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Capitals vs. Rangers Game 7 Live Updates: Washington, New York Battle In Final Game Of Series

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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) battles with New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) in the second period of Game 6 of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Washington, Wednesday, May 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) battles with New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) in the second period of Game 6 of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Washington, Wednesday, May 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

GAME 7
Washington Capitals
vs.
New York Rangers
Madison Square Garden
New York, New York
7:30 PM EST

In one of the most exciting events in all of sports, the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers duke it out in a decisive Game 7 Saturday night for a shot at the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference Finals. It's win-or-go-home time. Does it get any better?

Both teams know how it feels, having already played a Game 7 in these playoffs already (meaning this is their 14th games of the postseason) The Caps edged the Bruins in overtime to clinch their first-round series and the Rangers, who are undefeated in Game 7s at the Garden, ousted the Ottawa Senators in seven games.

And both of these teams have been used to nail-biters in the playoffs. Twelve of Washington's 13 games have been decided by one goal, while 10 of New York's 13 matches have been separated by a single score.

Will the No. 1 Rangers put the Caps away to set up a Hudson River series in the conference finals? Or will Washington continue their spectacular run behind rookie goaltender Braden Holtby and star Alex Ovechkin?

Follow our live blog for updates.

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@ TheNYRBlog : Welcome to the Eastern Conference Finals Rangers fans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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@ ZacBoyer : It's a wrap. #NYR hold on to 2-1 lead, advance to Eastern Conference Finals. See you in September for the #Caps' Baltimore Hockey Classic.

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RANGERS WIN 2-1!

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Carlson takes a shot, saved by Lundqvist. Seven seconds.

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6 attackers for the Caps.

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Timeout called by Dale Hunter.

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Caps can't gain the zone and offside is called with 38.3 to go.

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Rangers get possession just as Holtby was going to leave the net. Now he's gone. Empty net.

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Caps try to make a play behind the Rangers net but NYR clears it. Under 1:30 to go.

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Hamerlik dumps it in but the Rangers clear it right away. Puck deflects off Hamerlik and out of play.

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Offside is called on the Caps. 2:17 left.

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Gaborik gains the zone and takes a shot, stopped by Holtby.

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3:23 left.

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Backstrom tries to center a pass in front of the net but Anisimov intercepts it. Battle for the puck behind Holtby.

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Girardi gets a shot off and Holtby makes a glove save.

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Rangers still lead 2-1 with under five minutes to go.

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Holtby makes one final save and the Caps kill the power play.

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1:12 left in the Rangers power play.

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Both teams get good shots off but both netminders make saves. Rangers are now on the power play.

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Backstrom was called for slashing, not a high stick.

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4-on-4 for 23 seconds.

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Penalty is called on Backstrom for high-sticking. Terrible power play by the Caps.

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Capitals can't get anything going on the power play. They can barely control the puck.

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Boyle nearly scores a short-handed goal as he gets a backhanded shot off but a Capital ends up in the net. The announcers thought it was a goal and it would be reviewed. But the referee immediately said it was no-goal, reviewed it, and confirmed. No goal.

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@ washcaps : #Caps will head to the PP at 11:19 of the 3rd period. NYR for delay of game. #Caps trail 2-1. #CapsNYR #CapsPlayoffs

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