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Rangers Season of Adversity Hopefully Will Lead to the Cup

by Timothy Whitt | Posted on Monday, May 19th, 2014
(Barton Silverman/The New York Times)

(Barton Silverman/The New York Times)

The New York Rangers season of adversity will hopefully lead to the Stanley Cup finals. The Ranger went through and up and down season which saw the Rangers finish the regular season in second place, 13 points behind the Penguins and only 2 points ahead of the Flyers. The team entered the NHL playoffs with one destination in mind – the Stanley Cup Finals.

In the best-of-seven Metropolitan Division semifinals the Rangers faced off against the Flyers. The Ranger struggled to but played well enough to force a game seven at the Garden. In the end the Rangers won a hard fought game beating the Flyers 2-1 thanks to frenzied 2 goal second period . The Rangers moved on to face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the division finals.

In a replay of the semifinals the Rangers once again found themselves facing a seventh game elimination against the Penguins. In the end the Rangers once again eked out a 2 -1win against the Penguins and moved into the Eastern Conference Finals against the Montreal Canadiens who had won their series against the Bruins.

How well the Rangers would play as they entered the Eastern Conference Finals against the Canadiens, was anyone’s guess. After all the Rangers had just been through two grueling seven game series they struggled to wiin. Surely some of the zip would be gone from their skates.

The Rangers put any doubts of their determination to reach and win the Stanley Cup to rest with their spirited play in the first game of the best-of-seven series against the Canadiens. Martin St. Louis scored the first goal to lead the Rangers in their rout of the Canadiens. The Broadway Blueshirts got goals from six other players and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 20 of 22 shots as they wrestled home ice away from the Canadiens. Four of the next six games will be played at the Garden.

Tonights game will be a tough one as the Blueshirts must rebound after attending St Louis mother’s funeral on Sunday. His mother died suddenly of a heart attack during the Rangers series against the Penguins. If the Rangers come out strong and take it to Canadiens it could be a short series and their march to the Cup will one step closer. If not then they may be facing another long series.

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