Liveblog: Rangers beat Caps 2-1, advance to Eastern Conference final

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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!

162 Comments

  1. commandant says:

    Its 1994 all over again.

    Go Habs Go!
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  2. jimmy shaker says:

    yes MB, I’ll have 1 chimera, 1 hendricks, 1 laich and 1 shultz please. Anyone of these guys would be great additions for the habs, even brouwer .

    shaker

  3. FanCritic says:

    The Rangers May be in for a surprise against the devils.

    Phoenix and La – Best goalie wins

  4. habsfan0 says:

    If both teams play in the next round as they did in the previous round, I’ll take the Devils in 6.

  5. frontenac1 says:

    Oh boy! Bert Raymond on L”Antichambre! Where’s Stock when you need him?

  6. Timo says:

    So if Caps were to trade Holtby now, would they take Eller?

    • Clay says:

      No chance.

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    • saskhabfan says:

      nah,the caps would get more. Holtby played 21 consecutive games without getting hurt,pulled,tired or lit up. He is made to play 60 games or more,not 40 or less.

    • D Mex says:

      Bringing Holtby to Montréal is setting the Habs up for Luongo-Schneider 2.0. Bergevin ‘ et al ‘ don’t need the aggravation, and neither do we.

      ALWAYS Habs –
      D Mex

      • boing007 says:

        We were doing very well with Price and Halak.

        Richard R
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        • D Mex says:

          Price-Halak was a prelude to Luongo-Schneider.
          These combinations are not sustainable long-term for reasons that include the salary cap and the ambitions of players involved …

          ALWAYS Habs –
          D Mex

  7. boing007 says:

    Caps four shots on goal in the third period? Pitiful. So much for Dale Hunter’s genius coaching.

    Richard R
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  8. SuperHabFan says:

    Rangers built the perfect team in a big market. ALL characters guys who put the team first. Even if you don’t like the rangers you can’t help but want to see Lunqvist win after hearing him in an interview. Always cheerful and All Class

    • db says:

      Sather took chances and somehow, in a couple of seasons, went from the worst GM to the best. We all know the turning point there. The insult to injury (IMO) of that trade was Gaborik. Ouch. I do like the team and love that since game 1 they’ve been saluting their fans. They’ve been doing it right all year long, I hope for a NYR-LA finals.

    • habsfan0 says:

      All class? You mean like when Lunqvist made these comments after Game 6 against Ottawa? “Someone wants them back in the game, obviously, because there’s no other explanation,” after Jason Spezza got Ottawa within one in the final minute.

    • shootdapuck says:

      They have to do something to make up for Tortorella’s antics!

      Reckon?

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  9. Habsbill24 says:

    Ok, Flyers are out and they are less than thrilled with Bryzgalov. The Habs need a French star. What do you think of this trade.Price and Plekanec for Giroux and Bryzgalov. I doubt the the Flyers would let Giroux go but and interesting thought.

    • Habsolutely says:

      Nope. I don’t want Giroux or Bryz. Price suits me just fine.

    • Propwash says:

      Really??? Bryzgalov??? People freak over Gomez’s contract enough already, and it’s apparent Bryz cannot handle media and fan pressure.

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    • D Mex says:

      My favorite Habs from childhood were Béliveau and Richard (#16), as an adolescent I was awed by Lemaire and Lafleur – je suis fier en calice du CH et aussi de mes racines québecoises.
      But Giroux will have to show a ton more character than he did in game 4 of the NJ series before I’d want to see him suit up in bleu, blanc, rouge …
      As for Bryzgalov, it’s hard for me not to believe that he was a part-time sieve in another life, and enjoyed it so much he decided to do it for a living in this one.
      So, since you ask, and please don’t take this the wrong way, I think it stinks.
      :-)

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    • shootdapuck says:

      Let another GM off the hook for a bad contract no way!

      Bryzgalov’s deal is just carbon copy of the poison of Gomez.

      Let Holmgren stew!

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  10. shootdapuck says:

    ECF a snoozefest, great advertising for the game in the US.

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    • Clay says:

      I quite enjoyed the game – just because it didn’t end 10-7 doesn’t mean it wasn’t good. Those who equate high scoring to excitement should stick to basketball.

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      • shootdapuck says:

        But in games which are “shut down” from mid second period onwards does that appeal to you.

        Nobody intimated that there has to be tons of goals for a game to be exciting but a total lack of any offense protecting a lead?

        Just remember the hue and cry against JM Habs for playing nothing but defense, for a one man forecheck and for hanging back in the neutral zone when ahead!

        These two teams have perfected that!

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        • Propwash says:

          Admit it, you were on the edge of your seat when the Habs made it to the ECF.

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        • Clay says:

          Playoff hockey is invariably tight checking hockey. At least, it is for the teams that advance.

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  11. 24 Cups says:

    So what Hab fan wants to spend $50M over seven years on Sasha Minor Semin?

  12. Habsolutely says:

    gonna be a great ECF. Rag’s and Devils, might be the best series so far.

  13. Propwash says:

    If Holtby can stay consistent like that, kid has a very bright future ahead of him.

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  14. 24 Cups says:

    And the decline and fall of Ovechkin, Semin and Green continues.

    Shoutout to Hunter, sweet revenge to one of the dirtest hatchmen in the history of the game. Pierre Turgeon is smiling.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xte-Vtxg-m8

  15. Habsolutely says:

    Marty is gonna give Torts fits in the ECF.

  16. Propwash says:

    Waddya gonna do……NYR vs NJD should be an interesting matchup too.

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  17. frontenac1 says:

    Done like dinner

  18. Propwash says:

    WTF was that?

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  19. 24 Cups says:

    Christ, Ovechkin could have had five penalties this period.

  20. shootdapuck says:

    And the CBC schmucks don’t even see the great ape’s shot was partially blocked!

  21. Propwash says:

    And zee plot thickens……

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  22. Habsolutely says:

    way to go Hammer. show those youngsters how it’s done.

  23. frontenac1 says:

    Holy Crap! Hammer! 2-1

  24. 24 Cups says:

    Del Zotto from Stouffville and it’s all over!

  25. Psycho29 says:

    It’s Hammer time!

  26. frontenac1 says:

    Uh-oh, 2 zip Rags!

  27. ZepFan2 says:

    Turn out the lights…

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  28. Propwash says:

    Bye bye Charlie….

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  29. HabFanSince72 says:

    I don’t know about the rest of you but I find shot blocking very exciting.

    Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

  30. frontenac1 says:

    Loved that shot of Times Square where they had the game up on that huge screen! The Big.Apple is pretty cool.

  31. Sal from the Hammer says:

    Cherry’s a Douche….except when he talks about linesmen throwing guys out of the face off….it is rediculous that these guys get to play with a crucial part of the game on BS alone!! They want their little “pound of flesh” moments.

  32. shootdapuck says:

    Healey what an a_shole!

    Can’t wait until ALL these HNIC talking head are on the street after next year!

    Cya jerks!

  33. Habsolutely says:

    Great to see Friedman on the hotstove, he’s one of the lone saving graces of CBC. Kills me that Stock gets more airtime than him.

  34. kempie says:

    Man, Heals is such a dink.

  35. frontenac1 says:

    Nah,just Mothers Day this weekend.Remember guys!The girls deserve a little pampering this weekend.

  36. Sal from the Hammer says:

    Wolfrider yu there?

  37. Sal from the Hammer says:

    You’re right Boone that was some 5 on 5!!!

  38. ZepFan2 says:

    Ovi choking. Semin sucking.

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  39. EasternOntarioHabsFan says:

    OH BABY, Avengers was SOOO AWSOME!!

    maybe, in the not-too-distant future, just maybe………

    Lucic = Loki
    Tinordi= Hulk

    I can only dream……………………..

  40. Boomer says:

    sorry guys i missed it, what did ron maclean do? apparently there’s some controversy going on?

    • jols101 says:

      ya i missed it too. was hoping they would discuss it during coach’s corner but nothing. what did maclean say?

    • ABHabsfan says:

      He made an analogy comparing hockey players to first-response police and FD from 911. He meant well IMO just didn’t deliver it appropriately. Like most things in US media, has been massively over-blown. I thought he was respectfull, just some things you steer clear of.

      “man, I love winnin'; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
      Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

      • SmartDog says:

        Overblown but still not too bright.

        Too close to home, too close in time. Call them gladiators or soldiers or generic stuff like that.

        Jeez McLean I thought you was the smart one!

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  41. Adidess says:

    If you’re not a fan of either team, this was a dud of a period. Aren ‘t game 7s supposed to be crazy fun?

  42. Propwash says:

    “Nice suit Cherry.”
    Said no one ever.

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    • Clay says:

      Lol…I think Boone actually said it in his game blog earlier this week – and not facetiously :)

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  43. Habsolutely says:

    Wonder what era of curtains Grandpa will be wearing tonight?

  44. Habsolutely says:

    Saw the Avengers the other night with some friends, it was pretty good.

  45. shootdapuck says:

    Boone: does cheap and unnecessary equate to dumb or stupid?

  46. frontenac1 says:

    I’m cooiking Beef Filets with a red wine mushroom sauce for my wife, and lots of red wine for the game tonight!

    • Propwash says:

      Forgot to mention, I have a bottle of Woodbridge cab sauvignon to wash the steak and salad down

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    • Clay says:

      Welcome to Cooking Inside/Out (CIO)

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  47. Bripro says:

    Wow, that didn’t take long. Less than 2 minutes in.

  48. HabinBurlington says:

    Brutal that Jim Hughson used the “Live from New York” line, could be I just really don’t like Hughson though…. :)

  49. SnowManHabs85 says:

    Caps win it 3-2 with Brouwer the GWG :P

    “Responding to the media , or playing to the media, or listening to the fans is the quickest way to start losing” – Sam Pollock

  50. Kimberly2u says:

    Go Caps go

  51. HabinBurlington says:

    Any chance Anthony Lin dresses for the Rangers? (if you don’t follow NBA in the least, please forgive me)

  52. Mavid says:

    cornish hens done on the BBQ rotisery , stewed tomatoes, and some pasta,,,,now I am pumped for the game too

  53. boing007 says:

    Boone: Oh my God! MacLean just compared the Tragically Hip to Mozart!!

    Maybe Hrudey gave him a taste of his special stuff so he can’t tell the difference.

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  54. Mavid says:

    Holtby had a large Timmy’s in his hand…thats it GO CAPS GO!!

  55. jols101 says:

    CBC finally stepping it up a bit. Great pre-game so far. I’m pumped up…just wish my Habs were playing…

  56. Propwash says:

    Picked up some nice ribsteaks from the local butcher, grilled them over some mesquite lump charcoal, a nice garden salad on the side, got the game fired up.

    Let’s do this!

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  57. Adidess says:

    Wow, Hunter is gonna have a tough night. The last thing you want is for Semin to come out in the warm-up…

  58. HardHabits says:

    I forget, who won that last Mnemonical Cup tournament?

  59. Mark C says:

    Don’t forget Morgan Ellis, Boone!

  60. Adidess says:

    Everybody is excited about game 7. And it could be the last night for the Semin jokes. I have a feeling it’s gonna feel almost like a Habs pre-season game around here tonight, woohoo!

  61. HabinBurlington says:

    @Mr. Boone, no way MacLean apolgizes, he may apologize for misunderstanding but no real apology.

    He is now in Cherry’s world.

  62. frontenac1 says:

    Boomer,thanks for the link.You’ve made a believer! I grew up on the south shore of Lac St.Louis.Sounds like the kid has a head on those shoulders!

  63. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Any live streams of the capitals/rangers game tonight?

  64. frontenac1 says:

    That sounds good, anything else on him?

  65. frontenac1 says:

    What’s the book on Matheson?

    • ed lopaz says:

      in all my years of watching minor hockey in Quebec, he is by far the best skater I have ever seen.

      when he was 15 he skated at the Chowder Cup near Boston, he was scouted by Boston College and they wanted to sign him right there because they thought he was 18 already.

      he was far and away the 1st ranked 1994 player in Quebec.

      he made U18 Canada.

      he is a bright kid, a good student, an excellent work ethic, who has trained with Louis leblanc in past off seasons.

      his game revolves around his enormous skating advantage, it is truly remarkable and I doubt there are 5 better skaters in this year`s draft.

      he has agreed to play College hockey next season, and I expect he will jump right in and contribute big important minutes right from the opening game.

    • Boomer says:

      here’s a link, mind you it was posted 2 years ago while he was still playing midget AAA hockey, but its and interesting read no less. He’s a home town kid with great potential.
      Cheers
      http://www.thehockeynews.com/articles/36646-Michael-Matheson.html

  66. HardHabits says:

    Looks like the Bergevin honeymoon is over. He’s slipped to a 92% approval rating.

  67. Les Habitants says:

    “Bob’s daughter had died (swept overboard at sea while working on a training ship) before this and he was letting Pierre (his confidant) do a lot of the work. Pierre didn’t like McDonagh, for some reason. Saw him play in the world juniors and didn’t like him. The scouts loved McDonagh, though. When he was traded, they couldn’t believe it.” — Edmonton Journal

    The more I read about the goat since his firing the more I’m left wondering how in the hell someone as incompetent as this could be placed incharge of such a historic and proud organization.

    • The Cat says:

      I agree, its one thing to be a little off but to not like a guy whos now playing top minutes on a 1st place team is too much of an error.

      [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  68. commandant says:

    Hamrlik’s 5th game 7 in 3 years.

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  69. frontenac1 says:

    Just read on another site that Bulldogs captain Alex Henry signed to play in Germany next season.I know he was pretty slow but he was a loyal guy who did a great job protecting our kids down on the farm.I just wish he would have been given a couple of shots with the Habs,when we had all those injuries, especially against the Bruins. Anyway, Thanks Alex and Good Luck!

  70. Stev.R says:

    Brady Skjei, Mike Matheson, Stefan Matteau, or Adam Pelech would be a good second round pick. Maybe Tanner Pearson.

  71. Propwash says:

    Canada spanked Kazakhstan
    8 – 0.
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  72. dorvalhabsfan says:

    Personally I wouldn’t mind seeing anybody on the team get traded from Gio to Pk or tinordo to Gallagher, as long as the return is acceptable, we have a “good” foundation thAt sucked all the way to last place, if our only problem was Gomez and kaberle why did pg deserve to get fired? If we could
    Make a move with edm for 1st overall for let’s assay #26 and some prospects and our 1st next season why should we say no? Just cuz we like him? I mean gotta give up quality to get it, or If we could trade #3 overall for a proven scorer why shouldn’t we? We’re at an exciting point in time for the Hans EVERYTHING is on the table, as it should with new management and I’m hoping for good results!!

  73. PeterD says:

    Would love to see Parise and Evander Kane on the wings for Plecs next year…very long shots I know…BUT…
    How sweet to have another line with talent and drive and a bit of size (Kane) to work with the heart and talent of Plekanecs.

    Just watched the videos for Play of the Year on the Habs web site and I feel good about DD as our #1 centre…he will come back even better than last year…that is his way. Every year of his career he gets better and stronger…next year should be no diferent.

    And Eller made great strides this past season and as his confidence grows with good support on his wings and a coach that believes in him, he will be a good anchor on the #3 line…

    If our new GM can make a couple of brilliant moves this off season to land a couple of players like Parise and Kane we will be all set…
    Oh yeah, a good draft would also help…maybe a move up to get Yakupov, or to sit in 3rd and get Galenchyuk…

    • HardHabits says:

      Habs have had 1 good line in the past few years.

      Ryder-Koivu-Higgins
      Kostitsyn-Plekanec-Kovalev
      Tanguay-Koivu-Kovalev
      Cole-Desharnais-Pacioretty

      The problem has always been secondary scoring, which for the most part has been non-existent, let alone tertiary scoring. Add to that a small unintimidating defence and it’s no wonder that Habs have been an regular season afterthought and play-off footnote.

  74. Psycho29 says:

    FIRST!!!!!

  75. Boomer says:

    why the hate for the devils habsperspective?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftUR6AFTNMA

  76. Habsolutely says:

    Jersey has a very good team. Designed for playoff hockey. The fact that the Cats took them to 7 games is a testament to the great job Talon and Dineen have done there.

  77. ZepFan2 says:

    For me it’s not really hate, it’s the fact NJ has already won a cup. I hoping for a team that has never won a cup to win. That’s just me.

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