Ok let me start this off by explaining the title of this article. The Rangers this year are playing way over their heads in terms of what was expected of them this year. They’re first place in the east, and sometimes lose track of who they are. That’s why this season losses have served as reality checks for the team. Whenever the Rangers lose I think to myself that coach John Tortorella is going to right the ship the next day in practice.
Most of the time this year he has because we see the next game they play the team comes back firing on all cylinders and picks up a win. That’s definitely why this team has been so consistent all year. Consistency is definitely the key to regular seasons, and it’s important they stay consistent going into the playoffs.
Part of what we saw in the 24/7 series was how well the team bonded, and came together when the going got tough. They’re going to have to come together a bit now to ensure they finish first in the conference. There’s been no reason to think that the team will not bounce back from the loss against New Jersey.
This is what Brad Richards had to say to the Post last night: “if we don’t turn this around in a hurry we’ll be down there in that seven-eight spot before you can blink”. That’s been the mindset of the team all year, and now is not the time to fall in love with where the team is in the standings because that can change very quickly.
People have been waiting for the other shoe to drop on this team and it hasn’t yet. This team has clearly shown it isn’t a one-trick pony, and it’s going to be up there with the best until the end. It’s the way they’ve responded to losses which has made all the difference this year. So a loss once in a while to remind the team that they can fall out of place at anytime, maybe isn’t the worst thing in the world.
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