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How can the Rangers ‘keep the pedal to the metal?’

May 21, 2014, 3:24 PM EDT

That was New York forward Rick Nash, talking today about the “good opportunity” the Rangers have given themselves after winning the first two games of the Eastern Conference Final in Montreal.

When asked how the Rangers can “keep the pedal to the metal as team,” Nash replied: “I think we’ve got to focus on our keys. This whole series so far we’ve had a process that we’re trying to follow, a game plan that [coach Alain Vigneault’s] put out. And we’ve got to follow that. Nothing can change.”

It’s a good question, because keeping the pedal to the metal has been a problem for teams in these playoffs. Whether we’re talking about all the blown leads we’ve seen during games, or the blown series leads (one in particular), it’s clear that a desperate team can be a dangerous team. And the Canadiens are definitely in a desperate situation.

It should also be noted that the Rangers were outplayed for much of Game 2, and it took a 40-save effort from Henrik Lundqvist to get the win.

So really, the question could’ve been, how can New York put the pedal back down to the metal? Because the last thing the Rangers want is to let the Canadiens back into this thing. If this series gets back to Montreal, the Habs will have life.

  1. c9castine - May 21, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    just dont play their top D too much.

    in all seriousness, a lot of their success the past 4-5 games has been Lundqvist, and timely goals. they are playing good hockey but thats the difference. Montreal outplayed them especially in game 2.

    they have an opportunity to pick it up and start playing in the Habs zone and start taking it to them with a 2 game lead. if they can do that, this series could be over soon.

    i have a feeling Lundqvist has a bad game, and lets them back in it.

    • nebbah306 - May 21, 2014 at 3:45 PM

      Lundqvist is a man possessed right now. He won’t have a bad game this series. Rangers will only lose if they fail to put the puck in the net.

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 21, 2014 at 4:01 PM

      The Rangers are this years STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS ! Is it just me or are the Cleveland Cavaliers the NBA ‘s version of the Penguins when it comes to the draft ?

      • billiam55 - May 21, 2014 at 6:17 PM

        lol lets not get crazy now. one game at a time please. lots of hockey left to be played.

        -NYR fan

      • r8rbhawk - May 21, 2014 at 6:45 PM

        I am debating to go with a thumbs up or thumbs down on your comment, how do we handle handle these types of situations where we agree with half of the comment but disagree with the other?

  2. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 21, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    The Habs have so much adversity they would need to overcome to win 4 out of 5 games that it would require the second coming of Patrick Roy to even have a chance to happen.

    All the Rangers need to do at this point is not get anyone hurt for the Stanley Cup Finals.

    I hope I’m wrong.

  3. gmen4trophies - May 21, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Its never over in any series until there’s 0:00 on the clock and you’ve got 4 wins. No group should know better than this Rangers team after getting booed off the ice in game 4 against Pittsburgh–they were a dead team walking but somehow they went on to win three straight. Much less that they’ll have to play out of their minds to compete with the Blackhawks IF they win this series. I’d say they better concentrate on improving their play and play hard–and we should be able to count on that with the veteran leadership they have in the room.

    • manhattanraised - May 21, 2014 at 6:08 PM

      I’m a huge giants fan dude & I love your title n all. But I gotta point out the irony in your post lol. You say ‘it ain’t over till its over’ …but then put the Hawks in the cup even tho its 1-0 in that series lol. Sup with that

      • gmen4trophies - May 21, 2014 at 6:30 PM

        Point taken and LA is a great team. And my hashtag went with the account created when Jets were talking trash on us a couple of years ago–otherwise I would have chosen a more low profile one quite honestly. On the Hawks, when I was little tad by dad took me to the old Garden and I saw Bobby Hull play, that with the fact that they are the champs and are a great team I think the Rangers should think about them–how most everybody is saying we can’t compete with them. But I watched LA come back against the Sharks and against the Ducks and was pulling for Gabby cause he got a raw deal with us I thought. So point taken–the Rangers should be motivated by them too- I don’t think there’s that much difference and I don’t know who’s going to win.

      • manhattanraised - May 21, 2014 at 6:55 PM

        I wish I could’ve seen Hull in person. That’s awesome. I’m old enough to have had the opportunity but never did. But yeah man I dont blame you. They are the favorites & defending champs. Also true most everyone else are already pitting us against them. I find LA & CHI pretty evenly matched yet the hawks always find a way to edge them. If the kings can win tonite though I bet that series goes 7

      • gmen4trophies - May 21, 2014 at 7:45 PM

        The thing is Hull was a prodigy and they’ve got two on the Hawks right now. But the Kings play such a strong two way team game its great to watch.

  4. bmy0913 - May 21, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    I think a big part of their game now is to be patient. Don’t get cutesy with it, but the Habs know their back is against the wall. All this gamesmanship about their confidence and they have been in this spot before blah blah nobody respects us, it’s nonesense. They know that they are hanging by a thread. And with that, they are getting undisciplined and sloppy. Stay tight on D, maybe up the forecheck a little to keep some of the flurrys from setting up so easily, and wait for the Habs to hang themselves. The PP has been damn good in this series, and I don’t see the amount of chances they are getting decreasing in this series the more frustrated they become. With the Habs lack of D depth, and the almost certainty that Subban will take dumb whistles, PP goals are a huge back breaker.

  5. stakex - May 21, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    The Rangers just need to keep playing their game. Montreal is a good team, but lets be honest…. the main reason they made it this far was the play of Price. Without Price in net, its very hard to see Montreal winning 4 of 5 games if the Rangers play consistent.

  6. muckleflugga - May 21, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    pedal to the metal is apt … gold

    coin of the realm drives the ways and means for rangers and canadiens

    rangers or any team in the playoffs, will be answering the same need to roll the dice on sixth or seventh games as they have throughout the playoffs … every commercial interest from big television to the sports entertainment infrastructure generally has the same want and need

    extended series with overtime upon overtime leading to deep runs … to the bank … this is business and like the grinch, the nhl is wont to pick every crumb

    if rangers are as solid as some claim, why would they not look forward to a sixth game at home, particularly if they’re up three to two going in … there are bills to be paid and pockets to be picked and profit to be realized

    pedal to the metal yes, but not before adding as much gold to the team treasury as is possible

  7. manhattanraised - May 21, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Habs keep losing because of dumb penalties & poor goaltending. Hank is on fire & the Rangers keep capitalizing on their chances. I can imagine most of that continuing. Maybe they can take 1 in NY but, the Rangers keep up the pressure & close this out in 5 max

  8. billiam55 - May 21, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    rangers have four lines that can score. thats the difference from last year. more depth this year. also, the way they move the puck to is so different. and our PP……its looking a lot better. and Hank? my god where would we be without him!

  9. joey4id - May 21, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    the question really should be how can they not keep the pedal to the metal. The are runniing on all cyclinders.

  10. 7mantel - May 21, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    Make them pay for every penalty !

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