May 23, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers players surround left wing Chris Kreider (20) after he scores the game-winning goal against the Boston Bruins during overtime in game four of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Rangers win 4-3 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Can The Rangers Really Win Series?

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May 23, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers players surround left wing Chris Kreider (20) after he scores the game-winning goal against the Boston Bruins during overtime in game four of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Rangers win 4-3 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

 

This has been the question on many fans minds over the past few days. Prior to game 4, many fans were skeptical of this, myself included. I’ve had some “fans” tell me I don’t have any faith in this team to come back from being down 3 games to none. It’s not that I didn’t have faith it was just that I was being more on the rational side. Everyone knows how tough it is to win 1 game in the playoffs let alone 4 straight. This leads me to my next question, can it be done?

 

I think the answer lies all in today’s game in Boston. Obviously if they lose, this time tomorrow they’ll be cleaning out their lockers & this time Monday they’ll all be teeing off at some fancy Country Club. IF they can muster a win today in a hostile environment, then I can almost guarantee that the tides will turn and the pressure will be off the New York Rangers shoulders and on the Boston Bruins’. Boston’s lineup hasn’t had too much change since their collapse in the 2010 playoffs when the Philadelphia Flyers came back from down 0-3 to go on to the Stanley Cup. So I have no doubt that if they drop today’s game some of that will come back and start to haunt them. Get it back to Madison Square Garden and I guarantee we’ll see you in Boston early next week for game 7.

3 things to watch for in today’s game:

  • Henrik Lundqvist. He is money in elimination games. 6-1, 1.40 GAA & a .952 Save Percentage in his last 7 games.
  • Tuuka Rask. He is the opposite of Lundqvist. Posting a 2-8 record with a 3.20 GAA & an .890 Save Percentage (career). That’s just downright awful.
  • Young Bruins D-Man vs. Rangers fore-check. Although they have played well (Torrey Krug especially) they’ve looked rattled at times, especially in game 4 when the Rangers inserted a little more grit and bang to their lineup.

It all happens today at 5:30pm EST on NBC Sports Network. Do the New York Rangers keep climbing the mountain?

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