Monday, April 28, 2014

Rangers Close-In On Second Round

Before a celebrity packed MSG, including the Pundit, the Rangers pulled off a 4-2 win to put the Flyers on the brink going into game six. It wasn't easy. The Flyers had help in the form of two so called refs, by the names of Justin St. Pierre and Brad Watson who insisted on keeping the game close. They put the Flyers on the power play five times with Carl Hagelin being their private whipping boy penalizing him three times. It's amazing that all the scrums after the whistle the Flyers come out on top.

They negated a Martin St. Louis goal because they didn't see the puck behind goalie Steve Mason. And while the Flyers scored one power play goal, Vincent Lecavalier, the Rangers were pitiful going 0-3. Heck, the refs were even wearing the Flyers colors. Black and white shirts with an orange arm band. The game was not a bell ringer, the Flyers got 26 shots the Rangers 22. The Rangers scorers were Staal, Richards, Moore and Boyle. Of course Boyle's goal was an empty netter.

The Rangers should have won this game going away, but it was a struggle at the end until the empty netter. The coach tinkered with the lineup, inserting JT Miller, good news, and benching Dan Carcillo, bad news. I would have picked from Pouliot and Boyle for the bench, If you read this post regularly you know we are fans of JT Miller. The kid has grit and fire. Playing with Richards and Hagelin, the 21 year old logged 10:22, had an assist and was a plus two. Let's hope yesterday was not a one and done.

Reader mbernold laments about the Rangers lack of purpose, to put it mildly and how he has seen one Cup in 63 years. How about two in 77? I would like to say we will close it out Tuesday, but I fear that we will be back in the Garden trying to close it out in a desperate do or die. I just hope St. Pierre and Watson are not the refs. Hang in there, mbernold and all other die hard fans.

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