Roman Hamrlik, of all people made it interesting.
The ancient defenceman made the third period interesting after Michael Del Zotto gave the Rangers what seemed to be an insurmountable 2-0 lead.
The Capitals managed FOUR shots in the third period.
That’s not going to do it in Game 7.
So the better team moves on to face New Jersey.
Henrik Lundqvist vs. Martin Brodeur.
In a game that will help define his career, Alexander Ovechkin … well, he pretty much sucked: two shots on goal, two that were blocked, two that missed the net.
Brad Richards, by contrast, rose to the occasion. He scored 92 seconds into the game to give the Rangers a lead they never relinquished. Richards had four SoG and went 14-10 on faceoffs, winning all the crucial ones.
Ryan McDonagh played a game-high 29-37 and blocked four shots. Marc Staal blocked five. Del Zotto had eight hits. Dan Girardi smothered Ovechkin.
Early prediction: Rangers’ D is better than what the Devils have. And that will be the difference.
And guess what?
The playoffs are HALF OVER!