Rangers 5, Capitals 0

The New York Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals by the score of 5-0 in Game 7 to advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals, tonight. For the box score, go to Yahoo! Sports.

…if you would have told me before the game that the winning team was going to score five goals, I would have started writing my Rangers season recap. Not sure anyone saw this coming.

…and another thing I didn't anticipate was the role players leading the way. With Nash struggling to find the net, the Rangers much maligned secondary scoring stepped up and carried the load in this series.

…but no one carried the load more than Lundqvist. He probably didn't know what to do with himself after being handed a five goal lead. But in typical Lundqvist fashion he remained focused and locked down his second straight shutout.

…instead of being a Capitals fan and complaining about the missed boarding call on McDonagh by Ovechkin, I'll just name McD my co-series MVP with Lundqvist for holding the Capitals captain to ONE goal in the series. He was literally  a warrior in this series, especially after seeing him with those huge cuts on his face.

…Asham and Pyatt will be the first to admit their initial season on Broadway hasn't gone as planned, but if they can continue to score big goals in the playoffs all will be forgotten.

…couldn't be more giddy as Dorsett is proving to be a cross between Prust and Avery.

…Steve Eminger and Anton Stralman with a huge series stepping up in the absence of Staal. If the Rangers All Star defenseman can't get back into the line-up moving forward, I feel more than confident with those two picking up the slack. And can Torts please get Stralman on one of the power play units. Officially sick of Richards and Del Zotto doing nothing from the point.

…so, is Nash ever going to score again?

…not sure I've seen the Rangers offense as confident and free flowing as they were after the Del Zotto goal.Why can't they play that way all the time. Oh yeah, Tortorella is the coach.

…got to love Zuccarello busting out his shootout move on his breakaway goal. Almost unstoppable.

…27 blocked shots for the Rangers. Rammer better have some extra ice bags after this one.

…just when you're ready to count Callahan out he pulls that ridiculous move on Holtby out of his ass.

…Columbus must be like, who the hell is that guy with "Brassard" on the back of his jersey, because that's not the same guy who failed to live up to the expectations of a sixth overall pick with us.

…love seeing Kreider get on the score sheet. His speed really opened up the ice for Asham to fire home the game's first goal.

…was more than happy watching Ovechkin looking to hit everything that moved instead of the back of the net.

…for a guy with a goal and a +3, I really didn't think Del Zotto had a strong game. Constantly lost his man, ill advised pinches and nothing on the power play. If Staal is ready to come back, I really think he should be the odd man out.

…2-for-28 on the power play in the series. You almost have to try to be that bad. The Rangers won't beat the Bruins in the next round if they don't improve on that.

…Rangers/Bruins starts Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Boston. Doesn't get better than two Original Six teams going at it for a spot in the Easten Conference Finals.

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