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Larry Brooks says Rangers’ heart makes all the difference

May 23, 2012, 9:53 AM EDT

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There are plenty of things you can attribute to the Rangers’ success in these playoffs. Timely goal scoring from guys like Chris Kreider or Marian Gaborik is one. Great goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist is a no-brainer as is their ability to block shots and defend like crazy.

Larry Brooks of the New York Post says the team’s heart is what really drives them, however. Brooks talks about how the Rangers keep finding ways to bounce back time and time again in the playoffs and they do it with aplomb.

You can quantify shots, attempts, blocked shots, turnovers, faceoff results and hits. You can account for possession time and zone time to the second.

But you can’t measure heart. You can’t even really see it. You can only feel it. And for 100 games, everyone has felt the heartbeat of the Rangers, who are down to their moments of truth entering tonight’s Game 5 at the Garden in a Battle of the Hudson that is even only in the scorebooks, even if that’s the only place that really counts.

Heart is admirable but it’s the ability to put teams away that will help get them to the Stanley Cup finals against the Kings. Lundqvist has been his usual stellar self but unless the Rangers find ways to fill the net, their amazing run this season could see them fall short of their ultimate goal. Can heart score goals? New York hopes so.

  1. quizguy66 - May 23, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Larry Brooks who has despised Lou Lamoriello for decades and works for that beacon of virtue the New York Post? I’m really shocked that he would say this.

    -QG

    • jkay1818 - May 23, 2012 at 11:32 AM

      funny because based on his articles aside from this, he hates the rangers just as much. He also doesn’t have the best relationship with Tortorella. Dating back to his days with TB.

      best regards,
      -JK

      • quizguy66 - May 23, 2012 at 12:02 PM

        LOL Larry Brooks hates everybody. (and your right he has had some funny back-and-forth with Tortorella). That said, his twitter avatar has his name on the back of a Rangers jersey so that pretty much tells you where he stands.

        -QG

  2. cuffhimbanano - May 23, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Brilliant analysis. The only logical inference is that the Devils are 2 games away from the cup finals despite the fact they don’t care.

    • stakex - May 23, 2012 at 11:59 AM

      Thats not what hes saying at all. Hes simply pointing out that the Rangers are only two games away from the cup, despite the fact they probably shouldn’t be.

      Just because hes saying how much heart the Rangers have, does not mean hes saying the Devils don’t have any. Its just that the Rangers are a heart a soul team more then the Devils are.

  3. screenjam110 - May 23, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Heart? Give me a break. Im a Ranger’s fan, but have been disappointed by the lack of heart through the playoffs. Team is living on the edge, plain and simple.

    With that said, my prediction is the whoever wins the game tonight wins the series. (Unless of course the Devils win, then I say the rangers win in 7) ;)

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