Throughout the playoffs we’ll boil down each Capitals game to the highlight-worthy moments on their quest for the Stanley Cup. Here's a look at the key moments from the Caps' 1-0 loss in Game 6.
Game changer: Penalty Problems
The Caps, once again, got into too much penalty trouble tonight. Though the second-best penalty killing unit of the postseason successfully killed off all five of the Rangers' opportunities, including 45 seconds of 5 on 3, the time spent on the PK made it even harder on the Caps to get their offense going against Lundqvist and Co.
What's worse, the Caps found themselves on the wrong end of several questionable calls, including Jack Hillen's roughing penalty in the first and two cross checking penalties on Joel Ward and Mike Green in the third. The Capitals did not get a single penalty call in their favor, despite what Caps players felt should have been a slew foot penalty on Derek Dorsett that occurred just before he and Green slammed into the boards. Instead, Game 2's hero got the whistle.
The Capitals are the most penalized team in the playoffs right now. They've spent an astonishing 45:27 on the PK in six games, and just over 23 minutes with their own man advantage.
Top Goal: Derick Brassard
For the second time this series, there was only one candidate. Is it the greatest goal we've seen all series? Nah. But it definitely wins points for efficacy.
Derick Brassard came up big once again for the Rangers, recording his second goal of the 2013 playoffs on a long-range slap shot from the slot that got a little help from Caps defenseman Steve Oleksy. The second period damage would prove to be all that was needed tonight as Henrik Lundqvist turned away all 27 of the Caps' attempts and shut them out for the first time in the series.
Brassard leads both sides with seven points, nearly a quarter of his production in 47 regular season games this year.
Tough Guy: Alex Ovechkin
Much was made this time last season of Ovechkin's displeasure with then-head coach Dale Hunter's directive to lay down and block shots. Much was also made after the Capitals' last visit to Madison Square Garden when it appeared that Ovechkin was willing to do anything but play defense during the 4-3 loss in Game 4.
Ovechkin seems to have heard the criticism.
As the Rangers mounted an attack in the first, Ovechkin laid out not once, not twice, but three times, knocking two shots away with his body in quick succession. Somewhere far to the north, Hunter just may be smiling.
Moment of Torts:
We've come to expect two things in this series: penalties will undoubtedly go against the Caps and, win or lose, John Tortorella will be salty with the press. Here he shines in all his surly glory after the Rangers forced a Game 7 on Sunday.