Sorry so late with this post, everybody. I am sick as a dog today. Feel like I’ve got hockey pucks inside my sinuses and Donald Brashear sitting on my lungs.
But this is the biggest day of the season — and it will be the best day of the season for you guys if the Rangers go directly from D.C. to Boston, and the worst day of the season if they don’t — so I’m going to tough it out.
Here is my story from The Journal News and LoHud.com today. The Rangers are really playing up the “we’re huge underdogs, everybody’s counting us out” angle, which is fine. JohnTortorella was saying yesterday that they should be relaxed to tonight because of that.
The Capitals are playing up the make-amends angle. Last year as you know they fell behind Philadelphia 3-1, came back to force a Game 7 at home, and lost it on a Flyers power play in overtime.
There’s not much more to be said. The Rangers can win Game 7. They will either have to find a way to outscore the Capitals in a 4-3, 5-4 game (not bloody likely) or they will have to find a way to shut down the now out-of-the-barn offensive horses. Henrik Lundqvist, obviously, will be the key, but he can’t do it alone as he did earlier in the series.
I’ll be back later if there’s any news. I doubt Anisimov will play. I think in a Game 7, Tortorella will be loyal to the 20 on his roster. I could be wrong. Again.
VIEWING PARTY TONIGHT:
New York, April 28, 2009 – The New York Rangers will host hundreds of fans as they gather together at Clearview’s Ziegfeld Theatre to cheer on the Blueshirts for Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. The Rangers will face-off against the Washington Capitals in the final game of the series tonight at 7 p.m. Rangers legends Adam Graves and Nick Fotiu will join the Blueshirt faithful and give away special Rangers playoff prizes. The game will be shown live on the big screen on MSG Network at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and admission isFREE. For additional Rangers playoff updates, please visit newyorkrangers.com.
WHAT: New York Rangers viewing party to watch Game 7 of the Rangers vs. Capitals playoff series; live coverage on MSG Network.
WHO: Adam Graves, Nick Fotiu, Rangers Fans
WHERE: Clearview’s Ziegfeld Theatre, 54th St. between 6th and 7th Ave.
WHEN: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 @ 6 p.m.