A year ago, the Capitals came back from a three-game-to-one disadvantage to force a Game 7 against the Flyers. They lost that game in overtime.
On Sunday, the Caps dominated the Rangers at Madison Square Garden, winning 5-3, and forcing another Game 7 after being down 3-1 in the series. This time they want to make sure they finish things off with a series win.
Despite the 5-3 final score, the game wasn't even close, as the Rangers played lackluster hockey in front of the home fans, unable to generate quality scoring chances on Caps rookie goalie Simeon Varlamov.
Tom Poti had a goal and two assists against his former team and Alex Ovechkin and Mike Green each scored power-play goals against Henrik Lundqvist, who looked very beatable compared to how he played early in the series. The Caps only recorded 20 shots on the Blueshirts' netminder, but were able to put five in the net. Lundqvist was held out of the third period.
The Caps used that lead to concentrate on defense, shooting on net just twice in the final period.
Game 7 will be played at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Verizon Center.
Rangers coach John Tortorella watched the game from above the ice as he served a one-game suspension following a confrontation with a fan Friday during New York’s 4-0 loss in Game 5. Tortorella squirted water into the crowd and threw a water bottle over the glass and into the stands at a Caps fan.
Superpest Sean Avery returned to the lineup for the Rangers after sitting out Game 5 due to discipline issues, but was a non-factor. He had three shots and was a minus-2. He seemed to be reserved on the forecheck and didn't record any penalty minutes.