Updated 05/10/2012 08:18 AM
Rangers Comeback Falls Short As Caps Force Game 7
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This time the New York Rangers' last-minute comeback fell just short.
Down 2-0 with 55 seconds left in regulation, the Blue Shirts' Marian Gaborik scored on a slap shot to pull New York within one, but the Washington Capitals held the fort for the final minute to win Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, 2-1.
The winner-take-all Game 7 will be Saturday at Madison Square Garden.
Two days after the Rangers engineered a comeback for the ages by tying Game 5 with seven seconds remaining before winning the game less than two minutes into overtime, New York once again found themselves down by a goal in the final seconds Wednesday night in Washington. But Capitals goalie Braden Holtby shut the door on the Blue Shirts to extend the series to seven games.
Alex Ovechkin and Jason Chimera scored for the Capitals while Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist had 21 saves.
Speaking to reporters after the game, Rangers players said they're confident they can win back on home ice.
"That's what you play for all year is home ice advantage and I think home ice advantage really helps when it's Game 7 and we have to go in there, be ready to go, feed off the crowd and get a win," said Rangers captain Ryan Callahan.
"We just have to go back home now and regroup and save all the energy we have left and try to play our best game of the playoffs at home," Lundqvist added.
The Rangers also went the distance in their opening-round series with the Senators.
A win Saturday in Game 7 will pit the Rangers against the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Blue Shirts will be looking to advance to the third round of the playoffs for the first time since 1997.