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May
29

Conference Finals Game Seven: Buckle up

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It’s another Game 7 for the New York Rangers. This time though, the incredibly skilled Tampa Bay Lightning are what stand between the Rangers and a second straight Prince of Wales trophy. There’s not much else you need to say about a Game 7

Justin wrote a very detailed analysis on how to beat Ben Bishop, and I wrote a detailed systems/numbers preview of the series. Both are great reads if you haven’t already perused.

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Another day, another elimination game for the Rangers. This seems to be the status-quo recently. Henrik Lundqvist is 12-3 in elimination games, but the Bolts are probably the best overall team he’s faced in an elimination game since the Kings last year. The Bolts are without Cedric Paquette tonight, so maybe that will help. Then again, it’s been the top-six that have murdered the Rangers defense. Not the bottom six.

Justin wrote a very detailed analysis on how to beat Ben Bishop, and I wrote a detailed systems/numbers preview of the series. Both are great reads if you haven’t already perused.

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The Rangers got back to basics on Friday night, limiting the Bolts to one goal after allowing six in two straight losses. With the series tied at two, Game Five has become pivotal. A win for the Bolts means heading home with a chance to close it out. A win for the Rangers means all the pressure is on a young Lightning team. In a series that hasn’t lacked any excitement, tonight should be another pulse-elevating one.

Justin wrote a very detailed analysis on how to beat Ben Bishop, and I wrote a detailed systems/numbers preview of the series. Both are great reads if you haven’t already perused.

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After two straight games of giving up six goals to a potent Tampa Bay Lightning squad, the Rangers are in desperate need to even the series before heading back to New York. The Bolts won in overtime in Game 3 after the Rangers came back to tie the game twice. The game was an extreme disappointment for the Rangers, who blew a 2-0 lead and put up five goals in a loss. Simply put, if you have Lundqvist in net and you put up five goals, you need to win.

Team defense has been the story of the series, as the Rangers have blown coverages, haven’t back checked, and haven’t gap controlled at all in the last two games. Ben Bishop has been shaky, and the Tampa defense has been exploited, but in order for the Rangers to win, they need to get back to basics on defense.

Justin wrote a very detailed analysis on how to beat Ben Bishop, and I wrote a detailed systems/numbers preview of the series. Both are great reads if you haven’t already perused.

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The Lightning embarrassed the Rangers in Game Two on Monday night, taking advantage of stupid penalties and bad defense to the tune of a 6-2 demolition. Tonight is a new night, and the Rangers will look to rebound and regain the series lead. New York was probably better off getting blown out on Monday, as it forced a mental reset for them.

The Bolts, meanwhile, benefited greatly from special teams. Generally, the refs have let a lot of stuff go in the playoffs this year, but Game Two they called everything. The game was won by the Bolts on the back of special teams, but they also played a lot better at even strength.

Justin wrote a very detailed analysis on how to beat Ben Bishop, and I wrote a detailed systems/numbers preview of the series. Both are great reads if you haven’t already perused.

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The New York Rangers came roaring back last round, erasing a 3-1 deficit to beat the Capitals on Derek Stepan’s overtime winner. Now they have the Tampa Bay Lightning, a matchup not many New Yorkers wanted to see. Tampa is quick, talented, and deep. They have great goaltending, and their overall team defense is solid (but not deep). They have the speed to match the Rangers, something few teams in the league can boast.

But the Rangers have Henrik Lundqvist. They have been battle tested. They have been there before. The Bolts have not, and that may be the Blueshirts’ biggest advantage in this series.

Justin wrote a very detailed analysis on how to beat Ben Bishop, and I wrote a detailed systems/numbers preview of the series. Both are great reads if you haven’t already perused.

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The Rangers have not made it easy on us, but they have fought back to take this series to a seventh game. Down 3-1 in the series and 1-0 in Game Five, Chris Kreider scored with 1:41 remaining in the third before Ryan McDonagh sent the fans home happy. In Game Six, the Rangers had a 4-1 lead in the third, but gave two back and didn’t muster a shot attempt in the last 15 minutes, barely holding on to even the series.

Now it’s Game Seven. The best and worst two words in sports.

Kevin did a nice run down of how the Caps play today, Justin broke down how to beat Braden Holtby, Chris did a full preview of the series, and I wrote about why shadowing Ovechkin isn’t the right move. If you haven’t checked those out, you should. They are good reads while waiting for the game to begin.

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The Rangers forced Game Six on Friday night, with Chris Kreider tying the game late and Ryan McDonagh scoring the overtime winner. The Blueshirts have another do or die game tonight in Washington, needing a win to send it back to New York. That, of course, is no easy task, but this team has shown they can come from behind before.

The Rangers finally managed to beat Holtby for a few, and it came on the exact same kind of play: A shot from the slot with traffic in front, after making Holtby move laterally. It’s not going to be easy beating him, but that seems to be the recipe. Bodies in front, make him move, and get shots through.

Kevin did a nice run down of how the Caps play today, Justin broke down how to beat Braden Holtby, Chris did a full preview of the series, and I wrote about why shadowing Ovechkin isn’t the right move. If you haven’t checked those out, you should. They are good reads while waiting for the game to begin.

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Quick note: I won’t be making GIFs or doing a goal breakdown tonight. I have plans and can’t watch this game. Thank you NHL scheduling. They should contact me next time.

This is it for the New York Rangers. It’s do or die. Down 3-1 to the Washington Capitals, despite dominating the puck possession game, the Rangers need to find a way to solve Braden Holtby, first and foremost. Holtby has stolen a pair of games this series already in Washington, and has made difficult saves look very easy all series. The Caps have also helped on defense, blocking shots in a way that is reminiscent of the 2012 Tortorella Rangers.

Making Holtby move laterally is a good start, but that requires crisp passing, something the Rangers have had trouble doing all series. The Caps are taking away the passing lanes while collapsing to block shots, which has been maddening. They’ve also been clogging the neutral zone, which has limited rush chances with speed and forced dump-and-chase hockey for the Rangers. They’ve responded reasonably well in the offensive zone, but their neutral zone strategy hasn’t changed.

Kevin did a nice run down of how the Caps play today, Justin broke down how to beat Braden Holtby, Chris did a full preview of the series, and I wrote about why shadowing Ovechkin isn’t the right move. If you haven’t checked those out, you should. They are good reads while waiting for the game to begin.

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Braden Holtby has been the story for the Washington Capitals, outdueling Henrik Lundqvist throughout the series –a difficult task– and stealing Game Three for Washington. The New York Rangers now need a win to avoid getting into a 3-1 hole. They came back from 3-1 once last year, but these Caps are different from last year’s Pens.

Kevin did a nice run down of how the Caps play today, Justin broke down how to beat Braden Holtby, Chris did a full preview of the series, and I wrote about why shadowing Ovechkin isn’t the right move. If you haven’t checked those out, you should. They are good reads while waiting for the game to begin.

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