Our Video Of Day is none other than Game 7 hero Derek Stepan scoring in overtime to beat the Caps and send the Rangers to a second consecutive Eastern Conference Final where they’ll play the Lightning.
Just a great play all around. Following a Caps icing and stoppage to clean the ice, Alain Vigneault sent out his most effective line for the series. They delivered the series clincher allowing the Rangers to make playoff history becoming the first team to ever rally from 3-1 series deficits in back-to-back years.
Winning faceoffs is so important at this time of year. The Caps scored their only goal on a Nicklas Backstrom win with Marcus Johansson setting up Alex Ovechkin in the first period. Here, it’s a role reversal with Stepan getting help from poised rookie Jesper Fast, who had the sense to push the puck back to Keith Yandle who in turn fed Dan Girardi for a one-timer that caromed off Braden Holtby right to Stepan for the game-winner.
Also, it’s worth pointing out that Chris Kreider did his job getting in front of Holtby as Girardi took the shot. That probably caused the rebound and Stepan was in the right place at the right time. D-Step hadn’t scored all series. But he sure delivered in the clutch. Good for him.