Rangers Defend Home Ice, Force Game 7

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0  Updated at 10:46 pm, May 12th, 2013 By: ABC Digital
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Paul Bereswill/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Henrik Lundqvist saved all 27 shots the Washington Capitals pelted at him, leading the New York Rangers to a 1-0 victory in Game 6 of their playoff series Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

The win forces a winner-take-all Game 7 in the first-round, Eastern Conference playoff series.

Derick Brassard scored the lone goal 9:39 into the second period, when he slapped a shot just inside the blue line that nipped a Washington player and snuck by Caps goalie Braden Holtby.

Lundqvist and the Rangers’ defense did the rest of the work from there to preserve the victory.  

“Especially late in the game, he made some great saves,” Rangers head coach John Tortorella said of Lundqvist. “The ultimate goal for Hank in his mind is to win the Stanley Cup, but you need to go through these types of situations to get there.”

The home team has now won every game in this series.

Game 7 is Monday night in Washington. The puck is scheduled to drop at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.

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