Apr 17, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Brad Richards (19) celebrates scoring the game winning goal against the Philadelphia Flyers during the third period in game one of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. The New York Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 to take a 1-0 series lead. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Belvin's Bandwagon Playoffs - New York Rangers


Hello New York Rangers fans and welcome to the playoffs! Currently the Rangers are tied 1-1 with the Philadelphia Flyers for the series lead in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. That being said, we’re back for another feature of Belvin’s Bandwagon, this week I’m going to use games one and two of the Rangers series against the Flyers and talk about who I like and dislike for these two games. Well, without waiting any longer lets get to it.

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LIKE: Brad Richards and Martin St. Louis. Before game one, these two friends and veterans shared their wisdom with the rest of the Rangers locker room on what it was like to win a Stanley Cup and their experiences on what it was like to get there. In game one the two completely took control of the game and showed their veteran experience, St. Louis showed why he may in fact be worth trading former captain Ryan Callahan and two draft picks tallying three points in the two games so far, two assists in game one and a goal in game two. Richards had a great post season during the 2012 playoffs and then had a lackluster 2013 playoffs and wanted to have a very good start to these playoffs which he certainly did in game one with three assists. I’m going to leave these two on the like side ONLY for game one of the series, game two not so much.

DISLIKE: The entire roster. The Rangers came into the playoffs with a bang, beating the Flyers 4-1 in game one and things were looking up for game two especially when the Rangers took an early 2-0 lead over Philadelphia and were surging and it looked like things were rolling in game two. However New York then proceeded to sit back and watch as the Flyers took over, blowing their 2-0 lead in the game and the possibility of getting a 2-0 series lead, now they are forced to go into a very hostile Philadelphia building and try to steal a game there. The effort (or lack thereof) that the Rangers put in during game two completely takes away their solid play during game one.

Well, that’s the first ever edition of Belvin’s Bandwagon Playoffs! Let us know what you think by commenting below or tweeting us @bluelinestation! See you tomorrow for the game and LETS GO RANGERS!

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