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Why The New York Rangers Will Win Game 7 Over The Washington Capitals

Martin AverySenior Writer IApril 27, 2009

NEW YORK - MARCH 21: Nikolai Zherdev #13 of the New York Rangers celebrates his assist as Sean Avery #16 (R) celebrates scoring the goal against the Buffalo Sabres during their game on March 21, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

"It's a death row pardon two minutes too late
And isn't it ironic... don't you think"
from "Ironic" by Alanis Morissette

The first rounds NHL playoff series between the New York Rangers and the Washington Capitals has been full of irony and lacking in logic. The only way to predict the outcome of Game 7 is to go with the illogic of the opposite of the expected.

The Capitals were expected to win the series, but the Rangers took an early lead. The Rangers road record was bad, but they won the first two ames in Washington.

The Rangers were expected to upset somebody, as the dark horse, and turn into a Cinderella. Avery and Tortorella got upset and that was the end of "Averella."

The Caps out-shot the Rangers by a wide margin, outscored them by a small margin, but the Rangers won the most games, until the Caps caught up to them in Game 6.

They Game 6 is the hardest to win on the road, but the caps did it.

Washington has the top scoring forward and defenseman in the NHL, in Alex Ovechkin and Mike Green, but the Rangers kept them pointless, game after game.

The Rangers coach suspended New York's most valuable player. Tortorella suspended Avery for undisciplined antics and then got suspended himself for undisciplined antics.

Referees gave Avery penalties galore they would not give anyone else and then he got suspended by his coach for taking too many penalties.

Donald Brashear and others were not penalized for plays that would have got Avery suspended indefinitely by the NHL.

Tortorella said the Rangers could not win if Avery was their best player, to get the more talented or more highly paid guys to play like Avery. It turned out Avery was, in fact, their best player, most nights.

Avery did not get suspended by the NHL, he got suspended by Tortorella, and then Tortorella got suspended by the NHL.

The Rangers defense was criticized all year at home and praised in the playoffs in Washington. The Rangers offense was called their best defense, but they stopped scoring and being offensive.

They say Americans do not appreciate irony as much as Canadians and Europeans, but New York and Washington inspired sportswriters to publish hundreds of columns about it.

Before the series started, the Capitals were expect to sweep the Rangers. After sweeping the first two games in Washington, the Rangers were expected to sweep the series.

Here's the punchline: In the history of the New York Rangers, they have never won a Game 7 and so, illogically, it follows that the Capital are in trouble and the Rangers will win this series after all.

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