Noteworthy is a feature blatantly ripped off from Trey Kerby and The Basketball Jones crew that catches you up on everything you need to know from the night before in the NHL.
Rangers/Capitals, Washington wins 2-1
Series: tied 3-3
Going the distance: Game 7, hurray! Fun fact, from @randynumbers: there has never been an NHL Game 7 on a Saturday night in New York City. Ever.
Should be a
very wealthy good crowd – @KuklasKorner tweeted that lower bowl tickets are starting at $444 apiece. Good lord.
Hunter Hockey: The Washington Capitals have played 13 games in playoffs so far, and 12 of them have been decided by a single goal (I’m assuming this is because of Hunter’s “Play good players when we’re down, lesser players when we’re up” strategy). The only game that wasn’t decided by one was the opening game of this series with the Rangers…which was decided by two.
The grind’ll getcha: No team has ever played 14 games over the first two rounds and won the Stanley Cup. The Caps will be looking to snap that trend, but man, playoff games wear. you. down.
Resilient: Yesterday the Capitals became the first team in NHL history to win four games after losing in OT during one playoff run (they’re 4-0 this year). Braden Holtby is 6-0 after losing in any form.
Rise up: Saturday night will be Alex Ovechkin’s 12th career elimination game. In the previous 11, he has seven goals and six assists (13 points). Last night he scored his 30 career playoff goal, which ties Peter Bondra for first all-time in Capitals playoff goals. He also added three shots (three misses too), three blocks and five hits to his scoreline in…15:54? WTF?
Anyway, check out how freaking pa-yure (that’s pure for those who missed it) his snipe was last night.
One guy falls down (Callahan), and there’s a hole the size of Moscow for a guy to get a shot off, Puck ends up in the net.
Outta the gates hot: The Capitals are 7-1 when scoring first in playoffs, 0-5 when they don’t. Every game in the series against the Rangers has been won by the team who scored first.
Crazy people: Washington leads all playoff teams in blocked shots, while the Rangers are second. This has led to some media suggestions about “How to curb blocked shots,” which is such a silly idea that this sentence is all the time I’m willing to waste addressing it.
PP1: Tortorella and Hunter go about using their personnel a little differently, we’ve acknowledged that, but Torts used his studs a ton yesterday on the powerplay. The Rangers were on the PP for 10 minutes in Game 6. Of that, Michael Del Zotto played 7:01, Marian Gaborik played 7:22, Brad Richards 7:06, and Ryan Callahan 6:52. Craziness.
Brick walls: Braden Holtby was named the game’s first star after stopping 30 of 31 shots (and the goal certainly wasn’t on him), but guys like Greg Wyshynski and myself felt like the Rangers wasted an incredible effort by Henrik Lundqvist, who stopped 21 of 23 shots, many of which were grade A scoring opportunities.
Moving pictures: It was a pretty great game yesterday. If you don’t believe me, check it out for yourself: