That was the same penalty called on Washington's Joel Ward in the final 30 seconds of regulation in Game 5, while the Capitals nursed a 2-1 lead. And, well, we know how that turned out.
This time, though, the Capitals' penalty killers were up to the task, allowing the Rangers only three shots and no goals. When Halpern skated out of the box, the lead intact, the red-clad Capitals fans gave their team a standing ovation.
NOTES: The NHL announced Wednesday that Game 7 will start at 7:30 p.m. EDT. ... The Rangers haven't reached the conference finals since 1997; the Capitals haven't since 1998. ... Capitals F Jay Beagle was scratched because of what the team said was a lower-body injury — even though coach Dale Hunter repeatedly told reporters earlier in the day that Beagle would play. Taking his spot in the lineup was Halpern, who hadn't played since getting 4 1/2 minutes of ice time on March 23. ... The Capitals have won seven of their past eight home games against the Rangers. Washington eliminated New York in 2009 and last season.
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