Browsing Posts tagged Marian Gaborik

From the opening face-off of last night’s Game 3 between the Rangers and Capitals, there was a feeling that this was going to be a special hockey game. Both teams were firing on all cylinders, skating up and down the ice, creating scoring chance after scoring chance. It was such an exciting brand of hockey that both teams decided to treat the fans to an extra 55 minutes of it.

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After playing about 20 hours of hockey, Marian Gaborik netted the game winner in the third overtime. The Rangers have taken a 2-1 lead and will play Game 4 on Saturday. Gotta love playoff hockey. 

The Ottawa Senators have yet to obtain a lead during regulation. Yet, with the series tied at 2-2, a lead in the third period may prove to be the decisive blow that swings this series in their favor.

While the Rangers have lost their last seven overtime playoff games, this team plays extremely well at Madison Square Graden. The Rangers were 27-12-2 at MSG during the regular season, second best in the East. The Rangers have scored only nine goals in the first four games, so more offense will be needed in Game 5. Coach Tortorella has altered the first two lines, having Marian Gaborik skate with Derek Stepan and Artem Anisimov while having Brad Richards skate with Ryan Callahan and Brandon Dubinsky. The trio of Richards-Callahan-Dubinsky, who scored 71 goals this season, could ignite the offensive output for the Rangers.

Luckily for the Rangers, Daniel Alfredsson will not travel to New York for Game 5. Alfredsson missed Games 3 and 4 after suffering an injury a devastating blow from Carl Hagelin in Game 2.  

For the Rangers, success starts and ends with goalie, Henrik Lundqvist. Lundqvist must deliver a huge performance to keep his team in the game. Lundqvist gave up the decisive overtime goal in Game 4, a shot that many believe he should have stopped.

With the series knotted at two, there’s no doubt that the Garden will rocking tonight. The Rangers must play off the crowd and an early lead could be huge to allievate any concerns from Game 4. Game 4 was a bad loss for the Rangers and the loss effectively killed their momentum. A win tonight will put them firmly back into the driver’s seat.

Prediction: Rangers win, 2-0

I’ll be brutally honest–I don’t know anything about hockey. I don’t pretend to know anything, either. Plus, I often defer to Mike, Joe, and the guest writers for the site’s hockey info. But when Mike Francesa is talking hockey and flirts with has Henrik Lundqvist on Mike’s On, I have to get up to speed. 

Ranger-Themed Subway in NYC

Going into this post-season, I couldn’t name more than four current players. (Apparently, Eric Lindros hasn’t been in the league for a few years.)

Anyway, after doing some research and subsequently deciding to play in a playoff pool, the Stanley Cup Playoffs have officially grabbed my attention. Sure, you can say that the Yankees had an off-night and I didn’t have much to watch, but I learned that playoff hockey is pretty sweet. Aside from the Ranger blowout (I’ll get to it), the other two games I watched went into sudden death overtime. I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat, watching the Blues and Sharks battle it out and seeing the Bruins make quick work of the hapless, overrated Capitals. What would make this post-season even better is seeing another New York team bring home a championship. The Rangers took that first step tonight.

I don’t have to write much of a back story about the Rangers. You can read that stuff here and here, but the Rangers are clearly the toast of the town right now. Expectations are huge for this team after finishing first in the Eastern Conference. Lundqvist took the first step in shedding his playoff demons by saving 30 of 32 shots. The Rangers moved the puck pretty well for 2.5 periods before getting a little sloppy at the end, but a 4-2 win is a 4-2 win. Ryan Callahan, Marian Gaborik, and Brad Richards all found the back of the net, so any and all playoff jitters should be gone. 

On the surface, momentum in hockey seems to be predicated by emotion and strong goalie play. The Rangers were successful in both aspects and will look to build on that in Game 2.

P.S. Big ups to the Garden crowd tonight. Place was BUMPIN’.

Another great guest posting from Dave Thomas. Enjoy.

Will the Rangers Choke or Send the Sens Packing?

While the New York Rangers were not able to secure the President’s Trophy and the overall top seed in this year’s NHL playoffs (Vancouver), they are the frontrunners in the Eastern Conference.

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Just a heads-up. I received a great article on the New York Rangers from Mike Smith. Mike will be contributing on a part-time basis for us. Enjoy…

With all the excitement the Giants have created over the past few weeks, the New York Rangers have flown under our radar, even though they are arguably the best team in the NHL. Now that football season is over, the Rangers deserve our attention.

It has been 18 years since their magical Stanley Cup run in 1994 (exactly one-third their previous Cup drought, but I digress) and for the first time in the post-Gretzky era, the Rangers are legitimate Stanley Cup contenders.

If this is the year that the Rangers make another magical run, it will be four these reasons:

The Rangers Need Henrik to be Henrik

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The New York Rangers opened the 2011-12 NHL season overseas in lovely Scandinavia with games in Stockholm, Sweden, against the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks. While the end result may not have been what we were hoping for, there are plenty of positives as well as things than can be fixed and improved upon.

More after the jump.

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The Avalanche scored two goals just 26-seconds apart in the third period, breaking a 1-1 tie rather quickly.
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The Rangers began their 85th season with a hat-trick in a debut and an exposing of Ryan Miller and the Sabres.

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It’s been 126 days since Patrick Kane’s overtime goal in Game Six of the Stanley Cup Finals gave Chicago their first Finals win in 49 years, and as the clock struck midnight on Wednesday, it was finally here: the first day of hockey season.

We’ve been waiting even longer to see the Blueshirts, who – after their almost yearly late March-April surge – lost to eventual Eastern Conference champ Philadelphia…on the last day of the season, with a playoff seed on the line, in a shootout. It was the first time in five years that the Rangers failed to qualify for the postseason. Even though Gaborik performed up to his star label, rookies like Michael Del Zotto stepped up past expectations, and King Henrik was still the King, the Rangers were on the outside of Lord Stanley’s Playoffs looking in and wondering what could have happened. So, with last season in the rearview, what’s possibly in store for the Blueshirts this season?

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