The Capitals rank No. 1 in blocked shots during the playoffs — the Rangers are No. 2 — and Washington put together a 24-6 edge Wednesday. Ovechkin contributed three blocks.
"He had a lot of energy," Capitals coach Dale Hunter said. "He's ready to go when he's called upon, and he played a good game tonight."
A little more than a minute after Chimera made it 2-0, the Rangers got a good opportunity when Capitals forward Jeff Halpern — playing for the first time in more than six weeks — was called for high-sticking John Mitchell, a 4-minute double minor.
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.
"It kills you," Tortorella said.
There was one final moment of trepidation for the Capitals and their supporters. With his mom covering her eyes in the stands, Holtby gave up a goal with 50.5 seconds left — a score credited to Rangers forward Marian Gaborik, whose shot deflected off Capitals forward Matt Hendricks' skate and defenseman John Carlson's hip in the crease.
Said Ward: "You kind of think, 'Oh, no. Not again!' But we're a confident group."
NOTES: Game 7 starts at 7:30 p.m. EDT. ... Capitals F Jay Beagle was scratched because of what the team said was a lower-body injury and replaced by Halpern, who hadn't played since March 23.
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