NHL Playoffs 2012: 6 Reasons the Capitals Will Win Game 7

May 12th, 2012 by Dave Ungar Leave a reply »
The Washington Capitals will win Game 7 of their series with the New York Rangers.

Yes, that is a bold statement and, to a great extent, it flies in the face of not just conventional wisdom but history as well.

After all, the Caps are a rather dismal 3-7 in Game 7s in their less than stellar playoff history.

The Rangers are not really that much better, posting only a 4-5 record. However, those four wins came at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers have never lost a Game 7 at home.

Home ice has suddenly become an advantage in this series. The home team has won the past three games.

With one of the best shot-blocking defenses in the league, the Rangers were the best team in the Eastern Conference during the regular season.

They also have a Vezina Trophy finalist in net and will certainly be a mad and aggressive team after their lackluster showing in Game 6, not to mention the tongue-lashing they most certainly received  from coach John Tortorella.

Reading all that, I almost convinced myself that I had it wrong and that the Rangers would win this game.

But they won't.

The Capitals wil ...

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