Thursday, May 14, 2015

Stepan! Stepan! Stepan! – Rangers Win 2-1(OT)

Holtby down as Rangers celebrate game 7 overtime win
(Photo: Kathy Willens / RMNB)
The Rangers got a magnificent game seven overtime win for the ages, 2-1, against the Washington Capitals on lucky May 13th, 2015. The last hero was Derek Stepan, who potted a rebound off a Girardi slapper at the 11:24 mark of OT. The game winner came off a faceoff win by Stepan – win the faceoff, win the game, oh the irony.

The list of game 7, elimination game records is long and getting longer. It is a testament to Henrik Lundqvist's peerless performance in pressure-packed playoff hockey. Long live the King.

  • NYR: 1st team to win series after trailing 3-1 in back-to-back seasons
  • NYR: record 4 OT wins in single post-season
  • Last 10 Home Elimination Games, NYR: 10-0 record
  • Lundqvist: 10-0, 0.96 GAA, .968 Save%, 2 Shutouts
  • NYR: 6 consecutive game 7 wins, ties NHL record (Detroit, Boston)
  • NYR: 14 straight playoff games decided by 1 goal (extends NHL record)
  • Game 7's: NYR has 9-5 All-time record, won last 6, 9 of last 10, 7-0 at MSG
  • Lundqvist last 6 game 7's: 6-0, 0.80 GAA, 0.973 Save%, 1 SO
  • Lundqvist's 6 game 7 wins is tied for most in NHL (Brodeur, Roy)
  • third consecutive May 13th that the Rangers have won a Game 7 with Lundqvist stopping 35 shots (2013 vs Caps, 2014 vs Pens)

Ovechkin's well publicized game 7 guarantee of a victory goes away with a whisper:
“I don’t know what to say about it,” said a barely audible Ovechkin after the game. “It’s tough, it’s a tough situation. There’s nothing to say.”
Bill Price, NY Daily News on Ovi's guarantee: Mark Messier he ain’t.

Yes, we know Mark Messier, and you Mr. Ovechkin are no Mark Messier. Excuse us while we genuflect.

The list of accolades to be handed out is long. The young guys Hayes and Miller were superb overall and vital in securing the game-tying goal. Everyone on the defense was solid, even McDonagh after Ovechkin's goal. Hope Dan Boyle was not concussed by the Brooks Orpik head shot. And it would be nice if Orpik pays a stiff price for that one.

Also, by the way, NBC Sports please turn-off the microphone that is picking up all the fans pounding on the glass behind the goal. We know it is instinctual to pound the glass when standing next to it, but please spare the home viewers from that nicety.

Okay then, bring on the Lightning. Bring on Brian Boyle. Let's Go Rangers.




Thank you Stephanie Vail @myregularface

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  • wes said...

    Ovi's mouth wrote a check his team could not cash.