New York Rangers will play the conference final in this years Stanley Cup after winning a dramatic game seven against Washington Capitals in Madison Square Garden. In the next round they will face Tampa Bay who eliminated Calgary in the quarterfinal. In the other conference final Anaheim will face Chicago. Chicken Swedes got four out of four bets right when we predicted the winners from this round.
New York Rangers 2-1 (ot) Washington Capitals
Capitals got a dream start with Russian superstar Alexander Ovechkin’s goal in the middle of the first period. Washington seemed to be in control of the game after the goal, but a pair of unnecessary penalties in the second game changed the game. Kevin Hayes scored 1-1 in the second period. It would take overtime to decide the game. In overtime, Jesper Fast got the puck in the offensive zone, played it back to Keith Yandle at the blue line who served Dan Girardi for a shot. The rebound went to Derek Stepan who could aim and shoot 2-1 for the Rangers for the win. That ends a great series which Washington was in the lead with 3-1 but where Rangers showed excellent moral, coming back and winning three straight games, just like they did against Pittsburgh Penguins last year.
The conference finals in Stanley Cup are the semifinals of the tournament. They are played in series of seven games and the winners reach the final. Anaheim has played a convincing game in the play offs so far and they will play against the veterans Chicago who won the cup in 2010 and 2013. This might be the two best teams that are left and chances are one of them will lift the Stanley Cup trophy this summer. At Chicken Swedes we have our hopes that our national goalie superstar Henrik Lundqvist together with his Swedish team mates Jesper Fast and Carl Hagelin will reach the final and bring home the cup but first they will have to find a way to eliminate Tampa Bays offensive force.