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Thoughts headed into Game Two

Photo: Star-Ledger

Photo: Star-Ledger

I have a confession to make: I did not watch Game One live. I had a friend’s birthday, and he managed to pick the only bar in Manhattan without a TV. So I spent my Sunday watching the game, and wow was it a fun one to watch. Those thinking that Game Two will be similar have another thing coming though, that will kick off my bullet points:

  • Seriously, those that think the Rangers are going to steamroll the Canadiens like this and sweep them are in for a rude awakening. The Habs were just unprepared for the speed the Rangers possess, but that won’t happen again.
  • About that speed and the relative unpreparedness of the Habs: That really surprised me. Michel Therrien is no slouch behind the bench, and I was honestly shocked that his team looked lost defensively against the Rangers. Almost every single Ranger was able to completely blow by the Habs defensemen, who are not exactly slow. I don’t think this was a case of Alain Vigneault winning a coaching battle, I just think it was a case of either Therrien or the Habs players not recognizing a very potent weapon.
  • One last point about New York’s speed: This isn’t really a new thing. Almost every single player that poses a threat with the puck was with the club under John Tortorella’s reign. The difference is in the deployment, and how AV uses that speed to wreak havoc in the neutral zone. Speed on that fourth line (one thing Torts didn’t have) was critical too.

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BSB Conference Finals Predictions

Glory

Glory

Admin note: No goal breakdown from last night’s game. Sorry about that.

We’re more than halfway through the playoffs and the Rangers are still not only breathing, but breathing a bit easier today after a slaughter yesterday. As always, below are our super knowledgeable predictions, and I think most of us were shaking our way through the ECF guesses. Share yours with us in the comments.

ECF: New York vs. Montreal

Kevin’s Pick: Rangers in 7. Well, we know it’s going 7 either way. Carey Price is probably the one guy on the planet that’s Henrik Lundqvist’s equal right now, so I’m terrified of him. But I think the tragedy with Martin St. Louis was a real rallying point for this team and that momentum is going to carry the Blueshirts.

Becky’s Pick: Rangers in 6. I know, no seventh game? But they’re bonded as a team and it’s incredible. It seems as though they can read each other’s minds out there, and that paired with Hank being hotter than the sun right now makes for a trip to the Cup Finals and a spike in blood pressure medication in the tri-state area.

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Eastern Conference Finals Game One: Conquering the Montreal demons

For the second time in three seasons, the Rangers will play for the Eastern Conference crown. Two years ago, an overachieving (and let’s face it, flawed) team made the best of their three lines and two defensive pairings before getting eliminated in the ECF. This time around, despite playing seven games in both series prior, the Rangers roll four lines and three pairings without fear. They were a trendy pick to win the Cup at the beginning of the year, and were a trendy pick to come out of the East when April rolled around.

Montreal is unlike either opponent the Rangers have faced these playoffs. They are deep, skilled, and have fantastic defense/goaltending. They are built just like the Rangers. Suit wrote a preview of the series, and you should definitely be reading that. Justin also scouted out Carey Price, and the results are not favorable for the Rangers. This is going to be a dogfight.

Rangers Lines:

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Eastern Conference Finals schedule

Below is the schedule for the Eastern Conference Finals, which is much friendlier to the Rangers than the previous round. The extended rest between games also helps the Canadiens, who are without Alex Galchenyuk for a bit. All games will be nationally televised, but only one will appear on the main NBC channel (Game One today).

  • Game One: 5/17 1PM NB
  • Game Two: 5/19 8PM NBCSN
  • Game Three: 5/22 8PM NBCSN
  • Game Four: 5/25 8PM NBCSN
  • Game Five: 5/27 8PM NBCSN
  • Game Six: 5/29 8PM NBCSN
  • Game Seven: 5/31 8PM NBCSN

Quick notes: 2014 1st round pick; Game One

Just some quick notes that came out yesterday/today:

  • Because the Rangers advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals, they will send their 2014 1st round pick to Tampa Bay as a part of the conditions of the Martin St. Louis trade. This means that the Rangers will have acquired St. Louis for Ryan Callahan and a pair of first round picks (2014, 2015).
  • Just a reminder: If Cally re-signs with Tampa Bay, the Rangers get TBLs 2015 2nd and 7th round picks.
  • Game One for the Conference Finals will be on Saturday at 1pm. The game will be nationally televised.

In Henrik we trust: Rangers complete the comeback, headed to Conference Finals

History.

History.

Henrik Lundqvist made history last night, becoming the first goalie in NHL history to win five straight Game Sevens, as the Rangers completed their comeback and eliminated the #2 seeded Pittsburgh Penguins. The 2-1 victory was highlighted by Lundqvist and his 35 saves, almost single-handedly willing the Rangers to their first playoff series victory over Sidney Crosby. After appearing to be dead and gone after Game Four, the Rangers played the way we expected them to, and came roaring back to take the series.

Brad Richards scored the eventual game winner on the powerplay, and Brian Boyle –who must have read my appreciation post– opened the scoring just 5:25 into the game. Lundqvist, Dan Girardi, and Ryan McDonagh were stellar, as Chris said they would need to be, completely shutting down the top line of Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Chris Kunitz. While the big guns showed up, the Rangers were simply too deep for the Penguins once they got going. On paper the Pens had the top-end skill, but the Rangers had the goaltending, defense, and depth. Depth won out.

On to the goals:

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Metro Division Finals Game 7: Another Game 7

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Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

Another series, another Game Seven. Do we expect anything else at this point? This time around, the Rangers roared back after trailing 3-1 in the series to force this Game Seven in Pittsburgh, so at least the scenario has changed this series.

Justin did an entire breakdown of this series, and it’s great reading if you haven’t done so already. The Rangers made me look smart when I said that if they win Game Five, they will win Game Six and send it back to Pittsburgh. Make me look even smarter when I said the Rangers are a great matchup against the Pens, and win this too to complete the comeback.

Rangers Lines:

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Lundqvist, Girardi and McDonagh the key to Rangers hopes

Critically important. Ryan McDonagh. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Critically important. Ryan McDonagh. (Elsa/Getty Images)

It’s a pretty obvious statement to make but the Rangers’ top defensive pair of Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi are critical to the Rangers hopes of progressing to the Conference finals and beyond. Dan Girardi and, particularly Ryan McDonagh, have been inconsistent in this series but a dominant performance from both – in addition to the assumed performance from Henrik Lundqvist – would go a long way in helping the Rangers clinch in Pittsburgh tonight.

The Rangers live and die by their defensive core. McDonagh was a plus one and logged over 26 minutes in the emotional game six victory Sunday and had a goal and assist and almost 27 minutes of ice time in game five. The result? Two huge victories and another game seven for the Rangers to look forward to.

The Rangers are a much tougher proposition when their top pair are on their games and following an indifferent start to the playoffs, McDonagh’s form is trending in the right direction. It has to continue tonight if the Rangers want success. This team can invest in as many offensive players as it wants but their success will always begin and end with players #30, #5 and #27.

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St. Louis Post-Game Speech

For those of you who missed it, the NHL YouTube channel posted a locker room video of Martin St. Louis giving a nice speech to his teammates following the Rangers win last night against Pittsburgh. It’s definitely worth a watch.

As an avid Hard Knocks, 24/7, it was pretty cool the NHL was able to capture this. Hopefully they post more behind-the-scenes footage like this through out the playoffs.

Scope it out.

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Rangers force Game Seven

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Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

The Rangers forced a Game Seven against the Penguins, winning Game Six by a score of 3-1. The Rangers rode the emotions of the must-win game, but also have been quoted stating they are playing for Martin St. Louis, to not let him down. It’s only fitting that St. Louis got the crowd into it and set the tone for the game by getting to the net and scoring the first goal of the game. Carl Hagelin scored the eventual game winner just minutes later on a soft goal by Marc-Andre Fleury. Henrik Lundqvist was again phenomenal in this game, stopping 36 shots.

This game was not without its feisty-ness. While the Rangers are no saints, I would like to point out the Sidney Crosby nut shot to Dominic Moore, the Crosby slew foot on Dan Girardi, the Chris Kunitz cheap shot to Moore, and of course the Hank squirting Crosby with his water bottle. But yet the Pittsburgh media wants to call out Marc Staal for his cross check to Crosby. Yes, that was a penalty, get over it. It’s not like the Penguins are saints.

On to the goals:

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