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06-28-2013, 05:48 PM
Bettman's Enemy
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Can't believe no one has mentioned the fact Graves was suspended for a love tap on baby Mario's wrist for the rest of that series after the Rangers took a 2-1 series lead on a Kris King OT goal in Pittsburgh.

I guess a lot of people also forget the officiating in Games 5 and 6 was beyond awful. Pittsburgh got TWO penalty shots in Game 6, in an era where teams wouldn't get two penalty shots in a season. And, IIRC, the Rangers had killed off two marginal penalties right before the Francis' bull**** goal. The Rangers had a 4-2 lead and were coasting, until the refs got involved.

Also, Neilson's strategy of rotating VBK and Richter in every game came back to bite him in the playoffs that year. They didn't really have a pure #1 that could be reliable enough game after game. The Devils series went 7, but, the Devil wins were seemingly lucky, and the Ranger wins were in dominating fashion. They put up 8 goals in Games 5 and 7. Devils scored quite a few fluky goals to keep those scores respectable, but really the games weren't all that close.

Honestly believe the Rangers would have curbstomped the Bruins and then probably would have beaten Chicago and a young Domink Hasek in six.

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