Rangers sweep series by taking Game 4, 4-2

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Sorry I didn’t give you a final. I was in a rush to finish my epic on Henrik Lundqvist, the ’07 version.

I was only briefly in the dressing room, but I heard the comments of Lundqvist, Brendan Shanahan and Bobby Holik, who had many of the same things to say as last night (even though Atlanta played much better).

No one seemed like they wanted to hear too much about the fact that Kovalchuk and Hossa finished the series with just one goal — that takes away from team, team, team — but it’s definitely worth noting. Atlanta was never going to win this series with its two starts doing so little.

As Sam would say, more later…

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Sweep is on. Time for Thrashers to call Augusta National.

Jaromir Jagr just scored his 69th career playoff goal, moving him past the great Gordie Howe on the all-time list.

It came off another mistake by Marian Hossa, and Jagr cashed it.

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Rangers killed the penalty, using six different forwards. I think Cullen and Ortmeyer were even out there twice.

About 10 minutes to go…

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Terrible power play by the Rangers, who looked like they were playing at even strength. Now Tyutin is in the box for interference and it’s the Rangers who need to sustain the opposing team’s power play.

I think you need to get Ortmeyer and Betts involved here just to get some fresher legs out there.

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Penalty on Exelby, who just dumped Shanny in the goal after Shanny missed a fairly easy attempt off an Avery rebound.

The Rangers now have a 5 on 3 advantage for 54 seconds. It could be time for the Thrashers to set their Friday tee times.

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Obviously that went in. Tough call for the refs at regular speed, but the replay shows the puck hit the ice behind the goal line.

For anyone not watching, the shot in question is a slapper from the top by Matt Cullen. The puck hit off the bar and bounced down and out and the teams kept playing until the next whistle.

Long delay as they discussed it up in Toronto – longer than it needed to be perhaps – but they got the call right.

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Sam said something to me earlier tonight when we were discussing the virtues of Ryan Callahan that I think is appropriate – and it’s a point many of you mention here on a daily basis.

In hockey, you just cannot substitute for a scoring touch. And though he may be an old man, Brendan Shanahan can still bury the puck, as he did just now to knot the score at 2 apiece.

Heck, emboldened, he even just almost mixed it up after the second period ended.

The Rangers have 1:02 left on their current power play. A go-ahead goal here would be next to impossible for the Thrashers to overcome considering the way they’ve backed down all series.

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You have to give Dupuis credit on the feed to DeVries for Atlanta’s second goal, but the officiating looks a little spotty so far.

I’m sure some of you were spared from throwing your TVs out the window by the penalty called on Sutton, who slid into Prucha’s legs like they were second base.

The Rangers are down one now…trailing, I believe, for the first time all series. Let’s see how they respond.

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Bad giveaway by Rosy (steal by Dupuis) leads to a penalty by Petr Prucha, who – I hate to say it for fear of inciting a riot here on cyberspace – has been awfully quiet the last two nights.

Rangers don’t want to fall behind here. They don’t look very sharp.

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For better or worse, this really has become Renney’s team. The players appear to have totally adopted his more passive, more deliberate, more thoughtful personality. They do not respond when the refs don’t call penalties against Atlanta by hitting back at the guy who decked them. There’s been lots of examples of that tonight…Cullen and Callahan before, Shanahan just now.

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I just paid a visit to a couple friends in Section 116, who alerted me to the fact that Dan Girardi’s girlfriend and Henrik Lundqvist’s fiancee were seated nearby. I figured these are the things — in addition to a little hockey — that you people want to know.

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So it’s tied after one here at the Garden, in what has been an OK game so far. You can tell the crowd is waiting, but it hasn’t had a ton to cheer for so far…especially when you compare it to last night.

For whatever reason, Bob Hartley hasn’t made a point of getting Holik on the ice with Jagr and Nylander, which is just a questionable decision. Jagr admitted to the Post last night that it makes it easier on him with Holik on the bench, yet Hartley didn’t match them often…even at point when he had the opportunity to. (Not that you guys and girls should complain about it of course…)

In a back to back scenario, you have to think the Rangers could be better served having a fresh pair of legs on the ice. But at the same time I understand the philosophy of going with what got you here. That was a tough call for Renney, but it appears the Rangers legs are a bit tired.

OK, more later….

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Lundqvist may’ve just plucked a Marian Hossa goal out of the sky. Great save.

Also of note tonight is that Atlanta appears interested in competing, rather than mixing it up. That’s a good sign for the Thrashers, but also a good sign for the Rangers, who don’t need to play a rough game ahead 3-0 in the series.

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Sure enough, Rangers tie it on a hard one-timer by Rosy. I think the puck deflected off an Atlanta stick but I couldn’t quite tell.

Malik took an interference penalty like five seconds after the goal, so Atlanta is on a PP.

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So after 66:38, Atlanta finally breaks through at the Garden on a Tkachuk goal. Not easy to swallow for Ranger fans, but that was a sweet feed from Kovalchuk, who skated to the goal line and fed a driving Tkachuk in front of the net.

Rangers just drew a penalty, and it looks like Nylander-Jagr-Prucha with Straka and Rosy. We’ll see if they can tie it.

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Standing O for Jagr and co., who simply dominant Atlanta every time they take the ice.

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I’m back with you all game long. First thought: Renney opted to start the Straka line, no doubt countering Atlanta’s likely decision to go with Holik on the first shift.

Yes, it may only work for a shift, but it’s still a good move…

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  1. oh why did Sam have to mention the stat of the Rangers leading x-amount during the series???

    my (horrible) hockey superstitions made me worried and with Atlanta 1-0, it came true.

    just saw our PP goal!!!

    happier now!!
    :-)

    (damn superstitions!!!)

    take care all!

  2. eggly can’t count or spell. did mommy leave you with the baby sitter, thumb sucker?

  3. Just wanted to repost my message from the last entry to let people know that if thewy can’t see the game on MSG right now, you can watch it on Comcast.net for some reason, but not on a Mac apparantly, at least not the one I own.

  4. Henrik is engaged??? I thought that Girardi was engaged, but I didn’t know that Henrik was engaged!!

  5. Wow, where is everybody? A lot less posters than last night. Must be chilling at bars, at the game, with friends, whatever. That Cullen goal was an absolute blast!

  6. Cullen scores the winning goal, so Jagr gets all the camera attention. what a joke.

  7. HOW SWEEP IT IS BOYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    LETS GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    LETS GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Hey Capt. EGo, YOur a dic*…..

    LETS GO BOYS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    NJ MARK: LETS GOOOOOOO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. It’s a moot point now, but I’ve managed to watch a lot of Comcast streamed games this season on my iBook. Google for Flip4Mac, a plugin that allows Quicktime to play WMP streams. It’s a little choppy, but it works.

  10. AngelusMortis on

    It’s good to see the Blueshirts brought the brooms to the rink and sent the Thrashers home. Now we wait to face Buffalo/Ottawa/Pittsburgh/Tampa Bay. I’d say we’re most likely to see the Sens next.

  11. AngelusMortis on

    On a side note, the poor Fishies just got burned by the refs. Too bad for the New York JV squad.

  12. AngelusMortis on

    On a side-side note (and triple post, hopefully my last), our old pal Tom Poti just gave the puck away and Buffalo extended their lead. To top it off, Ricky D smashes his stick on the post. Priceless.

  13. af – thanks for the tip, I’ll see if it works next time.

    Angelus – Yeah, I almost felt bad for them after they got screwed, but then I only felt bad because the series won’t be longer. And that last goal by Buff was like a triple-giveaway.

  14. hockeymanrangers on

    WAY TO GO RANGERS AND ALL FANS! VERY IMPRESSIVE SWEEP. THE RANGERS SWEPT B/C THEY READ THIS BLOG EVERYDAY AND LISTEN TO EVERYTHING WE SAY. YEA RIGHT. CONGRATS TO EVERYONE, LETS DO IT AGAIN.

  15. Woohoo! 2nd round! just prayin’ they get their much needed rest, but not get rusty.

    Boy, I’m gonna get a good night’s sleep tonight!

    Let’s Go Rangers!

  16. ME TOO.(the 10 bowls of loud mouth soup will help too)

    I don’t care who we play, bring them on!

  17. LET’S GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    LET’S GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    LET’S GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    LET’S GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    LET’S GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Great performances, good coaching — yeah, baby! Hey, the Rangers were so hot that even Pascal Dupuis had a solid series.

  18. sweep good, yes. but let’s be honest, that was not a good team. the next round will be against a real opponent, either Buffalo or Ottawa.

  19. DanTheRangerFan on

    Yes, so we have to come out and play with the same solid D and tons of shots on net like we did this series-….Just hope this week off doesent do harm. Great series boys. Lets Go Ranger 07!!!

  20. I am very afraid of this week off. Renney better start running ’em hard as we get close to Round 2 because this is the first chance they have to let up and relax in three-four months.

  21. Do we credit Sather for turning the two Wards, Ozolinish, Kasper, Hall into Avery, Bourret, Mara? Then add Girardi and Callahan and you have a big improvement. Is he finally learning his job after 8 years of incompetance?

    If he has adopted a hands off policy and lets his scouting staff and coaches make the important decisions, then he has to get credit for that but his 8 years of incompetance make it tough to finally praise him.

    You all missed the key on why the Rangers are keeping this season alive for still a while yet.

    The weather in the northeast has been awful and none of their favorite golf courses are open

  22. WAY TO GO RANGERS! YES!!

    However, I agree with brAvery. Buffalo or Ottawa will be MUCH tougher the next round. Glad they get a week off to prepare and rest up.

  23. Longtimesufferingrangerfan on

    lennynyr
    “You all missed the key on why the Rangers are keeping this season alive for still a while yet.

    The weather in the northeast has been awful and none of their favorite golf courses are open”

    Whoa lenny, lighten up and enjoy the sweep.

    On another note…what’s with the stupid white towels????? Do we now have to do what every other team does??? Are we going to get a stupid mascot like the canes “stormy the pig” now too?

  24. Longtimesufferingrangerfan on

    Hmmm, just had a thought…captain ego would make a nice mascot. He could dress up like a weasel…maybe he wouldn’t even have to dress up ’cause he is a weasel!

  25. I have a bunch of those white towels from old playoff games -one from 94′- They are corney but I treat them like gold.

    Its been a great week. I’m a little nervous about the time off when they are playing so well, but the time off may help those old legs of Shanny and Jagr.

  26. Call the towels corny, but being at the games, I noticed that the white towels livens up the garden a notch.

    People love to wave them and cheer more as a result. They also work well cleaning up spilled beer-

  27. Hey my buddy Longtimesufferingrangerfan, it was a feeble attempt at humor. Guess I forgot to add the smiley face.

    I certainly am enjoying their games, team has definitely turned around since Callahan, Girardi and Avery joined the team plus the upgrade by swapping A. Ward with Mara.

    Might still come to Carolina next off season and play some golf with you if offer still there.

  28. That’s what I think too, I knew Girardi has a fiance and Henrik has a live in girlfriend. I know none of this is very important but we have a week before the next game, lol.

  29. One of the best moments of the series was Girardi taking out Tkachuk last game with a solid elbow and then the cheap shot Tkachuk slashing him.

    I thought Tkachuk really showed his true colors this series with cheap shots, diving and his comments. Glad we didn’t pick this guy up.

    Callahan hitting Exelby in the first couple minutes of game 3 set the tone of that game I thought.

    Does Hartley come back to Atlanta after this pathetic performance?

  30. DanTheRangerFan on

    Those towels are such a stupid idea, I think I was the only person not using it. I like the traditional ‘screaming and loud chants”…Lets Go Rangers 07!!!

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