Just like Peter Frampton's iconic single, the New York Rangers offense "came alive" during their Game 7 matchup against the Washington Capitals. Once again Derick Brassard had an amazing game for the Broadway Blueshirts, and he finished with two points to improve his series total to nine points overall.
The Rangers also made history by winning their first Game 7 on the road in franchise history, and they did it because many different players stepped up.
Arron Asham scored the first goal off a nice pass by Chris Kreider, Taylor Pyatt chipped in a rebound, Michael Del Zotto benefited from a bounce off Troy Brouwer's skate, Ryan Callahan scored seconds into the third period and Mats Zuccarello used his patented shootout move in the third period.
The Rangers got hot at the right time, and they were able to defeat the Capitals in back-to-back games. This is a team that was down 2-0 early in the series, and it showed some fortitude to come back and win this series.
Players like Brassard certainly dominated, but one player was even better for the Rangers.
Henrik Lundqvist Takes Stranglehold of Series
Another big reason for the Rangers' statement victory in Game 7 was the exceptional play of Henrik Lundqvist. Lundqvist once again stood on his head in a decisive 5-0 victory. When you look at Lundqvist's performances in both Game 6 and 7, you are starting to see a goaltender who is completely in the zone.
Lundqvist should be commended for posting back-to-back playoff shutouts, and he is going to be a huge factor for the team going forward. The Rangers will play the Boston Bruins in the second round of the playoffs, and this will be the first time the two teams have met in the playoffs since 1973.
Lundqvist is at the top of his game, and the Rangers will go far if this trend continues against the Boston Bruins.
What Is Next?
Other times #Rangers had SO's in back-to-back playoff games: 1994, 1940, 1937, 1929. this is 5th time in franchise history they've done it.— Seth Rothman (@RothmanHockey) May 14, 2013
The next series for the Rangers vs. the Boston Bruins will start this week, and fans will be in for a treat during the second round of the playoffs.
Here is the schedule for the second round courtesy of NHL.com.
THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2013 7:30 P.M. NY RANGERS AT BOSTON NBCSN, TSN, RDS
SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2013 3:00 P.M. NY RANGERS AT BOSTON NBC, TSN, RDS
TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2013 7:30 P.M. BOSTON AT NY RANGERS NBCSN, TSN, RDS
THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2013 7:30 P.M. BOSTON AT NY RANGERS CNBC, TSN, RDS
*SATURDAY, MAY 25, 2013 TBD NY RANGERS AT BOSTON TSN, RDS
*MONDAY, MAY 27, 2013 TBD BOSTON AT NY RANGERS TSN, RDS *
*WEDNESDAY, MAY 29, 2013 TBD NY RANGERS AT BOSTON TBA