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Discuss: Rangers squeak by Senators 2-1 in Game 7

Apr 26, 2012, 9:38 PM EST

Last night’s Washington Capitals-Boston Bruins Game 7 had the drama of do-or-die overtime, yet if you made a prototype of what a deciding game should look like, it would resemble the thriller between the Ottawa Senators and New York Rangers tonight. The eighth seed Senators gave the Rangers all they could handle in a skin-tight series, but ultimately the Blueshirts squeaked by 2-1 to win the series 4-3.

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  • Defense ended up being the difference for New York, but not in the way most of us expected. Marc Staal opened the scoring and Dan Girardi notched the eventual game-winner on shots that Craig Anderson had no chance against.
  • Chris Kreider looked dangerous for much of Game 7. How dangerous will the Rangers be if he can live up to even some of the hype he arrived with?
  • Henrik Lundqvist gets a chance to face the Washington Capitals: a team that booted him and the Rangers from the playoffs twice before. Will home ice and a better team around him help Lundqvist get the Capitals monkey off his back?
  • Marian Gaborik is the Rangers’ answer to Alex Ovechkin: a big star who’s turning into a big question mark. What does John Tortorella need to do to help him turn things around?
  • The Senators lost, but they pushed New York more than just about anyone expected. Do you think Ottawa has a bright future or did they overachieve this season?
  • What are your impressions regarding Norris candidate Erik Karlsson? Are his offensive pluses worth the defensive hiccups that come along?
  1. ravenscaps48 - Apr 26, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    Washington in 6

    • ravenscaps48 - Apr 26, 2012 at 9:44 PM

      Good Luck Rangers Fans… Here We Go Again!

    • anthonykornheiser - Apr 26, 2012 at 9:50 PM

      Relax, you beat a boston team that was a .500-sub 500 team most of the 2nd half.

      • ravenscaps48 - Apr 26, 2012 at 10:54 PM

        You mean the team that was #1 on Defense, #2 on Offense, and the Defending Champions?…. Yeah, real sub-par

    • HawaiiHockey - Apr 26, 2012 at 9:52 PM

      No way. Rangers outpower the Caps ten fold. Rangers in 5 or 6.

      • ravenscaps48 - Apr 27, 2012 at 9:19 AM

        So did Boston

  2. biffnasty - Apr 26, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    The better team obviously won. Ottawa just got lucky a cpl games. Rangers in 5!

    • jondan9193 - Apr 26, 2012 at 9:55 PM

      Obviosly you don’t know hockey. How can you say Ottawa was lucky? If any thing NY was lucky they had Lundquist. Without Lundquist the rangers would be an average team at best. I didn’t notice any explosive ranger offense. Take the win and series and move on but don’t say Ottawa was lucky. Ottawa earned every win they had in the series.

      • truetitan - Apr 26, 2012 at 10:34 PM

        Agreed.

  3. eagleschic - Apr 26, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    I think the Rangers might be the luckiest team in the NHL. “Squeaked by” is an understatement. This team would be nowhere without Lundquist. That being said, Rangers in 6.

    • anthonykornheiser - Apr 26, 2012 at 9:53 PM

      i know, and thank god you guys have bryzgalov. Imagine you did pay him all that cheddar? rangers were lucky all season, i agree, especially beating philly 6 out of 6.

      • lasallehockey81 - Apr 26, 2012 at 10:04 PM

        You beat the 8th seed by a goal in game 7 where Ottawa had about 4 minutes of sustained pressure and at least 4 really good chances. That’s the definition of “squeaking by”. Not sure why you’re all pissed of. You won. Relax

      • lasallehockey81 - Apr 26, 2012 at 10:06 PM

        4 chances late in the 3rd..

      • anthonykornheiser - Apr 26, 2012 at 10:08 PM

        do you always sign in with two different names to get your point across or just on Rangers threads?

      • lasallehockey81 - Apr 26, 2012 at 10:12 PM

        Not sure what you’re talking about big guy… I post on the site all the time. Just because I added to this conversation doesn’t mean I know that girl that you’re trying to be a tough guy to. But ok…

      • anthonykornheiser - Apr 26, 2012 at 10:21 PM

        ok big guy..stop defending your alter ego, its ok.

      • lasallehockey81 - Apr 26, 2012 at 10:25 PM

        Do you always like your own posts and dislike the person’s who disagrees with you? Go to bed, tool

      • truetitan - Apr 26, 2012 at 10:28 PM

        The Rangers did squeak by and I agree that Lundqvuist is the difference in the Rangers being a playoff team .The Rangers ARE lucky. The Rangers didn’t win this series as much as Ottawa lost it. If Alfredsson is healthy, Ottawa wins in 6… I think the Rangers luck runs out if Holtby plays well. Caps in 7

  4. HawaiiHockey - Apr 26, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    Thank god we get more Tortorella media moments. I was worried.

    • ravenscaps48 - Apr 26, 2012 at 11:28 PM

      Those are fun to watch

  5. highpowered350 - Apr 26, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    Silly Canadians

  6. eagleschic - Apr 26, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    Did Gaborik actually play in this series? I thought I saw him filling water bottles on the bench…that was the biggest impact he had on this 7 game series against the Sens. Another playoff choke-artist.

    • HawaiiHockey - Apr 26, 2012 at 10:02 PM

      yeah… who won this series?

    • anthonykornheiser - Apr 26, 2012 at 10:02 PM

      playoff choke artist, just shows how deep this team is then. They held down a 40 goal scorer and they still won. Wow, what a bitter bitter woman you sound like. Go wash your Michael Vick jersey tomboy. Can you imagine if gaborik gets hot? please explain how the rangers are lucky. by suspending hagelin for 3 games? a guy who if played all series it would have been over soon. or was it the kicked in neil goal? or the cheap rupp penalty in game 6 that led to a PP goal? Maybe it was the horrid penalty call on Del Zotto tonight that led to their only goal. i have an idea, get off the computer, do the dishes and worry about your team in the 2nd round.

      • melonheadsdaddy - Apr 26, 2012 at 10:40 PM

        Dude you sound like a little girl right now. Do the dishes? Does that comment make you feel more manly? I can only hope the flyers get the rangers and bounce them out of the playoffs just like they did in the regular season a few years back…in a shootout no less to prevent you clowns from making the dance.. That was a beautiful thing. The only thing sweeter was watching fans like you trying to pick fights because the flyers emasculated your squad…but Philly fans are obviously the problem…shut up and be happy you moved on..by one goal in the 7th game to the 8th seed..

      • melonheadsdaddy - Apr 26, 2012 at 10:45 PM

        I can’t wait for you to disappear like those “hardcore” penguin fans…

      • jkay1818 - Apr 26, 2012 at 11:00 PM

        It’s interesting you’re mentioning the flyers emasculating the rangers, and you’re harping on a few yrs ago. Let’s talk about the present, the flyers lost ALL 6 games vs the rangers and were thrashed in most of them. Are you kidding me with this post? In fact if we’re talking about consecutive games, it’s more like 8 or 9 in a row. You’re mentioning a game from yrs ago when they played Ina huge game this yr,the winter classic and you lost on natl tv in Philly, the same stadium the phillies lost to ny to in the world series. You know, if you’re mentioning a few yrs ago and a big dance, I remember Philly losing to a ny team in an actual championship or something more recent, the eagles missed the playoffs and the giants are drafting last tonight bc they won yet another sb. Stop embarrassing yourself mentioning a regular season game from years ago when the rangers won all 6 meetings this yr,

      • eagleschic - Apr 26, 2012 at 11:04 PM

        Wow genius, that was a great comeback! What brilliant and sexist remarks! What are you 8? Its called the truth and if you can’t handle it, get off the message boards. You sound like a little whiner who is angry and miserable in life. Do you and Sid Crosby share a vagina? You posted no facts, just a little whiney rant about penalties. If you dont get waxed AGAIN by the Caps in the 2nd round, talk to me in the 3rd round when you have to face a real team with scoring depth. Our goalie might be sporadic but we don’t need to bailed out and have him steal us every game because we can roll 4 lines and score at will.

      • jkay1818 - Apr 26, 2012 at 11:14 PM

        So I guess the rangers stole all 6 games this season from the flyers huh? I see how that explosive scoring worked out in all those games, not here to argue with you people, in fact, as nerve wracking as it would be, a rangers vs Philly series would be amazing. It would be tough for any of the die hard fans to concentrate at work. Good luck next series vs fla or no and hope to see y’all in the eastern finals.

      • melonheadsdaddy - Apr 26, 2012 at 11:17 PM

        Jkay thanks for coming to his defense. Here I thought philly was the city of brotherly love…in anycase, you raise some valid points but A) this is hockey. B) this is PLAYOFF hockey. Other sports and regular season wins have no bearing on the outcome of a playoff series…I wish you nothing but the best against the caps and hope the flyers get to see the rangers. Not only would it be a great series but in order to be the best you gotta beat the best..that being said…your team doesn’t scare me. Best thing about Philly is we back our teams during good times and bad (unlike half you frontrunners)..so expect to see me chirping until the cup is raised, regardless of the champion….much love. Go flyers.

      • jkay1818 - Apr 26, 2012 at 11:23 PM

        Flyers have a nasty O no doubt, but just like any sport, all starts with defense. Good defensive football teams win, baseball teams w great pitching win and hockey teams with great d and goaltending win. The flyers d and goaltending is anemic. But who knows, teams clamp down from series to series. I would love nothing more than to face Philly in the eastern finals, but first things first for both teams.

      • melonheadsdaddy - Apr 26, 2012 at 11:27 PM

        First thing we’ve agreed on all evening.

  7. rpiotr01 - Apr 26, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    Karlsson’s defense is actually pretty good. He has great speed which isn’t going to leave him any time soon, and very good stick work. He’s not a banger by any means but he’s a good all around player.

  8. stakex - Apr 26, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    I’m really glad the Rangers won, but I have to say they got lucky in this game. Their play in their own end was awful at times, and the Sens had far too much zone time more then once. I think the Sens inability to finish is the main reason the Rangers are moving on.

  9. caps247 - Apr 26, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    Caps vs. Rangers, Part III — The latest installment of the trilogy can only be described by 3 words. “Let’s do this.”

  10. caps247 - Apr 26, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    This series is gonna be another intense, physical one. Hoping for another playoffs upset victory. Caps in 6.

  11. thehighcountrybear - Apr 26, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    Canada’s yards and gardens are going to be in fine bloom as NHL hockey falls of the charts, and men are faced with the prospect of balancing the omnipresent job barrel with getting lucky. With no Canadian teams left, look for a potential ratings disaster for broadcasters; good thing it’s an Olympics year or beer, pizza and erectile dysfunction aids would likewise fall off the charts. A Rangers v. Kings final might rekindle interest with Rangers v. Blues not too shabby either? Flyers v. anybody will bring the boys back to the sports bars and pubs in droves…too bad for the yards and gardens and the old boot! Nashville or Phoenix, it’s apple blossom time in the cool white north…

  12. brian32556 - Apr 26, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    The Rangers did squeak by, just like we snuck by to lead the league in points most of the year. With tough D and enough scoring to win.

    • melonheadsdaddy - Apr 27, 2012 at 12:38 AM

      Theres that word again….”we”…

      • brian32556 - Apr 28, 2012 at 6:20 PM

        That’s right! We win as a team and we lose as a team! That’s what being a New York fan means – the rest of you are all jealous!

  13. gaborik104life - Apr 27, 2012 at 7:55 AM

    First off props to Ottawa honestly great season for them and an even better series. Was not expecting a game seven and props to them for going all 7 games and all 60 minutes in each game. Zenon Konopka needs to get the hell out of the Eastern Conference guy was killing 30 seconds of penalties every freaking time. As for the Rangers being lucky that makes no sense they drafted a goalie that turned out to be amazing and yes they rely on him to be their best player but that is not luck. He did not come out of nowhere to be a hero. He has been here for 7 seasons and has been one of the best goalies in the league since that time. Is pitt lucky they have Crosby, Phil with Giroux. The team’s going only as far as the king takes them but to say its lucky is ridiculous. Each team is built differently and the Rangers are built from the net out. Nothing wrong with that there are teams like that just like there are teams with a strong offense and weak back end. Kreider played amazing what a great game by a young kid and I couldn’t be happier. All the idiots saying he shouldn’t have come can finally shut up. As for Gaborik you seem to fail to understand the importance of Carl Hagelin to the top line. Not having him for three games really threw everything off. I understand that he should be able to do more on his own but the top players in the playoffs often cancel out and it is up to the depth. In this series their top players did not do that much either. Their most effective line was of Smith, Neil, and I believe Foligno. That being said if the olympic line and the top line can produce this team is deadly and the chemistry each line is showing is leaning me towards some good production.

  14. elimanningbobblehead - Apr 27, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    To Gaborik104life:

    Great comment and great insight into the Rangers. Having been a fan all 42 years of my life(Yes I was born with a Rangers jersey on…) I have seen them time and time again throw the talent away to get a quick veteran here and there so it is sooooo freakin’ awesome to see OUR Draft picks playing so well and living up to the hype. This kid Kreider is something special. Size , Speed, good hands, great feel for the NHL game.. you can’t ask for more. Gaborik will shine so I am not worried. He just needs to stay focused on the game plan and not try to do too much…it will come.. He will take us deep as will the rest of the guys because it is a team sport. You said it right when we lost Hagelin the Team looked so different but we got through it. All great teams face adversity.. it is those who overcome it that triumph in the end. Rangers is 6 ..

    GO RANGERS !!!! .

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