In both games the Rangers blew a 3 goal lead and lost the game the same score to 5-4. Both the Nordiques and Penguins who are young teams that are Cup contenders in the making but are inexperienced. Both games allowed a late goal against their best player( Crosby and Sakic). Both teams are questionable goaltenders who people wondered if they handle the playoff pressure(Fiset and Fleury). We know the Rangers came in Game 2 and rocked Fiset in a 8-3 victory in Game 2. How silimar are these series look so far? And can the Rangers take advantage of the inexperienced Pens?
Well it's only one game, but you are right, there are some daunting similarities. No one expected the 8th place Rangers to pull out of that series taking on the first seed. Collin Campbell was an underrated coach, and was able to tame the Nordiques firepower. I think our team is a lot more on equal footing with the Pens than the Rangers were with the Nords in 1995. We didn't have much of a chance against the teams like PHI, NJD and DET back then, but even down 0-1 against the Pens, the Rangers are still on of the favors to win the Cup this year.
Also, that Nords team was just coming together with Sakic leading the way and Forsberg being the rookie. The Pens have already been to the playoffs last year with the same team and won a series this year.
If we can steal one game on the road, I think the Garden will be a good place to build some steam to take back to the Igloo, as was the case in 1995.
PS, its amazing how FOX and ESPN had better production values 13 years ago compared to cheese ABC/NBC/VS today.
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The Penguin: "You don't think you'll actually WIN, do you???"
Batman: "Things change."
I was thinking about that game today. The Rangers were leading 4-2 deep into the game but got caught and beat at the end. Joe Sakic was brilliant that night. The one thing I though that did Quebec in (other than Andy Van Hellemond in game 3) was that their young players lost their poise as the series tilted against them. Interesting to see if the same dynamic takes hold here. One other note -- the Nordiques, reincarnated as the Colorado Avalanche, won the Stanley Cup the next year.
Well then, I hope history repeats itself by getting a win today and going from there to win this series. I have Games 5 and 6 of that 1995 Nordiques/Rangers series on tape and back then, the Rangers simply played well enough on both ends of the ice (especially the clincher) to take out Quebec. I don't think the Penguins are quite the same as that Nordiques team, but the Rangers are more than capable of defeating them.
Oh, and I completely agree... the theme music for ESPN Hockey Night and the NHL on ABC so squashes today's that we hear from NBC and Versus. And ESPN did a better job in the 1990s with the NHL. Too bad those idiots at ESPN decided to turn their collective backs on the sport. They want to redeem themselves? Do a complete 180 and join Versus in cable television coverage. AND bring back that same music. Maybe NBC and ABC can both do games, but that's wishful thinking.
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