Monday, May 13, 2013
WASHINGTON - As the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals prepare for a decisive winner-take-all game seven tonight, players and coaches will put everything on the line for a chance to be thwarted in the second round of the NHL playoffs.
"Let's face it, we're a pretty one-dimensional team," said Capitals head coach Adam Oates. "But we're gonna fight our hardest to ensure our weak penalty kill and overall lack of defense isn't exposed until the next round."
"All that regular season crap means nothing right now," said Rangers head coach John Tortorella. "We've worked hard for [Goalie] Henrik [Lundqvist] to carry us on his back for one more game. We don't expect him to collapse quite yet."
NBC Sports analyst Pierre McGuire predicts tonight's game will be very close, but utterly meaningless in the long run.
"It's cute to see these two teams go to the wire year-after-year. Whichever team wins will certainly provide good fodder for either the Toronto Maple Leafs or Boston Bruins."
Regardless of which team wins tonight, both team's fans should expect to be looking towards the 2013-2014 NHL season by early next week.