A ton of it is in the coaching. This team ices Richards, Gaborik, Callahan, Kreider, Hagelin, Stepan, and McDonagh yet a 1-0 deficit might as well be 8-0. It shouldn't be that ****ing hard for this team to net a few.
Did you watch the same game I did? Because that is the EXACT OPPOSITE of what I saw.
At end of day, let's face it:
We've been outperforming our skill level all year. It's bound to fall back to earth. Season got hyped too much due to regular season record. Reality is that this is still a rebuild year and we will be better next year and the year after that.
We could win game 7, but if you had to make me bet, I'd pick caps. They are just playing as a team with solid lines and solid system. We are running around like chickens with our heads cut off.
If not for some heroics last game and the post in OT in game 3, we would have only won 1 game this series. Pathetic.
For someone who says we a lot as if you're part of the team, you sure don't have a lot of confidence in the Rangers ability to bounce back and never give up. Sure the played pretty bad tonight, but with the season on the line I think everyone in that locker room will get the realization that if they don't show up on Saturday, its over. Yeah they will be better next year, but that doesn't mean this year can't produce great results. The Devils got to the conference finals, yeah, but they played a team who had no defense and a head case for a goal tenders so don't use them as reference points saying "Oh but the Devils made it farther than the Rangers, they clearly played above their level, smoke and mirrors blah blah." They will come out on Saturday and play their hearts out. They may win, they may lose but they will play hard, especially since they have the ever so important home crowd to back them up.
I think it's tough to lay the blame on Torts' line combinations. Fact of the matter is, the boys weren't playing hard. i dont know what changing the lines will do for a team that was, for maybe the first time in 2 months.....Lazy.
Such a pathetic effort. I just hope that Torts doesn't think of this as a moral victory, losing by 1. This team was HORRID.
PK-STOP leaving Ovechkin open in the slot. It's ****ing pathetic how much room he had.
NBC circle jerking Holtby was just horrible to listen to. Good thing he didn't get his shutout. Rangers were pretty much ready to hand it to him.
The powerplay goes back to being atrocious. The 4 min. PP was literally painful to watch.
How the hell do the NYR have only 6 blocked shots? The play was in their zone most of the time.
Torts and the ice time distribution was mind boggling. Why are Boyle, Prust, and Feds playing top 6 mins? Yes: Kreider screwed up...3 games ago. Boyle passed the puck to Laich in Game 5 for his goal. But torts will continue to play favorites.
...lastly, we've seen that momentum doesn't carry over game to game in this series. So take Game 7 at home, boys!
and kredier needs to be on the ice over prust and mitchell. Am I the only who is getting sick and tired of prust cringing and looking like he's laboring when he skates around and inevitably turns the puck over. Mitchell falling more than hartnell is getting to me as well.