There will be a one game elimination contest in the second round of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
And yes Gary Bettman, even though the game will not be on NBC because of the weekend’s Player’s Championship, you’re getting the next best thing– a primetime game on a Saturday night in New York City, a game that will be seen from coast to coast on Hockey Night in Canada.
Last night in Washington, the Rangers just seemed to lack the energy that was necessary to be victorious and I’m not surprised that they were a little bit drained mentally. Both franchises are playing their second consecutive game seven. The Capitals beat the Boston Bruins in the opening round, while the Rangers got by the Ottawa Senators.
Alexander Ovechkin opened the scoring with a first period goal and Edmonton native Jason Chimera added to the Capitals lead in the second period in Washington’s 2-1 win in game six last night. The Rangers did outshoot the Capitals 31-23 but didn’t find a way to beat goaltender Braden Holtby until the final minute when Marian Gaborik scored his fourth of the playoffs.