Game 7: Rangers blank Capitals advance to second round
WASHINGTON -- Led by Henrik Lundqvist's 35 saves in a second consecutive shutout, and goals from some unlikely sources, the New York Rangers beat the Washington Capitals 5-0 in Game 7 Monday night to reach the Eastern Conference semifinals.
New York contained Alex Ovechkin again and completed its comeback after trailing in the series 2-0 and 3-2 -- the latest in Washington's long history of playoff collapses.
Sixth-seeded New York faces No. 4 Boston in the second round.
It is the first time New York won a Game 7 on the road in its history.
Arron Asham put New York ahead in the first period, before Taylor Pyatt and Michael Del Zotto made it 3-0 early in the second on goals 2:10 apart.
Ryan Callahan added a goal 13 seconds into the third period, and when Mats Zuccarello scored with about 13 1/2 minutes remaining, thousands of red-clad fans streamed to the exits.
New York Rangers
Jeff Schultz Mike Green
Key Injuries: D Tom Poti - back (on injured reserve); F Brooks Laich - groin (out indefinitely); F Joel Ward - knee (out indefinitely)
Michael Del Zotto
Roman Hamrlik Ryan McDonagh
Key Injuries: D Michael Sauer - concussion (out indefinitely); D Marc Staal - face (on injured reserve); F Derek Dorsett - collarbone (out for season); F Brian Boyle - leg (out indefinitely); F Ryane Clowe - head (day-to-day).