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Has there ever been a worse goaltended game than what Theodore did tonight? The Rangers had no pressure, so few good offensive chances, and he gave up softie, after softie, after softie. Only the Dubinsky goal would I call a legit one, and thats one you want your goalie to bail you out of after being so freaking awful the entire game. But, as was expected the goaltending was the story in this game. The Capitals team absolutely dominated the Rangers, the first period was an old fashioned schooling by the home team. But Henrik Lundqvist was just….unbelievable. He was playing out of his mind, and while Theodore had to make no saves of consequence (while giving up 2 posts) Henrik was facing a non stop barrage of high quality chances and he was bailing out his team. He held us in it long enough for the Rangers secret weapon (Theodore) to steal us a win.

I can’t stress enough how much we didn’t deserve this win tonight, but I also can’t stress enough how proud I am for the guys gutting out this win. They weren’t good, but they played well enough to win. They held on for dear life, and only trailed once in the game. They gave away a 2 goal lead, and still won it in regulation against an out of this world offensive team.

Guys, we beat the 3rd best home team in the entire National Hockey League, in their barn, in the first game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Just think about that for a few minutes.

…..

Ok, thought about it enough?

Good.

The amazing thing here was that the Rangers somehow managed to overcome their own stupidity in winning this game. Markus Naslund almost single handedly tried to give the win away (despite his goal). He took 3…unbelievably lazy penalties, and cost his team at least 1 PP goal (I can’t remember if they scored on another, but I think not). But amazingly the Rangers PK came up big at the big points in the game, and while statistically they weren’t good (killed 5 of 7 I believe…that’s only 71%) they were huge when it counted.

Give a ton of credit to Sean Avery, the guy must be reading my blog. He stayed away from Ovechkin and when straight after Mike Green. That my friends, shows hockey intelligence that many agitators do not have. That’s what separates Avery from your typical trash talker.

Huge win, I’ll take it. If the Rangers can win game 2. this series is over. Let’s hope they can.


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