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Hayes gives Rangers lift into conference final

Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 12:00 PM / "Obvious Choice" Moments

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The New York Rangers needed a spark trailing 1-0 in the second period of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Washington Capitals.

They got one from rookie Kevin Hayes, whose power-play goal at 6:22 of the second period tied the game and ignited a nervous crowd at Madison Square Garden.

After Capitals defenseman Mike Green went off for cross checking, his second penalty in a span of 3:39, Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh kept in a clearing attempt and found forward J.T. Miller at the top of the right circle. Miller poked a pass to an open Hayes, who beat goalie Braden Holtby for his first goal since his game-winner in overtime of Game 4 of the first round against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Five reasons Capitals were eliminated from playoffs

Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 9:30 AM / Rangers vs Capitals - 2015 SCP Second Round

Katie Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

The Washington Capitals were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the New York Rangers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round after a 2-1 loss in overtime Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.

The Capitals have been eliminated from the playoffs by the Rangers three times in the past four years, twice from the second round. Washington has not been to the Eastern Conference Final since 1998.

"I don't know what to say," captain Alex Ovechkin said following the loss. "They're a great team, but we deserve a better result."

Here are five reasons the Capitals were eliminated:

Five reasons Rangers advanced to Eastern Final

Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 9:25 AM / Rangers vs Capitals - 2015 SCP Second Round

David Satriano - NHL.com Staff Writer

The New York Rangers advanced to the Eastern Conference Final for the second straight season with a 2-1 overtime win against the Washington Capitals in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, overcoming a 3-1 deficit in a best-of-7 second-round series for the second consecutive season. Last season they rallied against the Pittsburgh Penguins, winning Game 7 in Pittsburgh.

New York is 7-0 at home in Game 7 and will face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the conference final. Game 1 is Saturday at MSG (1 p.m., NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

Here are five reasons the Rangers advanced:

Svechnikov joined Cape Breton to get closer to NHL

Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles forward Evgeny Svechnikov will do whatever it takes to realize his dream of playing in the National Hockey League.

The 6-foot-2, 199-pound left-handed shot is on that path after finishing his first season in North America as the second-highest rookie scorer in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with 78 points in 55 regular-season games. He also had 32 goals, a plus-19 rating with 70 penalty minutes.

Svechnikov is regarded as a power forward but has the creativity and hands to skate the puck through defenders and power his way to the net. Many scouts believe he has a pro-caliber shot.

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Wednesday, May 13

Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 2:28 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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STEPAN'S OT GOAL LIFTS RANGERS INTO EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL

Derek Stepan scored at 11:24 of overtime and Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves to power the New York Rangers past the Washington Capitals and into the Eastern Conference Final for the second straight year and third time in the past four seasons.

* The Rangers improved to 9-5 all-time in Game 7s, including a 7-0 record at home (all since 1992). They are the only team in League history to play at least four Game 7s at home and win each of them.

* Kevin Hayes tied the score at 1-1 with his power-play goal at 6:22 of the second period. The Elias Sports Bureau says the Rangers overcame a deficit (of any margin) to win a Game 7 for the first time in franchise history.

* Since losing to the Capitals in seven games in the 2009 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, the Rangers have won six straight Game 7s. That matches the NHL record set by the Detroit Red Wings from 1949-64 and equaled by the Boston Bruins from 1983-94.

Resilient Rangers adept at overcoming adversity

Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 1:24 AM / Rangers vs Capitals - 2015 SCP Second Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- Challenge the New York Rangers with any type of adversity, any type of style of play, physical or otherwise, and really any type of opponent other than the 2013-14 Los Angeles Kings, and they will not break.

"You can't ever count this group out regardless of what happens," New York captain Ryan McDonagh said.

No one ever should; the Rangers have proven at least that much in two seasons under coach Alain Vigneault.

They are back in the Eastern Conference Final for a second straight season because for a second straight season they found a way to recover from a 3-1 deficit in the second round.

No team in NHL history had ever done that before.

Rangers see a lot of themselves in speedy Lightning

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- Familiarity won't be an issue for the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Final, even though they haven't played the Tampa Bay Lightning since Dec. 1.

Former Rangers Ryan Callahan, Brian Boyle and Anton Stralman are now the opponent, and New York right wing Martin St. Louis played into his 13th season with the Lightning before getting traded to New York in March 2014.

Beyond the personnel, watching the Lightning play in the second round against the Montreal Canadiens was, for the Rangers, like seeing a mirror image.

"Speed versus speed," is how left wing Carl Hagelin described what to expect in the Eastern Conference Final, with Game 1 at Madison Square Garden on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports). "Two fast teams."

Ovechkin, Capitals edged by Rangers again

Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 1:10 AM / Rangers vs Capitals - 2015 SCP Second Round

David Satriano - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Alex Ovechkin said the Washington Capitals would win Game 7 against the New York Rangers.

They would not lose a third straight game and squander what was once a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference Second Round series, he said.

Ovechkin scored a goal, but the Capitals lost the decisive game Wednesday at Madison Square Garden when Derek Stepan scored 11:24 into overtime to give the Rangers a 2-1 victory.

"Great battle," Ovechkin said. "One shot, one moment. I think we played great in OT; we had chances. But one moment can end the series and end the game. It's over. I wish them luck."

It was the third straight Stanley Cup Playoffs appearance the Capitals were eliminated with a Game 7 loss to the Rangers.

Lundqvist comes up big again in Game 7 for Rangers

Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 1:03 AM / Rangers vs Capitals - 2015 SCP Second Round

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist believes having a strong will to win usually leads to success in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

He proved his point Wednesday in a 2-1 overtime victory against the Washington Capitals in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round series at Madison Square Garden. The win was New York's third straight against the Capitals after falling behind 3-1 in the best-of-7 series. The Rangers will play the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final at Madison Square Garden on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

Lundqvist made 35 saves on the way to winning his sixth straight Game 7, tying Martin Brodeur and Patrick Roy for the most career Game 7 victories in Stanley Cup history.


Rangers to play Lightning in Eastern Conference Final

Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 12:19 AM / Rangers vs Lightning - 2015 Eastern Conference Final

David Satriano - NHL.com Staff Writer

Last season, forward Brian Boyle and defenseman Anton Stralman helped the New York Rangers advance to the Stanley Cup Final.

Now with the Tampa Bay Lightning, they will try to stop the Rangers from getting back there.

New York advanced to the Eastern Conference Final with a 2-1 overtime win against the Washington Capitals in Game 7 at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.

Tampa Bay advanced with a 4-1 victory in Game 6 against the Montreal Canadiens at Amalie Arena on Tuesday.

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