Here’s your Stanley Cup playoff TV schedule for tonight

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The second round concludes tonight with Game 7 from Madison Square Garden…

Capitals at Rangers, 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

The New York Rangers have won five straight Game 7s including last spring when they rallied from a 3-1 deficit against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Rangers have also won two straight Game 7s against the Caps (2012 and 2013).

In 2013 New York recovered from 2-0 and 3-1 deficits to beat Washington in Game 7.

Henrik Lundqvist is 5-0 with a 0.80 goals-against average and a .973 save percentage in his last five Game 7 appearances.

Washington is 0-4 in previous series which they’ve led 3-1 and needed a Game 7.

Tonight marks the ninth time in 11 playoff series since Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green made their playoff debuts in 2008 that that the Caps have gone to a Game 7. Washington is 3-5 in the previous eight Game 7s.

Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury and Keith Jones get the coverage started with NHL Live at 7:00 p.m. ET. Doc Emrick, Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire have the call of Game 7 from MSG.

PHT Morning Skate: Ducks’ fan gets ‘Corey Perry is a Saint’ tattoo

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Prior to Game 5 an Anaheim Ducks fan on reddit vowed to get a tattoo of the classic Mighty Ducks logo with the words “Corey Perry Is a Saint” written around it. Well the Ducks won 3-2 in overtime on Sunday to advance to the Western Conference final and the fan made good on his promise. (Bar Down)

With Alex Ovechkin guaranteeing a Washington Capitals win in Game 7 tonight, Matt Larkin over at The Hockey News looks at the history of guaranteeing victory in sports. (The Hockey News)

Speaking of Ovechkin’s guarantee, Caps’ coach Barry Trotz applauded his captain for the confident comments.

A fan used his new Apple Watch to track his heart rate during the Rangers’ Game 6 victory on Sunday. (Puck Daddy)

According to Keith Jones, a combination of time off and confidence from Game 6 could prove beneficial for the Capitals especially against a Rangers team full of momentum.

Vigneault: Rangers need to let ‘actions do the talking’

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While Alex Ovechkin is standing by his guarantee that the Washington Capitals will beat New York in Game 7, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault delivered what can be interpreted as a not-so-subtle jab at such promises.

“We need to let our actions do the talking,” Vigneault said, per the New York Daily News’ Pat Leonard.

Which is fair because that’s really what this will come down to. This pregame banter is the appetizer, but it will only be memorable in the context of what happens in Game 7. If Washington wins then Ovechkin’s promises will likely be credited with motivating the team. If Ovechkin in particular has a strong game then it could be seen as the biggest performance of his career, in part due to his overall lack of playoff success.

That lack of favorable postseason results is probably at least part of the reason why Ovechkin’s statement has attracted so much attention and why Washington has perhaps gotten more attention than New York. Ovechkin is one of the best players of this era, but he hasn’t been able to lead Washington to the Stanley Cup. He’ll turn 30 in September and hockey fans are wondering when or if Ovechkin will ever win it all.

He’s not the only superstar fighting for his first championship though. Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has been further than Ovechkin in the playoffs, but the result is the same. Lundqvist is 33 years old and hasn’t won the Stanley Cup yet despite an otherwise tremendous career.

Both players have a chance to achieve their ultimate goal this year, but one of them will be forced to start from scratch yet again with a loss on Wednesday.

PHT Morning Skate: IIHF reporter tries to put a Sabres shirt on Jack Eichel

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

As the consensus No. 2 pick at this June’s NHL Draft Jack Eichel is likely headed to the Buffalo Sabres. An IIHF reporter decided to see what the Boston University product would look like in some Sabres’ gear during a recent interview and things got a bit awkward. (Bar Down)

Devan Dubnyk, Andrew Hammond and Karri Ramo are among goaltenders set to become unrestricted free agents. Brian Costello sizes up this summer’s free agent goalie class. (The Hockey News)

During an off-day practice at the World Hockey Championship Jaromir Jagr’s teammate Jakub Klepis decided to wear a vintage Jagr Penguins’ jersey perhaps in the hopes to have the 42-year-old’s skill rub off. (Bar Down)

Henrik Lundqvist received the team’s broadway hat from captain Ryan McDonagh following Sunday’s Game 6 win.

Here’s a look at the goals of the week courtesy of Sportsnet:

Nash: Ending goal scoring drought ‘a weight off my shoulders’

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It’s become an all-too common problem: When the playoffs start, Rick Nash stops scoring. He had just one goal in 12 games in the 2013 playoffs, two markers in 25 postseason contests last year, and went into Game 6 against the Washington Capitals with a goal in 10 playoff games.

His third period marker on Sunday isn’t enough to compensate for his lackluster history, but it’s a start and for him, it’s also a big relief.

“It’s a weight off my shoulders,” Nash told NHL.com. “It was frustrating when you feel like you’re letting your guys down and your organization down by not scoring. The more important thing that I focus on is the wins.”

Nash still felt like he was contributing to the Rangers’ victories even when he wasn’t finding the back of the net and head coach Alain Vigneault agrees that he’s been “an effective player.” Still, his scoring touch is a big part of his appeal and that’s been largely absent since the postseason started.

Perhaps this will be the beginning of a hot streak for Nash. It would certainly be coming at an ideal time given that Game 7 of their second round series against Washington is on Wednesday.

In the meantime, here is his Game 6 marker: