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As expected, the Derick Brassard/Benoit Pouliot OT winner took out Jimmy Vesey’s diving tying goal yesterday. Today is another OT winner, Marc Staal’s in Game 5 against the Caps, taking on Carl Hagelin’s shorthanded goal to start the scoring in Game 4 against Montreal.

Staal’s goal in Game 5 against Washington was the cap to the unlikeliest of comebacks, as the a pair of powerplay goals courtesy of Joel Ward’s high sticking penalty catapulted the Rangers into the next round. The Hagelin goal gave the Rangers an early lead while shorthanded in Game 4 against Montreal, a game the Rangers would win to but a stranglehold on the series.

(4) Marc Staal OT Winner

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The next matchup for the top Rangers play bracket pits an OT winner against an all-out effort for a goal. Derick Brassard scored the OT winner against Pittsburgh in Game 1 during the 2014 playoff run. It wasn’t actually called a goal initially, and Benoit Pouliot later buried an insurance tally 30 seconds later. After review, the goal was given back to Brassard.

The Jimmy Vesey goal against Ottawa in 2017 was another goal that wasn’t called right away. This one had Vesey in front of the net in the third period, diving to chip in a loose puck to give the Rangers a lead in the third period. Unfortunately, the Rangers coughed up the lead and the game in overtime.

(5) Derick Brassard/Kevin Hayes win it in OT at Pittsburgh

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As expected, Henrik Lundqvist’s acrobatic windmill save took out Chris Kreider exploding onto the scene in 2012. Now we have a tough one, with the epic “Can You Hear Us” chant taking on Kreider (again), this time his tying goal in Game 3 against Montreal. Both were amazing moments, but both preceded defeat in their games.

I was at the Can You Hear Us game, and it was one of the best moments I’ve had at a game. Of course it ended in the 2OT loss, and then the night ended for me by being the last person at MSG, and security coming up to me (and Becky) and saying we need to leave. I just kinda sat there, stunned. Kudos to Becky for leaving me alone and letting me sulk.

(8) Can You Hear Us

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With the first round of the left side completed, it’s time to start the first round of the right side. First up is Henrik Lundqvist’s windmill save against Montreal in 2014 going up against Chris Kreider bursting on the scene with his goal against the Caps in 2012.

(1) Lundqvist’s windmill save

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We have the last matchup in the first round of the left half of the bracket, and it might be a runaway. We have the #2 seed, which is Ryan McDonagh’s OT winner in Game 5 in 2015 against Washington taking on Mike Rupp scoring twice in the 2012 Winter Classic. Rupp is a forgotten hero of that 2012 Winter Classic, giving a Jaromir Jagr salute after one of his goals as well. As for the McDonagh goal, it’s self explanatory.

(2) Ryan McDonagh wins it in overtime in Game 5 against Washington

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So far, no upsets in the top play bracket, but we may get one here. Next up is the first of the 7/10 match ups, as we have the Mika Zibanejad OT winner against the Habs taking on the Rangers going undefeated outside.

Zibanejad’s OT winner set the stage for the Rangers to upset the Habs in the first round of the 2017. It was the last hurrah of this Rangers era, as they dispatched the Habs before their weaknesses got the best of them against the Senators.

The Rangers won a pair of Winter Classics in exciting fashion, with Henrik Lundqvist stopping Danny Briere in the final minute of the 2012 game to win it, followed by JT Miller winning the 2018 game in overtime. The Rangers also won a pair of Stadium Series games against the Isles and the Devils in 2014.

(7) Mika Zibanejad wins it in overtime

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Another round in the books, as Henrik Lundqvist’s back-to-back shutouts in 2013 topped the Chris Kreider/Carey Price incident. That play joins Martin St. Louis on Mother’s Day and Marian Gaborik’s 3OT winner in the next round. Today it’s a bit of a lopsided matchup, as Brad Richards’ tying goal with 6.6 seconds left takes on the Rangers clinching the President’s Trophy in 2015. Neither of these need much of an introduction.

(3) Brad Richards’ tying goal with 6.6 seconds remaining

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With Marian Gaborik eeking out a win two days ago and MSL dominating yesterday, we move on to the 6/11 matchup. Henrik Lundqvist willed the Rangers to the second round of the playoffs in 2013, posting back-to-back shutouts against the Caps after the Rangers were down 3-2 in the series. It’s one of the iconic performances for the goaltender, who has one of the best performance records in elimination games we’ve seen.

As for the Chris Kreider/Carey Price incident, that set the tone in the 2014 Eastern Conference Final that sent the Rangers to their first Stanley Cup Final appearance in 20 years. It’s a play defined by Kreider’s speed and hard work, but also a trip and an unfortunate injury to one of the best goalies in the game.

(6) Hank’s back-to-back shutouts

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As of the writing of this post, yesterday’s 5-12 matchup was too close to call. So while the results are made final with the publishing of this post, we move on to the 4-13 matchup. Martin St. Louis on Mother’s Day vs. Ryan Callahan sending the Rangers to the playoffs in 2013. Both of these are self explanatory.

(4) Marty on Mother’s Day

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The next matchup in our top play bracket has the chance to be the first upset. Marian Gaborik’s triple OT winner against Washington was the first real OT winner we remember from the 2011-2017 era. It’s only a #5 seed because it wasn’t done at MSG, and it just doesn’t have that goosebumps feel.

Henrik Lundqvist stopping Danny Briere’s penalty shot didn’t have any real value in the grand scheme of things, but it was the Winter Classic. It was the Flyers. It was when the Winter Classic and outdoor hockey wasn’t watered down. It solidified the first of many outdoor wins.

(5) Marian Gaborik 3OT winner vs. Washington

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