I think it's really hard to pick a single Ranger as being the best. Everyone went out there and played for the most part.
Jagr, Gomez, Drury, Staal, Cally, Dubi, Avery, Toots, Girardi and of course Lundqvist.
There are more but then I would just be naming the whole team.
Great post. This was very much a team effort. It seemed like every game there was someone new stepping up. Lundqvist was great and outplayed Brodeur by a wide margin IMO. Jagr led the team with 8 points and Gomez had 7. Drury had 2 goals in the last 2 games, getting the game winner last night. Staal was a force the whole series. Girardi was a solid and played a pretty physical series. Cally was a beast on the forecheck, hitting a Devil every chance he got. It just goes on and on. If not for some lucky bounces for the Devils this series would have been over in four and last nights game would have been an absolute blowout. On to the next round! Let's Go Rangers!!!!
In that order imo. Avery got into the Devils heads, every single one of them, and the whole Rangers team fed off of his energy. Henrik outplayed Brodeur in every aspect, and Callahan made so much happen it's ridiculous. That shift last night where he single-handedly held the puck on the boards in the Devils zone for close to a minute has pretty much convinced me to buy a Callahan jersey. LOVE that kid.
remember when we wanted 3 or 4 lines out of this team? well we got it..
that is impressive.. wow.. even the fourth line holds its own..
every single player played well. there were no goats.. we need this to continue but also for some STARs to take over too.. i know it's asking for a lot, or nit-picking but IMO that's how a team wins it all.. firing on all cylinders, great goaltending and a/some star(s).
I think everyone played great, and no one had a bad series. Gomez and Jagr certainly played well, but I don't think either exceeded my expectations for them. Same with Lundqvist. But I two people did surprise me and exceed my expectations:
Callahan – He was the most physical Ranger and never gave up on any play. His intensity was simply awesome.
Staal – We've been spoiled this year – he has exceeded all expectations all along. But I think in this series he got better every game and showed a new level of play in game 4 & 5. Just amazing how poised he was and how he continued to make flawless plays despite the high pressure and intensity from the Devils.
To be fair, I'll pick two under-performers. Neither played bad, but I hope they can raise their game for the next series:
Hollweg – This might be mainly because his time on ice was even lower than normal (5:42 avg), but I would have liked to see him contribute more physically. This is probably an unfair complaint because I'm sure his instructions were to be on a short leash, but perhaps with a few more minutes a game he could have roughed it up more. His line did forecheck as well as any line in the limited time they got.
Dawes – I didn't notice signs of nervousness, and he did seem to have good intensity. He played physical and didn't make many mistakes. But he wasn't very noticeable. This is probably a tribute to the Devil's solid defensive play most of the time. I hope next series he can find the open areas, have more consistent intensity and shine more offensively.