Rangers-Henrik Lundqvist: The season is on the line and the Rangers are facing playoff extinction in Game Six on Sunday, so who will the team looked to in order to prolong the season? Of course it will be their seven-time team MVP Henrik Lundqvist. Coming off yet another sound---and sometimes sensational---33-save effort in Game Five, Lundqvist again was a hard-luck overtime loser, just as he was in Game Two. Ironically those two overtime defeats are probably the best games he has played in this series, so far. That said, Lundqvist's best game will need to take place on Sunday, and it must be a winning performance. With the team's offense inconsistent from game to game, and big-time teammates like Rick Nash, Ryan Callahan, and Brad Richards struggling mightily, it will be up to Lundqvist to take the starring turn and be the difference maker against a Caps team which will be hell bent on finishing off the Blueshirts at The Garden, thus avoiding the crapshoot of a playing a decisive Game Seven on Monday. Expect the five-time Vezina Trophy finalist, and reigning Vezina Trophy winner, to give his team every last opportunity to win on Sunday and force that roll of the dice in D.C. on Monday night.
Capitals-Mike Ribeiro: This guy is a pain to play against, plain and simple. Ribeiro is a real rink-rat, a mouthy and skilled forward, who irritates with what he says on the ice as much as he does with his big-time play. Ribeiro picke dup the primary assist on Mike Green's overtime winner in Game Two of this series, with a slick fake and pass, and then scored the winning goal himself in overtime Friday night, standing near the net to corral a deflection and slide the rebound into an open net. Ribeiro also drew the penalty on Brian Boyle that led directly to Washington's first goal in Game Five. Coming off a strong regular season in which he led the NHL in power play points and finished second on the Caps with 49 points (13-36-49) in 48 games, Ribeiro is anchoring Washington's second line that has given the Rangers fits throughout this series.