A Day in the NHL Chase for the Cup: Ovechkin Leads by Example, Capitals Force Game 7


Alexander Ovechkin scored the first goal in a 2-1, Game 6 win for Washington.

The Night that Was:

The Washington Capitals needed a win, no questions asked last night. Win and they extend the series to a Game 7, lost and their season is over. And when your season is on the line, you want and need your captain to step up. Last night Alexander Ovechkin did, ripping home a one-timer on the power play 1:28 in to the game for a 1-0 lead. Braden Holtby would stop 11 shots in the first before Jason Chimera, halfway through the second, scored his fourth of the playoffs to make it 2-0. The Rangers would continue to throw shots on net, trying to find a hole in Holtby, but no luck. It would take a Marian Gaborik shot deflecting in off of a player infront to break the shutout, but with that goal coming at 19:09 of the third it was too little, too late. Thanks to 30 saves from Holtby, the Capitals held on for the 2-1 win, tying the series up at three games apiece and sending things back to New York. Nicklas Backstrom chipped in with two assists, just his third and fourth points of the series.

Rangers 1 vs Capitals 2 – Series tied 3-3

What’s on Tonight?

Game 7 between the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers goes at 7:30pm EST in New York on Saturday.

The Injury Bug:

-Questions surround both Jay Beagle and Brandon Dubinsky for Game 7 on Saturday. Beagle’s status is listed as questionable (lower-body injury) and Dubinsky is listed as doubtful (foot). Dubinsky was walking without crutches for the first time yesterday, while Mats Zuccarello (wrist) is skating, but won’t be back until the next round or later.

News and Notes

-With various playoff runs over, World Championship rosters are getting strengthened. Kris Russell (defenceman, St. Louis Blues) will be joining Canada, while the Kostistyn’s (Andrei and Sergei) will join Belarus. Other players joining their countries include Martin Erat (Czech Republic), Craig Smith (USA), and Roman Josi (Switzerland).

-The Anaheim Ducks will have a certain Finnish forward one more year. Saku Koivu re-signed with the team for one year at $3-million.

-Bob Gainey is returning to the Dallas Stars. After serving as an advisor with the Monreal Canadiens, Gainey will now serve as a consultant to Dallas Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk

Playoff 3-Stars

1. Braden Holtby, G: 30/31 saves, W

2. Alexander Ovechkin, F: 1 G, 1 GWG

3. Nicklas Backstrom, F: 2 A, 1 PPA, +1, 10/15 on faceoffs

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