The Rangers did it again. They live another day, and forced a game 7 by defeating the Washington Capitals, 4-3, in a heart-pounding game 6. Despite having the luxury of a 3 goal lead mid-way through the 3rd period, the Rangers also found a way to let the Capitals back into the game. Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his fifth playoff goal at 7:40 of the third, to make it 4-2. Then Joel Ward lifted the Caps back to within one with a greasy one at 10:33.
You knew, of course, this would have to end up being yet another one goal game. That's all this team knows – living on the edge.
Then as Lundqvist said, "mayhem" ensued for the rest of the 3rd period. The Caps camped out in the Rangers end, aided by a blown delay of game penalty at 17:16, for James Sheppard sending a puck over the glass. The small problem being that the puck did hit glass and the penalty should not have been called. The striped blind ones were spared the full, fair, and forever wrath of Ranger nation when the Rangers again found a way to shut down the vaunted Caps power-play. This even with Holtby pulled and Blueshirts facing a 6-on-4 situation. God bless the Rangers penalty kill. The dunderheaded officials should send some special thanks the almighty's way for sparing them from eternal damnation.
After the game Henrik Lundqvist was drenched in sweat and said, "I'm so tired." The heat and humidity at the Verizon Center had completely depleted the King. Someone please find the King some hydration in a hurry. Because, we are going to need Hank at full strength on Wednesday back at the Garden for game 7.
|Sweat soaked, depleted, and tired King holds court after game 6 win|
Lundqvist stopped 42 of 45 Caps shots for a .933 save percentage, and stood on his head in the 3rd to preserve the Rangers win.
Ovchkin had 6 shots and 5 hits. The hit on McDonagh was hard, fast. and looked clean at full speed (in slow-mo, he might have jumped a bit), and it caught him in a bad position. I think we all worried for awhile that might have cut the Captain's night short. But McDonagh put himself back together in the locker room and came back to play big in the rest of the 3rd.
NHL Public Relations / Twitter @PR_NHL:
Lundqvist is 1st #NYR goalie in NHL’s expansion era (since 67-68) to make 42 saves & win a playoff game in regulation when facing elimination.
Elias: @ChrisKreider was 1st in #NYR history to score in both 1st and last min. of a single period in a playoff game.It was also nice to see Rick Nash get on the board for his 2nd playoff goal, with assists from St. Louis and Brassard. For the first time this series Holtby looked like he was starting to crack. The Rangers had scored three goals on their last nine shots against Holtby from Kreider's game-tying score late in the third period of game 5, to his first in this game. Cracks that hopefully turn into major fractures on Wednesday.
Okay, how about we play this song again on Wednesday. Let's go Rangers.
GIF: just another day at the office for Lundqvist pic.twitter.com/JxkDFs3US5— Stephanie Vail (@myregularface) May 10, 2015
GIF: Kreider goal pic.twitter.com/Jv6cxsbY1d— Stephanie Vail (@myregularface) May 10, 2015
GIF: Ovechkin hit on McDonagh, angle 2 pic.twitter.com/TsKVPHLw6c— Stephanie Vail (@myregularface) May 11, 2015
GIF: Nash goal, angle 2 pic.twitter.com/W4bu9pJTu1— Stephanie Vail (@myregularface) May 11, 2015