Sure I know the series is tied at three. but it is the Rangers who have come back from the 1-3 hole and now have pushed the Pens to a game seven. The pressure is on both teams, but a little more on the Pens as their super star duo have been held fairly in check and Crosby has been reduced to after whistle scrums and extra stick work and escaping penalties reserved for the Carcillo's and his ilk.
Be advised that though the Rangers are 9-2 in their last 11 game sevens they have never come back from a 1-3 hole to win the series. But they have Lundqvist who has rung up that 9-2 record and recorded 36 saves last night. He was beaten on one shot, actually a Minnesota Fats billiard shot of Brandon Suter shooting a shot off Ranger D-man John Moore and then off the skate of Ranger D-man Kevin Klein's skate at the far post and into the net.
This was an emotional game and it hit its peak when at 3:34 of the first period Martin St. Louis scored the games first goal. First goal of the game, on Mother's Day and scored by the guy who lost his mother a few day's earlier. The assists were given to Stepan and Stralman, but I believe the biggest assist was from his mom. Wherever mom's are, living or dead, they know when their children are hurting and know how to make it well. Trust me on this one. So thanks mom, for trying to make your son whole again and thanks from his team mates for a great win. Believe.
The other big story was Henrik Lundqvist. He was great. The Garden rocked with competing chants of Marty, Marty, Marty and Hen-reek, Hen-reek, Hen-reek. It was great, it was old times as the King reigned supreme. The other story was Derick Brassard, who gave the Rangers the big 3-1 lead with his 4th goal of the playoffs.
All in all a great big emotional night. Can the Rangers complete the comeback on Tuesday? I think so and I think that mom just might show up one more time. Belated Mother's Day everybody.
Crosby's antics have even Hank worked up. Here's the King giving Crosby a squirt after the game ended:
Henrik Lundqvist fined $5,000 for water bottle-gate
Lundqvist fined $5,000