Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/25/12 at 10:23 PM ET
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
For Game 7, the Sens can just skate out and let ’er rip. There’s no downside, other than the disappointment of not getting to play more and Eugene Melnyk not getting to sell more tickets, and let’s face it, with Mark Stone and Jakob Silfverberg and Robin Lehner and Mika Zibanejad, next season and its glorious possibilities are really what this is all about for most realistic Ottawa fans.
For the Rangers, on the other hand, this is a game laced with poisonous pressure.
The victory of ’94 is now long ago enough that there are misty memories about that year already. It turned out to be a one-shot deal. Big names — the biggest names — have come and gone, and while few would look at this offensively challenged New York team and see greatness, there isn’t much of that in the NHL anymore and very good is good enough.
And the Rangers, in theory, should be good enough.
They’ve learned to strut again under John Tortorella and the glare of HBO’s 24/7. Henrik Lundqvist is the team’s star, with Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards on the marquee largely because of how much they are being paid. But this is Lundqvist’s team, and when you start looking at his record, it’s hard not to see a little bit of Luongo (Roberto).
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