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Rangers-Devils Game 6 in review

Posted By Carp On May 26, 2012 @ 3:47 am In Hockey,New York Rangers,NHL,Stanley Cup playoffs | 196 Comments

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One last time … or at least, one final game review. We’ll have a lot more to discuss, analyze, etc., over the coming days and weeks. Maybe we can do a Live Chat during the coming week and talk it all out.

Thoughts:

[2]1) I’m trying to feel your pain, because I do imagine how much it hurts when a season ends so suddenly, especially a season like this one, and a playoff run like this one. And I gotta tell you, the guys who wore the uniform felt it too. Ryan McDonagh, who was flat on the ice on the game-winner, looked like he’d cried his eyes out. Marc Staal looked like he was going to puke. John Tortorella and Ryan Callahan were hurting so much, but you could tell, also, that there was some pride inside of them. And I’m sure once the initial hurt subsides, you will feel that way, too. Because, really, it was a remarkable year that arrived one or two years ahead of schedule for this young team. We’ll talk more about that at a later date.

2) I sort of started to say this in the comments last night, because so many of you kind of started to say it too, and I don’t say this enough: you guys rule. With all your crazy stuff, all your humor, all your fatalism sometimes, all your opinions, whether I agree or disagree, you are the most loyal fans anywhere on this planet, and you are absolutely nuts. And that’s what makes this place go. So, once again, thank you. Just thank you. Also, thanks to Josh Thomson, 26, for all his help during this run, and to allĀ  youse who helped out with the Three Stars. [3]

3) How many times this season, and in the first two rounds, were there games that could have gone either way and somehow ended up going the Rangers’ way? Games 5 and 6 could have gone the Rangers way. Neither did. Game over, season over.

4) I’m not into pointing fingers, as in this guy’s gotta go, or that guy stinks, or that guy choked, or whatever. But there were some obvious culprits here. So let’s put it this way (and I hope my math is correct, but it’s late, so it might be a tad off. When third/fourth-liner Ruslan Fedotenko (2-3-5), defensive defenseman Dan Girardi (2-3-5) and a rookie who still hasn’t played an NHL regular-season game, Chris Kreider (3-1-4) combine for 14 points, and that’s more than Brad Richards (4), Marian Gaborik (1), Derek Stepan (1), Brian Boyle (2), Carl Hagelin (0), Brandon Prust (1), Brandon Dubinsky (1) Michael Del Zotto (2), Marc Staal (1), Mike Rupp (0), John Mitchell (0), Stu Bickel (0) and Steve Eminger (0) combined, well, that’s a problem.

5) And mucho credit due to the Devils. Mucho. Going to be really interesting to see if they can shut down the L.A. Kings now. While giving credit to the Devils, isn’t it remarkable how they keep re-stocking their talent? They’ve got a lot of young guys who can sure play. Best organization in sports?

[4]6) NBC, which once again gave us a production that seemed as it it were the network’s first game—I mean, could we get one replay of the winning goal, start to finish, that didn’t look like it was shot from the moon?—gets what it deserves. A ratings bummer.

7) These starts by the Rangers were clearly their downfall. The one in Game 5, I didn’t think it was so awful, but three pucks went in, so it was a disaster. The one in Game 6, I thought, was a case of Marc Staal being too aggressive on one (missing his man, then not picking up the trailer), one on which Ryan Callahan was over-aggressive on the PK, leaving Ilya Kovalchuk all alone for a dunk, and one pinch by Dan Girardi on which Henrik Lundqvist bailed him out.

8) I agree with Torts. I don’t think fatigue can be an issue at this stage. I don’t. Everybody’s tired now to some degree. But if you’re dog tired after 18, 19, 20 games, you can’t win the Cup. The ‘94 Rangers were just beat to hell by the Devils—and please, don’t ever compare this series to that one in terms of nastiness and brutality—and got to Game 20 up 3-1 on Vancouver. Maybe that took a toll on that much older team. You have to be able to play more than 18, 19, 20 games to win.

9) Kovalchuk took over the playoff scoring lead wth his 17th and 18th points. Going into last night, Claude Giroux was the leader. He played in 10 games. What does that say about the Rangers, Devils and Kings? (well, in fairness, he played against a Pittsburgh team that embarrassed itself defensively and in goal). [5]

10) I don’t even know how to say anything about Henrik Lundqvist at this moment. He deserves better. In every series in which he’s played in his career, he has stolen games, including one or two in this series (the Devils really could have won all six games). This year he finally won some OTs, and he won a couple of 2-1 Game 7s. But he needs to take it one more step. Then another. And I’m not blaming him one bit for any loss in this series, even Game 5, when there seemed to be an idiotic number of fingers aimed at him.

11) Break-up day is Monday. We’ll do some analysis and discussion today and tomorrow, then Josh and I will tackle Monday—Tortorella, who said he learned a lot about his players, some of it good, some not so good, might be interesting in his post mortem. Then, as I said, a Live Chat at some point during the week. Then the Summer of Carp begins. I had forgotten how strenuous it is to cover a long playoff run.

12) Sally sends this reminder, and it is critical: “Please send me beard pics before you shave. Thanks. Zetterburger@gmail.com [6]

13) Judging from the picture on top, do you think Buffalo Sabres fans think that goal should have counted?

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My Three Rangers Stars:
1) Ryan McDonagh.
2) Ruslan Fedotenko.
3) Dan Girardi.
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Josh (age 26) Thomson’s Three Rangers Stars:
1) Ryan McDonagh.
2) Henrik Lundqvist.
3) Ryan Callahan.
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RangerJHW’s Three Rangers Stars:
1) Ryan Callahan.
2) Ruslan Fedotenko.
3) Artem Anisimov.
4) Boneheads—proud to be one! Go L.A.!
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AP photos, above.

 


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