The impressive progress shown by Callahan, Staal, Dubinsky, Girardi, Anisimov, the confidence-inducing debuts of McDonagh and Sauer, and the continued excellence of Lundqvist was all very nice, but it cannot completely mask the fact that this club continues to lack the very pieces without which real success can not be achieved.
we had no reason to be in the playoffs with the injuries we've had as well as the unproductive season of gaborik. the team showed grit and determination, and i can't wait till this june 1st. sather holds the key to our success here, and for the first time since his reign, we're pretty damn close. here's to hoping he pushes the right buttons for the first time.
we played pretty well against the caps, and if it wasn't for some bounces and controversial goals we could have gone into game 5 with 3-1 lead instead of it being the other way around.
Well... I think we had a good season. Sure we didn't show up some games (read: this one, Atlanta etc.) but there were games when we were magic and showed how much heart we have. When we were down against the Penguins and shorthanded and still managed to take it to OT. When we turned 0-3 to a 5-3 win against the Bruins. 1-0 win against the Canucks. 7-0 against the Flyers, Toronto and the Craps. Those were some of the times when I was so happy.
I remember the first game of the season against Buffalo, I was so psyched and Stepan made a hattrick. Great, great game.
Or the game against Carolina that I was watching with a friend. He had fallen asleep only to be woke up by me screaming when Zuccarello made his first goal.
Boyle, Dubinsky and Prust were players that really stood out for me this season. Great players with lots of heart. They never give up and that's what I love about them.
That last game against the Devils was a ballbreaker and when Drury, who hadn't done **** all year came in on his first shift and scored I couldn't be any prouder. Lundqvist is and will always be a key to anything this team wins.
I could go on rambling for hours about this season, Prospals goal celebrations which made me remember how much I've missed him, Fedetenko coming back after being injured and always making great plays, Staal and Girardi always throwing themselves in front of shots, batteling to keep the puck out...
But one player always made me believe all year. The guy who I think want to have the big C when the Rangers open their season in Stockholm (finally! first Rangers game in many years), Callahan. He's a true fighter and a true player. Sure other teams have players like Crosby and Ovetchkin, but Cally, he's something else. He may not have as much skill but he sure as hell has more heart and will. Cally never gives up, no one on this Rangers team does.
So thanks for this season, because it has been wonderful, like always! I'm pretty down right now, I don't want to wait until October to see this team!
B+ (with B being considered an "as expected" season).
I thought this team would compete for the final playoff spots (~7th-10th seed) but wasn't guaranteed to make it. That was also expecting a ~40g season from Gaborik and not so many injuries. We ended up in 8th after battling a lot more adversity than I expected, and got much more contribution from young guys than I expected (particularly Sauer, McDonagh, and Stepan). Overall, the season exceeded my expectations, even though it could've ended on a more positive note.