For the third time in their last four playoff series (fourth in last six), the Rangers will be playing in a Game 7 after surviving a furious final minute in Game 6 last night to force the deciding game.
This will also be the third time the Rangers will play a Game 7 against the Capitals in the last five years (second straight postseason) and the second year in a row they'll play a seven game series in the quarterfinal round.
From same: "Capitals & Rangers are first NHL teams to play Game 7 in back-to-back years since Colorado and Los Angeles did so in 2001-02."— Neil Greenberg (@ngreenberg) May 13, 2013
Here's how they fared in the quarterfinal Game 7 against the Senators last year...
Also here's what happened during Game 7 against the Capitals in the semifinal round last year...
...not sure what we Rangers fans did to deserve such anguish, but I don't think my heart can take another Game 7. Will be hitting the liquor store before the game, because I'm not sure there's enough alcohol in my house to handle tonight's game after everything we've gone through in this series.
...i feel that a main reason for the close games and long series is Tortorella's game plan. When you play in low scoring defensive battles every game, chances are you'll split those games with your opponents. Unfortunately, it also burns the team out as they continue to advance as witnessed last season.
Rangers score 3 tonight and then move on, can anyone say Toronto? The goal scorers will be Dorsett, Krieder and a empty netter by Stralman.
Anyone else catch Stralman's hit on Chimera last night?!! ( I think it was Chimera anyway, behind the net) Stralman's been playing great playoff hockey and rarely gets mentioned. He's been strong on the blue line!
One has to assume that playing a shortened 48 game regular season was to our benefit if we keep taking each series to a 7th game. Let's Go Rangers!
I'm not sure if I want to go out and watch the game or watch it at home so I can cry alone in the corner if they lose, not that I think they will.
Oh my God, the whining! "What did we do to deserve this?" "Torts' game plan?" Here are some names for you: Ted Sator. Roger Neilson. Tom Renney. Guys that led better teams to NOWHERE! Maybe you should switch to politics, because you don't seem to have the stomach for hockey...btw, in general, the playoffs are "low scoring defensive battles every game." The plan is that you are the better team and wear down the weaker team, so that the better team generally wins - its called playoff hockey...these teams are so evenly matched, any outcome is not surprising..."a long series"!?!? 7 games is not a long series, its what you want when you don't think you're opponent has the stomach for it, and you sir, do not seem to have the stomach for it. STOP THE F***CKING WHINING AND UINDERSTAND THAT THIS IS THE TEAM, AND BACK IT!
Tonight is what they fought for all season. They need to find a way to get 3 tonight because I don't think Hank is letting more than two go past him in regulation. Whether it is Nash, Callahan, Richards, Zuccs or whoever they need 3 goals tonight on the road. It is going to be difficult, but I believe! LGR!
What did we do? We all fell in love with this team that likes to test our limits. And I'm pretty sure, win or (that other alternative I'm not even gonna type), none of us would have it any other way.
Tom Renney led better teams than this one and last year's? Enlighten me please. Sator? Nielsen? The 1992 team was a good one but lets not get carried away here. Tom Renney had a team that consisted of Jagr and a bunch of washed up players like Straka and Nylander. They had a defensemen named Jason Strudwick on it. Did I mention Marek Malik? Yeah Renney had some powerhouses when he was here. Get a clue.
@Zelrio I dont even know why you watch the games.
@Lordstanleybroadway OK, I will give you Sator, bad reference, but: Roger Nielsen: President's Trophy in '92, Messier, Graves, Leetch, Amonte, VanBiesbrouck (recognize any of those?)...Tom Renney: 164-117-46 regular season, 11-13 post season - if you want to call guys that were 8th (Jagr), 23rd (Nylander), and 42nd(Straka) in scoring in 2006-07 washed up, and point out the contributions of the 7th defenseman, maybe it is you that needs a clue
@Lordstanleybroadway lol seriously the Tom Renney coached Rangers D-core is miles ahead of this years D-core. I couldn't even type that with a straight face.
@jtf1218 Yea - no whining about whining!
@Jbianco No Joe, sorry if it was disrespectful but I'm tired of hearing all the whining from a NYR fan - nothing comes easy, but I guess these guys have all the answers - having never played or coached hockey on any level above deck hockey in high school. Yes, honesty vcan be tough.
@smoothyv @Jbianco Obviously you're new here. Most of my commentary is tongue in cheek. Trust me I'm not sitting at home saying woe is me because the Rangers are in a Game 7. I played hockey my entire youth, so I can more than stomach the swings and emotional roller coaster that is the NHL playoffs.