Those who like to beat up on perceived “chokers” probably felt really sad to see perennial punching bag Alex Ovechkin score a big Game 7 goal. They probably received some relief later on in the period, though.
Rick Nash is no stranger to being a scapegoat, and his critics won’t be silenced after he failed to beat Braden Holtby with this backhand move on a shorthanded breakaway:
To some, this save was reminiscent of Marc-Andre Fleury stopping Ovechkin in Game 7 of that memorable Pittsburgh Penguins – Capitals series in 2009:
Restricted free agent or not, Holtby could make himself a lot of money in the playoffs.
The guarantees have been made. Both the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers are about as well-rested as one can expect, with Game 6 ending on Sunday. Now it’s time to get to the nail-biting, legacy-defining action of a Game 7.
As the 2015 Presidents’ Trophy winners, the Rangers get to host this contest at Madison Square Garden. You can watch this big game in the Big Apple on NBCSN and stream it via NBC Sports Live Extra: