Rangers force a seventh game against the Capitals, Mike Babcock meets with Sabres, Niklas Svedberg signs with KHL team plus updates on David Rundblad and Marko Dano.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/THE WASHINGTON POST: Two goals by Chris Kreider and a 42-save performance by Henrik Lundqvist enable the New York Rangers to hold off the Washington Capitals for a 4-3 Game Six victory, forcing a seventh and deciding game in their second-round series back in New York. The Capitals cut into the Rangers 4-1 lead on third-period goals from Evgeny Kuznetsov and Joel Ward. Despite dominating the final half of the third (including a late six-on-four power play), the Caps couldn’t score the equalizer. Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh, shaken up on a third-period hit from Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin, is expected to be “okay” for Game Seven on Wednesday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This one got away from the Capitals in the first period thanks to Kreider’s two goals, keeping them on the back foot throughout the game. The Capitals, who have never won a Game Seven in the second round and haven’t reached the Conference Final since 1998, must now face a resurgent Rangers club that has battled back from a 3-1 second-round deficit for the second straight year.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Defenseman David Rundblad is expected to replace Michal Rozsival on the Blackhawks blueline. Rozsival suffered a playoff-ending ankle fracture during Game Four of the Blackhawks’ second-round series against the Minnesota Wild.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was spotted being given a tour of HarborCenter by Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula and general manager Tim Murray. The Sabres have declined to comment.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Before you get your hopes up, Sabres fans, Babcock also reportedly met with Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan over the weekend. I daresay he’ll be visiting with several other clubs over the next couple of weeks. Still, at least Sabres fans know their club appears interested in the Wings bench boss.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets rookie Marko Dano suffered “a partially torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee” playing for Slovakia at the IIHF World Championships. Fortunately for Dano, he will only require several weeks of rest and rehabilitation and is expected to be ready for the Jackets’ training camp in September.
NBC SPORTS: A report out of Russia claims Boston Bruins backup and restricted free agent Nicklas Svedberg has signed a one-year deal with Salavat of the KHL.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Perhaps this opens the door for Malcolm Subban to step into the role of Tuukka Rask’s understudy next season.