Here are some lessons to takeaway from the Rangers 3-2 victory over the Capitals at the Garden:
- New York finally realized they need to score in regulation in order to get by in a playoff series. Bravo Erik Christensen,Vinny Prospal and Brandon Dubinsky.
- Christensen has eagle eyes. His crazy angle shot from the side of the net slipped in the crack just over Michael Neuvirth’s shoulder and bounced right back out. It gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead in the second period and was their only power play goal.
- Marian Gaborik is irrelevant. Time to move on to a new story. He’s not scoring. Gaborik had three shots on goal. Boyle the “grinder” had nine. Secondary options need to step back up like they did during the regular season and find the back of the net, not the boards, glass and players around it.
- The creepy mustache is the new playoff beard. Brian Boyle and Dubinsky are rockin’ the 70′s black stache.
- The Rangers’ players and coaching staff need to reboot their power play game plan. Big time. It’s nauseating and almost physically painful to watch. The Blueshirts were 1-for-7 on the PP. They had two 5-on-3 chances which resulted in diddly squat. The staggering lack of movement and pass, pass, pass mentality is not going to cut it.
- Henrik Lundqvist really wants to win. He needs help.
- Sean Avery is most effective when he skates hard and skips the horseplay. But he is oh so clever. Check out how he gave the Rangers an extra few seconds to catch their breath after an icing. Nice stick work  .
- NBC doesn’t know how to keep time or put together a replay. In the dieing seconds of the second period it appeared as though Ruslan Fedotenko could have given the Rangers a 2-1 lead. NBC kept showing an awkward angle with the time clock displayed showing .1 seconds remaining on the clock. The much clearer overhead view was shown without the time clock. The referees called the “War Room” in Toronto for the official no-goal ruling. It was not until late in the third period that NBC showed an overhead replay with the timestamp included. It seems their clocks are a tad off like their commentating. The late view showed the puck passing the goal line with no time left on the clock. The NHL assured everyone the time was at zero. I’m glad I got to watch The Voice commercial another 10 times.
- NBC thinks we have short term memory. An enlarged red square reminding us how Washington leads the series 2-0 sat next to the score at the top of the screen for the whole game.
- Tickey-tackey is my new favorite adjective to describe the officiating. Thanks Caps’ coach Bruce Boudreau.
- Ranger fans are a bi-polar lot. Whether we’re frustrated, elated, impatient, excited, hopeful, dejected — we bleed blue and we always believe.
Brandon Dubinsky bounced in the game winning goal to make the series 2-1.
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