Time for Ignited Warriors, but this time around it is for the playoffs. There are some differences in comparison to the regular season version of these pieces. For the post-season, it will be series by series rather than team by team and it will be the top 3 players from each team for a total of 6 warriors. They will be completed not long after a series has finished. It was a pretty close serious as it went to 7 games and the scores were nowhere near blowouts. The Rangers defeated the Capitals in game 7 by a score of 2-1, taking the series 4-3. There will be no cup final for Ovechkin this year, however I think he is due. We will see if he gets his glory in the next couple of years. As for the Rangers, King Henrik and the rest of the blue shirts will be up against the Devils. That’s not much travel at all and it is a good thing too as their series begins on Monday. And now, the stars:
New York Rangers
1st star: Marian Gaborik
Gaborik had an exceptional series against the Capitals. He put 3 pucks passed Braden Holtby and tallied 4 assists, while having a +3 rating. On top of that, Gaborik did not take a single penalty and fired 28 shots on goal. He put up 9 hits, 3 blocked shots and 3 takeaways as well. Marian Gaborik heads to the Eastern Conference finals with 4 goals, 6 assists, a +2 rating, 2PIM, 41 shots on goal, 14 hits, 5 blocked shots and 4 takeaways. He will need to continue to put up points if the Rangers would like to have a closer shot at the Stanley Cup. Gaborik has a cap hit of $7, 500, 000 until the 2014-2015 season comes around. He also has a NTC.
2nd star: Brad Richards
Richards continues to find the back of the net in the playoffs to push the Rangers into the next round. He scored 4 goals and had 2 helpers, while having a +3 rating against the Washington Capitals. Richards sat in the sin bin for a total of 4 minutes and threw 24 shots on net. In addition, he had 4 hits, 5 blocked shots and 7 takeaways. Brad Richards goes into the third round of the playoffs leading the Rangers in points. He has 6 goals, 5 assists, a +1 rating, 6PIM, 55 shots on goal, 8 hits, 15 blocked shots and 12 takeaways. Richards is currently 49.5% in the face-off dot. Brad Richards has a cap hit of $6, 666, 667 until the year 2020 and has a NMC.
3rd star: Henrik Lundqvist
Lundqvist had to be sharp in order for the Rangers to get passed Washington. There were times in game 7 where the Capitals were buzzing but King Henrik was on his game to shut the door. He will have to bring it against the Devils, as he will need to match Brodeur save for save. His record was 4-3 against the Caps, improving to 8-6 in the playoffs with 1 shutout. Lundqvist stopped 166 of the 179 shots put on goal by Washington. He has now stopped 371 of 396 total shots in the post-season so far. Lundy currently has a GAA of 1.68 and a .937 save percentage. Henrik Lundqvist has a cap hit of $6, 875, 000 and will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2013-2014 season.
Michael Del Zotto (1G, 5A, 20 hits), Dan Girardi (3A, 20 hits, 17 blocks), Brandon Prust (20 hits), Marc Staal (1G, 2A, 18 hits, 11 blocks), Derek Stepan (3A, 22 hits), Brian Boyle (23 hits), Ryan Callahan (2G, 1A, 33 hits, 15 blocks), Ryan McDonagh (10 hits, 15 blocks) and Artem Anisimov (2G, 2A)
Chad Kolarik (knee), Michael Sauer (concussion), Mats Zuccarello (wrist) and Brandon Dubinsky (foot)
1st star: Jason Chimera
First of all, Jason Chimera’s facial hair is awful but I guess he has to shave that now as the Capitals are on summer vacation. Anyways, Chimera found twine for a total of 3 goals against the Rangers and had 2 assists, while having a +3 rating. He did not have any penalties, put 17 shots on goal and threw his weight around for a total of 11 hits. Jason Chimera finishes his 2012 playoffs with 4 goals, 3 assists, a +5 rating, 6PIM, 28 shots on goal, 2 blocked shots, 1 takeaway and 25 hits. Chimera has a cap hit of $1, 875, 000 but it will go down to $1, 750, 000 for the next two seasons. He will then become an unrestricted free agent.
2nd star: Alex Ovechkin
The captain of the Washington Capitals was finding the back of the net against Lundqvist and the Rangers, however, Ovi will not be going to the next round. The main reason for why I enjoy Ovechkin scoring is his celebrations, he seems to be loving life at that point. It’s awesome. Ovechkin scored 3 goals and tallied 1 assist, while having a -2 rating. Additionally, he had one minor penalty and 22 shots on goal. Ovi had 10 blocked shots, 27 hits (second on the team in this round) and 1 takeaway. He finished the post-season leading the Capitals in points. Alex Ovechkin had 5 goals, 4 assists, a -2 rating, 8PIM, 50 shots on goal, 58 hits, 14 blocked shots and 2 takeaways. Team Russia spoke to Ovechkin and he will join the team for the Worlds Quarterfinals. Ovechkin’s current cap hit is $9, 538, 462 until 2021 and he has a NTC that begins July 1st, 2014.
3rd star: Braden Holtby
Holtby’s responsibility goes from stopping pucks to changing diapers as the Capitals have been eliminated from the playoffs. However, he did have a good run and that is good news for Washington’s future between the pipes. Holtby had a record of 3-4 in the 7-game series, ending his post-season with a 7-7 finish and 2PIM. He stopped 196 of the 211 shots on goal by the Rangers, finishing with 429 saves out of 459 shots in the 2012 playoffs. He tops off the year with a save percentage of .935 and a 1.95 GAA. Braden Holtby has one more year left on his entry-level deal with a cap hit of $637, 777.
Dennis Wideman (13 blocks), Nicklas Backstrom (1G, 3A), Troy Brouwer (16 hits), Brooks Laich (1G, 2A, 13 blocks), Matt Hendricks (31 hits), Karl Alzner (12 hits, 16 blocks), Joel Ward (16 hits), Roman Hamrlik (10 hits, 21 blocks), Mike Green (16 blocks), Jeff Schultz (18 blocks) and John Carlson (2G, 1A, 15 hits, 21 blocks)
Jay Beagle (leg), Tomas Vokoun (groin) and Tom Poti (groin)