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Rangers Could Use St. Louis

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

In the wake of a playoff series during which John Tortorella discovered he had no go-to guys he believed he could go to, take it to the bank that the coach’s first postseason order of business will be to work with GM Glen Sather to find the way to get Martin St. Louis out of Tampa Bay.

Understand that St. Louis, regarded as the heart and soul of the Lightning’s 2004 Stanley Cup championship team, is one of Tortorella’s favorite players ever. Understand that St. Louis has a no-trade clause that he would all but certainly waive to join the coach, for theirs is a mutual admiration society.

Understand, too, that St. Louis, even at the age of 34 he’ll reach in June, is the big-play difference-maker whose absence was bemoaned by Tortorella following Game 7. Gutsy, too.

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“We Make Everything History”

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The interviews had ended, and Alex Ovechkin walked through the crowd in the Caps’ dressing room and into the shower area. As soon as the door closed, one could hear a distinctive scream.

“Flipping right!” ... or something like that. Kids are reading, so we’ll keep it PG.

The weight of the world probably was lifted off his shoulders. For one night. Now come No. 87 and the rival Penguins. Put your seat belts on.

“We believe,” Ovechkin said. “It doesn’t matter [if] we lose 2-1, 3-1 [in the series]. ... We come back. Not many teams do in history, [but] we do. We did. We did it. This year, we make everything history.”

continue for more on game 7 of the Rangers/Capitals series…

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Hockey Comes To An End In The New York Market

from Mark Hermann of Newsday,

Consider this is a commentary on the state of New York area hockey, the only market anywhere, in any sport, that has three major-league teams: Right now, the hottest club around here is the Islanders.

Yes, the Islanders, 30th out of 30 National Hockey League teams in the regular season, are on April 29 the only ones who have something to which they can look forward. They’re the only ones coming off a victory, having won the draft lottery. They will be right in the mix of NHL talk from now until the draft in late June.

That is what is left of the New York hockey season, which came to a sudden ending for the Rangers and Devils in Game 7s Tuesday night.

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Drury Played With Broken Hand

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

When the series ended, when the Rangers went through the handshake line following last night’s 2-1 Game 7 defeat, Chris Drury used his left hand to congratulate the Capitals.

That’s because, as he told The Post, the captain had played the first round with a broken right hand he sustained late in the April 9 victory over the Flyers in the Garden finale that clinched a playoff berth.

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Capitals Defeat Rangers 2-1, Advance To Eastern Conference Semi-Finals

Serge Fedorov scored the game winning goal with under 5 minutes left in the 3rd period.

Tight-checking game, both goalies were outstanding but only one team can win.

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Back A Little Later

Feel ok for a few hours, then boom can’t keep my eyes open, headache, etc….

Back later….

note:  Original post time was 8:39am this morning.

Woke up this morning with a sore throat and a very run-down feeling.

Maybe a little more sleep will cure that.  So I will be back a little later on this morning.

In the meantime, check out the game 7 performances of the players and coaches involved in the two game 7’s tonight.

Continue Reading »

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Pressure Time

from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

The pressure is on: The Devils. If Carolina doesn’t win, most pundits would credit them for pushing the favored Devils to seven games. Either way, interim coach Paul Maurice deserves to return next season. If the Devils don’t beat Carolina, it would be a serious collapse for a team some think has a serious chance to represent the Eastern Conference in the Stanley Cup finals….

The pressure is on: The Capitals. Rangers coach John Tortorella made a point of asking reporters during Monday’s meeting with the press if anybody thought the Rangers had a chance in Washington for Game 7. Nobody responded. “I appreciate your honesty,”...

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Rangers Have A Chance

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Tortorella returned to the rink and to his team after serving his Game 6 suspension, a subject he refused to discuss following practice, dismissing a series of questions out of hand with the suggestion that people want too much information.

It was quintessential Tortorella, famous for demanding discipline and accountability, but apparently not obligated to practice either himself. Whatever. His personality quirks are not the story of Game 7, though the hubris with which he struts could influence the outcome if the Caps take the ice with the same amount of misplaced arrogance.

Maybe the Caps will be overconfident after winning Games 3, 5 and 6 so easily, though last year’s first-round Game 7 OT defeat at home to the Flyers after scratching back from down 3-1 will likely serve as a cautionary tale. Maybe the Caps will be like the Soviets at Lake Placid and underestimate their opponent.

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Rangers Go Into Game 7 As Big Underdog

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

John Tortorella looked around the group of reporters Monday and asked the question.

“OK, I’ll poll you right now,” said the New York Rangers coach. “Who thinks we’re going to win tomorrow?”

Not a single hand was raised.

“There you go. There is no pressure on us,” said Tortorella. “We’re going to go there and try to relax and compete in a Game 7 because everybody thinks we’re done. It falls back on them. They have the advantage because it is a home building and that’s what they did this year. They deserve that seventh game, but it’s funny what happens with the pressure.”

Ah, the mind games on the eve of a seventh game. It’s universal in all sports.

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Rangers Could Use A #1 Guy

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

Assuming Glen Sather is still running the New York Rangers next season, he might want to find a bona fide No. 1-line player or two for his team.

Currently, the Rangers have none; good team, but no star forwards or defencemen.

Outside of goalie Henrik Lundqvist—the only reason New York is even in a Game 7 in the first round against the Washington Capitals—the Rangers do not have a single established player they can claim to be a front-liner.

Not Scott Gomez. Not Chris Drury. Not Markus Naslund.

Two solid second-liners on a good team and a guy who scores on occasion, but rarely stands out in a game that matters.

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