Thoughts heading into Game 5

Good morning, BSB’ers. You’ll have to forgive something of a sleepy “Thoughts” post. I haven’t even had a full cup of Earl Grey yet. The Rangers are back in Los Angeles tonight trying to hold off the fates and send the series back to New York, if only to give the Blueshirt faithful further coronary/anxiety/substance abuse issues. Here are some…

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Rangers stay alive; post game thoughts

Stay of execution or the start of something special? The Rangers held on to get their first win of the Cup finals Wednesday night and give the fan base a glimmer of hope. Let’s have a little muse about how things went down. Earlier this week we considered a few reasons to be cheerful despite the Rangers being 3 down…

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Here we are again. 20 years later…

Of course that game ended 1-0. Why wouldn’t it? For better or worse, this organization never makes things easy. Of course, the score should have been more like 4-0, if not for the heroics of young Dustin Tokarski. He kept a tired and outpaced Canadiens team in it until the end. Now, you’ll forgive me for being a little disjointed…

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The Musings: Just how good is the Rangers defense?

The Rangers are within two wins of the fan base going crazy with excitement. With the danger of looking too far ahead, let’s keep it sane and throw up a musings a day early shall we? So much in sport depends on timing. Success is so often about peaking at the right time. In Henrik Lundqvist the Rangers have the best…

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It looks like Alain Vigneault did a pretty good job managing Henrik Lundqvist this year

Though much has changed with the New York Rangers over the last 12 months, one thing remains the same: the team goes as Henrik Lundqvist goes.  During the early part of the season when the Blueshirts were regularly getting crushed by Western Conference foes, The King was not himself. And not coincidentally, during the second half of the year when…

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Henrik Lundqvist – Swedish for Clutch

His record in Game Seven’s is borderline outrageous: 5-1 in game sevens, 1.00 GAA, .965%. Numbers that only get better when looking at the last four Game Sevens. He’s 10-2 when facing elimination. All eye popping numbers and the list goes on and on. Imagine if he had received better offensive support in recent years? When you remove Lundqvist’s difficult…

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Lundqvist, Girardi and McDonagh the key to Rangers hopes

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…

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Lundqvist fined for spraying Crosby

Henrik Lundqvist was fined $5,000 for spraying Sidney Crosby with his water bottle after he speared Dominic Moore in the onions. The incident came at the end of the second period in Sunday’s 3-1 victory that forced a Game Seven in Pittsburgh. Crosby was not fined for his spear of Moore, nor was he fined for his slew foot of…

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The Musings: Several Rangers standing out

As Rangers fans bask in the glory of a scrappy but successful series victory over the Flyers there’s not much time to look ahead to the Pens series. With that said, we thought we’d share a few thoughts on the Rangers so far. Benoit Pouliot coming on strong Pouliot has taken costly penalties and is anything but a complete player,…

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Thoughts heading into Game 4

It’s funny how the playoffs work. During the regular season, sample sizes grow and long-term narratives take hold. Discussions emerge, debates rage and quantitative analyses are produced. The playoffs are a whole different animal. Most factors surrounding playoff teams are fleeting. Only as relevant as the last game. This makes life exceptionally difficult on hockey writers. Especially when your piece…

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