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05-26-2012, 10:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Bipolar View Post
I just couldn't see a young Rangers team in the playoffs for the first time going all the way
As a whole, the Rangers were the least experienced team in the playoffs

The most recent playoff success (getting past the second round) was Fedotenko 4 years ago, and he might have been our best player in the ECF

Other than that we have Rupp, Richards and Feds again, who did "their thing" almost a decade ago
Gaborik? went pretty far once. again, almost a decade ago
dubi, cally, girardi, staal etc. ? got to the second round twice on teams carried by Jagr and Lundqvist (and playing terrible teams in the first round)
mcdonagh, stepan, anisimov, boyle, prust? That pathetic excuse of a playoff team last year?
hagelin, stralman, kreider? first timers
Thats fair enough about the young team winning the cup, but it really is a lost oppurtunity.

It takes a bit of luck to get through two 7 game series.. It takes a bit of luck to be the best team in the league with the low-scoring style we play. I don't know, maybe luck isn't the word but things like that don't happen every year. We could improve our team and still not have as much success as we did this season, thats just how sports work.

The way we won Game 5 against Wash. Just alot of little things throughout the year that went right for us really made it feel like this was our chance.

With the style we play and avoiding the injury bug for the most part this past season.. just a couple of pucks in the wrong spot and guys could be on the shelf..

So many things could happen. God forbid we lose Lundqvist for a period of time next season. You just never know.

You can build up the team with great young players and prospects, and have a good core but a couple things go wrong and we lose in the first round next year.

One more point is that it will be interesting to see how this team handles some real expectations next season. Defending Eastern Conference champs in the regular season are gunna have the expectations to repeat, how do they play as a known top team?
That, or maybe we are the real deal and this time next year we're getting ready for the Cup Final.

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