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05-02-2013, 10:19 PM
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Seriously. I often feel like people want their predictions or opinions validated more than they want the team to do well.

They had a lot of chances tonight. Hank let in a softie at a bad time and the PP failed to seize their opportunities.
You can't teach a killer instinct. It's what happens when you try and force things. Players hold on harder to their stick, they try and go to the game when they should be letting it come to them. This entire season has felt forced to be honest. A lot of expectations of this team it's natural they're going to feel it on them.

The only thing I'm worried about is for the Rangers to fall in this mental state of being their own worst enemy. They did it when they were the 6 seed with about 4 games to go and then they just kept trying to force it. Back to back atrocious games against the Panthers and Hurricanes and they were only able to really regather themselves because of a few lucky breaks. Lucky breaks happen as a result of letting the game come to you... i.e shoot the puck at the net from all angles and stop trying to look for the perfect pass and the puck bounces in off of the goalies skate and in. I'm hoping Torts tells his players to just keep at it. Keep the legs moving, get pucks to the net, good things will happen. A few lucky goals and players can start to relax and let the game come to them. If they keep being so uptight though... we'll be looking at a lot more of tonight.

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05-02-2013, 10:20 PM
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Yea but it doesn't make sense. They don't face the same teams. They don't face the same situations. The other pitcher is unrelated to how the first pitcher does. Whether you have Verlander against Sabathia or Verlander against...Hughes it makes no difference as to how he himself pitches.
You can't apply scientific values to a subject like this. One goalie handled what was thrown at him better than the other.

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05-02-2013, 10:21 PM
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Going through the pictures from the game on NHL.com

Found this:

Hilarious but wouldn't it make more sense coming from a Rangers fan?

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05-02-2013, 10:21 PM
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Hilarious but wouldn't it make more sense coming from a Rangers fan?
Caps fans feel bad for us?

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05-02-2013, 10:23 PM
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I thought he played well tonight.
He played better than Pyatt. At least he gets to the ****** puck with his speed. Pyatt does nothing but get behind the net and drag his body along the boards until the puck is turned over AND its just a broken record, but Brassard is better than Richards he should be getting more PP time

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05-02-2013, 10:24 PM
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That picture is amazing hahaha

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05-02-2013, 10:24 PM
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Refereeing was not deciding factor of this game. The defense was far from the best and if Marc Staal is not 100% ready he will not play very big role in its improvement. Rangers inability to score goals prevented them from getting two points. They continue their struggle on the power play including the 5 on 3. I am very much positive that the coaching stuff has a lot to do with all of the above.

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05-02-2013, 10:25 PM
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I think Hagelin was our most dangerous and best player tonight by far. I think that had he scored on th PK to make it 2-0 it's a totally different game and we probably have an excellent chance of winning it. Also, his crossbar when down 3-1 was unlucky and another turning point.
One more observation, since Hagelin was our best player tonight, why was he not given any top PP time when others were clearly struggling?

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05-02-2013, 10:26 PM
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Holtby faced very few quality shots. The Chimera goal was Hanks fault. Girardi and Mcdonagh letting Johansson on the breakway was horrendous. The Rangers can surely hang with the Caps. The Ovechkin goal was a lucky oneoff the backboards. They killed penalties pretty well. they had a putrid second period. They lost. No need for goats after one game.

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05-02-2013, 10:30 PM
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Holtby faced very few quality shots. The Chimera goal was Hanks fault. Girardi and Mcdonagh letting Johansson on the breakway was horrendous. The Rangers can surely hang with the Caps. The Ovechkin goal was a lucky oneoff the backboards. They killed penalties pretty well. they had a putrid second period. They lost. No need for goats after one game.
he stopped quite a few goalmouth scrambles. a breakaway by Hagelin, a 2 on 1 with Nash and i think Cally.

he made some good stops.

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05-02-2013, 10:30 PM
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Holtby faced very few quality shots. The Chimera goal was Hanks fault. Girardi and Mcdonagh letting Johansson on the breakway was horrendous. The Rangers can surely hang with the Caps. The Ovechkin goal was a lucky oneoff the backboards. They killed penalties pretty well. they had a putrid second period. They lost. No need for goats after one game.
It's the same thing every year with this team against that team though. We somehow just implode and they bury us (With the exception of last year... but the Rangers aligned the stars for that)

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05-02-2013, 10:31 PM
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Team absolutely has to start hitting the net, if only to create more scoring chances. Way too many shots were off target tonight. Also, despite the terrible call on Asham, they're not going to win by giving the Caps 4+ PP chances per night.

Stralman was god awful tonight, but aside from him, I don't think anyone had a terrible game. Liked Kreider's intensity and would have liked to see that 3rd line getting more time. 4th line looked good as well.

When you swing the momentum in your favor and fail to capitalize, it makes it very hard to win. Once the opponent takes it back, it's damn near impossible to stay positive.

This game very easily could have been ours early on if we cashed in on our chances.

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05-02-2013, 10:31 PM
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I'm not as upset/dramatic over that loss as most people on this board are. I am furious we lost the game the way we did, but we easily could have had a few more goals. We're the away team, not supposed to win these games, so lets hope we can steal one on Saturday. All hope is not lost until we lose in our own barn!

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05-02-2013, 10:31 PM
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Thought the Rangers played awful, outside of a few guys (namely Hagelin). That said, extremely winnable game and there was a couple of bounces that could have easily gone the other way and would have given them a 3-1 win.

Not much to take from it, but split the next game and back to square one.

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05-02-2013, 10:33 PM
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who cares about the post. He made the stops he had to. Henrik didn't.

I'm not saying we lost because of Henrik...I'm saying we lost because Henrik did not outplay Holtby. It's about BOTH goalies, not 1 or the other.
Johnathon Quick didn't outplay the opposing goalie every game last year, or even every win the Kings had last year (during the playoffs). Sometimes the best thing to have is a little help. Henrik gave up a bad goal. That's on him. Torts could have called a time out to settle down the team after something like that as well. Stralman could have easily cleared the puck before it became an issue. A lot of what-ifs.

Henrik outplayed Holtby in the 1st. Henrik began to out play Holtby in the 2nd. You can't give such a dominant powerplay so many opportunities and lean on Henrik so much.

I blame the 1st goal on lack of discipline and untimely penalties. I blame the 2nd goal on lack of alertness from both Girardi and McDonough. The 3rd goal is on Henrik.

Holtby was in great position on a few of those saves but he was not the better goalie tonight. He was more lucky than good. That's not a good trend for the Caps.

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05-02-2013, 10:34 PM
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I'm not as upset/dramatic over that loss as most people on this board are. I am furious we lost the game the way we did, but we easily could have had a few more goals. We're the away team, not supposed to win these games, so lets hope we can steal one on Saturday. All hope is not lost until we lose in our own barn!
Rangers have never won a series after they've gone down 2-0.

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Rangers have never won a series after they've gone down 2-0.
Doesn't mean much to me to be honest. It's a stat, and games are won on the ice. So if we go down 2-0 we may as well all stop watching eh.

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Doesn't mean much to me to be honest. It's a stat, and games are won on the ice. So if we go down 2-0 we may as well all stop watching eh.
Pretty much.

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Just looking at the face off summary, 9-26 in the offensive zone tonight, woof.

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Rangers have never won a series after they've gone down 2-0.
If past history was all there was to the game, the richest people would be librarians. - Warren Buffet

Don't tell me what will happen in the future because it didn't happen in the past. That's why its called the future and it is unknown.

Literally only seen negative posts out of you tonight. Why even bother watching the game if you're so filled with negative emotion? Clearly you would be better suited doing something like breathing exercises, or Yoga, or listening to white noise, since you have so much pent up negative emotion.

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Just looking at the face off summary, 9-26 in the offensive zone tonight, woof.
Richards needs to be better. So does Step.

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05-02-2013, 10:43 PM
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Oh no! Adversity! Collective breaths, my friends. Battles are won and lost yet wars rage on.

We'll get ours.
Any chance we can get Viggo Mortinson to be our motivational speaker on Sat?

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Pretty much.
Rangers haven't won a cup in almost two decades. Why watch at all?

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