Welcome to another live blog by yours truly. Tonight’s game is the 7th meeting between the NY Rangers and the Washington Capitals in DC. The game hasn’t started yet but it should any minute. All times below are Eastern time, as that is where the game is being played. Let’s play some hockey!
9:33 – And the Caps get to feel what a game 7 victory is like after losing their game 7 in OT last year to Philly.
9:31 – Handshakes are over, and so is the Rangers’ season. Sergei Fedorov gets the game winning goal and Lundqvist ended with 22 saves.
9:28 – And it’s over. The Caps have won it.
9:27 – 30 seconds to go and it’s a Rangers time out. OMG OMG OMG.
9:26 – Less than a minute to go and Avery is hurt, Lundqvist is still in net…. 45 to go…
It's all in your hands, Lundqvist... no pressure.
In the spirit of the Game 7s and how involved I have been with the Rangers-Caps series, I’ll be live blogging the game tonight. It should be fantastic.
Just a few interesting stats for you all… the Rangers haven’t played a game 7 since their 1994 Cup championship. NY has only played seven Game 7s in their history, and in each match up the home team has won. Donald Brashear is out tonight (and if the Caps advance, for the next 5 games as well). No word yet on if Avery is in, but he did look decent in Game 6 so we’ll see if Torts put the fear of God into him or not. This game is going to depend all on Henrik Lundqvist and if he can carry the Rangers yet again.
Game starts at 7pm so be there or check it out here on TAS. May the best team win!
Can the Caps pull out a win at home on Friday to stave off elimination?
Tonight I learned that I could hold my breath for two minutes — the entire time I stood up in front of my television gripping a throw pillow against my chest. This was also the amount of time the Rangers held off the Capitals in the most intense game finish of the series. I think the rest of the world who was watching game 4 of the Rangers – Capitals series was doing the same thing.
Alexander Ovechkin made it clear that he would stop at nothing to win – and Sean Avery made it clear that he would stop at nothing. Ovechkin had the sole goal for the Caps but 11 other shots on goal; Henrik Lundqvist is without a doubt the only reason that this was the Caps’ famed forward’s only goal this series. Lundqvist stopped an astonishing 38 shots on goal and had huge contributions from his defenseman and forwards as well on the D side. Brandon Dubinsky, playing like a veteran despite being in his 2nd year, was all over the ice all night long. Dubinsky notched nearly 16 minutes of ice time and assisted on the first goal scored for NY.
The thing that isn’t making too much sense to me is that Dubinsky, who made huge contributions to NY’s win tonight, only played three more minutes of ice time than Sean Avery.
After a few looooooong nights, the first round of first round games are through. I think it’s fair to say we’ve seen some pretty fantastic games so far, a few surprises and maybe even a fight or two. Not bad – the players seem to be getting off on the right feet so far. I’ve decided to break down the most significant events of Game Ones into the three categories: good, bad or ugly.
Good: NY Rangers. That was the best game I have seen so far and I’m pretty stoked the Rangers won. Yes, I know I picked the Caps to take the series – and I still think they will – but I knew the Rangers were going to come out swinging and play with a lot of heart. But if they are going to win another game they have to play better defense on A.O. Henrik Lundqvist was the only reason that Ovechkin didn’t score (although he did notch two assists). But besides not holding off Ovechkin to the best of their abilities (although he did get hit five times in the 1st alone), the Rangers played a fantastic game. Sean Avery was at his absolute worst; picking meaningless fights and complaining like it was his job – oh wait, that’s right, it is his job. Rumor has it that NY Captain Chris Drury will be back tomorrow… let’s hope so. I think the Caps will take game two.
-by Alaina Scarano-Isbouts
Well all, it’s that time of year — playoffs. Round 1 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs will begin on Wednesday night. Get ready to hear of every possible story line; rookies and old-timers ready to fight for the death for the chance of a life time — to win Lord Stanley’s Cup. Here’s my take on what this year’s playoffs have to offer and who will make it out alive.
Boston v. Montreal: What a great series for old rivalries. The two Original Six teams have faced each other many, many times since the modest beginnings of the NHL. Boston, after having missed the President’s Trophy by just one point, has the home ice advantage but the more fickle fans. I’m going to bet this will be a rough-and-tumble series, but the ultimate battle will be between Tim Thomas and Carey Price. I’m going to go with Boston in 6 for this series. Continue reading
Do bloody brawls have a fighting chance? (Patrick Roy pictured)
Fighting and head hits. These are the hot topics in the NHL now that the endless suspense (then eventual disappointment) of deadline day has passed. With the playoffs gearing up to start in just over a month, it’s a wonder that we are hearing about this head-banging now and not in the off season. But those GMs need something to discuss in those meetings other than who is going to babysit Sean Avery, so here’s my take on the issue.