Hello New York Rangers fans, it appears you all enjoyed yesterday’s poll which is good news because today we’ve got a new one! I figure during the off-season the best thing to do is either to look ahead or look back. We’re going to look back and vote on your favorite game of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs and I’m going to give us all some options to vote on so we don’t have to take apart 25 different games.
Before I even start I am NOT going to include game six against the Montreal Canadiens, because that’s probably going to be the only answer everyone picks and we all know why it was special. That being said there were many other memorable games to choose from this past postseason.
Choice Number One: Game six against the Pittsburgh Penguins. It’s Mother’s Day at Madison Square Garden, the Rangers are coming off of a 5-1 game five victory against the Penguins and are looking to force a game seven in Pittsburgh. The night before game five Martin St. Louis‘ mother passed away suddenly, and now here everyone was, days later on Mother’s Day. Who better to kick off the momentum for the Rangers and score the first goal than St. Louis himself? After finding a good spot in front of the net, the puck found it’s way to St. Louis and deflected into the net. And the rest is history I suppose, the garden came alive with “Mar-ty” chants which fed the momentum and paved the way for goals from Carl Hagelin and Derick Brassard to force that game 7.
Choice Number Two: Game seven against the Penguins: Were the Rangers really going to finish the comeback from a three games to one deficit to beat the Penguins for the first time ever in a playoff series? If you ask Henrik Lundqvist, they certainly were. The Rangers got out to yet another great start and rode the momentum from there, Brian Boyle scored the first goal just over five minutes into the game. The Penguins would eventually tie it, but Brad Richards would score the eventual game winner on the power play and from there on out Lundqvist just had to hold the line, which he did. The Rangers went on to complete the comeback and win the highly emotional series.
Choice Number Three: Game four against the Canadiens: Madison Square Garden and the Rangers have a chance to take a 3-1 series lead in the eastern conference final. After a game that was back and forth, the two teams were headed to over time for the second time in as many games. Carl Hagelin passed the puck across the offensive zone to St. Louis, who roofed it over the shoulder of Habs goaltender Dustin Tokarski and gave the Rangers that magical 3-1 series lead. Did it hit you at that moment, like it hit me? “The New York Rangers are one win away, from going to the Stanley Cup Final.”
Choice Number Four: Game four against the Los Angeles Kings: MSG networks showed a replay of this game over the summer, and they called the segment “one for the faithful” and I really liked that. The Rangers were down 3-0 in the Stanley Cup Final to an extraordinarily deep Kings squad, and they just needed one game to piece together some dignity, if anything. First goal of the game goes to Benoit Pouliot, who deflects a point shot from John Moore and past Jonathan Quick into the net. The second one comes from St. Louis who somehow poked the puck between the legs of Quick to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead. Later the Kings would score but they wouldn’t manage the comeback to tie the game as Lundqvist made over 40 saves.
Ok Ranger fans! This one was lengthy I know, but vote in the poll of which one was your favorite game of these past playoffs!