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Ranger danger!

Ranger fans, its time to stand up!  I know a lot of you are hockey haters, and to be honest with you, I could care less.  The New York Rangers are getting ready for their big game 7 tomorrow night, and it is the  most exciting story in town.  The Rangers have shown heart, desire and a will to win all season long, earning the #1 seed in the East.  In this first round series, the Ottawa Senators have given the Rangers all they could handle, took a 3-2 series lead and pinned the Rangers against a wall.  New York had two choices, fight through or go home.  They chose the same path they have all season long.


Ottawa way Senators - Rangers playin' through

In their HUGE game 6 victory over the Senators, the Rangers started off slow.  They fell down into a 1-0 hole, and things were looking very bleak going into the second period.  However, this resilient group came together in the second  and announced to the hockey world that they were not going down without a fight.  All of a sudden the Rangers started working harder, drew some penalties and clicked on back-to-back power plays.  Captain Ryan Callahan, Derek Stepan and rookie Chris Kreider kept pressuring Ottawa, and finally broke through for an even strength goal to give New York a 3-1 lead.  The rest of the game was all about defense and goaltending, which the Rangers have proved time and again to be among, if not the best in the game.


As they say in Canada - mind the gap!

Going into tomorrow night’s game, I truly believe the Rangers will prevail.  Ottawa had a chance to close this series out at home and they failed.  The Rangers outplayed them all over the ice, and have been by far the classier team.  The Senators, lead by Chris Neil, have been using goon techniques all series long, as they have hit, slashed, punched and have just played dirty hockey.  In game 6, Neil blatantly tripped Ranger forward Brad Richards, then hit him in the back with his stick while Richards was on the ice.  It was just a small sampling of a number of cheap plays Ottawa has used to get under the Rangers skin.  Thus far, it has not worked.

Carl Haggelin is back from suspension and kept playing at the level he left off at before he was sidelined.  He provided a spark the team missed badly when he was out. Richards finally stepped up with a goal and an assist, and proved to the New York fans that he is the big time player that they are paying him to be.  Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi, Marc Staal and Anton Stralman have been doing all the dirty work, slowing down a strong Senator attack and showing why the Rangers defense was top in the league.  Then there is the real King of New York.  Henrik Lundquist has stood on his head.  He has made one save after another from point blank range.  Going into game 7, I would much rather have him than Craig Anderson, the Senators goalie, who has given the Rangers trouble but was solved on Monday night.


Despite offal-ficiating, a 3-2 win!

No matter what happens, it promises to be a great night at MSG tomorrow for hockey fans.  Lets hope that the team that plays the game the right way, the Rangers, prevail and look to the next round.  I strongly believe that they will come through, and that this battle against Ottawa will make them stronger in the upcoming rounds.  While the Yankees and Mets start their season, the Giants and Jets get prepared for a draft, and the Knicks finish their campaign and start thinking about a first round matchup with LeBron, the Rangers are truly the story.  If you don’t like hockey, it’s your loss.  Those of us in Ranger nation have a team that we could be proud of and are counting down the minutes to the puck drops and MSG rocks in a manner that it hasn’t in damn near a decade. 

5 responses

  1. Butler

    Awesome article NYBobby and it’s true this is a great time for hockey fans. While it started out a little rough with the record penalty minutes and endless brawls in almost all matchups, the playoffs have settled down a bit and we’ve been treated to some fantastic hockey. The Rangers look strong and I think will get past the Sens tomorrow night in front of an insane MSG crowd. The Devils continue to get ignored but are playing gritty and had a nice back against the wall win in Newark the other night. If Brodeur can get his act together they might go somewhere. It’s a good time for area fans and as far as popularity goes, the NHL has always been the red-headed stepchild of pro sports, but those of us that are fans are REAL fans and truly love the game. We’re getting the goods right now and this is only the first round. BTW I hope the Rangers can get up a few goals and send Rupp out to give Neil a proper beating to go with the one on the scoreboard.

    April 25, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    • I was hoping for Rangers/Devils next round, but now if we advance we’ll face Ovechkin and the Caps which is pretty scary but I think we’ll handle them finally if we get there…

      I would love Rupp to handle Neil, especially since he has now verbally called out Del Zotto saying he was gonna get him when his head is down, lets get up 3-0 early and knuckle up a little bit

      April 25, 2012 at 10:57 PM

  2. Bobby:
    I hope the Rangers score early and often. If they can get past Ottawa, who knows. EDB

    April 25, 2012 at 6:55 PM

  3. It is great for the Rangers to fight back and win a game 6 like that, but should the supposed best team in the East need to dodge two elimination games in the first round. Win or lose it’s been a great series and I wish the Rangers the best but I don’t see the winner of thus series making it through round two.

    April 25, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    • Hockey is different from the other sports in the fact that the #1 seeds are often eliminated by the #8. Ottawa also gave the Rangers problems this year, so this was not the best match-up for New York in the first round. The Western champion Vancouver was already eliminated, as the hockey playoffs are usually won by the team with the best goaltending more often than not. With that said, I’d put Lundquist up against any goalie in the league, epecially in the East as Mike Smith of Phoenix looks really good, not that I’d expect you to have any clue who that is. Further more, with Pittsburgh and Boston now gone, the two teams that gave the Rangers the hardest time in the regular season other than Ottawa, it is looking like the Rangers if they beat the Senators tomorrow, have an excellent shot at a long run…

      April 25, 2012 at 10:55 PM

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