In a series where the two teams are very familiar with each other from past playoff seasons, it is no surprise the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals are going down to the wire. Each team has held serve on home ice in the first 6 games, and the Capitals hope that trend continues on Monday night. The Rangers hope that they can continue to ride the goaltending of Henrik Lundqvist to the first road win of the series.
The Rangers got a goal from Derick Brassard just before the midway point of the second period, on a blast from mid-point that Caps defenseman Steve Oleksy tried to glove down. All he succeeded in doing was change the direction of the shot and handcuff Braden Holtby, who was also fighting a Rick Nash screen at the time.
Lundqvist made that lead hold up, as he, along with the shot blockers, kept the Capitals off the scoreboard. That included a flurry of opportunities in the last 90 seconds, when Washington was pressing and hemmed the Rangers in. The game ended with a line scrum that couldn’t really be called a brawl, but all 11 skaters on the ice were involved in shoving and headlock/facewash action.
Game 7 goes Monday night at 8:00pm.