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11-08-2013, 10:09 AM
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Originally Posted by OverTheCap View Post
And it's especially disappointing because the Rangers have taken a step backwards instead of a step forwards after finishing first place in the Eastern Conference and ECF appearance in 2012.

The typical 5-8th seed finish and maybe winning a round was an achievement the first few seasons after the Dark Ages. It's not enough anymore.
There is no such thing as a 5th-8th finish anymore. The playoffs are set up within the division until the conference final against the Atlantic. If we land in the second spot in the Metro our path to the conference final is likely Capitals/Islanders and then Pittsburgh. There is nothing but injuries keeping this team from another shot at the ECF.

People seem to have rosier memories of the '12 playoffs than I do. We had to play elimination games against the 8th and 7th seeds. Actually we had to play 2 against the 8th seed. Getting to play the 8th, 7th and 6th seeds, none of them particularly good teams, the Rangers should have gotten to the cup finals well rested.

But the team looked beat up and exhausted. Opposing coaches were able to exploit our game plan with relative ease. Same story in pretty much every playoff series in recent memory.

The sad reality is that the Rangers have not "controlled" a playoff series since they beat the Devils in '08.

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