There’s joy in Hockeytown as the Red Wings knocked off the Ducks in Game 7 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series. The Red Wings became the second No. 7 seed to upset the No. 2 seed in the Conference Quarterfinals this year. No. 7 Ottawa knocked off No. 2 Montreal in the East. The Red Wings now take on Original Six rival Chicago in the Western Conference Semifinals.
The Rangers and Maple Leafs each won a Game 6 at home Sunday to force deciding games on Monday night. The winner of the Rangers-Capitals series will play the winner of the Maple Leafs-Bruins series in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. FROM ELIAS: This will be the 10th and 11th times in NHL history that playoff opponents will play Game 6 and 7 on consecutive days. The Game 6 winner is 4-5 in Game 7.
Rangers 1, Capitals 0 (Series tied 3-3)
* Home team has won all 6 games in series
* Last 5 games in series each decided by 1 goal
* Derick Brassard (NYR): 2nd goal of series; has 2 goals, 5 assists in series
* Henrik Lundqvist (NYR): 27 saves; 7th career playoff shutout (1st this postseason)
* Rangers: No 1-0 playoff wins from 1941 to 2008 (3 since – 2 vs WSH)
Maple Leafs 2, Bruins 1 (Series tied 3-3)
* Maple Leafs: 1st win vs Bruins in last 8 HOME playoff games
* Maple Leafs: force game 7 after being down 3-1; have not come back to win such a series since 1942 vs Red Wings (1-13 all-time after down 3-1)
* No scoring until 3rd period (Dion Phaneuf broke tie 1:48 into 3rd period with 1st goal of playoffs)
* James Reimer (TOR): .973 save pct (72-74) in last 2 games (both 2-1 wins)
* Bruins: 3-10 with chance to clinch series in Games 4 through 6 under Claude Julien
* Bruins: have not scored in 1st period of 3 straight games
FROM ELIAS: Phil Kessel’s goal at the 8:59 mark of the third period proved to be the game-winning goal for the Maple Leafs in their 2–1 victory in Game 6 of their series against the Bruins. It was Kessel’s third goal of the series and second game-winner; he also scored the decisive marker in Game 2. Kessel’s goal-scoring frequency in this series against his former team stands in sharp contrast to his regular-season totals versus the Bruins since they traded him to Toronto in September 2009: three goals in 22 games (all on power plays) and no game-winning goals.
Red Wings 3, Ducks 2 (Red Wings win series 4-3)
* Red Wings: only team to win 2 straight in this series (won Games 6-7)
* Red Wings: 14-9 in Game 7s (more Game 7 wins than any franchise)
* Red Wings: face Blackhawks in Western Conference Semifinals (Sharks-Kings in other Western Semifinal)
* Justin Abdelkader (DET): shorthanded goal in 2nd period (was suspended by NHL for 2 games after hit in Game 3 of series)
* Ducks: 2-3 in Game 7s (2 of the losses have come vs Detroit)
* Corey Perry (ANA): 0 goals on 24 shots in series