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When it comes to hockey I live by a pretty simple mantra, and if you’ve been a visitor of this site for any length of time I am sure you know it by now. It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game. This series the New York Rangers have been utterly and completely dominated by the Washington Capitals. They should not be playing anything other than golf right now, but a superhuman effort by their goaltender gives them 2 more shots to end this series with a victory. The problem is for 5 straight games now, the Rangers have played like garbage. Granted, much of that is because of the sheer tidal wave of talent that the Caps throw at you, but a lot of it also has to do with smarts, and a complete and utter inability to sustain any sort of offensive zone attack.

This is compounded by the fact that Henrik Lundqvist was average today….an average Lundqvist is a massacre waiting to happen, and a massacre is what we got.

I’m not going to sit here and type up anything new here since this is a carbon copy of all 5 games this series. The Rangers were outplayed in every facet of the game by the opposition, and for the second time this series were unable to score a goal. I don’t care who is in net, if you can’t score, you can’t win. End of story. The difference, as mentioned before, was the average goaltending we got….and make no mistake about it, even if Henrik was “excellent” we still lose this game. Even if Henrik was God-like…we still lose this game. Because a team that can’t put any….ANY offensive zone pressure whatsoever, will not win games. It defies all logic that this team is still in it…and frankly, the law of probability may still win out, with the team that actually won the play, advancing, and the team that has been so ridiculously outplayed, going home to contemplate a disastrous summer with no cap space, terrible contracts, and holes all over the place….but that rainy day is still on the horizon, and the Rangers have a chance to pull out one of the most undeserved (sans Lundqvist) victories in Stanley Cup history with a win at the Garden on Sunday.

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