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05-09-2012, 11:38 PM
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Tortorella said that the Sens were the toughest opponent in this year's playoffs?!? Does he not realize that he has lost two prior series against the Caps, one after being up 3-1 in the series? The Rangers have the personnel to contend for the Stanley Cup (Lundqvist in goal, Big Four of Staal, Girardi, McD, and MDZ on defense, and a fleet of hard-working forwards with Richards as the elite playmaker of the group) EXCEPT for one thing: a killer instinct to finish off opponents when they are down. It's highly improbable that even a #1 seed has won a Stanley Cup after going through 4 consecutive 7-game series!!! Somewhere along the line, Cup contenders should have had a series where they could easily dispatch opponents in 4-5 games. Not only does it allow for more rest and recovery, but it provides less time for future opponents to scout our tendencies and weaknesses. And most importantly, it sends a message that the Cup favorite is no pushover...

Somewhere in Newark, Pete DeBoer is salivating at the thought of bombarding the Rangers defensive zone coverage with quick bombs from the point (Kovalchuk, Zidlicky, Elias) and apply pressure in all three zones to prevent us from setting up our offense; all by watching our struggles tonight and through Game 7.

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