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Here We Go Again

That’s right folks. Tonight, the New York Rangers will take part in their third Game 6 and second in which they are down 3-2.

The team’s opponent, the New Jersey Devils, are playing for the right to represent the Eastern Conference in the Stanley Cup Final. While they have not been perfect in this series, they have played good enough to beat the Blueshirts three times, including twice in a row in Games 4 and 5.

For the Rangers, none of this should come as nothing new. They have had their backs against the wall multiple times this postseason and each time, the team has come through with a win.

With that said, there is something that definitely feels different about this series. While Rangers’ fans are confident that their favorite team will come out victorious not only in Game 6, but in this series, there is a certain uneasiness that is present.

It could be the fact that the Devils have won two games in a row or it could be that the Rangers have yet to put a full 60 minutes together in this series. Whatever it is, it is something that the Rangers need to figure out before they get down to business tonight.

For starters, it is time for Brad Richards to earn his keep. He needs to produce in his team’s biggest game of the season and start being the playoff performer that he is known for being.

Rangers’ netminder Henrik Lundqvist will also have to step up his game once again. He did it all regular season long and he has done it throughout the postseason. The “King” will put Game 5 behind him and will be at his very best.

A lot is on the line tonight and for the Rangers, that is just the way they have liked it this postseason.

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It’s probably the fact that with the exception of Game 5, the Devils have been the better team the entire series, and that Henrik is the only reason this series isn’t already over.

Posted by Go Devils on 05/25/12 at 09:38 AM ET

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Henrik is a good goalie, but he isn’t that great.  On the other hand, the crossbar has played extremely well throughout the playoffs for the Rags.

Posted by Thag from DC on 05/25/12 at 11:10 AM ET

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Goalies do not need to protect the posts.  Remember the quote attributed to Gerry Cheevers, when asked what it means when a shot hit the post behind him, Cheevers reportedly replied;  “It means they missed the f…king net!”

Posted by Mmfalcon on 05/25/12 at 11:37 AM ET

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That’s what I’m saying. I have watched every game of all 3 series, and it seems that Lundqvist is clearly beaten 3-5 times per game, but the shooter either hits the post or the glass.  He is hard to beat down low, but he always leaves space up high (especially glove side).

Posted by Thag from DC on 05/25/12 at 11:50 AM ET

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Lundqvist is clearly beaten 3-5 times per game, but the shooter either hits the post or the glass.  He is hard to beat down low, but he always leaves space up high (especially glove side).

Well, if they cant put the puck into it, how much space did he actually leave open? and does that mean he actually got beat? 

I am not sure Lundqvist is the best goalie in the league or anything, but that seems like an unfair standard to hold him to.  He doesn’t need to stop every attempt, just the ones that are on net.  For as deep as he plays in his net, he really doesnt leave that much space.

Posted by jwad on 05/25/12 at 12:27 PM ET

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I can’t say I’m all that impressed with my team’s playoff performance.  Except for the seeding, they have not shown any superiority.  They’ve been extremely lucky to make it this far.  As much as I despise the Devils, I cannot honestly say Rangers deserve to win this series.  I’m ready to say Let’s Go Kings!

Posted by JBytes on 05/25/12 at 02:46 PM ET

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