ECQF Game Seven goal breakdown: Rangers send Caps home in dominating win

Well this was a convincing way to end the series. The Rangers made a statement in Game Seven, scoring five goals and shutting out the Caps to complete the comeback from down 3-2 in the series. Henrik Lundqvist was good when he needed to be, but the Rangers made sure he didn’t need to be dominant like he was in Game Six. They won the physical battles, and they finally found chinks in Holtby’s armor en route to the rout. There won’t be pictures for this breakdown, I apologize in advance for that. On to the goals:

Rangers 1, Caps 0

Chris Kreider got a big break on this one. As he was getting on the ice for a line change, he went over to pressure Eric Fehr instead of covering Mike Green, who was his man. Green wound up getting stopped by Hank on the breakaway, and Kreider eventually wound up with the puck gaining the Caps zone. He dropped the puck back to Arron Asham, who ripped it through Braden Holtby. Holtby looked to be a bit screened on the play.

Rangers 2, Caps 0

The third line of Brian Boyle, Taylor Pyatt, and Derek Dorsett had a good forecheck and cycle on the shift. The puck eventually gets to Steve Eminger for a point shot that gets deflected on net by Dorsett, and Pyatt –who we have noted has great hockey IQ– was right there to bang home the rebound. Pyatt was wide open for the rebound, and John Erksine got turned around on the play. Pyatt was Erksine’s man.

Rangers 3, Caps 0

The Rangers needed to be lucky tonight, and this one was a lucky goal. Michael Del Zotto received the puck at the point and attempted a hard pass to Mats Zuccarello at the back door. The puck deflected off a Caps player and through Holtby’s legs for the goal.

Rangers 4, Caps 0

The Captain comes through and drives the nail in the coffin. After stealing the puck from Erksine, Cally breaks down the off-wing on a breakaway and slips a backhand past Holtby.

Rangers 5, Caps 0

With the Caps changing Eminger does a good job gaining the zone with Mike Ribiero as one of the two Caps defenders back, and gets the puck to Brassard at the top of the circle. Brassard hit a streaking Zuccarello for a mini-break, who slid it past Holtby.

The Rangers, having dispatched the Caps, now they have a date the Boston Bruins. The Rangers are coming off back-to-back shutouts, and the Bruins are coming off a great comeback in their own Game Seven. This will be a great series, much like this one with the Caps.

27 Responses to “ECQF Game Seven goal breakdown: Rangers send Caps home in dominating win”

  1. Bloomer says:

    Very entertaining hockey series. At the end of the day, the Rangers bench strength and King Lundquist win the series.

    • Dave says:

      Hank stole Game Six, and it was only a matter of time before the floodgates opened.

    • TxRanger says:

      its weird to say that our depth is what won us this series, bit its so true. that and hank. i know i rag on the guy, but i know he reads this blog, and im just trying to motivate the guy…

      • VinceR says:

        ‏@RothmanHockey 20m
        #Rangers G Henrik Lundqvist improved to 3-1 with a 1.00 goals against average, .963 save percentage, and one shutout in four career Game 7s

        Elias: Lundqvist’s 1.00 GAA is tied for first in the #NHL all-time among goalies who have appeared in at least three career Game 7s.

        Not a playoff goalie. Rag on him…uh-huh.

  2. Walt says:

    5 zip, Hank pitched back top back shut outs.

    Asham is the man, people don’t realize how skilled he is. Pyatt, MDZ, Callie, and the icing on the cake, Zucc.

    There was a period of time where the Caps were more interested in getting chippy, but the boys didn’t take the bait. Great game from the entire team, even Steve Eminger.

  3. Chuck A says:

    Peaking at the right time!

  4. Spozo says:

    Just heard a great stat from Kenny Albert and Maloney on the radio. The Caps only led for under 35 minutes the entire series.

  5. Dave says:

    120 minutes of shutout hockey for The King.

  6. Zev says:

    Gotta give some credit to Torts. I really liked how he put Richards on the fourth line with Kreider and Asham the past two games and got them on the ice for some favorable match ups. Tortarella figured out a way to get serviceable minutes out of a struggling Richards and gave Kreider the opportunity to play with a skilled center man. That line and the Dorsett-Boyle-Pyatt line really kept the ice tilted in the Rangers favor tonight.

  7. Zev says:

    Also Gabby for Brassard, Moore, and Dorsett is looking prettay prettay good right about now.

  8. Rangers Fan in Boston says:

    I got what I wanted, Rangers-Bruins. Wow, did not see that coming. Just an extremely well played game with puck luck…5-0. McDonagh is a tough SOB. With Lundquist all things are possible. I’m going to love this next series. 1 step closer.

    • Gary says:

      Me too! I am from Boston and my friend and I are planning to watch some games together. As he said, “we might need a ref!”

  9. Jeff P says:

    I’ve been pretty down on Tortorella and the coaching staff, for a while.
    Two things stood out for me as far as coaching goes in the last two games:
    1. Line adjustments that worked. He moved Richards to the fourth line, and the other three started clicking.
    2. A biggie: a bunch of Caps’ goals in the series were scored by their point men throwing puck at the net, and getting stupid deflections and lucky bounces. Clearly there was an adjustment made to limit point shots. The wingers challenged Washington D much more aggressively, collapsing down to faceoff dots when the puck went below the circles.
    Color me impressed.

    • Rob says:

      This has been Washington’s strategy the past several seasons against us. Throw shots from the point and have a high forward between the tops of the circles deflect them high over Hank. Like you said, the Rangers were able to anticipate this strategy this series with much success.

  10. Evan says:

    Speechless. I am absolutely speechless. Where the hell were the road performances all year? Unbelievable. Guess we brought it all tonight

    Zucharello is just unstoppable. Puck sticks to his stick and he just whizzes around creating chaos. unbelievable.

    Just pure domination.

    Ovechkin zero points in 5 straight games??

    And nash scored 0 goals and we won 4 games haha. What in the world is going on

    BRING ON BOSTON

  11. HARLEMBLUES says:

    Great TEAM win.Caps scored 1 goal in last 3 games.The coach finally showed trust in all his MEN, played 4 lines,kept line combinations together and put B.Rich on the fourth line.Games 4,5 line combinations such start game 1 versus Bruins.The right man wore the black hat at games end.Unlike Bklyn Nets this team has heart.Brassard was very good again tonite.3rd line played big.Unsung hero Mats Zuccarello.We have the best goalie in the world Henrik Lundquist.

  12. Joestradamus says:

    Nash was saving all his goals for Boston, obviously…

  13. Spozo says:

    Both teams shut down the other teams stars in Ovechkin and Nash. The Rangers depth and goaltending then allowed them to prevail. That’s the series in a nutshell.

    You can probably expect more of the same next round since Nash will be shadowed by Chara who is arguably the best shutdown defenseman in the game.

  14. supermaz says:

    How long till Torts screws with these successful line combinations.
    I say the 15 minute mark of game 1 period 1.
    Who doesn’t love Frodo now!
    And I just want to give a little love to Steve Eminger, the guy gets too much ridicule, he’s not an all-star, but I’ll take him as our 6th d-man any day.

    • Walt says:

      Lets hope Torts leaves well enough alone!

      The Caps, over their history, have shown to be chokers in big games. I’ve been hard on Torts this season, main reason the line changes, but I will eat crow, he did majic with this team, coming back from 3-2 down.

      What would have happened if Staal was healthy? This defense is so strong, and young!!!!!

  15. Poppa says:

    In my opinion, last night’s game was about as close to a Torts “perfect” game as you could get. No dumb penalties, good hitting, blocked shots galore, the goalie pitches a shutout, one defensman scores, and one forward from each of the four lines scores a goal. OH BABY !!!

  16. zach says:

    The TOI numbers tell the story of last night — Pyatt with more ice time than Stepan, and Dorsett with more than Hagelin. Outstanding job from the third line won us that game.

  17. Zev says:

    Thanks!