WASHINGTON -- Throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Washington Capitals have talked about how things were different this year. They were a different team, a new team, they said.
Surely this new team would be capable of closing out a series at home.
The New York Rangers defeated the Capitals 4-3 at Verizon Center on Sunday, forcing Game 7 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).
After jumping out to a 3-1 lead on the Rangers in the best-of-7 series, these new Capitals have lost two straight for the first time since mid-March, and as a result they still are one win away from their first Eastern Conference Final appearance in 17 years.
"I know this team has a lot of character, and it showed all year," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. "I am not going to tell you anything different than I told them. Probably not the path when you are (ahead) 3-1 you want to take, but at the same time, it is a great opportunity in Game 7 to find out."