Despite Loss, Capitals’ Dominating Play Could Give Rangers Problems in Game 7

May 10th, 2015 by Dave Lozo Leave a reply »

The Washington Capitals put forth their best 60 minutes of the second round Sunday. They had the New York Rangers on their heels, hemmed in their zone and gasping for air throughout Game 6, the first time anything resembling that had occurred in this series.

The Rangers scored four of the game’s first five goals and staved off elimination with a 4-3 victory at Verizon Center, which sets up the third Game 7 in four years between these teams Wednesday night in New York.

All the elements that had worked in Washington's favor throughout the series eluded it in Game 6.

To say the Capitals have leaned on Braden Holtby in this series would be an understatement. After nearly five games of steady support, he snapped like an old wicker chair in the late stages of Game 5 and throughout Game 6. His 24 saves on 28 shots gave him an .857 save percentage, his worst in any single game this postseason.

The Capitals have thrived on being opportunistic in this series, but it was the Rangers who made the most of their grade-A chances in Game 6 while Henrik Lundqvist (40 saves) stole the show. 

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