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This is exactly what New York Rangers’ goaltender Henrik Lundqvist said prior to Game 3 against their First Round playoff opponent, the Washington Capitals. At the time, the Blueshirts were down 2-0 in the series.
Fast forward to today and the tide has turned a bit as the Rangers find themselves down 2-1 with a chance to tie the series. Should the Rangers do that, it will be a whole new series and the Capitals will more than likely start to feel the pressure.
With that said, the Rangers obviously need to win first. To do that, the team will need to continue to neutralize Alexander Ovechkin while also keeping others like Alex Semin, Mike Knuble, Nicklas Backstrom, etc. quiet as well.
While the Rangers have not been able to put the puck in the net a lot this series (4 goals in three games), the Capitals haven’t been exactly lighting thr lamp either having scored just 6 goals on Lundqvist. As I mentioned in a previous blog, Lundqvist has not had to be the focal point of this series. The team’s defense has made sure of that.
This can definitely be said when it comes to this year’s New York Rangers.
It was a roller coaster season for the Blueshirts that featured lots of injuries, some untimely losses as well as some inconsisten play. With that said, however, there was a lot more good than bad from the Rangers this season, which is why there is a possibility that they can make a long run in this year’s postseason.
To beat the No. 1 seed Washington Capitals, you have to first look at Rangers’ netminder Henrik Lundqvist. It is more than likely that Lundqvist will face a barrage of shot in the first round from the likes of Alexander Ovechkin, Alex Semin, Nicklas Backstrom, Jason Arnott, Mike Knuble, Mike Green, John Carlson and others. Luckily for the Rangers’, Henrik was quite good against the Capitals this season in shutting them out twice and winning another.
The team will also need to get timely goal scoring. Guys like Brandon Dubinsky, Marian Gaborik, Vinny Prospal, Artem Anisimov, Derek Stepan, Brian Boyle and even Brandon Prust will have to do everything they can to put the puck in the net.
This is especially true because the team will be without their heart and soul player, Ryan Callahan. Callahan was instrumental on the team’s power play, penalty kill and knew how to score when the team needed it the most. Certainly a big piece of the puzzle to replace at such an important time.
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Over at RLD Hockey, blogged about Washington Capitals’ sniper Alexander Ovechkin and his struggles.
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When talking about the game’s best players this season, hockey fans will hear names like Sidney Crosby, Steve Stamkos, Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Martin St. Louis, Tim Thomas, Ryan Kesler, etc.
There is one key player that is not being talked about as much this season as he has been in past seasons: Capitals superstar Alexander Ovechkin.
This is quite a surprise given how he and Crosby are the faces of the ‘new’ NHL. For Ovechkin, it has been a rather unusal quiet season for someone who has 52 points (19 goals and 32 assists) in 51 games. Obviously, the glaring stat when it comes to ‘Ovie’ is his 19 goals. He’s on pace for just 30 goals, which would be the lowest total of his career.