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PHT Extra: Rangers’ fatigue, Devils’ forecheck and more

May 15, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT

In the latest installment of PHT Extra, Mike Halford and Jason Brough (aka “those two guys from Night at the Roxbury”) check in on the Eastern Conference finals after New York’s 3-0 win over New Jersey in Game 1.

Following the game, Rangers head coach John Tortorella dismissed the notion that his team was fatigued — “We’re not a tired hockey club,” he said — but that could change if the Devils continue to wear New York down with their forecheck.

Speaking of the Devils, PHT Extra also takes a look at how they’ll respond to the physicality of this series.

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And to answer your question — no, we are not wearing the same outfit. My shirt is cornflower blue, Jason’s is cerulean.

  1. jaybyrd99 - May 15, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    the actual score of game 1 was 3-0 rangers

    • brian32556 - May 15, 2012 at 7:46 PM

      These guys don’t seemed concerned with facts – just seeing their words in print.

      • Mike Halford - May 15, 2012 at 9:25 PM

        As Homer Simpson would say, facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that’s even remotely true!

        But seriously, it was a typo in the copy.

    • Mike Halford - May 15, 2012 at 9:24 PM

      Typo by me. My bad, my bad.

      /makes peace sign, taps heart

  2. villi5ed - May 15, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Idiots! The “fatigue issue” is non-existent except in the minds of the media —- the Rangers’
    schedule in March was FAR more taxing than what they are experiencing now. The Devils
    are an inferior team when compared to the Rangers. That doesn’t mean that they can’t win
    the series — they can. But if they do, it will not be due to the NYR’s “fatigue.” It will be due
    to superior goaltending, superior power play work, superior penalty killing. If they can
    overachieve and make it to the Finals, all credit to them. But it will be because they outplayed
    a completely game and ready team in the Rangers —– not because the Rangers were
    tired and overwrought.

    • karlm144 - May 15, 2012 at 8:48 PM

      Well, that’s a matter of opinion. you can’t compare a regular season month of games to playoff hockey. The Rangers didn’t have any worries about making the playoffs (like the lower seeded teams) and even though Pittsburgh pushed them for the division title and the #1 seed, it’s still nothing like the intensity of the post-season.

      New York has faced elimination three times already and to me, it seemed obvious that they were fatigued. I guess you could say they just had an off night and the energy wasn’t there – and that’s fair. To me it looked like they were skating through mud at times, especially in the second period. I expect they’ll look better in Game 2.

      They also deserve a lot of credit for winning a game when they weren’t playing well.

  3. vindicatus - May 15, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    The Rangers weren’t skating through mud. That was the slush that passes for ice at MSG.

  4. pooinyourface - May 16, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    MSG is a f*ckin sh*thole and the retarded fans. Theyre a bunch of know-nothing idiotic moron fair-weather fans like the Giants fans

    • jerryball22 - May 16, 2012 at 9:19 AM

      Very well reasoned argument with plenty of supporting facts

  5. rfoster75 - May 16, 2012 at 7:16 AM

    doesn’t matter much. It’s clear that Nobody is beating the kIngs–they are simply dominating these playoffs.

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