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Henrik Lundqvist celebrates after defeating the Washington Capitals (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Henrik Lundqvist celebrates after defeating the Washington Capitals in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Madison Square Garden. (May 12, 2012)

Game 7: Rangers 2, Capitals 1

The Rangers beat the Capitals, 2-1, in Game 7 at Madison Square Garden to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.

Michael Del Zotto #4 of the New York
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Michael Del Zotto #4 of the New York Rangers celebrates his third period goal against the Washington Capitals with teammate Carl Hagelin #62 during Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Madison Square Garden. (May 12, 2012)

Goalie Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals congratulates
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Goalie Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals congratulates Brad Richards of the New York Rangers after they Rangers won 2-1 in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. (May 12, 2012)

The New York Rangers celebrate after defeating the
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The New York Rangers celebrate after defeating the Washington Capitals in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Madison Square Garden. (May 12, 2012)

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Henrik Lundqvist celebrates after defeating the Washington Capitals
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Henrik Lundqvist celebrates after defeating the Washington Capitals in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Madison Square Garden. (May 12, 2012)

Henrik Lundqvist and Dan Girardi celebrate after defeating
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Henrik Lundqvist and Dan Girardi celebrate after defeating the Washington Capitals in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Madison Square Garden. (May 12, 2012)

Henrik Lundqvist celebrates after defeating the Washington Capitals
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Henrik Lundqvist celebrates after defeating the Washington Capitals in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Madison Square Garden. (May 12, 2012)

Michael Del Zotto checks Matt Hendricks of the
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Michael Del Zotto checks Matt Hendricks of the Washington Capitals in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. (May 12, 2012)

Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against the Washington
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Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against the Washington Capitals in the second period of Game 7. (May 12, 2012)

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Henrik Lundqvist nearly misses a save as the
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Henrik Lundqvist nearly misses a save as the puck careens away from him in the first period of Game 7. (May 12, 2012)

Jeff Schultz of the Washington Capitals pushes Brian
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Jeff Schultz of the Washington Capitals pushes Brian Boyle into the boards in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. (May 12, 2012)

Nicklas Backstrom of the Washington Capitals fights for
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Nicklas Backstrom of the Washington Capitals fights for the puck in the second period against Ryan Callahan. (May 12, 2012)

Dan Girardi checks Alex Ovechkin of the Washington
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Dan Girardi checks Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals in the first period during Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Madison Square Garden. (May 12, 2012)

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