The Washington Capitals are headed into game seven in a series they started 3-1 vs. the New York Rangers. The Caps-Rangers have a very dated rivalry, especially in the playoffs.
According to the NHL’s website, no team has faced each other more times in the past seven seasons than the Capitals and the Rangers. This current series is the fifth one since 2009.
The Capitals eliminated the New York Islanders in the first round of the playoffs, and it took them seven games to do so. The New York Rangers defeated the Penguins, and it only took them five games to do so, winning the series 4-1.
The Caps started dominantly against the Rangers taking the lead 3-1 in the first four games. However, the Rangers are making a breakaway and have won the past two games tying the series at 3-3.
The Rangers are hot and are coming off a two-game winning streak. With the game at Madison Square Garden in New York, the Capitals could very well lose this series. The Rangers are dominant at home, and it will be very hard to come back from a two-game deficit and win on the road.
The Capitals have had two chances to close out the series but have struggled to do so.
This will be a huge advantage for the Rangers. As stated by thegarden.com, Madison Square Garden is one of the most famous arenas in the United States and possibly the world.
The Capitals and Rangers always make for the most exciting playoff hockey. It never seems to take less than seven games. It is always very back and forth, and in 2011-2012, the Capitals lost to the Rangers in seven as well.
Then, according to Washingtonpost.com, dating back to 2008-2009, the Capitals also took the series in seven games.
The Capitals are eager for a Stanley Cup, and while it may be hard to defeat the Rangers in MSG for game seven, it is possible with Ovechkin and company. The Capitals have never captured the ultimate prize of the Stanley Cup Trophy and look for hope in game seven.
The Capitals will take on the winner of the Montreal Canadiens vs. Tampa Bay Lightning if they beat the Rangers in Game 7 this Wednesday.
EDIT: The Rangers defeated the Caps in a heartbreaker in overtime. The Capitals had a lot of shots to start off OT, but a Ranger shot found it’s way past Holtby and ended the Capitals’ chance of a Stanley Cup this season.