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NHL Playoff Schedule 2012: TV Info and Analysis of Rangers vs. Capitals Game 7

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09:  Joel Ward #42 of the Washington Capitals and Anton Stralman #32 of the New York Rangers battle for the puck in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on May 9, 2012 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistMay 11, 2012

The New York Rangers and Washington Capitals will take the ice with the pressure on the line, and it's win or go home. 

A Game 7 matchup is one of the most exciting events in sports, and since both of these teams are very good it will make for an exciting matchup. 

New York and Washington both have what it takes to win it all this year, which is another reason this matchup will be so intense. It's been a great series so far, and the hope is that the final game will be epic. 

With that said, let's dig into some specifics for this Game 7 showdown. 

 

When: Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. ET

Where: Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y.

Watch: NBC Sports Network

Live Stream: CBC.ca

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28:  Brad Richards #19 of the New York Rangers aknowledges the crowd after being named a star of the game in their 3 to 1 win over the Washington Capitals in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cu
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New York Key Player 

Brad Richards is the Rangers' top player in the postseason, and New York is asking for him to come through in the clutch once more. 

Having scored five goals and recorded 10 total points, Richards is proving to be a crucial player for the Rangers. 

He has great postseason experience, which is helping him thrive at the moment. New York needs another strong showing from Richards if its going to advance to the next round. 

 

Washington Key Player 

The Capitals' best player and one of the top guys in the league, Alexander Ovechkin, has to dominate in Game 7. 

He's done well in the series, and each time he has scored against the Rangers, Washington ends up winning. 

If Ovechikin puts the puck in the back of the net tonight, the Capitals will be in good shape. If he doesn't score, it's highly unlikely Washington wins. 

 

Key Matchup 

As with just about every hockey match, the key matchup revolves around the goalies. 

Braden Holtby vs. Henrik Lundqvist is going to be a great showdown, and the fact the pressure is amped up because it's Game 7 is all the more reason both of these guys need to excel. 

Their respective teams are counting on them to dominate tonight, but only one will be truly victorious. They've done well to this point, but none of it matters anymore, as Game 7 is all that counts now. 

 

Prediction 

This should be an intense and heated battle throughout. Look for both goalies to be stone walls in the early going, but eventually one is going to falter. 

New York and Washington will give fans an excellent Game 7 showdown, but in the end, I give the edge to the Rangers at home. 

Rangers 2, Capitals 1 


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