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A Look at the Rangers’ Postseason with Neil Keefe of WFAN.com

The great Neil Keefe, blogger/writer/podcaster extraordinaire for WFAN.com, was kind enough to take time out of his very busy schedule to give us his thoughts on the New York Rangers’ postseason thus far.

PH: In general, what are your thoughts on the Rangers’ play this postseason?
NK: The Rangers have played solid through their first three games. I think we all knew going into the postseason they might have trouble against the Senators with the way their styles of play match up, and that has certainly been the case. The Rangers dominated Game 1 before blowing a lead in Game 2 and losing and then winning Game 3 despite being outplayed and outshot. The Senators could very well be the team with the 2-1 series lead after we have seen, but they’re not, and that’s all that matters.

PH: How do you think Rangers’ captain Ryan Callahan has elevated his game during the postseason both as a player and captain?
NK: Callahan’s game has been pretty much the same to me as it was in the regular season, which means he’s playing at a high level. I wrote a few weeks ago how Callahan just seems to have the scoring touch and even though he doesn’t always score the prettiest goals (actually he pretty much never does), the puck always finds his stick in front of the net and then he usually finds the back of the net even if he doesn’t look great doing so.

I think Callahan’s leadership can be seen in the way that he plays the game. The “C” belongs on his jersey and his work ethic and intensity represent his role and the Rangers’ style of play perfectly.

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What is Shanahan Trying to Do?

From Neil Keefe at CBS New York:

Does Brendan Shanahan think he’s doing a good job because he makes videos to explain the infractions and the punishments he determines for the infractions? Because, if anything, the videos make his decisions look even more nonsensical. At least when Campbell was recklessly throwing around suspensions (or sometimes a lack thereof), there wasn’t video evidence of him narrating plays so we could see inside his inconsistent mind.

In Game 2 of the Rangers-Senators series, Matt Carkner dressed with the mission of fighting Brian Boyle and getting physical with Erik Karlsson, and I have no problem with Carkner dressing for this purpose. But when Boyle decided he wasn’t going to fight Carkner on the first attempt, Carkner decided he was going to fight anyway and sucker-punched Boyle and then continued to punch him as he went down to the ice. In the process, Brandon Dubinsky went to the aid of his defenseless teammate and was given a game misconduct for not allowing Carkner to finish a job that could have ended Boyle’s season or maybe even his career.

Carkner was suspended one game for a pre-mediated attack (which once again I don’t have a problem with since its part of the game, but square up or take care of it in the correct setting), but an attack against a guy who didn’t square up with him and led to Carkner doing what he was set out to do anyway. One game! Here’s what Shanahan said in his NHL.com video review of Carkner’s infraction.

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Living the Dream: An E-mail Interview with Sports Blogger Neil Keefe

The hockey blog community is a tight knit group that allows bloggers to bounce ideas off each other, have healthy debates, and talk about the game we all know and love: hockey.

Today, I am proud to present an e-mail interview I did with Neil Keefe of WFAN.com. Keefe is a writer/blogger and podcaster for New York’s No. 1 sports radio station and frequently writes/blogs and podcasts about hockey and the New York Rangers.

Neil was kind enough to take time out of his very busy schedule to tell us about how he got into hockey, how he got a gig at WFAN.com, and of course, his thoughts on the New York Rangers.

PH: How did you get into hockey?
NK: I started playing hockey when I was three years old and continued through high school and then a year of junior hockey (during senior year of high school) and then college hockey. My dad played growing up and my older brother too, so my family was a hockey family and I spent the majority of my childhood at rinks.

PH: Growing up, who was your favorite Ranger?
NK: My favorite player growing up was actually Ray Bourque because my grandmother won an autographed stick of his in a raffle and gave it to me, so I thought it was pretty much the coolest thing ever (I still have the stick). I was a Brian Leetch fan because he grew up in Connecticut like me and because he wore No. 2. My favorite players now are Chris Drury (also a Connecticut native and I got to watch him play when I was little), Marian Gaborik (became a fan in high school when he won the fastest skater competition with Minnesota and Brian Gionta (have been a fan of his since his time at Boston College).

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