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Just Win

When it comes to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the only thing that matters is winning hockey games.

It does not matter how you do it, if it was ugly or easy or if you were outplayed. The only thing that matters is subtracting from that number 16.

Tonight, the Rangers will look to cut their number to 13 as they get set to take on the Ottawa Senators in Game 4 tonight at Scotiabank Place. Should the Blueshirts win tonight, they will be able to close out the series in Game 5 on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.

With Blueshirts’ netminder Henrik Lundqvist in the zone, the team will need to find a way to provide more offensive support for their superstar netminder. The “King” had to be perfect on Monday and the team was lucky he was as they scored just one goal (Brian Boyle) the entire game.

Players like Brad Richards, Marian Gaborik, Ryan Callahan, Derek Stepan and Brandon Dubinsky need to start producing. These guys were shut down by the Senators in Game 3 and have been quiet since their performances in Game 1.

It should be another great game tonight and hopefully one that will have the Rangers one step closer to winning the series.

Remember, the only thing that matters is winning. Tonight, the Rangers just need to win.

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  Tags: 2012+stanley+cup+playoffs, brad+richards, brian+boyle, henrik+lundqvist, marian+gaborik, new+york+rangers, ottawa+senators, ryan+callahan

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Da lil Guy's avatar

Same logic applies from a Senators perspective. Pretty much want to treat this as a must win.

Despite losing the last game, the Sens probably don’t want to change much. It appears Alfredsson will not be available again tonight. Though Carkner will be and appears poised to be back in the lineup.

Alfredsson’s absence matters a great deal - particularly as the supposedly rebuilding Sens don’t have the offensive depth to easily replace him. Still, it’s an opportunity for a guy like Bobby Butler to step up.

Obviously getting to Lundqvist early would be a huge key for the Sens.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 04/18/12 at 02:09 PM ET

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Patrick has a tremendous passion for hockey. Besides covering the Rangers and the NHL for Kukla's Korner, you can also find Patrick's work over at Sportsnet.ca, The Red Light District Hockey Blog, NHL Home Ice, and Liam Maguire's Ultimate Hockey web site.

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