In the battle of tonight's Game 7s, Capitals vs. Rangers will likely win purely on quality of entertainment: highlight reel goals (Ovie's triple deke), headshots, maybe a little dose of unseemly antics (e.g. bottle-squirting) and a whole lot of chirping (Shaone bit me!). But for the best pure hockey game, turn to Newark where the Devils and Hurricanes will decide who survives the most underrated series of the first round.
Through six games, these two teams have been evenly matched on every front. Everything from goals scored (Carolina 13; New Jersey 12) to shots taken per game (Carolina 34.5; New Jersey 34.7) and power play percentage (Carolina: 8.0; New Jersey: 8.7) stand about the same. So in an up and down series that hasn't had a clear favorite at any point, here's a look at the vital of areas of the decisive match:
"I think the goaltending has been the talk of the series," said Devils coach
No matter the ultimate hero on either side, a worthy team will be going home early for the summer.