Rangers captain Ryan Callahan finally scored his first goal of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series as he stole the puck from Capitals defenseman John Erskine and beat goalie Braden Holtby with a backhander to give the Rangers a four-goal lead just 13 seconds into the third period. They went on to a 5-0 Game 7 win.

Still, Callahan, who often sparks the Rangers’ physical play with his forechecking, had just the one goal with two assists in the series.

"Ryan Callahan will always do the other things," coach John Tortorella said. "But we certainly need the other part of it. He’s just that important to us."

LOOKING AHEAD: The Rangers won two of three against the Bruins in the regular season and split the two games in Boston.

The Rangers lost the season opener at TD Garden, 3-1, on Jan. 19, then won 4-3 in overtime at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 23 and won a 4-3 shootout back at Boston on Feb. 12. The since-traded Marian Gaborik had three of the Rangers’ eight goals.

"They’re a big physical team," Rangers right winger Arron Asham said. "They’ve got some skill up front. I think we match up similar."

GOING HOME: Rookie forward J.T. Miller, the Rangers’ first-round pick in 2011, and defenseman Stu Bickel, were sent home for the summer to recuperate from wrist injuries. Both had been skating with the Rangers’ practice squad of Connecticut (AHL) call-ups during the NHL playoffs.