I'm convinced some of these guys are really Devils fans in disguise. There's no way anyone who hates the Rangers this much and doesn't believe in them this much is a fan.
I consider myself to be rather pessimistic, especially when it comes to the Rangers but I never stop believing because otherwise what is the point?
I understand where both sides are coming from, realistically more times than not a team down 3-2 won't win the series, but the point is no one shouldn't believe or have faith and hope that this team won't. To me that is what a fan should do, root for his team through thick or thin. I know It was hard as hell to be a rangers fan from the late 90's till the lockout but I never stopped.
Last night did I realistically believe the rangers could tie the game after being down 3-0? No way in hell? Did I stop watching (although maybe I should have because the end result ripped my hear out)? No.
The way I see it you don't have to expect this team to come back, but you should definitley believe they can, otherwise why be watch the games, root for the team etc?
At the start of the year every teams fans believe their team can win the cup, is it a realistic expectation no because only one team can win. But we all watch and post and cheer because we believe.
Last game was tough to take but they've been in this position for sure. Brodeur got extremely lucky on a few plays early in the game that could have easily seen us tie it just as quick as they went up. Plays where he had no idea where the puck was.
Bring on Friday, I got the beer chillin the Admiral ready to go. (my early 50s era fridge)
Do the SAME exact thing, and have Lundqvist stop a few pucks. Didn't make one big save last night. That was the difference. Sadly, Brodeur, who didn't play a good game, outplayed Lundqvist. It was one of the worst games of his career (given the magnitude of the game).
If we play the same way again and get some goaltending we will win Game 6.
I don't even want to criticize Lundqvist though. He was huge in Game 6 against the Senators (elimination game) and was the #1 reason we won each Game 7 we were in. As far as I'm concerned, he has already pulled his weight. Would have been nice to see him step up last night and come up with a single good save.
-Tighten up the defense
-Minimize mistakes, no give aways or overly aggressive defenders skating the puck deep in the zone
-Most impotantly, Hank needs to have his best game of his career
Take Kreider off the ****ing first line. Reunite him back with Stepan and put him on a line where he's not up against the Devils defensive pairing. Hopefully Gaborik is motivated enough to not look like a complete embarrassment on the ice, if being down 3-2 against your main rivals for a chance to go to the SCF isn't motivation enough for him to start playing like his paycheck then I certainly believe the game on the 3rd line last night might be enough to put him over the edge. Move Boyle down to the 4th line, he's not 100%, it shows, have him on the PK and have him against their 1st line. Without Rupp or Mitchell on that 4th line our 4th line becomes what our 3rd line was, and we now have 4 complete lines that can play all equally as much. Add Zuccarello to the mix, at this point you need as much offense as you can get. He's just as defensively responsible as Rupp, which isn't saying much but it's not like we're about to experience some sort of drop off because we change the two. Put him on our top PP unit, I think our 3rd line will generate some serious chances too as both Stepan and Zuccarello see the ice very well. If not, and you only want Zucc as a powerplay specialist, doubleshift Callahan and Anisimov with that line, they both need to rise up to the occasion. Either way, Zucc needs to be put in in the case we go down early in the game, which is likely to happen if the Devils push and we come out deflated. Take out Bickel, he's been an embarrassment. Put in Eminger, he looks slightly better and can play more minutes. If he's not to be trusted either put Erixon in. Someone needs to come in who can control the puck better than Bickel and isn't a defensive liability.
We have heard a lot of stats going against us the since game 7 of the Capitals.
But people have forgot this one.....
Winter Classic–related playoff trends
Since the inception of the NHL's Winter Classic outdoor game starting during the 2007–08 NHL season, the away team in each instance has gone on to the Stanley Cup Finals only to lose that series. The 2007–2008 Pittsburgh Penguins were the visiting team against the 2007–2008 Buffalo Sabres, only to lose to the Detroit Red Wings in the 2008 Finals. The 2008–2009 Detroit Red Wings visited the 2008–2009 Chicago Blackhawks, only to lose to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2009 Finals. The 2009–2010 Philadelphia Flyers visited the 2009–2010 Boston Bruins, only to go on to lose to the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2010 Finals. The Washington Capitals would break this trend, losing in the 2011 Eastern Conference Semifinals.
2 biggest things are scoring first and hank not $hitting the bed. we start off slow again and fall behind and its over. we get an early goal, take the crowd out of the game, play our game and we got a great chance.