1) We will have our first Live Playoff Chat of the series Thursday at 1 p.m. Be there. Or else.
2) Somebody mentioned to me about Mr. Jacobs, you know, the Bruins owner who was probably the single most responsible person for giving you fans the finger during his lockout crusade. And how last year when the Rangers won Game 7s, both times they had one day off and then went right into the next series. And how Mr. Jacobs’ team plays a Game 7 and, what a surprise, gets two days off. And you think Alex Ovechkin thinks there are conspiracies in the NHL?
3) Speaking of which, maybe the NHL can light up two sides of the Empire State Building in black and gold this week. Maybe Mr. Jacobs can have one of those self-embarrassing press conferences like he had on opening night. Rich clown.
4) Hey, we got a shout out from my friend, Alec Wilkinson, at the New Yorker. You can see it here.
5) When Rangers-Bruins became reality, most people thought about the rivalry in the 1970s, when it was Brad Park against Bobby Orr, Ed Giacomin against Gerry Cheevers, and the GAG Line vs. Phil Esposito and Co. (Bumper sticker: “Jesus saves, Espo scores on the rebound.”). You have to be in your 50s to have memories of those series. But you have to be a lot older to remember the 1939 series, when the Bruins went up 3-0 and the Rangers won the next three games to force a Game 7, which Boston won … 2-1 in triple overtime!
6) Anybody got any memories from the 1970s series between ya boys and the Big Bads? Or earlier?
7) You know what was really funny, about a week ago? Mike Francesa talking about the Rangers and Islanders’ series heading into their respective Game 5s, and saying how the Islanders had the easier path to win the series because they had won a road game already and, something like, they’ve already snapped the integrity of home ice in the series. That the longer you go, the harder it is to win one on the road (as if it’s the NBA, for God sakes). And, well, how’d that all turn out?
8) That conspiracy theory stuff from Ovechkin, and from a lot of the Capitals players, actually, not to mention some of the credentialed “media” down there in D.C., was pretty hilarious, since Ovechkin in the seven-game series with the Rangers last spring and the seven-gamer these past two weeks, has gotten away with multiple, ahem, infractions that not only didn’t draw discipline from the NHL, but weren’t even called as minor penalties. Not to mention the unpenalized assaults by Mike Ribeiro.
9) Some pretty cool notes in the post-game notes, coming up later, including this: The Rangers and Bruins have been separated by one goal in 19 of their last 24 regular season meetings, including eight games that required extra time and six that went to the shootout, dating back to Mar. 24, 2007. Four of the other five games during the stretch were decided by two goals, while one was decided by three goals (3-0 win on Feb. 14, 2012 at BOS). New York is 12-5-2 in one-goal games against Boston over the span.
10) … And this, about Caps-Rangers: The Rangers held the lead for 183:13, were tied for 219:48, and trailed for 34:23 in the series. The Blueshirts tallied the first goal in five of the seven games.
11) I know, I know. I still have to judge the first-round predictions contest. I will. I promise.
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