Sunday was a huge day in the NHL playoffs, with two teams trying to avoid elimination and our first Game 7 of 2013. In the day's first game, the New York Rangers scored the only goal in a brutally physical contest to force a Game 7 with the Washington Capitals. Later in the evening, the Toronto Maple Leafs benefited from 59 minutes of shutout goaltending from James Reimer to beat the Bruins 2-1 and send the series to a final game Monday night. And in the night's final showdown, the Red Wings handed the Ducks a frustrating defeat in Anaheim to win Game 7 and the series.
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In New York, the Rangers rode Henrik Lundqvist again to their third home win of the series, forcing Game 7. Braden Holtby almost matched him save for save, but he couldn't stop a deflection by his own defenseman, Steven Oleksy.
There was only one goal in the game, but plenty of big hits and violence. Michael Del Zotto leveled Mathieu Perreault with such a thundering hit that the referees stopped play, interrupting a Rangers odd-man rush.
Dorsett kept his teeth, at least.
Things also got rough in Toronto. Dougie Hamilton might think twice next time he's tempted to sneak around Ryan O'Byrne.
Also in Toronto, fans disguised themselves rather than have Mom see them skipping out on Mother's Day.
And the fans went nuts in Toronto:
Poor, poor Jimmy Howard.