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Rangers 2, Senators 1. Rangers win series 4-3

Great game. Great series. Great ending. It wasn’t the smoothest the Rangers have played but the last 10 minutes represented everything this team is about. Henrik was superb and had the entire team taking pucks to keep the score where it was. Ottawa had so many chances but by sheer will, the Rangers would not let the series slip away. Staal and Girardi added to their usual masterful defense by scoring the most important goals of the season, Chris Krieder is emerging as a legitimate force, and most importantly, that scumbag Chris Neil is heading home.

The Rangers make me think of a good-looking kid getting laid for the first time. They didn’t really know where everything was going but by the end of the night, they got the job done. Good thing, too, because I hear there’s this hot Russian chick coming to town that’s going to be even harder to handle.

Ascend the Throne

Posted: April 26, 2012 by Keith Stone in hockey, NHL
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Every puck the Rangers blocked this year, every bruise, every cut, every punch taken, every hit, every tooth knocked out, it was all for the right to host Game 7 in our building. It may not have been pretty and there’s no way in hell that this is the most skilled team in the league. However, if there’s one thing they’ve proven, it’s that every single player is willing to sacrifice themselves for the team and each other. They will do anything to get the job done.

Opportunities like this don’t come around too often. This is a special squad that values teamwork and grittiness above all else, and has the best goaltender in the world between the pipes to boot. The players are unproven, but they know what it’s like to feel disappointment and they know they don’t want to have that feeling today. I refuse to believe that they will let all the effort and all the gutty play go for naught. It’s time for this team to rise up and take what belongs to them. LET’S GO RANGERS

The last time the Rangers played in a Game 7 at the Garden was the final game of the 1994 season, as they skated away with the Stanley Cup. John Amirante kicked off the proceedings in a way only he can, with an absolutely amazing rendition of the National Anthem that was nearly drowned out by the delirious crowd. If his performance is 10% of that today, we’ll be well on our way to another Game 7 to remember.

Trivia Time: Rangers Playoff Comebacks

Posted: April 25, 2012 by Keith Stone in hockey, NHL, trivia
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With Monday’s 3-2 win in Ottawa, the Rangers sent their first-round playoff series against the Senators back to the Garden for Game 7. Not surprisingly, the Blueshirts don’t have the most prestigious playoff history. In fact, they’ve only come back one time from a 3-2 series deficit, the hole they’re trying to emerge from Thursday Night. That’s what happens when you go 54 years without winning the Stanley Cup. That brings us to our Question of the Week. Get it right and the refs will still probably call you for roughing. The answer, as always, is after the jump.

What is the only playoff series the Rangers have won after being down 3-2? (and a hint: it is not the 1928 Stanley Cup Finals against the Montreal Maroons)


Rangers 3, Senators 2. Series tied 3-3

Winners come through when their back is up against the wall. Eli Manning did it. Abraham Lincoln did it. Dirk Diggler did it. And now the 2012 Rangers have almost done it. Make no mistake, their win tonight was a big deal. Playing on the road in a very hostile environment against a goaltender that was flaming more than RuPaul is no small task no matter what your seeding is, especially after spotting the home team a one-goal lead. But sometimes it only takes one crack to tear down a brick wall. Derek Stepan finally broke through Craig Anderson and played a marvelous game. That opened up the floodgates, but Brad Richards scoring on the 5-on-3 might have been the moment that saved the season. The kid Chris Kreider played great during important spots in the game and looks to be finally adjusting after looking lost at points. Finally, Carl Hagelin added a speed factor that the Blueshirts were missing during his suspension. Lost in everything is that Henrik once again played an amazing game. After the Rangers took the lead, he made some absolutely ridiculous saves that preserved the win.

The refs were horrible. I’m assuming they weren’t trying to call the game in Ottawa’s favor but it seemed that way. Rupp’s penalty to open the game was such a weak call but afterwards a slew of penalties against the Senators were missed. Everything. Tripping, cross-checking, interference. It felt like Ray Charles was officiating the game. Then, they started calling everything. So inconsistent. Honestly, I didn’t think that last Ottawa goal was a bad call. It was obvious Chris Neil was making a kicking motion but I think he whiffed on it. I’d still be pissed if I were King Henrik. Game 7 better have an A-squad officiating it because neither of these teams deserves to go home because of a bad call.

These Senators are starting to get under my skin. They’re so annoying. After every play, they’re hitting somebody or getting in Henrik’s face. I know that it’s probably the only chance Ottawa has to win but I’d just love it if somebody smacked Chris Neil in the face with their stick (while the refs weren’t looking). With that said, this has quietly been a great series. The games are hard fought, low-scoring affairs and neither team likes each other. It’s playoff hockey at its finest, and it’ll be a shame to say goodbye to the Senators on Thursday.

Senators 2, Rangers 0. Senators lead series 3-2

Hey look, King Henrik won one by standing on his head and this Craig Anderson’s turn. It wasn’t the Rangers’ best effort. I’m sure blowing Game 4 when they had a chance to seemingly put the series away fucked with their heads a little bit. It’s like didn’t somebody tell Ottawa that this was supposed to be a cakewalk? It was a sloppy game for the Blueshirts but the only difference was that Spezza shot. Of course, that’s all that matters. Hopefully, Boyle is OK. Who knows how the NHL rules on the hit. They’ve been so inconsistent. Hagelin coming back for Game 6 is going to be a big boost. If the Rangers can’t win with their backs against the wall in a hostile environment, they don’t deserve to be Champions. The ’94 team did it. We’re about to see the real character of this team.

Senators 3, Rangers 2 (OT). Series tied 2-2

It felt like it was going to be an easy win for the Rangers after that great start, but the fact of the matter is that you can’t just sit back with a lead; you have to continue to be aggressive and keep your opponent on its heels. It’s a shame because this was a great opportunity for the Blueshirts to really just put the Senators out of their misery but now we’re looking at a best-of-3 although the Rangers have managed to win back home ice. No matter how great Henrik is, the Rangers are never going to win if they play as complacently as they did in the second period. He may be a brick wall but there’s only so many shots a wall can take before it gives way.

The Rangers scored their two goals by being assertive in the offensive end. Very rarely is a goal scored on a perfect shot, so they need to stop the passing back and forth on the power play and SHOOT THE PUCK! I remember one time Ryan McDonough intercepted a pass and had such a clear shot that the Ottawa crowd screamed in horror. The only problem is that he then passed the puck to somebody who was defended. There’s nothing more selfless than taking a good shot. Deflections and rebounds are prefect for scoring goals when you’re going up against a hot goalie like Craig Anderson. If you pass around for 45 seconds, that’s one or two less opportunities that the puck is going to be in a vulnerable position near the net. It’s simple math — shoot the puck more, score more goals!!!

And what the fuck is up with the boards? The pucks are shooting off them like they’re injected with flubber. No doubt the only way Ottawa can win is by gaming the system. What’s next? Is Matt Carkner going to carry brass knucks in his sock a la Ric Flair? Maybe Brendan Shanahan should take a look instead of handing out excessive suspensions.