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Discuss: Senators provide another upset, lead Rangers 3-2

Apr 21, 2012, 9:51 PM EDT

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The 2012 playoffs are where seemingly reasonable prognostications go to die. You can make yourself blue in the face debating which series is the biggest upset, but the Ottawa Senators have to be in the mix if they can win one more contest. The most disturbing part for the New York Rangers might be that the Senators beat them at their own game, winning 2-0 to take a 3-2 series lead.

Let’s get to the questions.

  • Craig Anderson pitched a 41-save shutout. It’s not like Henrik Lundqvist has been bad, but is he being outplayed?
  • Also, does this mean we have to hear another round of “Lundqvist can’t get it done” nonsense?
  • Jason Spezza scored both goals in the win. Can he carry Ottawa’s offense without captain Daniel Alfredsson being healthy?
  • If playoff results counted in Jack Adams voting, would Paul MacLean be a stronger candidate?
  • Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik disappoint again. Can the Rangers really win this series if Brian Boyle is the guy stepping up?
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  1. bobhpine - Apr 21, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    Tortorella has a turtle head poppin out

  2. njdevils44 - Apr 21, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    I don’t feel so bad

  3. elguapo12 - Apr 21, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    Where are all the Rangers fans? Oh, right, they’re on the complaints board whining about their best second-best player getting caught with his head down.

  4. sterogatory - Apr 21, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    Spezza finally showed up and Anderson continues his stellar play. Rangers are out of gas and excuses. Sens for the win on Monday!

  5. bigbadbruins1968 - Apr 22, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    Anderson is the hot goalie in this series just like Braden Haltby for the Crapitals. The Rangers need Lundqvist to get hot if they want to extend their season.

  6. daniel10017 - Apr 22, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Henrik “The King” Lundqvist my butt. He is “The Queen”. How many Stanley Cup titles he has? ZERO. Until he wins one, he cannot be considered the King. As for the flawed construction of the Rangers roster, there is only one solution to the problem. It’s time to fire that inept Glen Sather as GM. 12 years there and not even close to a sniff at the Stanley Cup. Make Tortarella the defacto GM along as the coach.

  7. gaborik104life - Apr 22, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Look the Rangers lost can’t argue that. They simply were not good enough tonight. Anderson had a great game but to call it better than Henrik’s is inaccurate and shi**y reporting. Henrik stopped at least two breakaway’s during the game and faced harder chances all night. SOG is bad statistic especially for those that don’t watch the game. The reason only one goal was allowed was because of Hank not because the Rangers dominated the whole game and were in Ottawa’s zone. Anderson made some key saves but he did not face the overall quality shots that Henrik faced. Anderson faced quantity not quality.

    Also @daniel10017 “The King” has had 7 seasons of 30 wins or more on a team that was relying on him for the past six every single game he played. 6 of those seasons have come with 35 or more wins a save percentage above .920 in 4 of them, and never a gaa higher than 2.45. Seriously the rangers have holes but anyone who knows how to spell hockey should know better than to criticize Henrik. As for Sather he has done horrible things in the past few years yet has found a way to correct every mistake and turn dirt into gold. He traded Scott Gomez for a top two D-man in Ryan Mcdonagh who has played less than two full seasons in the NHL and buried Wade Redden’s contract

    Everyone is freaking out about if Ottawa wins. It’ll be extremely disappointing but what everyone seems to forget is where the rangers were predicted to finish. No one had them at the top of the Atlantic Division let alone the Eastern Conference. The strides they took this year were truly remarkable so no matter what happens in these playoffs the New York Rangers are a team that has grown and weeded out most of the issues and are left with a great core to build around for years to come.

    • daniel10017 - Apr 22, 2012 at 5:23 PM

      To gaborik104life: I don’t agree with you. I have one question for you. didn’t the Flyers have the 2nd worst record in hockey 4-5 years ago. Look where they are now. They have made more strides than the Rangers. It’s completely unacceptable for a number 1 to lose to a number 8. That problem will be solved shortly in Vancouver as either the coach or Luango (perhaps both) will be headed out the door. Sather has been given 12 years, 12 YEARS! And we still haven’t had even close to a sniff at the Stanley Cup. The Rangers have no scoring, can’t come back from deficits at home and sometimes can’t even hold on to leads. I think one of the problems is that the total point system in hockey rewards mediocrity. I mean common to give 1 point for a regulation tie is BS in my opinion. Sure the Rangers weren’t given much of a chance during the pre-season I’ll give you that. But they aren’t as good as their record says and until they improve the roster they will not even make the playoffs next year. This is why they must fire Sather.

      • gaborik104life - Apr 22, 2012 at 9:13 PM

        Sather’s record over 12 years is troubling to put it lightly. I completely agree with that but looking in the past few years the record is the opposite. This is Richards 1st year in a big time hockey town no disrespect to Dallas or Tampa but this is NY. As for goal scoring it has been an issue that will be resolved come next season. Going into this season with the emergence of Boyle and Dubinsky there was a mistaken belief we had goal scoring. Boyle’s year was a fluke and Dubinsky had a dreadful year. The expectation of 20 goals and 40 points out of Dubi is one that can be met. With Gaborik getting over 40, Cally with 29 and Richards with 25 complimenting them with another goal scorer would make it a much more potent offense. As for not coming back from deficits at home you are correct for this season. However last season we saw them do it time and time again so they are capable of accomplishing that. This team was not supposed to be where they are and losing to the eighth seed is tough to swallow but to not be happy with the overall year is being an extreme pessimist. Del Zotto came back with vengeance and had a great year point wise and defensively. Mcdonagh having more experience than a season and a half worth of experience. Having Staal back in his previous form or near it something that has not and can not be accomplished this season makes the defense one of the best in the league with a top 4 to rave about. Offense is clearly the issue but Dubi hitting the 20 goal mark, Stepan continuing to grow, and adding scoring instead of defensive minded players through free agency and with people like Kreider makes the Rangers a team that can dominate both regular season being in the top 4 in the conference and possibly the league as well as a team capable and expected to go far in playoffs.

  8. sk1rmish - Apr 22, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    Looking for a ranger fan? Well here’s one. If you truly think rangers are losing this series because of Lundqvist, than PLEASE watch the previous 5 games over. He has come to play in every game and also has a shutout like Anderson. Lol Anderson is Not outplaying lundqvist and neither is lundqvist on Anderson. They’re both playing well. The problem with the rangers is they get 1 or 2 goals and start playing on their heels. Got to continue strong forechecking to keep the pressure on them. Lol at some of these comments. Henrik is not a “queen” … Man deserves a vezina for at least keeping this team in it all year round.

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