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MHH Playoff Thread! May 9, 2012

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May 7, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Players from the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals face off during the first period in game five of the 2012 Eastern Conference semifinals at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE
May 7, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Players from the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals face off during the first period in game five of the 2012 Eastern Conference semifinals at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

The "and then there were two" Game: #1 New York Rangers at #7 Washington Capitals, Game 6, 7:30 Eastern, NBC Sports and CBC. Rangers lead series 3-2

The Washington Capitals and New York Rangers have decided to make a series out of their series with neither team winning two consecutive games in a row. With the tally at 3-2 in favor of the Rangers, it could all be over tonight or, if the Caps stick to the trend, we could get to our first 7th game of the second round.

The Rangers could very well carry the momentum from their huge comeback win in Game 5, wreaking some havoc on the Caps. The NY boys are riding a hot wave from Marc Staal, who scored the OT goal on Monday and has three points (2g, 1a) in the past two games.

But don't count the Capitals out yet. Brooks Laich insists that the close games and hard-fought battles leading up to the playoffs and thus far through two rounds have made Washington stronger. A big key for Washington is staying out of the penalty box as that double-minor for high sticking cost them Game 5.

Fun fact: the team that scored first has gone on to win each of the 5 games so far in this series.

Another fun fact: Game 5 is the only one in which both teams held the lead at some point.

STATS
12 GP 12
7 W 6
5 L 6
2 OT 4
0 P 0
0.583 P% 0.500
2.17 G/G 2.17
1.92 GA/G 2.25
18.4 PP% 17.1
83.3 PK% 85.0
29.8 S/G 28.3
29.2 SA/G 33.1
47.6 FO% 50.6