GettySince joining the Washington Capitals, Alex Ovechkin has played in five Game 7s on home ice. The Capitals have now lost four of them, as the New York Rangers demolished Washington at Verizon Center on Monday night, 5-0, to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals and eliminate the Capitals.
It was the second straight postseason in which the Rangers dropped the Capitals in a Game 7, winning at MSG last year in Dale Hunter’s final game as coach.
New York advances to face the Boston Bruins in the semifinals, who won their own Game 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night in overtime.
“I think it was probably our best game of the series. Henrik [Lundqvist] was really good early to give us a chance and then I thought we played really well in front of him, right on through our lineup," said Coach John Tortorella. "I didn’t think it was going to be a 5-0 win, the way this series has gone, but it was our best game of the series."
It was the most dominating effort by the Rangers in the series, and by far their best effort in Washington offensively – New York had scored two goals in three games in D.C. before the scoring explosion in Game 7.
Where that scoring came from is as surprising as any facet of the Rangers’ win.Read More »from NY Rangers embarrass Capitals to win series, add to Washington’s Game 7 nightmares