Caps/Rangers Lone Holdout in Second Round

May 11, 2012 | Marty Mossa

Well three of the four second round playoff series has concluded. In the Western Conference, the Los Angeles Kings swept the St. Louis Blues four games to none. The Phoenix Coyotes handled the Nashville Predators in five games. In the Eastern Conference, the New Jersey Devils won four straight games after losing game one of the series to Philadelphia.

The Western Conference Championship will be between the red hot LA Kings (8-1) and the fairly hot Phoenix Coyotes (8-3). The New Jersey Devils will await the conclusion of the Capitals/Rangers series game seven tomorrow night.

And speaking of which, what a series it has been. Two of the six games have gone to overtime. The Rangers won a triple overtime thriller at the Verizon Center in game two. They also won early in OT in game five.

Behind the superb goaltending of Brandon Holtby and the reckless abdomen of Alex Ovechkin, the Caps were able to even this series up Wednesday Night in Washington winning 2-1. Tomorrow night’s game should be a thriller, and I wouldn’t be surprised at yet another overtime game. The first two rounds of the playoffs have given hockey fans 20 overtimes. The winner tomorrow night will play New Jersey Monday night. If the Caps win, they will travel to Newark for game one. If the Rangers win, they will host the Devils Monday Night at Madison Square Garden.