Lundqvist makes evolving Rangers a dangerous playoff team

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Here’s my column from The Journal News and LoHud.com today (Associated Press photo):

By Rick Carpiniello

WASHINGTON — When these playoffs began, the Rangers were a mediocre, inconsistent sixth seed. When their first round was two games old, they looked exactly like what they had been for 48 games during the NHL’s regular season.

But funny things happen in the playoffs. There is an evolution. Sixteen teams get in. Eight go home right away. And the eight who move on evolve. You can be a dangerous team in the first round. But all first-round winners are dangerous.

So now the Rangers are that, a dangerous team for Boston. Just as Boston — which looked feeble at times in its first round, failing to put away Toronto, and then falling behind 4-1 in Game 7 — is a dangerous team now, too.

The Rangers are dangerous if they continue to get contributions from their depth, and if they continue to play hard on the forecheck, and in their own end. That might not be enough, of course, if Rick Nash doesn’t pop the cork on some offense, for example.

The Rangers, though, are going to have an edge in any series they play — between the pipes. Henrik Lundqvist wasn’t as good in the 99-day sprint as he had been the season before. But in the past two weeks, he’s been as good as he’s ever been, and better than every other goalie on the globe.

After Game 5 against the Washington Capitals, Lundqvist turned away from the waiting microphones, cameras and notebooks and stared into the top of his locker room stall, at nothing in particular, just out of his mind with frustration and disappointment at allowing Mike Ribeiro’s fluky overtime goal that put the Caps up 3-2 in the series. He flung his blocker. He looked like he was trembling.

Then one of the most competitive athletes in pro sports hung up back-to-back shutouts in elimination games to carry the Rangers into the next round. In the last three games in Washington, he allowed one goal in regulation. He had plenty of help — for example, Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi, bruised and bloody, holding Alex Ovechkin without a point over the final five games — and after the otherworldly 1-0 win in Game 6, Lundqvist had some offensive support in Game 7.

Still, if he doesn’t make the save on Mike Green’s break-in just moments before Arron Asham scored down on the other end, the Rangers are probably throwing their gear into Hefty bags today, not practicing for Boston.

Somebody used the hockey cliché, telling Lundqvist he “stood on his head.”

“I don’t know about that,” he said with a smile. “I felt I got the support that I needed to play my game, and it’s a lot of credit to the team.

“Obviously the way we played in such an important game is going to help us moving forward. Everybody did the right thing out there, and they played confident, and I felt like we set the tone in the first period, the way we wanted to play.

This is why they’re dangerous now:

“The more we played, the better we played as a team and the more confident we got,” Lundqvist said. “As a goalie, when you feel that confidence from the group, it’s a lot easier to play.”

Rangers coach John Tortorella didn’t want to be too effusive in praising Lundqvist because of the impressive way the other 18 skaters played.

“We have a good group,” he said after the four wins in five games. “We just stay with it. It’s a group that totally understands just taking it one game at a time. And down 2-0, I just didn’t think we were that far off. I think a number of people thought, ‘You’re down 2-0; you’re not going to get this done.’ It is a tough hill to climb. But we just went about our business, taking it one day at a time, and Henrik was obviously fantastic through the series, and we found a way.

“Henrik is our backbone, and for us to continue to play, to get through a series, a goaltender has to be. We certainly know we’re going to get that from Henrik.”

 

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  1. In hindsight, I’m happy about the new post.

    @ThePHWA

    Centers Patrice Bergeron (BOS), Pavel Datsyuk (DET) and Jonathan Toews (CHI) are finalists for the 2012-13 Frank J. Selke Trophy.

  2. Now you have me standing on my head, and it’s much harder for me – where’s my accolades?

  3. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    Toews wins this in a land slide!!!

    Gotta support the Fighting Sioux alum….yes!!

  4. Carp – can we lose the Caps reporters from the Twidget? In hindsight, it was great to have them, but in foresight, I think we should replace them with Boston writers.

  5. Rob in Beantown on

    There was a former Rangers captain that was pretty competitive too. Who was more competitive?

  6. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    Great article Carp!!!

    Just imagine if he can continue 0 goal games.

    The Defense will only get stronger will Staal.

    Carp – any thoughts on Staal? Do you think we will see him in this series against Boston?

  7. no more steve whyno kattie carrera and chuck gormley in twitter get out the golf clubs losers and go join ovie. see you in october

  8. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    JR – I like the guy, but good thing he has Milbury there to finish his sentences.

  9. Rob in Beantown on

    If the Rangers are practicing at Agganis I wonder if Gilroy will point out his Hobey banner to everyone on the team.

  10. If he does ride ( Richards) tell him it’s time to lose the training wheels. It’s embarrassing……. In plainsight.

  11. The Bruins twitter feed says that Bruins defensemen Wade Redden, Andrew Ference and Dennis Seidenberg are the only players not taking part in Bruins practice today.

    Redden and Ference didn’t play in game seven against the Maple Leafs while Seidenberg was injured early in the game.

    Their lines are:

    Milan Lucic, David Krejci, Nathan Horton
    Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, Jaromir Jagr
    Rich Peverly, Chris Kelly, Tyler Seguin
    Danielle Paille, Gregory Campbell, Shawn Thornton

    The Rangers practice at 12PM

  12. The Bruins twitter feed says that Bruins defensemen Wade Redden, Andrew Ference and Dennis Seidenberg are the only players not taking part in Bruins practice today.

    Redden and Ference didn’t play in game seven against the Maple Leafs while Seidenberg was injured early in the game.

    Their lines are:

    Milan Lucic, David Krejci, Nathan Horton
    Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, Jaromir Jagr
    Rich Peverly, Chris Kelly, Tyler Seguin
    Danielle Paille, Gregory Campbell, Shawn Thornton

  13. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    Great to listen to in the backround.

    Torts gives a much better interview, when he has time to decompress, and has intelegent questions.

    Talks about the Power Play missing a canon from the blueline. Makes you wonder ….. who gets shopped in the off season looking for one.

  14. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    ilb – I think he has a chance, but his faceoff % has to be in the top 3 to win it. His plus/minus is there. Not sure on his take aways.

  15. manny

    yes jagr gets booed because its the playoffs. if this was regular season i say no. jagr brought this team back from the dead. i always enjoyed him

  16. danny and mac will be paired against lucic line.

    jagr against stralman and del zaster could be problems with his rear end and not being able to knock him off the puck

  17. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I’d go with Biron in game 1. No need for the rangers to show their hand.

  18. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    Manny – I can’t boo Jagr. Just cant.

    He was a Great Captain. Great Personality. And will be amoung the Hockey Gods when he retires.

    How he is still getting it done, is amazing.

    I respect him to much to boo him.

    That said I want Hank to shut him out.

  19. S’up, Papa Bear? I think we should put my avatar in your avatar’s mouth. That would look fierce.

    But also, I’m a little worried that it’s a bear and we’re playing the Bruins. Where lay your allegiances?

  20. The Bruins twitter feed says that Bruins defensemen Wade Redden, Andrew Ference and Dennis Seidenberg are the only players not taking part in Bruins practice today.

    Redden and Ference didn’t play in game seven against the Maple Leafs while Seidenberg was injured early in the game.

    Their lines are:

    Milan Lucic, David Krejci, Nathan Horton
    Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, Jaromir Jagr
    Rich Peverly, Chris Kelly, Tyler Seguin
    Danielle Paille, Gregory Campbell, Shawn Thornton

    The Rangers practice at 12PM

  21. Rob in Beantown on

    What are the Bruins lines at practice? And when do the Rangers practice?

  22. FYI Rob:

    The Bruins twitter feed says that Bruins defensemen Wade Redden, Andrew Ference and Dennis Seidenberg are the only players not taking part in Bruins practice today.

    Redden and Ference didn’t play in game seven against the Maple Leafs while Seidenberg was injured early in the game.

    Their lines are:

    Milan Lucic, David Krejci, Nathan Horton
    Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, Jaromir Jagr
    Rich Peverly, Chris Kelly, Tyler Seguin
    Danielle Paille, Gregory Campbell, Shawn Thornton

    The Rangers practice at 12PM

  23. @kcarrera

    Martin Erat dislocated his elbow on collision with Ovechkin and Stepan. *Would have* been ready for second round.

  24. Rob in Beantown on

    Nevermind, I found the answer:

    The Bruins twitter feed says that Bruins defensemen Wade Redden, Andrew Ference and Dennis Seidenberg are the only players not taking part in Bruins practice today.

    Redden and Ference didn’t play in game seven against the Maple Leafs while Seidenberg was injured early in the game.

    Their lines are:

    Milan Lucic, David Krejci, Nathan Horton
    Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, Jaromir Jagr
    Rich Peverly, Chris Kelly, Tyler Seguin
    Danielle Paille, Gregory Campbell, Shawn Thornton

    The Rangers practice at 12PM

  25. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    JR had 2 great quotes in between periods of Sharks/Kings:

    .on Dustin Brown – “…he brings his physical presence every day”

    On the hawks – “…if you try to stop Tays, ya gotta stop Kane, if you gotta stop Kane, ya gotta stop Hossa….”

    I had to rewind each about 5 times to fully understand what he was actually mumbling…

    Totally adismal

  26. Yea. Playoffs = Boo the crap out of Jagr. Chant his name. Destroy the Bruins mentally.

  27. FYI ROB: I was going to post them but in hindsight it appears Sally posted twice, eric once and Nanny once.

  28. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Battle of the car seats as to who gets the last pretzel rod:

    Torts vs Liam

  29. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I’ve got to go exponentiate some matrices… See y’all much later….

  30. Eddie, you asked 4 it:

    Nevermind, I found the answer:

    The Bruins twitter feed says that Bruins defensemen Wade Redden, Andrew Ference and Dennis Seidenberg are the only players not taking part in Bruins practice today.

    Redden and Ference didn’t play in game seven against the Maple Leafs while Seidenberg was injured early in the game.

    Their lines are:

    Milan Lucic, David Krejci, Nathan Horton
    Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, Jaromir Jagr
    Rich Peverly, Chris Kelly, Tyler Seguin
    Danielle Paille, Gregory Campbell, Shawn Thornton

    The Rangers practice at 12PM

  31. Stranger Nation on

    Milan Lucic, David Krejci, Nathan Horton
    Were dominant at times in last series; 11g, 18A in 7 Gs

    Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, Jaromir Jagr
    Not so productive save for Per 3 in game 7: 3G, 8A in 7Gs
    Bergeron was 2G, 1A in game 7

    Rich Peverly, Chris Kelly, Tyler Seguin
    No O from these guys in last series; 1G, 1A in 7Gs

    Danielle Paille, Gregory Campbell, Shawn Thornton
    same as line above – no Offensive from these s’mos; 1G, 2A in 7 Gs

    One line wonders?

    Only Marchand nose..

  32. This is all I’ve got eddie (it’s not much)

    The Bruins twitter feed says that Bruins defensemen Wade Redden, Andrew Ference and Dennis Seidenberg are the only players not taking part in Bruins practice today.

    Redden and Ference didn’t play in game seven against the Maple Leafs while Seidenberg was injured early in the game.

    Their lines are:

    Milan Lucic, David Krejci, Nathan Horton
    Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, Jaromir Jagr
    Rich Peverly, Chris Kelly, Tyler Seguin
    Danielle Paille, Gregory Campbell, Shawn Thornton

    The Rangers practice at 12PM

  33. Hope this helps.

    The Bruins twitter feed says that Bruins defensemen Wade Redden, Andrew Ference and Dennis Seidenberg are the only players not taking part in Bruins practice today.

    Redden and Ference didn’t play in game seven against the Maple Leafs while Seidenberg was injured early in the game.

    Their lines are:

    Milan Lucic, David Krejci, Nathan Horton
    Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, Jaromir Jagr
    Rich Peverly, Chris Kelly, Tyler Seguin
    Danielle Paille, Gregory Campbell, Shawn Thornton

    The Rangers practice at 12PM

  34. FYI ILB:

    The Bruins twitter feed says that Bruins defensemen Wade Redden, Andrew Ference and Dennis Seidenberg are the only players not taking part in Bruins practice today.

    Redden and Ference didn’t play in game seven against the Maple Leafs while Seidenberg was injured early in the game.

    Their lines are:

    Milan Lucic, David Krejci, Nathan Horton

    Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, Jaromir Jagr
    Rich Peverly, Chris Kelly, Tyler Seguin
    Danielle Paille, Gregory Campbell, Shawn Thornton

    The Rangers practice at 12PM

  35. I can’t personally bring myself to boo Jagr, well right now I can’t. If he scores a few goals this series that could change rather quickly

  36. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    Toews has the better numbers overall. Out of the 3 nominees he is 2nd in face offs, 1st in +/- and tied for 1st in takeaways.

    Almost have to give it to him with those numbers, right?

    Ilb-now how far back is Stepan?

  37. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    What about Boston’s Defense?

    Chara can’t be playing 36+ minutes every game. He won’t last if he plays over half the game.

  38. Bryzgalov on Stalin:

    Stalin is a very controversial figure. How do you feel about him?

    “Positive. I see logic in his action. Not without going too far, of course. But he came to power in a country that had just lived through a revolution. There were so many spies, enemies, traitors there. A lot of people still had guns after the civil war. The country was in ruins, [people] needed to survive somehow. The country needed to be rebuilt, and in order to do that it needed to be held in iron hands. Then WWII began. A lot of people came back from that war with guns as well. There was devastation all around, the country had to be rebuilt, had to be able to defend itself. There were so many criminals.”

    So many words I want to use right now. None of them Lohud appropriate.

  39. Yes remove Caps reporters once they finish their breakup day interviews. Then put Boston reporters in. Though I get the feeling the amount of homerism will be unbearable pretty quickly.

  40. I’d start with “idiot”, Lyova. But I agree, all other words would have to be in Russian.

  41. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    2 questions –

    First, I had to step away – I had asked what are Boston’s line? I don’t want to scroll up to see if it was answered.

    Second, if Marchand were on his back, what/who is taller? Marchand’s nose, torts, or Liam?

    Also, how big a car seat would Marchand’s nose need?

  42. I love how the Caps reporters keep going on and on about this guy would have played, that guy would have played against Boston. Makes it really sound like they are dead.

  43. Rob in Beantown on

    Did all of Boston’s d-men play in Game 7 against the Maple Leaves, or did some not play?

  44. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Turn of the century, 99% of russia was illiterate. Stalin’s interpretation of Lenin’s interpretation of Marxist doctrine led him to believe the only way to modernize would be to incorporate that insane series of 5 year plans where he had to, for starters, collectivize land – which led the kulaks to burn their own farms and kill their animals – 20 million kulaks died as a result / Stalin brought Russia into the 20th century -,but at what cost?

  45. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Stalin was very clever. He had his hand in many many post 1917 committees so that when Lenin died suddenly and everyone looked around for a successor – it was Trotsky or Stalin. Since Stalin was privy to behind the scenes machinations as a result of his “volunteering” in so many sub committees – it was decided Josef from Georgia was the one. Still afraid of the trotsky boys – Stalin had to get rid of him – and a knife in Mexico city settled that.

  46. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    On another note, if matrix A is not invertible and you are looking at a homogeneous system – after Gaussian row reduction, how do you best describe the infinite number of solutions to said system?

  47. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    And the party is over, I’m so tired. I see you calling, in the corner…

  48. Doodie Machetto on

    ilb, I don’t see that, no. Maybe he gets one nomination, but there are just so many guys ahead of him. Anze Kopitar will be the next Selke darling in line after Datsyuk retires. Expect a lot of Toews-Bergeron-Kopitar nominations.

  49. Astute as ever, it was reported that Lundqvist insisted that McDonuts get the Broadway hat.

  50. eddie eddie eddie….those posts sound like outtakes from Good Will Hunting….when Matt Damon embarrassed the ponytail dude in the Harvard bar.

  51. Stranger Nation on

    But Stalin made the trains run on time…over bodies, but still on time.

  52. San Diego Chargers, re: Drew Brees: In hindsight, we want our Quarterback by Monday morning.

  53. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Sb1 – good will was doing some cool graph theory. Combinatorics. Not the deepest subset in the Mathematics field, but certainly interesting. My gibberish is more related to ultimately finding solutions to a system of first order linear differential equations. Writing a lecture I be about to be giving…This is the linear algebra part of the drama.

  54. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I like when I have an hour to figure out something I can’t do. The pressure mounts and my brain surges with blood as I attempt to do what seems impossible….

    The alternative is to just keep blogging and wing the lecture which is way more fun – in hindsight.

  55. eddie, 11:33 – It’s always a good idea to air out the matrices now and again, at least once every Spring.

  56. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    Hank won’t be truly elite until he starts allowing -1 goals per game. Or at least chipping one in once in awhile.

  57. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    LW – I knew that nose had to be taller than torts standing on liam’s shoulders.

  58. I’ll say one thing for Katie Carrera – she gave us the rule on slew-footing which delineated why Dorsett was not guilty of same.

  59. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I mentioned earlier – but I’d give Biron the start in Game 1. Shows the B’s how confident we are.

  60. Who’s asssigned to Jagr? He and Dorsett are both third line right wingers, so I guess it won’t be Derek, but I think he’d be the perfect aggravater.

  61. Amazing to me how little respect the Rangers get from the Caps. According to them our goalie was spectacular and we got a few lucky bounces. The play on which Asham scored was a lucky play that turned the momentum of the game. Its like they think they were entitled to win, which is exactly why they never do.

  62. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Ilb – good point. Fatigue is not what is needed this time of year. On the other hand, what is needed…. What we need, what we need…..

    Is Solidarity.

  63. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    I gues we can give up the guys with the concussios.

    No Staal, Clowe, or Powe.

    I was hoping Staal would play this series.

    I wonder if he is done for the year.

  64. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Peter – the caps should have swept the series. Rangers were lucky. Caps would have won the cup this year. But then, I guess not.

  65. The Caps are almost as annoying as their stupid fans. They are stubborn though. Continuing to build around a guy that is not a goalie.

  66. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Sioux – best let those 3 noodles fully heal. Shut them all done in terms of contact till next season.

    Ricardo – are any of the 3 even working out at this point?

  67. Doodie Machetto on

    ilb, yes, but look at a guy like Kopitar who is a great two way player with a much higher profile than Stepan, yet still can’t get a nomination.

    Stepan just doesn’t have the name. He may one day, you never know. I certainly hope so. But as someone else mentioned, as a center, he will need a much better faceoff percentage.

    But, barring injury, there will only be one nomination spot available for the next 5 years because the other two will be Toews and Bergeron.

  68. Doodie Machetto on

    Manny, not many recent successful teams were built around their goaltender. I’d say you would have to go back to the 2003 Devils for a team built around it’s goaltender. Not that goaltenders weren’t important in the Cup runs or even more fundamentally in the team’s design, but not since Brodeur in 2003 has a team that won the Cup been singularly built around the goaltender.

    2012 Kings: not built around Quick

    2011 Bruins: not built around Thomas (although he was very important to the design)

    2010 Hawks: not built around Niemi

    2009 Penguins: not built around Fleury

    2008 Wings: not built around Osgood

    2007 Ducks: not built around Giguere

    2006 Canes: not built around Ward

    2004 Lightning: not built around Khabibulin (although he was very important to the design)

    2003 Devils: Built around Brodeur

  69. Doodie Machetto on

    yes, I’m defining success as a Cup victory since we were talking about the Capitals, for whom just making the playoffs shouldn’t be enough anymore.

  70. Doodie Machetto on

    Sioux, I wouldn’t be surprised if Staal is out for the year. I’m worried he may be the next Manny Malhotra. It might just be over for him.

  71. Washington needs to have a better look at their real issues. They won three games in their building, two in OT, both could go either way. The games they lost, they gave up a lot of goals.

  72. @TSNBobMcKenzie

    SJ’s Raffi Torres will have disciplinary hearing with NHL for hit on LA’s Jarret Stoll. Sounds like request is for an in-person hearing.

    *********************

    Sounds like Raffi Torres is about to get sued again.

  73. I just think Ovechkin’s stupid comment of “one guy can’t win a series” referring to himself is completely maddening (especially if I was a Caps fan). Because one guy CAN win/steal a series, a Goalie. Specifically Lundqvist. A Forward, on his own, is usually not going to be able to steal a series single handedly and definitely would be unable to steal and entire playoff round after round all the way to the Cup.

  74. @KatieStrangESPN

    #NYR Torts happy w/ how his team is playing. Was happy club wasn’t “whining” like Caps. “I think that’s a big reason they lose that series”

  75. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Doodle – kings may not have been built around Quick – but he wasn’t the conn Smyth winner without reason – he was huge last season – and even bigger once the playoffs started..

  76. Doodie Machetto on

    I didn’t say those guys weren’t important. Just said that the teams weren’t built around them. Cam Ward won the Conn Smythe too and he started the playoffs as the backup.

  77. My point may have been convoluted by my abilities as a poster but the point is more to Ovechkin’s comments, you need a goalie that can stand on his head and you need the goalie to do that or you don’t have the ability to beat a team who has that. If Hank let’s up 0 goals, the Rangers will win.

  78. Doodie Machetto on

    And Manny, I’ve seen forwards single-handedly control a series as well. The most recent example that comes to mind is the Vancouver-Nashville series when Kesler went into complete beast mode. He single-handedly won Vancouver that series.

  79. Doodie Machetto on

    Manny, it wasn’t like Holtby was some slouch for most of the series. Before game 7, he gave up the exact same amount of goals in the series as Lundqvist. Game 7… not so much.

  80. Manny, Ovies right. 1 guy alone can’t win a series. 2 are required, 1 to score and 1 to prevent.

    So in hindsight, Ovie should have scored more and Holtby should have prevented more.

  81. Doodie Machetto on

    Our top guys didn’t score either, by the way. But our depth guys carried us through.

  82. Stranger Nation on

    Reasonable Caps fans recognize their D is very flawed with either Offensive Dmen with little D in their game or Slow muckers.

    Coos – Torts should match up our fav checking line of Pie-hat/Boyle/Dorsett against their first line – Loose Cheeks/Krikee/Hoo Gives a Horton

  83. Holtby is garbage. He’s just not the goaltender that people think he is.

    I will continue to make that assertion. Hindsight be damned!

  84. Stranger Nation on

    Doodie – Bros-hard/Brassballs is one of our top guys – 2nd line center – get used to it…in hindsight

  85. Doodie Machetto on

    I don’t think he’s a franchise netminder by any stretch of the imagination, but he certainly played well in games 1-6.

  86. Doodie Machetto on

    In the playoffs he’s easily been our 1st. Stepan has been a bit of a milk-carton candidate, as have all of our previously “top” forwards.

  87. Rob in Beantown on

    I don’t know the context, but Ovi’s “one man can’t win a series” quote would be even more maddening coming from a guy who scored what, one goal, and it was in Game 1?

  88. Rob in Beantown on

    Like you’d expect that kind of quote from a guy like Lundqvist if the Rangers had lost game 7.

  89. Rob in Beantown on

    Well, you wouldn’t expect it from Lundqvist cause he’s classier than that, but you know what I mean

  90. Don’t mind the Caps bemoaning being on the short end of a very tight series that could have gone either way very easily, because that’s true. But the incessant whining about the officiating from the top to bottom of the organisation says a lot about them.

  91. True those teams may not have been built around goaltenders but every single team had a guy playing lights out in the playoffs. Quick, Thomas, Niemi, Osgood ( 14–4 with a 1.55 GAA), Ward, Khabibulin, Giguere all were fantastic in the playoffs those years and I seem to recall Fleury having a great run too. Doesnt mean that a team like the Rangers with great goaltending will win, but let’s excuse oueselves (and the Capitals) of the notion that the Rangers only advanced because of one guy. In games 3 and 4 Henk gave up 3 goals each time but the Rangers’ depth scoring won those games.

    And people also overestimate the impact the big scorers have in the playoffs. It is not at all uncommon for the biggest scorers during the regular season to get shut down somewhat during the playoffs because they always draw the top coverages and get doubled up and keyed on. Look at what happened to the Caps. Depth scoring is huge in the playoffs and that’s exactly what the Rangers have been getting. Instead of worrying that Nash isn’t doing enough, people should be psyched that they were able to advance without him scoring at all.

  92. Strange, I’ll go along with your 1:44. You’ve proved correct in the past.

  93. And guys like Dustin Penner to completely step up offensively.

    Nothing in Hockey is as reliable as a good netminder.

  94. Ovy also insinuated to a Russian reporter that the fix was in. It was in one of the NY papers. You can probably find his comments somewhere on Google.

  95. Ovehckin is a moron. If her were the franchise piece of my team I would find a new sport. (not really)

  96. Yes Doodie, Stepan has been a milk carton candidate except for those 2 game winning goals.

    Caps were the hottest team in the league entering the post-season, they were 13-2-2 and when you add in games 1 and 2 they were 15-2-2 and the Rangers then took 4 of 5 from them in all fashions. High scoring games, low scoring games, and a shutout.

  97. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    LW3H – Blog of the Day – Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!!!

    2003 Devils: Built around Brodeur

    “We’re gonna need more bricks!”

    Thanks for the laugh LW

  98. Papa Bear- LMGO! Also, only people with a decent knowledge of highly sophisticated Russian profanity would use that word. You may have to clarify that part.

  99. Hagerstown Md Rangers fan on

    It has been said that Yogi Bear is smarter than the average bear. After all he constantly out smarted that park ranger. Well these are different bears and very different Rangers. The bears from Boston I’m sure are pretty smart but there is one big big problem they will not be able to solve and he wears #30. He will not allow his picnic basket to be stolen by these bears. Want proof see #8 Alex “I’m still crying about the refs” Ovechkin. Only one picnic basket for him and then he went hungry for 6 games. Now I realize my logic is somewhat may we say unusual but what I take from all of this is Rangers in 6. Henrik will not be denied and Nash has got to score one of these days after all even a broken clock is right twice a day.

  100. As much as it was a tight seven game series the Caps wins can be summed up pretty quickly, 3 goal 2nd period in game 1, and OT goals in game 2 and 5. Yes the made the breaks to get the 2 OT goals but is it that much of a stretch to say the Rangers could have won 5, 6 or even all 7 of the games?

    Does it seem like OV’s child like whining and excuses kind of fit in with his constant jumping with his knees bent anytime he is on the ice for a Caps goal?

  101. Then again if it was the Caps scoring 13 seconds into the 3rd period of game 7 rather than Callahan I know I would have totally expected a collapse.

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