Posts Tagged ‘Devils’

Who Will Step Up?

Posted: May 25, 2012 by Keith Stone in hockey, NHL
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This happened exactly 18 years ago. There’s no way tonight can match the theatrics, but somebody is going to have to do something. King Henrik can’t win it all himself. The entire team is going to have to make plays. Take the shots when you have them, make smart passes, get your stick on a few pucks, and as always, block some shots. That’s what the 2012 Rangers are all about. Making the little plays that contribute to the greater good of the team. In that way, the Rangers can ensure that the spirit of ’94 lives on. Guaranteed.

In honor of Marty Brodeur, here’s the trailer to Free Willy, the biographical movie based on his life. As is the case with Hollywood, the screenwriters took liberties with the plot but the basic premise is the same: a whale escapes from captivity to become goaltender for the Devils, cheats on his wife with his sister-in-law, you know the rest. Of course, the big difference is that the real-life Marty eats a lot more than Willy.

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.

Three Fights In Three Seconds

Posted: March 20, 2012 by Keith Stone in hockey, NHL
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I’ve never seen anything like this before. It’s absolutely incredible. If Naked Gun 44 1/4 had a hockey scene, it would be this right here. Let’s hope these teams meet in the playoffs.