One of the big matchups in the Western Conference final is going to be Anaheim goaltender Frederik Andersen against the collective firepower of the Chicago Blackhawks, and in Game 1 of the series Andersen stole the show early.
Following an Anaheim turnover inside their own blueline, Blackhawks superstar Patrick Kane jumped all over the loose puck and had a clear path to the net. Kane, the ever-patient sniper, waited out Andersen until it looked as if he had the netminder entirely out of position and a wide open net to shoot at. That’s when Andersen reached out his paddle and denied Kane with what could stand as the save of the series for the entire round:
It took almost two full periods, but the Eastern Conference final has its opening goal thanks to New York Rangers center Derek Stepan.
After the Lightning and Rangers traded chances for the bulk of the first two periods with both New York’s Henrik Lundqvist and Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop turning aside every test that came their way, it was Stepan who finally broke through with time winding down in the second frame.
Stepan, the Game 7 overtime hero against the Washington Capitals, was in the right place at the right time once again and collected the puck following Chris Kreider’s attempt on Bishop. With Bishop down, Stepan was able to shovel the puck past the Tampa Bay netminder with less than 15 seconds remaining.
If the “Like A Girl” campaign that Team USA women’s standout Hilary Knight was promoting earlier this season is looking for a new face, maybe they should give 11-year-old Emma Nichols a call.
As part of the English Ice Hockey Association’s Inter Conference Tournament, Nichols’ South East squad took on Midlands back on May 3 and the young netminder turned away more than 25 shots in the victory. But it’s not that Nichols turned away so many shots. It’s how she stopped the pucks. From sprawling, desperation saves to a few flashes of the leather, Nichols was far and away the star of the game. Check it out: Read more
Wednesday’s Game 7 between Washington and New York was one of the most thrilling games of the post-season thus far, but for the Rangers’ Kevin Hayes, there was one moment that turned out to be the most painful.
In the third period of Game 7, Hayes had crossed the Washington blueline and fallen on his side. While falling to the ice, the stick of Capitals winger Joel Ward caught Hayes square in the mouth and left him clutching his face. As soon as he headed to the bench, Hayes started in on some self-dental work. Take a look: Read more
The New York Rangers pulled out a 2-1 overtime win Wednesday to make it to the Eastern Conference Final for the second straight year. And they’ve inspired one skilled barber to use the back of people’s heads as canvases on which to pay tribute to Blueshirts forwards Chris Kreider and Mats Zuccarello.
San Antonio, Texas-based Joe Barber can work a hair trimmer, because his rendering of Kreider is outstanding: Read more
Dan Boyle has to be happy his New York Rangers fought back from a 3-1 series deficit and booked a trip to the Eastern Conference final. Aside from that good news, though, 2014-15 hasn’t been kind to him.
Boyle broke his hand in November and missed 14 games. When he was on the ice, his age showed, and he struggled defensively on and off throughout the season. In the second round of the playoffs he took a hard hit in the corner from Nicklas Backstrom in the dying seconds of Game 1, leading to Washington’s winning goal. And then, in Game 7, Caps blueliner Brooks Orpik positively erased Boyle:
Prior to Wednesday’s Game 7 between his Washington Capitals and the New York Rangers – a game he guaranteed the Caps would win – superstar winger Alex Ovechkin hadn’t had his best series. But Ovechkin went a long ways toward backing up his words at Madison Square Garden, scoring the first goal of the elimination game on a stellar snap shot.
Ovechkin didn’t produce a single point in his previous four games against the Blueshirts, but with the Caps on the verge of blowing a 3-1 series lead, their captain grabbed a pass from Marcus Johansson and scored at the 12:50 mark of the first period for his fifth playoff goal this year: Read more
If you haven’t heard yet, the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals are set to faceoff in Game 7 Wednesday evening for the fourth time in the history of the two clubs.
Each of the Game 7 meetings between the Capitals and Rangers have occurred within the past seven seasons, but they’re far from the first time the franchises have had to take part in a seventh-game, winner-takes-all contest. Matter of fact, the Rangers took place in the first Game 7 in NHL history when they lost a seventh game to the Boston Bruins in triple overtime for the right to move on to the Stanley Cup final.
Over the course of their nearly 100-year history, the Blueshirts have played in a total of 13 Game 7s, boasting a record of 8-5. Meanwhile, on the other side of the spectrum, the Washington Capitals have played in just as many Game 7s over their 40-year history, but have only come out on top four times.
Some of the wins for both sides – as well as some of the losses – have made for legendary NHL moments. These are the five best Game 7s that either team has participated in: Read more