Henrik Lundqvist’s Back To Back Shutouts Push The Rangers Past The Washington Capitals To The Second Round Against The Bruins

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Henrik Lundqvist had 35 saves for his second consecutive elimination game shutout and the Rangers scored 5 goals to beat the Washington Capitals in their series ending Game 7.

Arron Asham had the first goal, which led to four more from Taylor Pyatt, Michael Del Zotto, Ryan Callahan, and Mats Zuccarello.

But the story tonight, is the King, who over two games had one of the greatest performances in NHL post-season history.

The first to have back to back elimination shutouts in Games 6 and 7 since Dominik Hasek with the Red Wings in 2002, Lundqvist has been invincible, impenetrable force for most of this series.

But on back to back nights in New York, then Washington, he showed by he is a five-time Vezina nominee and one time winner (so far!).

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His 62 saves over 48 hours pushed the Blueshirts past the Capitals, whose own goalie, Braden Holtby, had an excellent series, just falling short of the King once again.

This makes two consecutive years the Caps have fallen to the Rangers in a seven game series.

The Boston Bruins will be the next team on the Rangers docket, meeting up in the Conference Semi-Finals on Thursday.  They advanced past the Toronto Maple Leafs on the first ever 3-goal comeback in a Game 7, finishing it off with a goal in overtime.

That game, combined with the Rangers win made it 13 straight Game 7’s in which the first team to score ultimately won.

For the Rangers, though, they are starting to take the form of their 2012 team – and if that is so, this will be a very fun team to watch going forward, with the Stanley Cup back in mind.

 

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