Headed to the Rangers’ practice today as they return from their one-day respite. Will have some audio later on.
We’re at that point in the playoffs now where there are nights with no hockey. Awful. Then NBC stretches it out an extra day. More awful. So we’re here to try to help you get through two says with no playoffs. Yeesh.
Those looking for good signs: Rangers 4-0 at home all-time in Game 7s; Ruslan Fedotenko 5-0 all-time in Game 7s. Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik, each 3-0 in Game 7s. John Tortorella 3-1 in Game 7s.
More, courtesy of the NHL:
RANGERS, CAPITALS TAKE COMPELLING SERIES TO A DECISIVE GAME 7
NEW YORK (May 10, 2012) — The New York Rangers host the Washington
Capitals in a winner-take-all Game 7 Saturday night at Madison Square
Garden in the finale to their rousing Eastern Conference Semifinal series
(7:30 p.m., ET, NBC Sports Network, CBC, RDS).
The winner of Saturday’s showdown will face the New Jersey Devils in
the Eastern Conference Final beginning Monday, May 14.
The Capitals’ 2-1 victory over New York in Game 6 Wednesday night
extended both clubs’ exciting playoff roller-coaster ride this spring:
* Three times the Rangers have led their series against Washington, winning
Games 1, 3 and 5. They won Game 3 in a marathon triple overtime thriller
and captured Game 5 early in overtime after tallying the game-tying goal
with 7.6 seconds remaining in regulation.
* Three times the Capitals have fought back against the Rangers, winning
Games 2, 4 and 6. Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby improved to 6-0 with a
1.24 goals-against average and .960 save percentage following a loss in the
playoffs. Including the regular season, Holtby has gone 29 consecutive
starts without suffering back-to-back defeats.
* Twelve of the 13 Capitals playoff games have been decided by one goal,
while the Rangers have played 10 one-goal games in their 13 playoff
* The Rangers and Capitals have been tied or separated by one goal for 90%
of total playing time in their series.
* Washington ousted the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins in the
first round, capturing the first playoff series in NHL history to feature
seven one-goal games. Four games were decided in overtime.
* The Rangers also needed seven games to eliminate their first-round
opponent, the Ottawa Senators. In the first Game 7 played at Madison Square
Garden since they captured the Stanley Cup in 1994, the Rangers edged the
Senators 2-1 on goals from Marc Staal and Dan Girardi, marking the first
time since 1950 that a team won a Game 7 without a forward scoring.
The Rangers are 4-5 in nine Game 7s in franchise history, including a
4-0 mark at Madison Square Garden. The Capitals are 3-7 in a Game 7,
including their first-ever road victory on April 25 at Boston on an
overtime goal by Joel Ward.