Game 7. It’s all on the line. Win or go home. It’s simple as that. The Rangers are coming off a huge win last night and must be jacked up to even be in this position. The Garden will be rocking, and the Rangers gotta bring their “A” game to advance to the conference semi-finals. The Rangers know they are good enough to win this game, they just have to do all the things they need to do to win the game.
Stats are out the window for this game. It’s one game and looking at things like corsi and fenwick won’t matter for this one game. All that stuff is irrelevant right now. If the Rangers play what Ryan Callahan described as “desperate hockey” they should be fine.
What does desperate hockey look like? One play for me really summarizes what Callahan said. Brandon Dubinsky was going to negate an icing call, but was really behind the Senator defenseman. Dubinsky had very little chance to touch the puck first, but he dove head first towards the boards to negate the icing. Dubi didn’t end up negating the icing, but the fact he was willing to risk injury to keep play alive speaks volumes. It’s one thing to put yourself in harm’s way to block a shot that could potentially go in the net, but diving towards the boards to stop an icing call is a whole other story.
It’s things like what Dubinsky did that will win a team hockey games. I have no doubt the Rangers will come fired up to play, but will they do whatever it takes to win? I certainly hope so, and there’s no reason they shouldn’t if it’s win or go home.
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