The New York Ranges have once again found themselves in a similar predicament. Game 7, second round, three years in a row. The fate of the entire season hangs in the balance of one game, and the Rangers are more than ready to rise to the occasion.
This Wednesday will be Game 7 of the second round series against the Washington Capitals. This will be a second year in a row that the Blueshirts have found themselves down 3-1 in a series and have battled back to force a Game 7. If they pull it off, it will be the first time in team history that the team has battled back from a 3-1 deficit and won the series.
Everyone knows that the Washington Capitals captain, Alex Ovechkin has made a Game 7 winning promise, but there might be one thing that he is forgetting. The President’s Trophy winning team, historically dating back to 2008, are 9-0 in elimination games at Madison Square Garden and 5-0 in Game 7’s.
While these statistic are certainly eye opening, lets not forget that the Capitals are now the more desperate team. They will look to spoil the party and make history and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in seventeen years.
However, the Rangers have Henrik Lundqvist in the net who has shined when it comes to the big Game 7. Lifetime, he has a 1.00 GAA and a .936 save percentage. The “King” has lived up to his name when it comes to elimination games, and the Rangers will look to support him and continue putting pucks past Holtby.
The Rangers will need everyone to bring their “A” game in order to win tonight. The Caps will be more than desperate to win and will throw everything at Lundqvist (including bodies) in order to threw New York off their game.
The winner of tonight’s game will go on and play the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Final. Tampa Bay knocked out Montreal last Tuesday night and have made the Conference Final for the third team in franchise history.
Game 7 is a different atmosphere and is the game every hockey fan loves to hate. One mistake and your season could be over. The Rangers will have the Garden faithful behind them and will be sure to be loud. The Blueshirts know what it takes to win and must play smart and play their game in order to win. For anyone going to the game, make sure to let Ovechkin and the Capitals know whose house their in.