There’s a saying that a lot of people like to use about the playoffs – your best players need to be your best players. While it seems fairly obvious, that was the difference in Game 7 between the Rangers and Capitals – the Rangers’ best players were their best players and the Caps’ best players weren’t.
1) Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers – Lundqvist was spectacular, as he has been all postseason, for New York on Saturday, stopping 22 of 23 shots – including 11 shots in the second period – to lead New York past the Capitals by a score of 2-1 and to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in his career.
2) Michael Del Zotto, New York Rangers – Del Zotto had a terrific season for the Rangers during the regular season, and now he’s doing pretty good for himself in the postseason too. With a goal and an assist on Saturday night, Del Zotto was one of the driving forces in New York’s series clinching victory. Brad Richards scored the other goal for New York and Carl Hagelin had two assists.
3) Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals – The Caps might have lost the series, but Braden Holtby looks to have won himself a starting job in Washington next season. Stopping 29 of 31 shots, the rookie netminder once again put forth a tremendous performance for the Caps. Roman Hamrlik scored Washington’s only goal in the contest.
Save of the Night
Braden Holtby robbed Ryan Callahan on a point blank chance to keep the Rangers’ lead at 1-0 in the first period on Saturday.
One Timer of the Night
Brad Richards releases this absolute rocket of a one timer to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead in the first period.
Did You Know?
No team that has won two game sevens in the first two rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs has ever gone on to win the Stanley Cup. New York has won two – Saturday night’s against the Capitals and in the first round against the Ottawa Senators.