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Posted at 07:12 PM ET, 05/12/2012

Game 7: Rangers win Game 7, 2-1, to eliminate Caps from playoffs

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Faceoff: 7:30 p.m., Madison Square Garden
TV:
NBCSN | Radio: 1500 AM

Rangers win series

Poll: Do you consider this season a failure?

Updates are in reverse-chronological order.

End regulation: And that’s the end for the 2011-12 Caps. The Rangers, backstopped all the way by Lundqvist, win Game 7, 2-1, and this Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Much, much more to come tonight and in the next few days, so stay tuned.


18:58 3rd: Holtby skates to the bench and the Caps get an extra skater for a final push to save their postseason.


15:26: Caps survive the penalty but are still down a goal — and down 10-3 in shots this period — with not much time left.


12:57 3rd: Backstrom slashes Staal to end the Caps’ power play 23 seconds early.


11:50 3rd: Boyle hits Holtby and knocks Wideman into him, the puck goes in, and the Caps get a huge break as the goal is waved off.


11:19 3rd: And now Fedotenko sends the puck over the glass for a delay of game. Big power play coming up for the Caps.


10:43 3rd: But wait! Roman Hamrlik‘s shot is deflected past Lundqvist as fans at MSG are still celebrating Del Zotto’s goal. Just another one-goal game. Nothing to see here, folks.


10:05 3rd: Del Zotto makes it 2-0 Rangers, burying it from the slot. Two-goal hole with less than 10 minutes to go? Not ideal for the Caps.


3:08 3rd: Ovechkin and Backstrom reunited on the top line, along with Brouwer, as Caps desperately look for some offense.


End 2nd: Rangers still up 1-0 after two periods, despite Washington dominating the better part of the second. As @JapersRink notes, this is the first time in 14 playoff games the Caps have been trailing entering the third period.


18:30 2nd: Laich is taking a beating from Girardi out there. First a shot to the ankle/leg and now one on the side of the head. Take a seat, guy.


17:47 2nd: Shots are 19-19. Caps have been dominating and applying plenty of pressure with nothing to show for it.


14:46 2nd: The Caps just spent a ton of time in the Rangers’ end but couldn’t seem to make anything happen. But it sure feels like they’re in control right now.


7:21 2nd: Lundqvist robs Semin off a nice feed from Backstrom, then the Caps’ fourth line peppers him but King Henrrik holds steady. Caps are getting more chances this period, but Lundqvist has looked good after a somewhat shaky first.


4:10 2nd: Laich is limping off to the bench after blocking a Girardi shot that gets him on the left foot/ankle.


End 1st: Ovechkin takes a shot from the left circle with 15.2 seconds left and Lundqvist looks relieved after making a shaky glove save to preserve the Rangers’ 1-0 lead.

Shots are 8-8, but New York had much better chances. Rangers with six blocked shots to Caps’ five.


14:09 1st: Caps kill of the penalty — and a scare, as a Callahan shot takes a weird bounce but Holtby gloves it.


11:59 1st: Down a goal, Caps now turn to their PK unit as Matt Hendricks is called for hooking Del Zotto in the offensive zone.

That kill likely begins with Rangers fans chanting their favorite anti-Ovechkin rally cry — 8:01 to go.


1:32 1st: Well that was probably not how the Caps wanted this thing to start. Richards slapshot beats Holtby clean below the glove.

The team to score first has won every game this series. But, you know, it’s early.

Rangers 1, Caps 0.


7:42 p.m.: Aaand we’re off. Puck has been dropped. This is quite a dramatic update.

Caps starters: Ward, Hendricks, Johansson, Carlzner, Holtby.


7:10 p.m.: Jay Beagle will miss a second straight game with an apparent right leg injury, which means Jeff Halpern is back in for the Caps. Here's the lineup, according to warmups:

Forwards
Ovechkin-Laich-Brouwer
Chimera-Backstrom-Semin
Johansson-Hendricks-Ward
Aucoin-Halpern-Knuble

Defense
Alzner-Carlson
Hamrlik-Green
Schultz-Wideman

Goal
Holtby
Neuvirth



Don’t tell this guy it’s a big game. He knows. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)
5:15 p.m.: Big game tonight, as all Game 7s are, but the Ovechkin Era Capitals have been here before — five times, to be exact, since 2008. Heading into the sixth such contest, the players say they know the stakes are high, but they’re staying calm about it. Not sure all the fans feel that same sense of cool-and-collectedness.

Check back here for a Caps lineup after warmup, plus live updates and commentary as usual once the puck drops. And maybe breathe a couple times between now and then, if you can.

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