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The Rangers found themselves down 0-2 in their series against the Capitals, and then again 3-2 heading into Game 6 on Sunday. After winning that game, 1-0, to force a Game 7, the Blueshirts dominated the Capitals, 5-0, in the decisive seventh game Monday night to advance to the second round.
What changed in Games 6 and 7? Derek Stepan is unsure. After the game, he spoke to the media about Game 7, how the team stuck together despite being on the brink of elimination, the team’s leadership, the physicality of the final game, the change in results from the first three games in Washington, looking ahead to Boston and more.
Watch what Stepan had to say after Game 7, then share your thoughts below.