I hesitate to write this, much like the normal superstitions I’m starting to feel like maybe it’s not a bad thing to keep silent after Games 5 & 6. But then again maybe the Rangers didn’t need luck, maybe it was that scary man in the mask between the pipes.
On a weekend when the first Atlantic tropical stormmade landfall, the Canadiens silenced the Thunder two straight games to crawl back to a 3-2 deficit, the Rangers stormed their way back into the series and tied it on Sunday night in Washington with a 4-3 win.
On Friday night, King Henrik allowed only one goal in the Blueshirts 2-1 overtime win that they desperately had to have at the Garden. Lundqvist stopped 28 of 29 shots, cementing himself between the pipes for the home squad. It seems at times the Rangers give everything they can to block shots and dive in front of passes or break up whatever they can, they are giving up anything and everything for the cause. I believe that’s what playoff hockey is all about right?
Much has been made of the two goaltenders in the series, especially Holtby because he wasn’t expected to play as well as he has. It’s forced the Rangers to maybe try too hard at times, play too cute passes or take the difficult shot. But they’ve calmed down and gone back to their game, tried to reduce turnovers, put pucks on net and made Holtby work.
Ovechkin now says “we’re going to come back and win the series.” It’s a bold, big mouthed prediction for a guy who seemed to have let his game talk for the most part in the series. At times he did disappear and make it difficult for me to justify my feeling about him being a team player. I don’t know that momentum exists, many times I think it’s just a made up word for a certain mindset. I think for the most part any sporting event has an ebb and flow it’s about who takes advantage of the other teams’ mistakes.
At this point the Rangers are doing just enough, and holding the Caps back from making their own advantages. Some say “work hard and you shall be rewarded.” Quite simply if you don’t give your all, go home and play golf. The playoffs are gonna be tough, that’s the point but for the Rangers they have a King who trumps every card, he’s 13-3 since 2012 in the Stanley Cup playoffs in Game 7 elimination games. Yeah Henrik’s got the Rangers going, another round another Game 7…Lets Go Rangers!