2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Capitals and Rangers Game 7 Preview

 

May 12, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green (52) checks New York Rangers right wing Derek Dorsett (15) during the third period in game six of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Rangers won the game 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

As predicted, the Washington Capitals have let the New York Rangers tie up the series at home in game 6 to force a game 7 back in Washington. Both teams have been playing very well. All 6 games this series has come down to a wire, whichcould have gone both ways. As I said before, I think this is going to be a win-at-home series. That means I think Washington takes the Rangers by storm.

The Capitals lead the series with 12 goals for and 11 goals against, which indicates that game 7 is going to be a tight game. Derick Brassard scored the one and only goal in game 6 to put the series into the final game. It put the team more than just up by one. It put them up emotionally. Henrik Lundqvist made this statement after the win.

“It’s just a bounce and you win it, so we know we can do it,” Lundqvist said. “I feel like they always come a little harder in their home building, but we can build on this one.”

King Hank had 27 saves in the 1-0 shutout.

Game 7 should be a very close game. With that being said, it’s very important to not take bad penalties. Penalties such as the Mike Green penalty that Adam Oates didn’t like. Capitals’ coach Adam Oates had made a statement about the cross-checking penalty given to Mike Green in the sixth game.

“It looks like a slew foot to me. Obviously that’s why Mike reacted. Mike is not that type of player. You watch it and to me it looks like a slew foot. I realize Green is one of the guys they want to target. But that’s a very dangerous play.”

The Capitals’ injuries include Brooks Laich, Tom Poti, and Martin Erat, who injured his arm in game 4. The Rangers were without Ryane Clowe, Marc Staal, and Darroll Powe Sunday night, and are all questionable for Monday night. Big Washington players for game 7 are Braden Holtby, Mike Green, Joel Ward, and Troy Brouwer. Big New York players for game 7 are Dan Girardi, Chris Kreider, Ryan Callahan, and Henrik Lundqvist.

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