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NHL playoffs...Go Rangers!!!
6 years ago  ::  May 20, 2015 - 7:25PM #31
TonyG4
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Rangers will make sure there is no repeat of game 2 at MSG, I have a tremulous amount of faith and confidence in this team, and their coaching staff. They will light up The Bishop Pope early and often tonight, and you will see a Ranger Team, that will do, what they have done all season long, and learn from a game like they lost in game 2. 
LETS GO RANGERS! LETS F ING DO THISHead Bang Hockey Thumbs Up Applaude
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 21, 2015 - 2:33PM #32
TonyG4
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First of all, it was not a great game by either team. We lost the game 6 to 5. Tampa Bay had 40 shots on goal, and Lundqvist save 34 of them. Rangers had only 28 shots on goal and Bishop saved 23 of them. Who was the better goalie. 

Team wise this game could have gone either way, and it could have been the Rangers who scored the winning OT Goal but it wasn't. But it was the Rangers that showed a lot of character, and never gave up and came back from being down 4 to 2, and tied the game, and then Tampa went up by 1 with only a few minutes left in the period, and scored the tying goal with little time left in the game. So, who was the better team, that is debatable.

It's 2 games to one guys. It's not the end of the world or the series, we have been there before. Have faith in this team.


I don't understand what all this talk is about replacing Lundqvist and putting Talbot in. That is never going to happen, and it never should, unless Lundqivst gets hurt and can't play.

AV has to, and will, live or die with his number 1 goalie in the playoffs. We are talking about on of the best goalies in the NHL, and you want to bench him in the playoffs for his back up? Not going to happen, and IMO should not happen.

That's almost like saying, if the Rangers lose this series and don't make it to the finals, we should get a whole new coaching staff.

Lundqvist is now, and has been the bread and butter for this Ranger Team, you don't kick him while he is down. Yes he let in the winning goal in OT, which I think he played it wrong, but that's what can happen in OT, when one shot, wins it all. Could have gone off a skate, or a stick, or a D man's body or skate, but IMO, Lundqvist misplayed the shot, for what ever reason, and we lost in OT. 

I put my trust in this teams coaching staff, and If by some strange reason, they decide to go with Talbot, I will support AV's decision. But my hockey sense, tells me that will never happen, unless Lundqvist is hurt and can't go.

I don't see how it can be played any other way.

LETS GO RANGERS, AND LETS GO LUNDQVIST

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 21, 2015 - 4:09PM #33
prof. quiz
Posts: 9,676

Disappointing loss. I don't know how that OT goal got by Lundqvist. Hopefully Vigneault figures this out real soon.


I don't frequent any other forums so I'm assuming that's where all this Talbot talk is originating. I'd keep Hank in net but like you say it's Vigneault's call and I trust his judgement and hockey sense. They pulled Crawford for Darling a while and he came back to stop 60 pucks in that triple OT winner so who knows what Alain will do.


Very unRanger like to cough up 12 goals in two games. Win the next one and all is forgiven.


LGR!




6 years ago  ::  May 22, 2015 - 3:10PM #34
TonyG4
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At a Press conference yesterday quiz,  AV was asked by Larry Brooks of the NY Post,  if he was thinking about benching Lundqvist after giving up 6 goals. And you know what his answer was, he bust out laughing, and ended it right there by saying he never gave it a thought and then he laughed again, I listened to it on the Radio. 


And yes it has been said on many Ranger Blogs, and all over the Sports Talk Stations in NY.


One thing I want to see more out of Nash is for him to get back to driving to the net and using his big body to push off their D man like he did getting 42 goals during the season. He is not scoring because of a lack of not trying, but I think the lack of scoring during the playoffs is getting the best of him, and instead of making those big moves to the net when he is has the puck in the slot or coming in on a break away, he is trying for that one timer, and that is not his game. Go to the net Big Boy and make your moves in close to beat the goalie, like you have done in the regular season when we were all calling you a beast, and like you did one time in these playoffs. 

I know teams are aware of this from Nash, and they are trying to get on top of him as soon as he has control of the puck, but I think he has to work harder going to the net. And that includes Hayes. Lets get those big guys going to the net.

Most important thing is to get back to our defensive game, and our speed and fore-check game. Rangers will adjust tonight, and we need to attack earlier and play Ranger Hockey, not Tampa Hockey.

I have NO DOUBT IN MY MIND they will be going back to MSG tying the series at 2. They will go in with the attitude that they are mad as H ell and they are not going to take this anymore, LETS F ING DO THIS Head Bang

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 22, 2015 - 3:29PM #35
prof. quiz
Posts: 9,676

Yeah, the Rangers must win tonight or they fall to 3-1...again. You're right about them getting back to playing D first. 12 goals in two games is not Ranger hockey.


Nash is trying. He's hitting, knocking people off the puck but he can't seem to find the net. St Louis is also trying but nothing to show. Maybe they're trying too hard? I see Nash around the crease waiting for a rebound but maybe he should try what you said. Charging the net and firing from a few feet out. I keep waiting for him to explode with a hat trick.


So Vigneault laughed when asked about pulling Hank for Cam. He's the coach and he knows more about the science of hockey than all these forum geniuses.


LGR!


6 years ago  ::  May 23, 2015 - 11:04AM #36
laurenfrances
Posts: 40,011

Indeed Rangers even up the score with a win last night.  Nice to see Nash, and St Louis get it going ......


Rick Nash puts slump on ice with two big goals in Rangers' Game 4 win over Lightning


NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

 Saturday, May 23, 2015, 1:37 AM




Rick Nash scores twice as Rangers unload five goals on Lightning to even series.



TAMPA – Rick Nash has never had a night like this.


He has been a star in the NHL for a long time and has scored 378 career regular-season goals, including a career-high 42 this season for the Rangers. But his postseason scoring woes had reached such discouraging depths prior to Game 4 on Friday night – at seven goals in 56 all-time matches and just two in 15 games this spring – that it was no longer accurate to call this a slump.


This was who Nash had become: A star scorer who turned into just another regular guy when the bright lights turned on.


RELATED: LUNDQVIST STEPS UP AS RANGERS WIN GAME 4 TO EVEN SERIES


What’s funny about that is that Nash, who turns 31 years old on June 16, personally is a regular guy. He is down-to-earth normal. He has spoken in recent years of understanding that at some point hockey will end, and when that happens, he’ll be ready for another phase of his life.


Maybe it’s because he is so human that he felt his failure to score for his Rangers teammates so intensely these last few postseasons, as he described late Friday in the Lightning’s visitors’ locker room after erupting for two goals and three points – both career-highs in the playoffs – to even this Eastern Conference finals at 2-2.





“It’s frustrating when you can’t score, and you feel like you let the guys down in the room and you let everyone around the organization down when you can’t produce offensively,” said Nash, he of five shots, three hits and a plus-one rating in 15:51 of ice time. “I’m trying my best to produce.”


RELATED: ST. LOUIS SCORES FIRST GOAL OF PLAYOFFS VS. EX-TEAM


Trying is something Nash always does, but it’s also something that he knows isn’t good enough when he doesn’t do what Glen Sather acquired him in the summer of 2012 to do: score.


“I was telling myself to try to get to the inside, and it just didn’t seem like it was working,” Nash said of his search for a third goal in these playoffs since Game 6 of the second round against Washington. “I was trying everything I could to do it. I was trying to take pucks to the net. I was giving my best effort and it just didn’t seem like it was working.


“It’s just natural to grip your stick a little tighter and to not see the ice as well when you’re struggling,” Nash added. “The puck doesn’t feel comfortable on your stick, so anytime you can get a goal and get a little confidence, it helps.”


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Rick Nash scores on Lightning goalie Ben Bishop in the first.



Confidence sometimes comes from doing what one does best. On Friday for Nash, that was his flash down the left wing onto a pass from rookie Kevin Hayes. He barreled around helpless forward Cedric Paquette to drive across Ben Bishop’s body and stuff a backhand off the post, off Bishop’s left skate and in.


“I think no matter who it was (defending me), I was gonna try and bring it to the net,” he said.


RANGERS INSDER: YANDLE AGAIN IS POINT MAN


Alain Vigneault said Martin St. Louis’ 32-second shift and change to send Nash on ice before the goal “wasn’t part of the master plan,” but the coach should have taken credit for it, because it was a sequence that ultimately might – as the Rangers’ postseason motto goes – “change the ending.”


The goal only gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead, but because Nash was the one who scored, it was like everyone could finally breathe – first and foremost big No. 61 himself. “It’s good to see for him,” center Derek Stepan said. “This group has seen how hard he’s worked.”



This game still was up for grabs but was wrestled back for several reasons: A poised second period from a determined Henrik Lundqvist; a Dan Girardi goal-saving defensive play on a rebound; Brenden Morrow’s turnover before Chris Kreider’s go-ahead goal; and as Nash said: “We got some bounces. They had some really close plays that kind of went off our skates or just missed the net, so we’ve got to tighten that up a bit.”


Forwards J.T. Miller and Carl Hagelin had excellent nights, too. St. Louis finally broke through for his first goal of the playoffs, but that wasn’t the same thing as Nash getting on the board – not even close.


“That first goal by Nash, that’s the way he scores his goals,” Lundqvist said. “Taking the puck to the net and just show(ing) how strong he is and the speed he has. That was great to see. It kind of set the tone for us.”


“It’s amazing how much skill he has for such a big guy,” Keith Yandle said of Nash, who added the perfect finishing touch with a rebound, third-period power-play goal.


On Thursday, Nash had demonstrated some Hollywood connections by organizing a private screening of the movie “Entourage” for the team through a “friend of a friend.” He said humbly: “I thought it’d be a team-bonding thing.”


Maybe that did something to loosen up the Rangers, but on Friday, Nash demonstrated that his influence extends far past the cinema. He took center stage as the Rangers’ up-front star, their ace in the hole, their big gun.


And when he goes off, it reaffirms your confidence that these Rangers actually can go all the way.




6 years ago  ::  May 23, 2015 - 5:18PM #37
prof. quiz
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May 23, 2015 -- 11:04AM, laurenfrances wrote:


Indeed Rangers even up the score with a win last night.  Nice to see Nash, and St Louis get it going ......




Tony was right about Nash. He charged the net and made it happen, twice. St Louis scoring was also poetic, especially with all the boos raining down.


The LGR chants were also fun but the Tampa crowd negated them once they were started. Still, it must be frustrating hearing chants for the visitors in your house.


Bishop was reduced to a Pawn. He only stopped 19 out of 24.


Great game. Lundqvist didn't let the last two poor performances mess with his head and stopped all but one. The Lighning were relentless with 35 SOG. Great team effort and the series is tied. Now step on their throats and win the next two.


LGR!

6 years ago  ::  May 24, 2015 - 9:27AM #38
TonyG4
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This team once again proves they do not get rattled, they are a confident bunch with great character, and will bounce back from any challenge they are up against. Nash looked like, and played like he was on a mission, and MSL, got the monkey off his back and that was only a matter of time. You could see how pumped he was after that goal, and it will carry over to the next game along with Nash. Rangers played with a chip on their shoulder from the moment this game started, you could see that mean look in their eyes on the bench during the singing of the National Anthem. 
And we don't need any of these bush phony promotions to get this team going, like not allowing Tampa Fans to wear there Jersey's at MSG, bring it on, won't be long before you will be sending them to the cleaners and pack them away for next season.

After a big time blow out win and coming back to MSG on home ice, the Garden will be rocking and on fire all day tomorrow, way before the game, and during the game. This team is ready to take care of business.

Can't wait for the game tonight, I am still on a high after that win, and the way we took it to them. This coaching staff had them ready, and made the adjustments to put that so called Triplet line back in their baby carriages where they belong. They couldn't take the body checks they got every time they touch the puck. I still don't understand why they have a nickname of the Triplets. Were they all born on the same day. Head Bang

SO LETS GO RANGERS, LETS F ING DO THIS, AND SHOW EVERYONE WHAT THIS RANGER TEAM IS MADE OF. Head BangHockey Thumbs Up Applaude

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 24, 2015 - 11:40AM #39
prof. quiz
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Can't wait until tonight's game.


Too bad Rosen and the other MSG personnel aren't invited to the party after a season of play by play and analysis. It's time to pick the fruit of their labors and the MSG folks are no closer to the action than I am. It sucks to see Michiletti having to pretend to be neutral. Maybe he really is.


LGR!



6 years ago  ::  May 24, 2015 - 4:38PM #40
TonyG4
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 All day I have been thinking about this team, and their character and how they have brought themselves this far, and the more I see and think about this team, I have come to the firm conclusion this team is ready, and this team is Stanley Cup Finals ready.

Just look at how these players game and bonding has come together. They have never gave up, they never say never. And they always find a way to rise to the occasion. This Team is ready Ranger Fans.

Just think about this. Look at how they have all stepped it up and are ready for playoff hockey. We all have talked about the raging Bull Kreider, Nash and MSL are back and ready to go. Look at how all 4 lines have done their job. Brass, MSL, and Nash. Kreider, Stepah, Fast (who has been fantastic). Hags, JT, and Hayes. Glass Sheppard, and Moore. 
I know AV may change a few guys here or there, but it doesn't matter. All 4 lines have picked up their games. The 4th line has been one heck of an agitating line, and annoying any line they play against, they are playing hard nose hockey and discipline hockey. On D all 3 combinations are jelling. And guys Like Dan Boyle and Yandle are playing the game we got them for. Yandle is more comfortable, and he is ready to step it up. And this coaching staff has been fantastic. Along with the King who is ready to prove once again, he is still the King, but wants to have that crown put on him.

We showed once again we can play it anyway you want and we can adjust on the fly. Pens tried to throw us off our speed and D game, along with the Caps, and we took it to them. And now we needed a few games to really adjust to the speed and offense of Tampa, and we showed in game 3 we can stand with you on the offense, and we just scored 10 goals in 2 games, and in game 3 we adjusted our D to shut them down, along with playing their offense game, and we outscored them.

This Team Is F ing Ready Ranger Fans. And tonight they will prove it to us once again. 

LETS F ING DO THIS RANGERS, I WANT SOME A$$ KICKED TONIGHT. Head Bang Head Bang Head Bang Vent Boxing Hockey

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
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