NHL: Rangers force Game 7 vs. Capitals
New York • Henrik Lundqvist slammed his stick in disgust when an overtime loss in Washington put the New York Rangers on the brink of elimination.
Two days later, the star goalie pumped his arm and let out an emphatic yell when his shutout kept the Rangers alive and set up a Game 7 in the nation's capital.
Lundqvist was the difference Sunday in stopping 27 shots for his seventh NHL playoff shutout. The reigning Vezina Trophy winner was perfect in making Derick Brassard's second-period goal stand up in a 1-0 victory over the Capitals that forced a deciding game in the first-round, Eastern Conference series.
"We needed it. There was desperation out there," Lundqvist said. "We showed a lot of character and worked really hard. It was that type of game where you pay the price big saves, physical. Great win."
Despite having little room for error, the Rangers stayed composed and played a disciplined game in which they took no penalties until a big scrum after the final buzzer.
Now the Rangers hope that can carry over to Game 7 on Monday night in Washington, where they have lost three times in this tight series.
Maple Leafs 2, Bruins 1 • Captain Dion Phaneuf and Phil Kessel scored third-period goals, and host Toronto Leafs edged the Bruins to send their series back to Boston for Game 7.
The Leafs snapped a 54-year run of home playoff failures against the Bruins. Toronto's previous home playoff win against Boston was March 31, 1959, when the Leafs won 3-2 in overtime. Nine straight postseason home losses followed in the decades since.
Red Wings 3, Ducks 2 • In Anaheim Calif., Henrik Zetterberg and Valtteri Filppula each had a goal and an assist, and Detroit finished off the Ducks with a victory in Game 7.
Justin Abdelkader scored a short-handed goal and Jimmy Howard made 31 saves for the seventh-seeded Red Wings.
Detroit will face top-seeded Chicago in the second round.
P Toronto at Boston, 5 p.m., CNBC
• N.Y. Rangers at Washington, 6 p.m., NBCSN
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