Repeat History, Make History! Rangers look to advance to ECF (WSH v NYR 7:30PM)
The Rangers have forced Game 7 for the second time in the last two playoff years. In 2014, the Blueshirts roared back to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in 7 games. It was the first time in their franchise history they ever defeated the Pens in the post-season, but it was also the first time they ever completed a comeback down 3-1.
Here we are again, exactly one year to the day the Rangers defeated Pittsburgh that the Rangers can repeat history and in the process make history. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, no NHL team has completed 3-1 series comeback in consecutive years (the Minnesota Wild did it twice in 2003).
[su_quote cite=”Blueshirts United” url=”https://www.blueshirtsunited.com/article/w2w4-rangers-vs-capitals-game-seven”]Obviously there’s a lot on the line, but you get through those games by getting through your first shift and then building from there and just enjoying the moment.”-Marty St. Louis[/su_quote]
The Rangers need to put all Alex Ovechkin talk aside, and they have. Alain Vigneault dismissed it by saying “I’m sure both teams want to win” and his players essentially followed suit. Talk only matters on the ice in the form of actions and that’s where Henrik Lundqvist thrives in Game 7’s.
Per Blueshirts United: Lundqvist has won his last five Game Sevens–including a pair against Washington in 2012 and 2013, with the only Game Seven loss in his NHL career coming against the Caps down in Washington back in 2009. Lundqvist and the Rangers are 9-0 in their last nine playoff elimination games at MSG dating to the 2012 post-season, and Henrik owns a sub-1.00 GAA in those games, including the Game Five 2-1 overtime victory over the Caps last Friday.
VIGNEAULT POST PRACTICE PRESSER
THE KING OF ELIMINATION GAMES SPEAKS
CAPTAIN MCDONAGH TALKS GAME 7
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