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NHL playoffs...Go Rangers!!!
6 years ago  ::  May 02, 2015 - 3:58PM #11
prof. quiz
Posts: 9,676

Game 1 was an awful loss with seconds on the clock.


Game 2 was another 1 goal win. Scoring 3 on Holtby is excellent. Lundqvist made some amazing saves to keep them in it.


Ovechkin is a killer. You can't hook him because he'll make you pay for it on the PP.


The Rangers are the best road team in the league so I'm not too concerned about playing in DC.


Nash is doing everything right except scoring which makes no sense.


NBC's HD feed was screwed up in the 3rd. I switched to the SD channel and than that station screwed up also. At least is was eventually fixed but man, I was ****ed off. It might have been my cable providers fault but of all times to happen.


That is all.

6 years ago  ::  May 02, 2015 - 5:08PM #12
laurenfrances
Posts: 40,011

Phew!!! A much needed win with a previous loss to the Capitals.....


Henrik Lundqvist makes 30 saves, Rangers hold off Capitals 3-2 to even series 



NEW YORK DAILY NEWS


Saturday, May 2, 2015, 3:15 PM




New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist makes one of his 30 stops.



It's never supposed to be easy in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but the Rangers never seem to give themselves a chance for a definitive victory even when dominant starts give them the opportunity for comfortable finishes.


That was the case again Saturday in a second-round Game 2 matinee against the Capitals at Madison Square Garden as the Rangers dominated the first period to take a two-goal lead but twice allowed Washington to get within one. The Rangers ultimately held on, 3-2, to level the series 1-1 going into Monday night's Game 3 in Washington. All seven of the Rangers' playoff games have been decided by one goal.


Chris Kreider, Dan Boyle and Derick Brassard scored for the Rangers while Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves, most of them over the final two periods. Alex Ovechkin scored another world-class goal midway through the third to cut the Rangers lead to one, but the Blueshirts held off the Caps in the final moments with Braden Holtby (32 saves) on the bench for an extra skater.


Kreider scored just 38 seconds into the game to give the Rangers an early 1-0 lead. Derek Stepan found Jesper Fast, who was switched to the second line for J.T. Miller, and Fast's shot was saved by Holtby but the oncoming Kreider cleaned up the rebound with an open net for his second goal of the playoffs.


Kreider had one of his best periods of the postseason, making his presence felt all over the ice with his speed and physical play. After Ovechkin tried to jar the puck loose from Henrik Lundqvist at a 4:29 stoppage, Dan Girardi began a shoving match with Ovechkin which led to Kreider wrapping Ovechkin in a headlock.


Derick Brassard (l.) and Dan Boyle each light the lamp for the Rangers on Saturday.

Derick Brassard (l.) and Dan Boyle each light the lamp for the Rangers on Saturday.



Kreider hit Ovechkin hard into the boards early in the first period, trying to punish a guy who seemed intent on hitting every Ranger in sight. The Capitals registered 20 hits in the first period, five of them by Ovechkin, and he added three more in the second.


Dan Boyle scored a power-play goal at 15:40 of the first to double the Rangers lead. Troy Brouwer tried to clear the puck up the boards from the corner, but the puck seemed to be slowed by slush, allowing Boyle enough time to keep the puck in the zone. He promptly threw the puck at the net and it found its way into the upper-left corner untouched for his first goal of the postseason. It was the first power-play goal the Capitals have allowed in their nine postseason games. They had killed 17 power plays, including the Rangers' first one Saturday.


The Rangers picked up a third man-advantage with 1:56 left in the period when Tom Wilson charged Ryan McDonagh, with Brooks Laich joining in for the sandwich hit. The Rangers outshot Washington, considered slow starters in afternoon games, 15-4 in the first.


Sure enough, the Capitals were revitalized in the second, putting 16 shots on Lundqvist's goal. If not for a few sterling saves, Washington would've scored more than the one goal they did at 13:59 of the period, when Evgeny Kuznetsov netted a rebound for his fourth goal of the playoffs.


Chris Kreider scores a rebound goal to give the Rangers the early lead.

Chris Kreider scores a rebound goal to give the Rangers the early lead.



Kuznetsov dumped the puck in on a breakout. Jason Chimera's shot was saved but Kuznetsov beat Boyle to the puck and cut the Rangers lead in half.


Washington had five shots in the first six minutes of the period, more than they had the entire first. At 8:03 Lundqvist made a glove save which sent the puck up in the air and it was falling backward toward net, but Lundqvist turned around and knocked it away with his right arm before it could fall in for a goal.


Lundqvist made a theatrical save at 11:17 of the second to deny Kuznetsov, who received a backhanded pass from Ovechkin after he spun around in the right circle. Lundqvist got his blocker up at the post to rob Kuznetsov with his right leg flying in the air.


Brassard scored his team-best fourth goal of the playoffs at 6:07 of the third, 10 seconds after he emerged from the penalty box for interfering with Ovechkin. Rick Nash began the scoring play by intercepting John Carlson's pass to the neutral zone. Martin St. Louis' pass from the Caps bench got through two Capital sticks. Brassard was right in front of the net and his shot trickled through Hotlby's legs to put the Rangers back up by two.


Ovechkin once again showcased his brilliance at 10:29 of the third, scoring his fourth goal of the playoffs and second of the series to bring Washington within one. He skated with the puck through the neutral zone with no help as Girardi and McDonagh clamped down on him, but the Russian somehow skated his way through them and while falling down in the right circle sniped a shot into the upper-left corner.




6 years ago  ::  May 05, 2015 - 12:31PM #13
prof. quiz
Posts: 9,676

I'm bummed out. Last nights loss was a backbreaking buzz kill.


The Rangers played hard. Lundqvist made some unreal saves. He shut down Ovi's stick but one puck hit some skates and slid in. That's all the Caps needed because Holtby was perfect.


The team was skating harder than ever. Nash was fast as hell on the puck. Great D moves and he had 15 SOG and 7 that reached the goalie. He just can't get a break when it comes to scoring in the PO's.


Kreider gets better and better. He pounded Ovechkin relentlessly. Even Brassard was hitting more than normal.


FO's sucked just like they have all year. I think the Caps beat them 2 to 1. Moore is the only Ranger any good on FO's.


Those 2 penalties in the 1st were weak. I don't think that trip by Yandle was a good call. That holding call on Brassard was definetly bogus. The Cap was holding his stick and the ref flat out blew it. They didn't score but still, you don't want Ovechkin setting up at the left point and making you pay.


The Rangers averaged 3.02 goals per game in the regular season. That dropped to 1.88 in the PO's. There is still time to turn this series around but my confidence level is not what it was.


Not for nothing but the greatest, most exciting sport, especially during the PO's, in the world only draws 2 other Ranger fans down here.


6 years ago  ::  May 06, 2015 - 5:11PM #14
TonyG4
Posts: 3,669

Sorry guys, out of site, but not out of mind. Had some problems with my service and my computer.


If you listen to these so called Ranger fans on sports talk shows, What else is new. We lost a game, and go down in the 2nd round 2 games to 1, and here we go again. Get rid of this guy, we should have kept this guy instead of keeping this guy. This guy S ucks, that guy S ucks. MSL is an old fart. Truth be told I am sick of this garbage. It's the F ing playoffs, we are only down 1 game. MSL played a great game along with Nash. It was playoff hockey, a tight checking game that was won by a garbage goal. And MSL on the break away had no room to do anything except what he did on that shot. Caps D, came back on closed him out. But get rid of the bum, he is nothing but a Super Star NHL Hall of fame player, that's and old bum. Don't know what game you guys were watching. He was all over the ice, skating hard.

Both goalies were on top of their game. Seems the only time many have good things to say is only when the Rangers win a game and are leading the series, and then they are the greatest team in the NHL.

It's getting to be like all we have is a bunch of front running fans on all these radio talk shows, especially on WFAN, aka WMET. Throw everything this Ranger team has done this season and in the playoffs, out the window, they lost a game and are behind in the series. Big F ing deal, they will come back like they always do and then everyone can jump back on the band wagon and talk about how great this team is. 




Willie, Mickey and the Duke, Now That Was Baseball in NY.

THE ORIGINAL SIX IN THE NHL, OLD TIME HOCKEY,

THE WAY THE GAME WAS MEANT TO BE PLAYED:

LETS GO RANGERS. LETS GO YANKEES
6 years ago  ::  May 06, 2015 - 5:14PM #15
TonyG4
Posts: 3,669

I hardly never listen to those Radio call in Sports shows, especially WFAN, aka WMET.

Ranger fans calling up and complaining about every thing including AV. Now here is a head coach in his second year with the Rangers. In his first year he brought them to the Stanley Cup Finals, and the team was inches away from winning the Cup.

In his second year he brought this team to winning the Division, the Conference, and the Presidents trophy, with the best record in all of the NHL. And they are complaining about AV. Give me a break, and open you eyes. Mad

Just about anyone who really doesn't really know this game of hockey, is complaining about the lack of scoring from the Rangers and these one goal games. Well I have an answer for them.

First of all, this is playoff hockey, and there are no better games in the NHL then those low scoring, kick save and a beauty, on the edge of your seat, with every slap shot or odd man rushes and break aways, or any kind of shot on goal. Great hockey. Those fly by night hockey fans, think a 9 to 6 win is great hockey. 

In this new era of hockey of blocked shots by players, and big goalies with equipment that takes up almost two thirds of the net, it almost impossible for a goalie not to make a save he can see. And being the new rules in the NHL about being in the crease and not going near a goalie, scoring goals, especially in the playoffs are hard to come by. Nash has got some great shots and chances and just didn't get the bounce. He along with just about everyone in game 3 threw there bodies at every Cap. Nash nailed Orpik with a real hard check. 

We are down 2 games to 1, not because we were outplayed, but because of two lucky goals. One that a penalty should have been called and the other a lucky fluke goal. 

So what's all the negativity by Ranger Fans Question
Disappointing, frustrating, Yes. But no reason to not stay positive, and support this team, they deserve it. And don't deserve to be second guessed.

LETS GO RANGERS Head Bang Hockey Thumbs Up



Sorry guys, but this was building up in me when I couldn't post. So I am venting now.



Rangers will win tonight and take back home ice advantage, on their way back to MSG.

Willie, Mickey and the Duke, Now That Was Baseball in NY.

THE ORIGINAL SIX IN THE NHL, OLD TIME HOCKEY,

THE WAY THE GAME WAS MEANT TO BE PLAYED:

LETS GO RANGERS. LETS GO YANKEES
6 years ago  ::  May 07, 2015 - 9:59AM #16
prof. quiz
Posts: 9,676

It's a beautiful, sunny day yet last nights loss keeps ruining the picture.


What's happening here Tony? They played hard but came away with the short end of the hockey stick.


Last chance tomorrow to make it right.


LGR!

6 years ago  ::  May 07, 2015 - 4:37PM #17
TonyG4
Posts: 3,669

Apr 26, 2015 -- 6:21PM, prof. quiz wrote:


Yeah, Henrik got it done. He has a 1.53 GAA and a .939 save percentage over the last 5 games. Keep that up and you're going deep in the PO's.


Hagelin outskated the punk for the winning goal. All Crosby could do was watch it bounce out of the net. That's what he gets for slashing Girardi's hands while he was down on the ice.


Nash isn't finding the twine like he was earlier in the season but he's all over the ice playing great D and O. He has excellent hockey instincts. I think he hit the pipe in game 5. I can't figure out why he cooled off goal-wise.





I hear ya quiz?


Well our backs are against the wall. Win or go home, but there is no way I am giving up on this Ranger Team. Like I said, it ain't over till it's over and the fat lady sings.

I am not going to go into who did this and who did that on the Rangers. We lost, but it was not from a lack of effort. I think we outplayed the Caps on the ice, but not on the score board.

Only thing I will say about the Rangers, I think the key for the Rangers was the penalty shot. And the key for The Caps was Holtby, who was the best player on the ice for both teams.

So now it's back to MSG. And it's very simple without going through what should be done, what wasn't done, who should have played, who shouldn't have played, who did this, and who did that. That's all done and over.

Rangers win at MSG, and it's a new series, plan and simple. And I think the Rangers will win Friday. Yes a betting man would think the odds are way against the Rangers, but they thought that last season against the Pens. I learned one think in all these years of being a Ranger Fan and a hockey fan. When it comes to hockey:
NEVER SAY NEVER 

LETS GO RANGERS! LETS F ING DO THIS

Willie, Mickey and the Duke, Now That Was Baseball in NY.

THE ORIGINAL SIX IN THE NHL, OLD TIME HOCKEY,

THE WAY THE GAME WAS MEANT TO BE PLAYED:

LETS GO RANGERS. LETS GO YANKEES
6 years ago  ::  May 08, 2015 - 1:31PM #18
prof. quiz
Posts: 9,676

They better phucking do it tonight or it's all over. With any luck they will light Holtby up and go back to DC down 3-2.


Nash needs a hat trick tonight just like Messier did in game 6. He has been playing in berserk mode and deserves it. After a 25 game mediocre, .500 start this team caught fire and became the best in the league and the best standings-wise in their 88 year history. I still can't believe that they are down 3-1. My nerves. My nerves.


Did you see the Wild/Hawks game last night? Down 4-1 with 2.5 minutes left the Wild score twice. Thet almost got a third one in with seconds left. Unreal, the crowd was going insane but it's all over for MN.


LGR!


6 years ago  ::  May 08, 2015 - 4:36PM #19
TonyG4
Posts: 3,669

May 8, 2015 -- 1:31PM, prof. quiz wrote:


They better phucking do it tonight or it's all over. With any luck they will light Holtby up and go back to DC down 3-2.


Nash needs a hat trick tonight just like Messier did in game 6. He has been playing in berserk mode and deserves it. After a 25 game mediocre, .500 start this team caught fire and became the best in the league and the best standings-wise in their 88 year history. I still can't believe that they are down 3-1. My nerves. My nerves.


Did you see the Wild/Hawks game last night? Down 4-1 with 2.5 minutes left the Wild score twice. Thet almost got a third one in with seconds left. Unreal, the crowd was going insane but it's all over for MN.


LGR!




Yes quiz, I watched that game also. Like I said, in the game of hockey, Never Say Never.  Rangers also have to come out flying, the pressure is going to be on the Caps at MSG. We have to blow them away, like Montreal, blew Tampa away. We have to put fear in the minds of the Caps. Right now they and Holtby are too cocky. 

Willie, Mickey and the Duke, Now That Was Baseball in NY.

THE ORIGINAL SIX IN THE NHL, OLD TIME HOCKEY,

THE WAY THE GAME WAS MEANT TO BE PLAYED:

LETS GO RANGERS. LETS GO YANKEES
6 years ago  ::  May 08, 2015 - 10:24PM #20
laurenfrances
Posts: 40,011

Rangers delivered a needed win tonight in OT!!!!  One game at a time.  Hopefully we get to see game 7....


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