2012 NHL Playoffs, Rangers Vs. Capitals: Rangers Advance With 2-1 Victory

The New York Rangers advanced to the Eastern Conference finals Saturday night with a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals in Game 7 of their 2012 NHL Playoff series

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Rangers Vs. Capitals, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 7: Rangers Win, 2-1, Advance To Eastern Conference Finals

The New York Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals, 2-1, Saturday in Game 7 of their 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff series. The Rangers now advance to the Eastern Conference finals, where they will face the New Jersey Devils. The Devils got there by defeating the Philadelphia Flyers.

Brad Richards scored in the first two minutes for New York, and Michael Del Zotto gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead midway through the final period. Roman Hamrlik scored seconds later for the Capitals. That left the Rangers with a 2-1 lead, which they managed to hold on to until the closing horn.

Here is Del Zotto's goal:

Rangers goalkeeper Henrik Lundqvist was nearly perfect,making 22 saves The Rangers were also able to kill a late penalty when Marc Staal was called for delay of game.

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Capitals Vs. Rangers, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 6: Washington Wins 2-1, Forces Game 7

The New York Rangers hoped to end their 2012 NHL Playoffs Eastern Conference second-round series with the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night. Instead, the Capitals held onto an early lead in front of a raucous home crowd for a 2-1 win, forcing a Game 7 on Saturday.

Alex Ovechkin put Washington on the board with a big slapshot on the power play less than two minutes into the first period. In the second period, Jason Chimera acted fast to push in a rebound of Niklas Backstrom's skate to give Washington a two-goal lead.

The night belonged to Capitals goalie Braden Holtby. He stopped 30 shots, and held back a Rangers' attack in the third period to preserve the win for Washington. Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist made 21 saves.

Marian Gaborik put New York on the board with less than a minute left. Brad Richards won both face offs following Gaborik's goal, but the Rangers never got the puck on net.

Game 7 is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Eastern time at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. The Rangers have won two of three home games in the series so far.

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Rangers Vs. Capitals, 2012 NHL Playoffs: Game 5 Reactions

Here is some of the reaction to the New York Rangers’ dramatic 3-2 overtime victory over the Washington Capitals Monday in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference NHL Playoff series.

From Blueshirt Banter:

What a win, what a game, but the work is not done. The contributions need to be greater all around, and the Rangers need to go into Washington looking at it as if they are down 3-2, not up 3-2.

From Japers’ Rink:

6.6 seconds. That’s all that remained in regulation, all that separated the Caps from a 3-2 series lead heading back to DC. And despite their penchant for “blowing” one-goal leads during the postseason, they’ve managed to hang on to them late when it’s really counted. It’s how they’ve gotten to this point in the first place. But a lot can happen in 6.6 seconds, and with the Caps shorthanded the Rangers decided to finally find a way to make their power play work. 6.6 seconds, a scramble in the crease, a bad play by Holtby and the game was tied.

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Capitals Vs. Rangers, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 4: Rangers Lose Game Four; Series Tied At Two

With an opportunity Saturday to take 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven second round 2012 NHL Playoff series with the Washington Capitals the New York Rangers could not take advantage. Fresh off a devastating triple overtime loss in Game 3 the Capitals bounced back in Game 4, winning 3-2, to knot the series at two games apiece.

The Capitals jumped out to an early 1-0 in the first period, on an unassisted goal from Alex Ovechkin. The Rangers tied the game twice in the second period, but never led and ultimately fell by a score of 3-2. Mike Green scored the game-winning goal on a power play, with five-plus minutes remaining in the third.

The series heads back to New York for Game 5, where the Rangers will look to maintain homecourt advantage and send the series back to the Nation's Capital with an opportunity to clinch and move to the Conference Finals.

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Capitals Vs. Rangers, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 3: New York Wins Triple Overtime Affair, 2-1

It took more almost five hours for the New York Rangers to pull off a 2-1 over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night in Game 3 of their 2012 NHL Playoffs Eastern Conference second-round series.

Roughly six minutes remained in the third overtime period when Marian Gaborik tucked a tight wrist shot behind Capitals goalie Braden Holtby. Brad Richards set his teammate up for the game winner. It was only Gaborik's second goal of the postseason. You can see the goal here.

The goalies, Holtby and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 92 shots on goal; 45 for Lundqvist and 47 for his counterpart.

The win gives New York a one-game edge in the series, leading two games to one. The best-of-seven series continues on Saturday in Washington for Game 4.

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Final - 5.2.2012 1 2 3 OT SO Total
New York Rangers 0 1 0 0 0 1 2
Washington Capitals 0 1 0 0 0 0 1

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Rangers Vs. Capitals, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 1: Rangers Win, 3-1

The New York Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals in the first game of their second round match-up in the 2012 NHL Playoffs. The game was tied at zero after one, and one after two periods, before the Rangers put the Caps away with two goals in the third.

Neither team was able to convert on a power play, and both had four opportunities. Neither goaltender saw much actions, as there were 32 shots combined. The Rangers scored three goals on only 14 attempts.

The three Rangers goals were scored by Brad Richards, Chris Kreider and Artem Anisimov. Kreider recorded an assist, to go along with his goal.

Ryan McDonagh attempted a game-high four shots on goal. Ryan Callahan racked up a game-high eight hits.

Game two is scheduled for Monday, at 7:30 PM.

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