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Eastern Conference Finals Here Come the New York Rangers

Well, here we are, the New York Rangers came back from a three to one game deficit against the Pittsburgh Penguins and won the series four games to three. What a thrill it was to watch a team that has been together since March finally mesh together and really rally around their newest teammate Martin St. Louis after the sudden loss of his mother, France, at the age of 63. Last Thursday, May 8, 2014, she sadly passed away of a heart-attack but that showed what a strong guy St. Louis is and how much he matters to this team as an individual.  The New York Rangers now prepare for the  Eastern Conference Finals.
After a tough series, the New York Rangers proved to themselves and their fans that they can do this. They also proved to hockey fans everywhere, that they deserve to be where they are. But there is one key player that we could not have gotten to the Eastern Conference Finals without, and that player is Henrik “The King” Lundqvist. Lundqvist has been the superstar of the team (although none of them have played badly). Lundqvist was basically a brick wall in the last 3 games giving up a minimal number of goals to the Penguins, especially holding Sidney Crosby to only one goal throughout the entire series.
In the upcoming finals, Lundqvist needs to remain a strong and positive force in the net but also his team needs to continue to remain strong in front of him. They need to continue to block shots like they have been doing and they need to rush the net in the offensive zone. They need to remember “good things happen when you go to the net” like Mark Messier always said. They have a real shot at making it to the Stanley Cup finals if the veterans on the team continue to give our younger players something to look up to. But that does not mean I’m saying our younger guys haven’t been shining because just look at guys like Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello, they are making plays happen.
If the New York Rangers play in the Eastern Conference Finals like they did in the last three games of round two then I think (and hope) that they will be a force to be reckoned with and remain a real contender to go all the way.

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