Need to win one of the first two in Montreal, no way around that. Winning game 1 will definitely ease the pressure of game 2.
Time to enjoy the ride from here on out, boys. Four teams will be left in this race in about 2 hours, and we are ONE OF THEM; for two times in the past three years! For all the **** we give the FO, Sather, the team, etc... realize that this doesn't happen often. We're there, four wins away from chasing Lord Stanley's Cup.
Eastern. Conference. Finals.
When the Rangers are skating, and keeping their legs moving, winning 50/50 pucks, there aren't many teams that can match up with our four lines doing that. Keys to the game night in and night out.
I think that's more of a testament to how young you are than anything.
And conversely, how OLD I am for remembering that stuff
It would probably be difficult for some to understand why I 'hate' the Canadiens so much (growing up as a Rangers fan surrounded by Habs and Leafs fans), and why this series is so interesting to me.
It's a big unknown to me. I am wide-eyed and ready for anything.
I know it's hard to tell what will happen in any playoff series, but momentum is key to success. Since the lockout, the Rangers always looked as if they were fading as they progressed, but this time we are heading in with the flow we had later in the season. This will be a great series!
Habs fans confidence is different from that of other teams. Often, they simply bank on their storied history and record of Cup wins. To me, they see themselves as the annointed ones. It truly is a hockey mad city, and I would never knock them for that, but the smugness is amplified hugely when they get into the playoffs.
Speaking for myself, I cannot wait for the Rangers to knock them down a couple of pegs and leave them looking in.
Habs fans overconfidence reminds me of my own during the 2012 ECF.
Ugh yea I know. I was already thinking about the WCF champ after Hank shut them out in game 1. That loss stung pretty bad too. Not as confident at all this time. I felt like we were special last time. This time it's like holy **** we're actually here.
That said I've had nonranger fan friends (isles devils and flyer fans mainly) say that they think we are gonna win. I don't see it, but hell I'll keep on rooting for them no matter what.