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01-18-2010, 09:49 AM
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Can we just carry this type of game going forward?

The intensity of yesterday, along with the game against the NJD should prove
that this team can play at a high level. I realize they can't score 6 every night,
and they still need more scoring, but if this team can use these games as benchmarks
they can make the playoffs easily.

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01-18-2010, 09:58 AM
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I can only imagine what the Garden would be like if the fans got this type of game on a consistent basis - in other words if the Rangers were a very good team. I know they are capable of it now in flashes, but guys like Dubinksy and Callahan arent 100 point players getting 3 or 4 points every other game. The rough stuff, the fighting - THAT was a hockey game last night. Again, i can only imagine what it would be like if it were the case a majority of the home games. This team would be very, very tough to beat at home.

But its one game. I expect there to be some more crappy, scoreless, emotionless games ahead because its just the sad reality. Its not about being a downer, its about being realistic. This team will show flashes in the pan, and while I do believe they are better than last years team (take some shootout and OT wins away from last year and give them to this team and there is a bigger difference IMO) i still think they need to find a more consistent game, like last night.

Its really frustrating when you see what this team is capable of, and then they throw out a handful of stinkers in between. But a lot of marginal teams are that way.

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01-18-2010, 09:59 AM
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I'd be very cautious with entusiasm right now. The only thing this team has proven is they are able to bring it every now and then, but they've also proven that they can suck big time the next game.
I'm curious where this season is going to, but I don't have any high expectations. One should make hay while the sun shines and that's what I do right now. The Habs game is a reason to celebrate, so - WOO-HOOOOO!

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sorry dude, but we exceeded our goal quota for the week last night.

no more goals this week for the rangers.

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"Can we just carry this type of game going forward?"


NO!

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Highly doubtful.

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That's the real question isn't it.

Again, if these guys PLAYED like that night after night I'm sure we'd all feel a lot better about them and their chances. They don't have to score 6 goals a night... or win every game.

JUST PLAY LIKE THAT DAMIT!!!

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I think when they play like they played last night- we are all mildly surprised that they even had it in them.

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I'm excited about last nights win, but I'm not getting hopes up, lol.

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The team was playing pretty solid up until the game against Ottawa...which can be somewhat attributed to coming off the game against Jersey...I'm not shocked there was a let-down against the Sens, since I really haven't seen a regular season game as intense as the game against Jersey in a long time. The effort against the Blues is what was disappointing. However, in terms of games like last night, do people forget the game against Boston last week already, when the Rangers overwhelmed the Bruins in Boston?

No, the Rangers are not on the talent level of Pittsburgh or Washington, but, as for the rest of the conference, I don't see anyone else that the Rangers cannot beat. I think, going forward, it becomes what do Callahan and Dubinsky contribute that determines how far this team goes. Henke is Henke, and Gaborik is one of the top 5 forwards in the league. That, on most nights, gives the Rangers a fighting chance. But, when you see both Callahan and Dubinsky produce, this team stands a better chance of separating themselves from the 2nd tier of teams they are battling.

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It was one of the few teams the rangers are bigger than. Most of the league still has more size and grit and as a result they will continue to push us around and keep us out of the high scoring areas. It's not only about the will.

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The Rangers have yet to show any consistency in playing the type of game they played last night. They keep on saying "we need to play this way all the time, driving to the net" but they fail to practice what they preach.

And, unfortunately, we can't play the Habs every night. The Habs are so soft that the Rangers looked like bullies compared to them. Their defense is probably among the worst in the league, their defensive coverage was horrendous and they had a ton of turnovers.

The Habs are such a stark contrast from the team we played the night before, the Blues were treating the Rangers like rag dolls.

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Montreal's defense is horrendous, just like Columbus' (whom we also scored on.) I think this game is just a fluke. I hope I'm wrong, but we'll see.

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In terms of goals...no, we all know that

In terms of effort and playing with urgency in the opposition zone? That should be the plan but we have played that way so infrequently over the past few years let alone weeks/months that I wouldnt quite count on it.

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If we were able to sustain this type of effort going forward we wouldn't have threads of this nature.

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The Rangers have yet to show any consistency in playing the type of game they played last night. They keep on saying "we need to play this way all the time, driving to the net" but they fail to practice what they preach.

And, unfortunately, we can't play the Habs every night. The Habs are so soft that the Rangers looked like bullies compared to them. Their defense is probably among the worst in the league, their defensive coverage was horrendous and they had a ton of turnovers.

The Habs are such a stark contrast from the team we played the night before, the Blues were treating the Rangers like rag dolls.
It's easy as fans to disregard the opponent after a game like that, but this is the truth.
The Canadiens are one of the few teams smaller and softer than the Rangers and it really worked to their advantage last night.
Montreals defense looked slow, disorganized and confused in their own end.
The Rangers forecheck is usually ineffective but this game they were able to push the opponent around and sustain offensive puck possession for way longer than usual.
Fact is, everything about that Montreal team works to the Rangers advantage.

When you match the Rangers up against a team with size+speed or size+skill, they can't compete on most nights.
I think a lot of happy fans are going to be banging their heads against the wall on Thursday.

So anyway, the answer to the OP's question is No.

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the question was rhetorical

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They do not have the testicular fortitude to continue putting out that kind of effort.

Playing a game like that is so opposite of the way thsi team was built that it's kind of surprising (pleasantly may I add) when we get that kind of effort.

I wouldn't expect to see that same type of team tonight.

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Do we see the team that lost to Tampa 6-1 on the day after Thanksgiving?

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The intensity of yesterday, along with the game against the NJD should prove
that this team can play at a high level.
No. Intensity is a necessary substitute for talent. It doesn't last. Talent needs the intensity only to beat another talent. That's it.

We a doomed, unless Gaborik starts being his old self. Lundqvist and MDZ are fine. Those 3 are the only talent we've got.

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Ya well it was a decent game, but lets remember they played the MTL canadiens not exactly a very tough opponent.

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Ya well it was a decent game, but lets remember they played the MTL canadiens not exactly a very tough opponent.
I'm less concerned with the result than the effort. The effort was great. Hard skating, hard hitting, intense hockey. I know it's a lesser opponent, but they need to come out with that intensity every night.

I don't think they can.

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The east is "dominated" by the the top four right now with 8-9 teams
within 3-4 pts of one another for the rest of the spots.
We're not that much better/worse than any of those teams right now.

No we're not contenders this season by a long shot, but it looks like
being average for now might just be enough to make the post season.
Maybe we get hot, who knows?

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The intensity of yesterday, along with the game against the NJD should prove
that this team can play at a high level. I realize they can't score 6 every night,
and they still need more scoring, but if this team can use these games as benchmarks
they can make the playoffs easily.
Of course we can't, we're the Rangers.

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