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Discuss: Rangers look like a No. 1 seed vs. Senators

Apr 12, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT


In Sidney Crosby‘s first playoff series, the Pittsburgh Penguins squeaked into the playoffs before being dismantled by a dangerous Ottawa Senators team. While the parallels aren’t flawless, one couldn’t help but get a similar “fish out of water” feeling now that the Sens are the inexperienced eighth seed against an established No. 1 – in this case the New York Rangers. John Tortorella’s bunch handled Ottawa about as easily as one could expect in the playoffs, taking Game 1 by what some will call a misleadingly close score of 4-2.

Feel free to run with your own notions in the comments, but here are a few points to consider:

  • Marian Gaborik had a beauty of a goal to put up the Rangers 2-0 at the time. Where does the Gaborik-Brad RichardsCarl Hagelin (Hagelin optional) line rank in your eyes? Top five in playoff trios? Better or worse?
  • The Rangers are obviously happy to have a healthy Ryan Callahan in the postseason. Where does he rank among the be league’s best leaders?
  • New York more or less cruised tonight, but it’s still just one game. Can Ottawa make a series of this?
  • Speaking of which, what kind of adjustments would you make if your were Senators head coach Paul MacLean? Would you have any doubts about Craig Anderson‘s chances of overcoming some significant talent deficits?
  • Should John Tortorella be concerned about overconfidence creeping in on a club that succeeded in large part by out-working opponents?
  1. bct11554 - Apr 12, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Die hard NYR fan I have no problem admitting this. The rangers can not take the Sens lightly at all. They need to play their game. The best thing to happen to them we’re the 2 quick goals by the sens. Still it will be NYR in six

    • stakex - Apr 13, 2012 at 12:30 AM

      Obviously the Rangers need to stay on their game, but you could really say that about any team in a playoff series. None of these teams are bad, and if you take a couple games off your going to pay for it. If however the Rangers play their game, and the Sens play theirs, its going to be a blowout…..

  2. seaner44 - Apr 12, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    Rangers in 4 sens are on a serious down turn

    • HawaiiHockey - Apr 13, 2012 at 3:48 AM

      I agree. Maybe 5, but Ottawa is not looking good.

  3. cameltoews - Apr 12, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    I think rangers in 6 makes sense. I think Callahan might be top 3 captains in the whole league. If Captain Cally can bring new york the cup he will rival messier as the best ranger captain ever

    • stakex - Apr 13, 2012 at 12:46 AM

      I really like Callahan. Hes a solid young player, and has proven to be a good leader for the Rangers… but him and Messier aren’t and never will be in the same league. Messier is not only the best leader the game of hockey has ever known… but hes one of the best leaders professional sports as a whole has ever known. There is just no way Cally is on the level.

  4. obamablowz - Apr 12, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    Wow…..3 comments!!!!

  5. cameltoews - Apr 13, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    Not on his level yet. He has his whole career ahead of him. But I will stand by what I said living in ny being a ranger fan if cally keeps it up and brings a cup here he will easily be thought as as one of if not the best rangers captain. He is well loved by his city, team, and country.

  6. cameltoews - Apr 13, 2012 at 2:39 AM

    And I’m not talking like stats I’m just talking the way he plays the game, leads his team, and leadership qualities

  7. muir6 - Apr 13, 2012 at 8:27 AM

    There still the Rangers and nothing comes easy five would be great, but thinking six

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