Rare up the cliches 'cause it's all come down to this one. One game decides whether the Capitals are moving on to the next round, or drowning their sorrows in vodka. It's Game 7! (Where's Gary Thorne when we need him?)
You really think the Caps aren't going to win this one? Put it in the bank: This series is over.
The Caps have thoroughly exposed Hank the Goalie. They haven't seen a glove that weak since Michael Jackson (feel free to insert your own dated reference). For two games, they've chased him from the lineup.
They've exposed King Henriq as a fraud, and tonight Ovie's going to make him abdicate the throne.
The Caps' powerplay has been merciless all series. And thanks to Donnie Brashear's errant elbow, the Rangers' best penalty killer is down for the count. What was the league's best PK is sputtering. Torts better hope that Avery doesn't go crazy and get dinged for a bunch of unnecessary minors.
But the biggest news for the Caps might be the return of the Captain. Chris Clark f/k/a Willis Reed is making his triumphant return to the lineup. He's suiting up on the fourth line, likely alongside Boyd Gordon and Eric Fehr, for the first time since the end of January.
The Phone Booth's sure to be rockin'.
The Caps outplayed the Rangers in the first game, but lost. They've truly only been outplayed in one game this series -- perhaps game 4. They're the better team and they've demonstrated that over these last two games. If they play like that, there's no way the Rangers can beat 'em, no matter how well the shaky Lundqvist plays.
Chris Needham used to write Capitol Punishment. He won't tell you who he's rooting for tonight.