NHL and are very disciplined.

    • lizardlickk - May 13, 2013 at 10:51 AM

      Being the more physical 5v5 team does not equal the better 5v5 team. Every game has been close and this should end up being decided the same way if I had to guess. This isnt even a series if NY capitalizes on the PP. Problem is, they have not. Can’t minimize the 1 goal W’s Wash has had. I guess that’s why we watch the game and discuss the “what if’s”

    • dcdangles - May 13, 2013 at 11:00 AM

      26-14 NY power plays to the Caps. And here you are talking about MORE penalties that should have gone the Rangers way? Delusional must be your middle name.

      I’ll look for your comments tomorrow morning after we finally get a fairly called game and drop two power plays bombs on. yo. ass.

      • tfaltin - May 13, 2013 at 11:36 AM

        Amazing. Nobody gets it. Are the refs supposed to give out penalties evenly like your 2nd grade soccer team gave you your only trophy? Or are penalties given to players (Ward, Fehr) who lose their cool and do something stupid like I don’t know, a cross check after the whistle or a forearm to the face. Oh yeah, and that delay of game penalty was completely contrived. OH THE INEQUITY!

    • wethog66 - May 13, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      Not that complicated. The reason the Rags have 3 wins is the guy in net. The King. He is also the reason why 2 of the Caps 3 wins were won in OT. If it wasn’t for The King this series would of been over in 5, maybe 6. Figure it out.

      • anthonykornheiser - May 13, 2013 at 11:34 AM

        so you arent giving holtby any credit? you guys just cant make your minds up. you whine that holtby has been just as good or better and why is he “king” without winning, and then in the next breath, rangers are only in it because of lundqvist. I know this is a weird concept, but let’s look at all 4 major sports. Lundqvist is a beast in net, great defender. defense/goaltending usually reigns supreme. If you want to go that route, you should strip away cups and wins from most teams with great goaltending. same adage in football, defense generally wins or lights out pitching. It isn’t, well if you didnt have sandy koufax you guys would lose.

      • billyhauntswizards - May 13, 2013 at 11:40 AM

        what about Holtby? You’d have lost like 7-0 yesterday if it wasn’t for him.

      • anthonykornheiser - May 13, 2013 at 11:52 AM

        billyhaunts, that is my point. they keep whining how it would be over if it wasnt for lundqvist, so i am asking cap fans what about holtby? they lost 1-0 yesterday, holtby played on his head for the first 50 mins, it could have been 5-6 zip. in the other games where he allowed 4 goals it could have been a lot worse too. he also pitched a few shutouts.
        My pt is, they whine how holtby gets no credit and is as good as lundqvist and in the same breath, whine how they should have swept if it wasnt for lundqvist.

      • blomfeld - May 13, 2013 at 12:13 PM

        AHEM …

        listen pal, there’s only one ‘King’ and he sure as hell ain’t Swedish ! :)

      • wethog66 - May 13, 2013 at 12:44 PM

        Don’t paint all Caps fans with the same, ignorant, brush. I have not been one to say Holtby is just as good as The King. Holtby is good, and has played his part to the benefit of the Caps, but he isn’t on the same level as The King. Not yet anyway.

        The Caps have been the better overrall team this series, but the Rags have The King. The guy is simply on a different level goalie wise. He has made me a huge fan of his watching him this series. He is great.

        It has been a very even series, and hopefully tonight will be a good game either way with no blow out.

        @blomfeld

        I was 15 days short of my 1st birthday when Elvis died. So referring to him as “The King” does nothing for me even though he did die on his thrown. Regardless, we are talking hockey here. Henrik Lundqvist = The King.

      • blomfeld - May 13, 2013 at 1:03 PM

        @Wethog – then your birthday must be on August 31st ? … for me friend, that day Elvis died (Aug 16th, 1977) marked my first day of work as a man after finishing high school … I’ll never forget that late ‘hot’ summer day, as I heard something on the radio in the car while driving home from my new job … then when I got in the house, my mum said to me “have you heard the news?” and I knew right away … :(

      • jkay1818 - May 13, 2013 at 2:10 PM

        your “mum” was this when you were living in Britain? Thanks for the trip down memory lane in regards to elvis, on a hockey site.
        It’s funny when your mom told you that you knew right away, we all knew right away you never went to college from the day you posted.
        I can’t believe your posts and how you act and you were born in the 50′s.

  9. mattybo - May 13, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    It’s pretty hilarious how many of these articles are littered with cocky caps trash talk. It’s more hilarious seeing as their history is riddled with playoff gags. Hank needs more than 1 goal a night from his team and hopefully Nash or Richards wakes up or we see Cally come to form or DZ knock one in from the blue line. Hank has been great (so has holtby as much as I hate it) but Girardi and McDonagh have been absolute studs especially with the beatings they’ve taken and minutes they’ve logged. We will see what happens, God help the caps if they advance to a team that actually scores on their power plays.

    • tfaltin - May 13, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      One above average game from Nash and the rest of this series is forgotten. Just one where he makes the difference.

    • wethog66 - May 13, 2013 at 12:46 PM

      Right, cause Rags fans are the best behaved fans in the history of professional sports. Have another.

      • mattybo - May 13, 2013 at 2:35 PM

        Far from it, but at least have something to back it up. Southeast banners out the ass aren’t a type end bragging point.

      • mattybo - May 13, 2013 at 2:40 PM

        Top* screw you autocorrect

  10. anthonykornheiser - May 13, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    for a small fanbase who are generally coined as fair weathered, and not very knowledgeable and unless their team is a good have a difficult time drawing, what an extremely whiney bunch, wow.

    • tfaltin - May 13, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      The Caps (and their fans) need to be ousted for no other reason than the whine level is approaching the NBA.

      • mattybo - May 13, 2013 at 11:47 AM

        If they don’t do something this season they wasted tons of years of being gifted high seeded playoff spots in their gimped southleast division.

        The road ahead for a spot is much bumpier

    • wethog66 - May 13, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      Verizon has been sold out the last 4 years at least. What are you talking about difficult time drawing?

      If you are going to troll at least do some research first.

      • jkay1818 - May 13, 2013 at 2:16 PM

        capital fans are extremely whiney. I dont think anyone is “trolling” the people who have posted on this thread i see in other articles as well and they are all knowledgeable and never stir the pot. You’re a caps fan, you will defend them, of course, but, as a whole and throughout north america, caps fans and hockey dont jump out at you. they love their team win they win the south east and make it to the first round or two. This is nothing new.

      • jkay1818 - May 13, 2013 at 2:27 PM

        if you actually want to get down to it, just basing this yr’s overall attendance alone, the nyr and 5 other teams draw overall at 100% while the caps finished at the lower half of the league at 18. you almost fully sold out at home and fell short on the road as well. You don’t have to prove anything on here, most people understand the fanbase for hockey in the washington and DC area. It’s nice there is a following and people get into it. It doesn’t have to turn out to be a huge discussion.2011-2012 washington did better almost making out the top 10 while the NYR drew the most in the entire league home/away just edging out philly.

  11. blomfeld - May 13, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    YES, THE NHL’S # 3 WILL BE THE DIFFERENCE !

    As an ardent and values-driven fan of the reigning Stanley Cup champion LA Kings, I say that Henrik Lundqvist ensures victory tonight for the New York Rangers! All season long here at PHT I’ve been maintaining that Lundqvist is without a doubt a “top 5″ net minder. Well lo and behold, it now appears that my assertion was ‘truth’ after all eh ? :)

    Now normally I don’t watch “Eastern Conference” hockey games, no different than I don’t watch the Fashion Channel on TV. But tonight I’m going to be making an exception by tuning in to this epic showdown. Positively nothing in the world will be funnier that watching Mister ‘big man’ KHL “no points and a minus-three rating” being handed a new set of golf clubs there at the end of the game … oh that’s right, the weirdo doesn’t even play golf ! So I’m pulling for you Rangers tonight and with any luck, God willing, you guys will ‘get her done’ tonight in convincing fashion !

    GO RANGERS GO !!!! … LET’S WIN THIS ONE FOR OUR FRIEND SPORTSFAN69 !!!!!! :)

    ps: in case you missed it before …

    1) Jonathan Quick
    2) Jonathan Bernier
    3) Henrik Lundqvist
    4) Cory Schneider
    5) James Reimer

    27) Marc Andre Fleury
    28) Ilya Bryzgalov
    29) Miikka Kiprusoff
    30) Roberto Luongo

    • tfaltin - May 13, 2013 at 12:50 PM

      Starting to warm-up to you Blomfeld.

      • blomfeld - May 13, 2013 at 1:23 PM

        tfaltin – everyone who posts here at PHT is a ‘friend’ who should be coming here for ‘good times’ and nothing else … at least that’s how it should be, in my humble opinion … :)

    • wethog66 - May 13, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      Curious, who is “Mister big man KHL”? The only guy I can think of that fits that description is OV and he has 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist), but is a -2.

      • blomfeld - May 13, 2013 at 1:11 PM

        @Wethog – I’ll give you a clue … Mister ‘big man’ KHL is the guy who thinks his un-tucked jersey is cool or something ? … what a joke eh ! … and here’s another clue for you …

    • wethog66 - May 13, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      Oh wait, you said “big man”. You just be talking about John Popper. Nah, that doesn’t work, John Popper isn’t a “big man” anymore. “big man” must be an Elvis reference.

  12. anthonykornheiser - May 13, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    hahaha bernier at 2.

    • blomfeld - May 13, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      yes, Bernier is the NHL’s # 2 … I mean ‘come on’ man, everybody knows that …

  13. letsgopens8771 - May 13, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    I hope one of these games goes into 2+ overtimes, because it would make it that much more entertaining. Also, if one of these games goes to OT, it would set a record for most OT games in the 1st round (16), tied this season thanks to the Pens vs. Isles game 6. I don’t want hockey to end!

  14. luciddream7 - May 13, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Kings ranked in level of talent

    1: King Henrik
    2: King Felix Hernandez
    3: Burger King
    4: Elvis

    • blomfeld - May 13, 2013 at 7:06 PM

      hey man, how the hell can you rank Elvis below some fast food joint ? :)

  15. luciddream7 - May 13, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    It was only a joke buddy. Burger King is garbage.

    • blomfeld - May 13, 2013 at 10:16 PM

      ‘good times’ friend ! :)

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