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Lundqvist, Brassard lift Rangers to 1-0 win, force Game 7 against Capitals

  • New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, makes a save against the Washington Capitals in the first period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, makes a save against the Washington Capitals in the first period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) scores a goal past Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) in the second period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) scores a goal past Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) in the second period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)  (The Associated Press)

  • Washington Capitals right wing Eric Fehr (16)] shoots as New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, defends in the first period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Washington Capitals right wing Eric Fehr (16)] shoots as New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, defends in the first period of Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in New York, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)  (The Associated Press)

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 shots in earning his seventh NHL playoff shutout, and Derick Brassard scored a second-period goal for the New York Rangers, who stayed alive with a 1-0 victory over the Washington Capitals on Sunday that forced a Game 7 in the first-round series.

Brassard handed Lundqvist the lead at 9:39 of the second period, with a goal that was originally credited to struggling forward Rick Nash.

The reigning Vezina Trophy winner made it stand up, and helped send the series back to Washington for the deciding game Monday night.

The home team has won all six games in the series.

The game ended with a melee in the far left corner in the New York zone after the final buzzer had sounded.