Rangers-Devils Game 5 Quick Reaction

Posted: May 24, 2012 by Keith Stone in hockey, NHL
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Devils 5, Rangers 3. Devils lead series 3-2

Depending on whether you’re a glass-half-full or half-empty type of guy, you could look at Game 5 in two ways. You could say the Rangers came back from three goals down and dominated play most of the game or you could say that their defense was sloppy and Henrik Lundqvist was less than royal. Either way, the Rangers’ Cup is running out quickly. Again, they missed chances, took silly penalties (EMBELLISHING!?!?!?), and let up at the most inopportune time.

For whatever reason, this team play best when their backs are against the wall. Their weakest moments always seem to be right after they score a big goal. I can think of several games, most notably both Game 7’s, when the Rangers throttled back their aggression after taking a lead or tying a game. It may not always result in a goal for the opponents, but maybe a drawn penalty or a quality scoring chance. Luckily, the Rangers won’t have that problem anymore. Their complacency is stifling.

I think it’s obvious that they’re the better team in the series. It’s just that after winning Game 1 and 3, they let their guard down. Even yesterday, it was almost like they expected to win and forgot to play for the first 10 minutes. Maybe they’re just tired. They’re going on almost eight months of a brutal schedule but they’ve come to far to go down now. Their backs are as far against the wall as it gets. They’re through the wall. Game 6 in hell with a spot in the Finals on the brink? I say this team responds.

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