New York Rangers center Artem Anisimov (42) challenges as Washington Capitals defenseman Jeff Schultz (55) defends Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) in the second period of Game 7 of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series at Madison Square Garden in New York, Saturday, May 12, 2012. Capitals defenseman Dennis Wideman (6) looks on.
Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist celebrates his team's 2-1 win over the Captials in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series, advancing them to the conference finals against the New Jersey Devils. Lundqvist was superb, just like his counterpart Braden Holtby. No team scored more than three goals in any game of the series, and both keepers put on clinical displays at times.
Make it rain
The Rangers won Game 7 by a 2-1 score, as teams alternated wins from the beginning of the series. The team which scored first won every game. Will that happen again against the Devils?
The Rangers will have a brief reprieve before they get ready to battle the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference finals.
We did it!
Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist celebrates a series win that couldn't have been much closer. With the exception of Game 1, every game in the series was decided by just one goal.
Rangers left-winger Chris Kreider couldn't gain control of the puck after Braden Holtby uncharacteristically gave up a rebound in the third period.
Hit the target
The Rangers went up 2-0 in the third period when Michael Del Zotto found a way past Braden Holtby. The Caps would strike back in a matter of seconds to set up a nervous finish for the home fans.
New York Rangers center Artem Anisimov only registered two goals and three points in the series against the Caps. He'll need to bring more of his A-game if the Rangers are to oust the Devils in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Could the Capitals turn to goalie Braden Holtby full-time going forward? How Washington sorts out its goaltending unit will be one of the more interesting storylines heading into next season.
Look, one hand!
Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist made a few key saves that helped keep New York in the lead from early in the game until the end, as the Rangers finished off the Caps 2-1 in Game 7. New York now moves on to face the New Jersey Devils for the right to represent the Eastern conference in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Stick to it
Stickless, New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal defends himself with his gloves as Capitals left-winger Alex Ovechkin gives him a whack during the first period. Ovechkin scored a few big goals in the playoffs, but the Caps were probably hoping for more of an impact from him.
Capitals goalie Braden Holtby takes a look at a scrum developing behind his net. Holtby was nothing short of spectacular for the Caps throughout the playoffs, and a number of key saves he made throughout the playoffs were a big reason Washington advanced as far as they did.
Last line of defense
Rangers center Brian Boyle and defenseman Ryan McDonagh give goalie Henrik Lundqvist all the space he needs to make a save in the first period of Game 7. The Rangers jumped ahead early and led throughout the game.
Washington's Brooks Laich and New York's Brad Richards scrapped for pucks a number of times in this series.