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Henrik Lundqvist, Derick Brassard give Rangers win over Capitals to force Game 7

  • New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) of Sweden makes a save against the Washington Capitals in the first period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) of Sweden makes a save against the Washington Capitals in the first period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, makes a save against the Washington Capitals in the first period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, makes a save against the Washington Capitals in the first period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, makes a save against the Washington Capitals in the first period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, makes a save against the Washington Capitals in the first period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, of Sweden, celebrates after defeating the Washington Capitals in Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. The Rangers evened the series at 3-3 with a 1-0 shutout, forcing a Game 7 in Washington, Monday. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, of Sweden, celebrates after defeating the Washington Capitals in Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. The Rangers evened the series at 3-3 with a 1-0 shutout, forcing a Game 7 in Washington, Monday. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, of Sweden, celebrates after defeating the Washington Capitals in Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. The Rangers evened the series at 3-3 with a 1-0 shutout, forcing a Game 7 in Washington, Monday. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, of Sweden, celebrates after defeating the Washington Capitals in Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. The Rangers evened the series at 3-3 with a 1-0 shutout, forcing a Game 7 in Washington, Monday. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Washington Capitals right wing Joel Ward (42) yells referee Brad Watson (23) after he received a cross-checking penalty in the third period of Game 6 of the Capitals 1-0 loss to the New York Rangers in their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013.  The Rangers evened the series at 3-3 with a 1-0 shutout, forcing a Game 7 in Washington Monday. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Washington Capitals right wing Joel Ward (42) yells referee Brad Watson (23) after he received a cross-checking penalty in the third period of Game 6 of the Capitals 1-0 loss to the New York Rangers in their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. The Rangers evened the series at 3-3 with a 1-0 shutout, forcing a Game 7 in Washington Monday. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Washington Capitals right wing Joel Ward (42) yells referee Brad Watson (23) after he received a cross-checking penalty in the third period of Game 6 of the Capitals 1-0 loss to the New York Rangers in their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013.  The Rangers evened the series at 3-3 with a 1-0 shutout, forcing a Game 7 in Washington Monday. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Washington Capitals right wing Joel Ward (42) yells referee Brad Watson (23) after he received a cross-checking penalty in the third period of Game 6 of the Capitals 1-0 loss to the New York Rangers in their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. The Rangers evened the series at 3-3 with a 1-0 shutout, forcing a Game 7 in Washington Monday. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, makes a save in the third period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series against the Washington Capitols in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. The Rangers evened the series at 3-3 with a 1-0 shutout, forcing a Game 7 in Washington, Monday. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, makes a save in the third period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series against the Washington Capitols in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. The Rangers evened the series at 3-3 with a 1-0 shutout, forcing a Game 7 in Washington, Monday. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, makes a save in the third period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series against the Washington Capitols in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. The Rangers evened the series at 3-3 with a 1-0 shutout, forcing a Game 7 in Washington, Monday. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, makes a save in the third period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series against the Washington Capitols in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. The Rangers evened the series at 3-3 with a 1-0 shutout, forcing a Game 7 in Washington, Monday. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) scores a goal past Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) in the second period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) scores a goal past Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) in the second period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) scores a goal past Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) in the second period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) scores a goal past Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) in the second period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • CORRECTS TO DERICK BRASSARD SCORES NOT RICK NASH - New York Rangers center Derick Brassard (not shown) scores a goal past Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) as Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) looks on in the second period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    CORRECTS TO DERICK BRASSARD SCORES NOT RICK NASH - New York Rangers center Derick Brassard (not shown) scores a goal past Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) as Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) looks on in the second period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • CORRECTS TO DERICK BRASSARD SCORES NOT RICK NASH - New York Rangers center Derick Brassard (not shown) scores a goal past Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) as Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) looks on in the second period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    CORRECTS TO DERICK BRASSARD SCORES NOT RICK NASH - New York Rangers center Derick Brassard (not shown) scores a goal past Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) as Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) looks on in the second period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Washington Capitals right wing Eric Fehr (16)] shoots as New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, defends in the first period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Washington Capitals right wing Eric Fehr (16)] shoots as New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, defends in the first period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Washington Capitals right wing Eric Fehr (16)] shoots as New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, defends in the first period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Washington Capitals right wing Eric Fehr (16)] shoots as New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, defends in the first period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • New York Rangers right wing Ryan Callahan (24) corrals the puck in front of Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) in the second period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Rangers right wing Ryan Callahan (24) corrals the puck in front of Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) in the second period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • New York Rangers right wing Ryan Callahan (24) corrals the puck in front of Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) in the second period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Rangers right wing Ryan Callahan (24) corrals the puck in front of Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) in the second period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • New York Rangers celebrate with teammate Derick Brassard (16) who scored the only goal in the second period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series against the Washington Capitals in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013.  The Rangers shut out the Capitals to force a Game 7 in Washington, Monday.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Rangers celebrate with teammate Derick Brassard (16) who scored the only goal in the second period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series against the Washington Capitals in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. The Rangers shut out the Capitals to force a Game 7 in Washington, Monday. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • New York Rangers celebrate with teammate Derick Brassard (16) who scored the only goal in the second period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series against the Washington Capitals in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013.  The Rangers shut out the Capitals to force a Game 7 in Washington, Monday.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Rangers celebrate with teammate Derick Brassard (16) who scored the only goal in the second period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series against the Washington Capitals in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. The Rangers shut out the Capitals to force a Game 7 in Washington, Monday. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • New York Rangers right wing Ryan Callahan (24) congratulates New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) of Sweden as New York Rangers defenseman Steve Eminger (44) joins them celebrating the Rangers 1-0 victory over the Washington Capitals in  Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013.  The Rangers evened the series at 3-3, forcing a Game 7 in Washington Monday. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Rangers right wing Ryan Callahan (24) congratulates New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) of Sweden as New York Rangers defenseman Steve Eminger (44) joins them celebrating the Rangers 1-0 victory over the Washington Capitals in Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. The Rangers evened the series at 3-3, forcing a Game 7 in Washington Monday. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • New York Rangers right wing Ryan Callahan (24) congratulates New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) of Sweden as New York Rangers defenseman Steve Eminger (44) joins them celebrating the Rangers 1-0 victory over the Washington Capitals in  Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013.  The Rangers evened the series at 3-3, forcing a Game 7 in Washington Monday. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Rangers right wing Ryan Callahan (24) congratulates New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) of Sweden as New York Rangers defenseman Steve Eminger (44) joins them celebrating the Rangers 1-0 victory over the Washington Capitals in Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. The Rangers evened the series at 3-3, forcing a Game 7 in Washington Monday. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • New York Rangers center Brian Boyle (22) takes a shot as Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) defends and Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green (52) looks on in the second period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Rangers center Brian Boyle (22) takes a shot as Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) defends and Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green (52) looks on in the second period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • New York Rangers center Brian Boyle (22) takes a shot as Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) defends and Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green (52) looks on in the second period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Rangers center Brian Boyle (22) takes a shot as Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) defends and Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green (52) looks on in the second period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36), of Norway, flips and hits the puck with his head in front of Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, in the second period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36), of Norway, flips and hits the puck with his head in front of Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, in the second period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36), of Norway, flips and hits the puck with his head in front of Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, in the second period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36), of Norway, flips and hits the puck with his head in front of Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, in the second period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) reacts as Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) makes a save in the first period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) reacts as Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) makes a save in the first period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) reacts as Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) makes a save in the first period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) reacts as Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) makes a save in the first period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) of Sweden makes a save against the Washington Capitals in the first period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, makes a save against the Washington Capitals in the first period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, makes a save against the Washington Capitals in the first period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, of Sweden, celebrates after defeating the Washington Capitals in Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. The Rangers evened the series at 3-3 with a 1-0 shutout, forcing a Game 7 in Washington, Monday. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, of Sweden, celebrates after defeating the Washington Capitals in Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. The Rangers evened the series at 3-3 with a 1-0 shutout, forcing a Game 7 in Washington, Monday. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • Washington Capitals right wing Joel Ward (42) yells referee Brad Watson (23) after he received a cross-checking penalty in the third period of Game 6 of the Capitals 1-0 loss to the New York Rangers in their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013.  The Rangers evened the series at 3-3 with a 1-0 shutout, forcing a Game 7 in Washington Monday. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • Washington Capitals right wing Joel Ward (42) yells referee Brad Watson (23) after he received a cross-checking penalty in the third period of Game 6 of the Capitals 1-0 loss to the New York Rangers in their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013.  The Rangers evened the series at 3-3 with a 1-0 shutout, forcing a Game 7 in Washington Monday. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, makes a save in the third period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series against the Washington Capitols in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. The Rangers evened the series at 3-3 with a 1-0 shutout, forcing a Game 7 in Washington, Monday. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, makes a save in the third period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series against the Washington Capitols in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. The Rangers evened the series at 3-3 with a 1-0 shutout, forcing a Game 7 in Washington, Monday. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) scores a goal past Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) in the second period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) scores a goal past Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) in the second period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • CORRECTS TO DERICK BRASSARD SCORES NOT RICK NASH - New York Rangers center Derick Brassard (not shown) scores a goal past Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) as Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) looks on in the second period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • CORRECTS TO DERICK BRASSARD SCORES NOT RICK NASH - New York Rangers center Derick Brassard (not shown) scores a goal past Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) as Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) looks on in the second period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • Washington Capitals right wing Eric Fehr (16)] shoots as New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, defends in the first period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • Washington Capitals right wing Eric Fehr (16)] shoots as New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, defends in the first period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • New York Rangers right wing Ryan Callahan (24) corrals the puck in front of Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) in the second period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • New York Rangers right wing Ryan Callahan (24) corrals the puck in front of Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) in the second period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • New York Rangers celebrate with teammate Derick Brassard (16) who scored the only goal in the second period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series against the Washington Capitals in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013.  The Rangers shut out the Capitals to force a Game 7 in Washington, Monday.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • New York Rangers celebrate with teammate Derick Brassard (16) who scored the only goal in the second period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series against the Washington Capitals in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013.  The Rangers shut out the Capitals to force a Game 7 in Washington, Monday.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • New York Rangers right wing Ryan Callahan (24) congratulates New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) of Sweden as New York Rangers defenseman Steve Eminger (44) joins them celebrating the Rangers 1-0 victory over the Washington Capitals in  Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013.  The Rangers evened the series at 3-3, forcing a Game 7 in Washington Monday. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • New York Rangers right wing Ryan Callahan (24) congratulates New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) of Sweden as New York Rangers defenseman Steve Eminger (44) joins them celebrating the Rangers 1-0 victory over the Washington Capitals in  Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013.  The Rangers evened the series at 3-3, forcing a Game 7 in Washington Monday. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • New York Rangers center Brian Boyle (22) takes a shot as Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) defends and Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green (52) looks on in the second period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • New York Rangers center Brian Boyle (22) takes a shot as Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) defends and Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green (52) looks on in the second period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36), of Norway, flips and hits the puck with his head in front of Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, in the second period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36), of Norway, flips and hits the puck with his head in front of Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, in the second period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) reacts as Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) makes a save in the first period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) reacts as Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) makes a save in the first period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NEW YORK — Henrik Lundqvist slammed his stick in disgust when an overtime loss in Washington put the New York Rangers on the brink of elimination.

Two days later, the star goalie pumped his arm and let out an emphatic yell when his shutout kept the Rangers alive and set up a Game 7 in the nation’s capital.

Lundqvist was the difference Sunday in stopping 27 shots for his seventh NHL playoff shutout. The reigning Vezina Trophy winner was perfect in making Derick Brassard’s second-period goal stand up in a 1-0 victory over the Capitals that forced a deciding game in the first-round, Eastern Conference series.

“We needed it. There was desperation out there,” Lundqvist said. “We showed a lot of character and worked really hard. It was that type of game where you pay the price — big saves, physical. Great win.”

Despite having little room for error, the Rangers stayed composed and played a disciplined game in which they took no penalties until a big scrum after the final buzzer.

Now the Rangers hope that can carry over to Game 7 on Monday night in Washington, where they have lost three times in this tight series. The home team has won all six games.

“They play really well at home and they’re confident,” Lundqvist said. “The games we’ve played in that building, special teams have played a big part. We played a really disciplined game, and that’s going to be key for us because they have a really good power play, so you have to respect that.

“Play hard, but play smart.”

The Rangers earned Game 7 wins at home in last year’s playoffs over Ottawa and Washington. If they pull out this victory, it would give them just their second series win after falling behind 0-2.

“We are just going to have the same mentality we had coming into this game,” Brassard said. “We just played our game, had fun. The guys were relaxed, and that’s what we need to do (Monday).”

Special teams were a factor Sunday, but only in keeping the Capitals in it because of the Rangers’ ineffective power play that went 0-for-5 and is 2-for-26 in the series. New York had a failed 5-on-3 advantage that lasted 44 seconds in the first period.

“Some were deserved. Some weren’t deserved,” Capitals forward Troy Brouwer said of his team’s penalties. “We killed our momentum.”

Washington didn’t get a chance to improve on its 3-for-14 output in the first five games. Two Rangers power plays in the third cut out precious time the Capitals could have had to net the tying goal.

“We battled the whole way,” Capitals goalie Braden Holtby said. “Disappointing, but we move along. Our (penalty-killing) is doing great, holding us in the series. Our guys kept their composure. We knew this could go seven.”

Brassard handed Lundqvist the lead at 9:39 of the second period, with a goal that was originally credited to struggling forward Rick Nash.

Defenseman Mike Green left Washington short-handed when he took a retaliation cross-checking penalty on Derek Dorsett with 6:14 remaining.

“There are a lot emotions. You can expect scrums and things like that,” Dorsett said. “You’ve got to play your game. You can’t just go out and think you’re going to scrum it up and win the game.”

Just after Green’s penalty expired, Lundqvist denied Eric Fehr’s drive with a snaring glove save. He then covered the puck in front with 48.4 seconds left, keeping Marcus Johansson at bay after the Capitals pulled Holtby for an extra attacker.

Lundqvist was at his best earlier in the third when the Capitals came at him in waves. He turned aside Mike Ribeiro, who scored in overtime to win Game 5, with just over 11 minutes remaining, and stopped Fehr three minutes later on a rush up the middle.

“Especially late in the game, he made some great saves,” Rangers coach John Tortorella said. “Last year, and now he has another Game 7, I think that builds. The ultimate goal for Hank in his mind is to win the Stanley Cup, but you need to go through these types of situations to get there.”

Holtby was sharp, as well, in making 28 saves.

Brassard, who has had a breakout series, scored his second goal of the playoffs when he faked a shot and then ripped a drive from the Stanley Cup logo just inside the blue line. The puck clipped the glove of Capitals defenseman Steve Oleksy and sailed through a screen set by Nash in front.

The goal was originally credited to Nash, who is still looking for his first of the series. Nash was more of a presence in front, making more drives to the net in an effort to create more traffic in front of Holtby.

Brassard, a pickup from Columbus in the deal that sent Marian Gaborik to the Blue Jackets at the trade deadline, also had five assists in the first five games of the series.

Lundqvist faced only 15 shots through two periods, but needed to be sharp to keep the Capitals off the board. He made a big pad save with under 5 minutes left in the second to keep the Rangers ahead.

Despite having just a one-goal edge heading into the third, the Rangers carried the confidence that they could protect it. New York went 16-0 during the regular season when leading after two periods and has earned at least one point in those situations since Feb. 4, 2010.

NOTES: Rangers LW Chris Kreider, who hadn’t played since the opening game of the series, replaced injured LW Ryane Clowe. ... Holtby has allowed just 11 goals in the series — only two at home.

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