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Game 7 is Lundqvist time

We all know where things stand, and at this point further analysis seems pointless. The reality of a win-or-go-home game is that a single bounce can end your season – or extend it. As most expected, Washington has given New York all it can handle over the last two weeks. The Blueshirts’ affinity for one-goal games has gotten extremely annoying,…

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Random musings on an off day

The Rangers and Caps have an unusual two-day break between games six and seven, so today is an off day for both teams, their second in a row. The Rangers have come roaring back in this series, tying it at three games a piece after being down 3-1. While the Rangers never truly looked out of the series or dominated…

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Chris Kreider is a beast

When Mats Zuccarello went down with a concussion –side bar: It is not a fractured skull.¬†That was a baseless rumor started by a faceless Twitter rumor account that just wanted attention. Rule of thumb, if the rumor comes from an account with no face, it’s not a rumor– we knew someone on the Rangers would have to step up. Zuccarello…

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Goal breakdown: Rangers force Game Seven

The New York Rangers were finally able to solve Braden Holtby multiple times, making the netminder look human in their 4-3 nail biter victory last night. Chris Kreider scored in the first minute¬†and last second of the first period to give the Rangers an early two-goal lead. Both of those goals were deflating for the Washington Capitals, but they answered…

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Metro Division Finals Game Six: Send it back to New York

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…

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Metro Division Finals Game Five: Stay alive

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…

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Why the Rangers can still win this series

With all the negativity that spouted after Wednesday night’s loss that put the Rangers on the brink of elimination, I, for the most part, avoided Twitter and the blog comments. Nothing that was being said was going to be new, and I mostly disagreed with everything being said. People calling to trade Rick Nash, trade Ryan McDonagh, saying Cam Talbot…

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Goal breakdown: Andre Burakovsky puts Rangers on the brink

Andre Burakovsky scored twice, and it was all the Washington Capitals needed to put the President’s Trophy winning New York Rangers on the brink of elimination. For the second straight game, the Rangers were the better team, dominating the Caps all over the ice. But for the second straight game, Braden Holtby pulled a rabbit out of his hat, and…

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Metro Division Finals Game Four: Even the series

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…

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Is Alain Vigneault getting out-coached?

Yesterday, I wrote about how the Washington Capitals are succeeding at getting the New York Rangers away from their rush-based offense, forcing them to play more of a cycle game. Generally speaking, the Caps have adjusted their breakouts and neutral zone play to limit passing and skating lanes, which forces the Rangers into more of a dump-and-chase offensive attack. This…

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