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SCF Game 5: Send it back to New York

AP Photo/Bruce Bennett, Pool

AP Photo/Bruce Bennett, Pool

The Rangers managed to avoid the sweep on Wednesday night, taking Game Four and sending the series back to LA. Now the goal is to make the series come back to MSG. It’s not an easy task, but the Rangers have been in every single game so far (Game Three is a stretch, but they had their chances). It’s been a close series, so there’s no reason to believe the Rangers can’t take another game.

Daryl Sutter has the Kings playing a system similar to that of John Tortorella’s Rangers. They generally run an aggressive overload 2-1-2 forecheck (forecheckers attack the same side of the ice) and they play a 2-1-2 zone defense off the wall (two guys take the hit zone, one takes the support zone, two have the slot). Once the puck moves up high, depending on the matchup, they’ll attack the blue line or collapse their forwards.  They play a hybrid penalty kill, and a 1-3-1/modified umbrella on the powerplay.

Kevin did a complete preview and breakdown of this series here. Justin looked at Jonathan Quick and some deficiencies in his game here.

Rangers Lines:

Forwards

Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash
Chris Kreider-Dominic Moore-Martin St. Louis
Benoit Pouliot-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello
Brian Boyle-Brad Richards-Derek Dorsett

Defense

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Anton Stralman
John Moore-Kevin Klein

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: J.T. Miller (healthy), Justin Falk (healthy), Dan Carcillo (healthy), Raphael Diaz (healthy)

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2 Responses to “SCF Game 5: Send it back to New York”

  1. Walt says:

    Walt says:

    Jun 14, 2014 at 8:19 am

    I waited to post this morning, because I was soooo pissed off last night that I couldn’t sleep.

    We were 11-1 when leading going into the 3rd, and again we blew it. How did we blow it, that damn prevent defense, you can’t imagin how much I hate that. It cost us, along with the call against Zucc, WTF?????

    Please, someone explain to me what’s the effin reason to do this?? If we attack, we play in their zone, we don’t get scored on. Hank played his heart out, he deserved more support than what he got.

    Like my buddy Leatherneckinlv, size kills, and we have to address this over the off season. LA was big, strong, fast, and skilled. They never gave up, and it appeared that they toyed with us when they fell behind 2-0 in many games. It was like OK boys, let’s show them a thing or two.

    In closing, I have to say it was a great run, I lost sleep, got a bleeding ulcer, upst my wife with my yelling, but what else is new?? Slat’s please go out there and address the size issue, and grit, so that next year we can win the whole 9 yards!!! I’m proud of my boys, and take this as a lesson in what needs to be done to win it all!!

    • Gary says:

      Walt, I like your heart on your sleeve style. True Ranger fan. Bleeding for the Blue Shirts.

      I was actually sitting in an opera being bored to tears trying not to look at my phone. It was my daughter’s birthday present, she’s a Mozart fanatic.

      Anyway, got home to the DVR, was about to watch the 3rd period and wife spilled the beans that it was in double O/T so I switched to live only to be receive a dagger in the heart a little while later. I missed the 3rd period, which sounds like it was pivotal.

      I can’t stand that they sat back again. You go down with guns blazing, not trying to have an exhausted Dan Girardi trying to chase people down in the D zone.

      All in all, I agree with Walt. Very proud of this team this year. They gave us all they had.

      Things I’d like to see:

      1) Richards bought out, obviously.

      2) ROR or Stastny in. ROR would cost Stahl? Stasty would cost too much money? But we need a number one center because we don’t have one. So if not the above 2 (neither of which I’d call a supreme #1 center), then somebody. I just don’t think Step’s a #1 for a cup winner.

      3) Everybody talks about Stahl eventually leaving to join the trio in Carolina. What if it works the other way and we bring in Eric? Has he worn out his welcome there? Hell, I’ll take Jordan. I know, the cost… and we’ve traded so many 1st’s that it’s probably not doable unless we unload Nash, who I think still has value.

      4) Mac Truck becomes captain, hands down. Johnny Moore steps up. I’d love to see Stralman stay but he’s gone.

      This comment is rambling and getting boring/nonsensical. I can tell. I’ll clip it here. Tough way to end a great season. I knew they had it in them since they started to ‘get’ the system back in December.