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NHL Playoffs: Caps-Rangers Game 7

Capitals and Rangers face-off in Game 7

Washington Capitals


New York Rangers

Game 7


Madison Square Garden

If that doesn't get your blood pumping, I don't know what will.

The Washington Capitals and New York Rangers will lace 'em up one last time Saturday night for the right to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Here we go.

Both teams survived respective Game 7's in the previous round to get here. After six games of back-and-forth hockey, the Caps and Blueshirts find themselves in another do-or-die Game 7.

For the Rangers, it's a story of redemption and destiny. Rangers' fans believe this is their year to lift Lord Stanley's Cup. The fan base hasn't felt this good about their chances since the beloved Mark Messier brought New York the championship in 1994.

And what better way for the Rangers to do that then to oust the hated Capitals in the process. (The Caps have sent the Rangers golfing two of the last three postseasons).

For the Capitals, it's a story of perseverance. The team formerly known as the high-flying high-scoring Presidents' Trophy-winning Capitals, have transformed into a defense-first team-first resilient squad.


The Capitals have sacrificed goals and wins in hopes for a sustained playoff run and no longer have questions surrounding its goaltending.

Coach Dale Hunter and the Caps have turned the tables on the teams perennial playoff falters, and have become the underdog powerhouse fans have become accustomed to losing to.

Behind two-time NHL MVP and Captain Alex Ovechkin, the Capitals looked poised to make good on the promise of its talent.

Center Nicklas Backstrom has stepped it up (two assists in Game 6) and left winger Jason Chimera (goal in Game 6) will not be denied the puck.

This game will be dictated by Washington. If the Capitals can come out with the same intensity they did in Games 4 and 6, then Game 7 is for the taking.

If they don't, the Capitals are in for a long night.


Rookie goaltender Braden Holtby (30 saves) helped the Caps stave off elimination in Game 6 with a 2-1 victory in D.C., and will need to play near perfect again to propel the Caps passed the top seed in the East.

The Rangers will come out determined and ready to play in front of its home crowd. Center Brad Richards usually thrives in these moments.

Can Ovechkin cement his name in hockey lore with a Game 7 victory Saturday night in The World's Most Famous Arena?