The Rangers' season will not end Wednesday night.
Such was the proclamation of Hall of Fame goalie Eddie Giacomin, who said he correctly predicted the score of Sunday's game, and did not think the Capitals would pull out a second straight Game 7 win in these playoffs, this time, at a rollicking Madison Square Garden.
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His thought? "I think we're going to win, 5-2," he said. "I called 4-3 [Sunday] night, but I didn't think it was going to be like that."
An added prediction: Henrik Lundqvist will be right in the middle of it all.
"I think the Garden is electrifying for a goaltender," Giacomin said after being inducted into the MSG Walk of Fame Monday. "Every time you make a save -- now it's Hen-rik, Hen-rik, and then it was Ed-die, Ed-die -- and when that happens, it clicks and flows right into the team."
Giacomin, 75, was the first goaltender to be inducted into the Walk of Fame and joked during his speech that, with a goalie, fellow former inductees like Mark Messier and Wayne Gretzky can now "play hockey." Giacomin spent 10 seasons with the Rangers, including five seasons during which he tallied 30 wins or more. He was inducted along with former Knick Harry Gallatin, MSG photographer George Kalinsky and the Grateful Dead.
Giacomin cited Lundqvist's herculean effort in Game 6 where he stopped 42 shots.
"He's played so well," Giacomin said. "He's handling the puck a lot more and it's a big plus, because as soon as you get the puck [away from] your net, the less shots you get. He's handling a lot of shots . . . You see how drained he was after the game? That was a tough game."