Experienced Rangers: We won’t relax in Game 2 … It’ll be Emery in goal for Flyers again

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First a couple of things … Looks like we’re going to try to do the Live Chat with Dave Maloney at some point Wednesday afternoon after practice, assuming the Rangers do indeed have a practice, whether it be a full workout or an optional.

Second, our friend Manny (Nannu, Nanny, Diver, etc.) has put up the BEFORE pictures for The 5th Sometimes-Annual, 2013-2014, Paul Mara Playoff Beard Contest

He said, and I quote: “I assume a few more entries will slowly roll in from our more lazy Boneheads…”

http://semiannualpaulmaraplayoffbeardcontest.wordpress.com/2014/04/19/the-official-before-pictures/

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Here’s my story from The Journal News and lohud.com:

By Rick Carpiniello

NEW YORK – If you’re not getting better during a playoff series, you’re getting worse.

Having played in five playoff series the last two springtimes, the core of the Rangers understands this. So does their newest player, Martin St. Louis, a former Stanley Cup champ, and Alain Vigneault, who has 79 playoff games as a head coach.

Don’t underestimate lessons such as these. Inexperienced teams, as the Rangers were just a few years ago, might relax after a win, as the Rangers did just a few years ago.

They head into Game 2 against Philadelphia, on Sunday at the Garden at noon, off a 4-1 win in which they were the better team, but were 1-1 in the third period and had to kill a big penalty to keep it tied. Statistically, the Rangers dominated. It was still a game they could have lost.

“I think they’re going to be a lot different and we’ve got to match that, or even more,” said Brad Richards, a Cup champ and Conn Smythe Trophy winner with 94 career playoff games, coming off a three-point Game 1. “This is where we have to realize the level is going to go way higher, and you can’t get caught … resting on Game 1. It’s going to be a whole new speed and intensity level, and we’ve got to rise to that.

“We got on them quick. We tried to move the puck up quick and get it out of our zone. We didn’t spend a lot of time there. That’s the way we’ve been playing all year. But like I said, it’s going to have to be quicker. There’s going to be more hits. That’s just the way it goes in a playoff series. Every game is going to be faster and better.”

The Rangers will face Ray Emery in goal again, as Steve Mason (probable concussion) practiced at the Garden Saturday but was ruled out by coach Craig Berube and general manager Paul Holmgren. Mason will not even dress as the backup, Berube said.

Emery was hardly the problem for the Flyers. Their problem was with the way the Rangers defended, and dominated possession and zone time.

Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi shut down the Flyers’ top line, holding Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek without a point or a shot on goal. It was the third time in five meetings this season that those two were off the scoresheet, and in one of the other two they combined for a meaningless goal with less than two minutes left in a Garden loss.

“The best way to play defense is to hold on to the puck and keep them in their own end,” Rangers winger Rick Nash said.

“I do know when you play against a line like that, you’ve got to do the right things with the puck,” Vigneault said. “And so far, I think we’ve done a good job there.”

Now they have to do it again. And better.

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182 Comments

  1. Sioux-per-man on

    Dubi is having a good game, but if his team is going to win he will have finish his chances.

  2. Sioux-per-man on

    Blue Jackets could use Matt Frattin, but he isn’t going to score from the press box. No wonder they can’t win a game in the playoffs

    Penguins are in control of this game.

  3. Stranger Nation on

    BJs cant finish

    The first Pissburg goal looked fishy, never showed replay – off a hand or directed by arm?

  4. high scoring games so far in the playoffs. think our game was the lowest number of goal scored.

  5. It’s always nice to finish a big bag of chips and some gummy candy and feel like Cooke and realize you are watching men battling after 60 minutes of battling……. well, damn

  6. Has anyone ever won the cup, or at least a playoff series, with anyone on the team named “Darcy”?

  7. You guys are astounding at in depth hockey knowledge. It’s an honor to hang out here with you.

  8. Seth Jones is a stud. He’s no Ekblad (probably) but he’s good.

    MacKinnon is AMAZING AWESOME UNREAL ETC

  9. Stranger Nation on

    Darcy Regier was on the Island Dorks AHL team when they won their last two cups…

  10. Rob in Beantown on

    Does anybody know how old MacKinnen is? I can’t seem to figure out how old he is.

  11. Carp again hits the fat part of the nail re: Girardi and McD who opened a bit shaky, but responded like gold nuggets. As in his previous offering, he extolled the 4th line. Too many overlook all of this and extol only the guy who finds a net.

  12. Rough offsides call. NHL is lucky that didn’t cost them.

    Weren’t the Aves involved in the last horrendous offsides call?

  13. ThisYearsModel on

    Seabrook has a hearing. I am guessing he gets 1 game. Can’t see them having the onions to go beyond 1. As for Backes…….hard to believe he does not have a concussion. He was wobbly. I would also like to see someone smack Jonathan Toews, that captain of virtue who chirped and mocked Backes while he was wobbling after having his head rammed into the boards.

  14. ThisYearsModel on

    Backes should be out for awhile. For the rest of this series, at least. Big hole in their lineup.

  15. Excellent Carp….Holy hartnell, you and Dave… please let mama know so she can call in sick that hour….I miss too many Charps, but this will kill me….

    fyi, I’m not lazy, Manny and I just has a miscommunication….:)

  16. Good morning all! Before I go niters, let me be the first to wish CTB a happy 26th birthday!!!

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