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Rangers eliminate Caps, go to semifinals

WASHINGTON - It’s been more than a decade since a goalie was as perfect over Games 6 and 7 of a playoff series as Henrik Lundqvist was for the New York Rangers against Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.

Yes, Lundqvist certainly had help, including goals from some unlikely teammates. Still, there is one key reason the Rangers are heading to the Eastern Conference semifinals.

“Henrik Lundqvist,” Capitals forward Troy Brouwer said. “Plain and simple.”

Led by Lundqvist’s 35 saves in a second consecutive shutout, the Rangers beat the Capitals, 5-0, in an anticlimactic finale of an otherwise tense and tight seven-game series Monday night, eliminating Washington for the second year in a row.

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