How Do You NOT Play Hard In Game 5?
Posted by Michael M. Ramos ≡ 2:01:17 PM - May 25, 2015
The Rangers used a desperate game where everyone left all they had on the ice and Game 4 ended in a Rangers 5-1 win and the series tied at 2 heading back to MSG where the Rangers were expected to take it up anopther notch. What really happened was that it seemed as if the goalie was the only one that showed up while Tampa lifted their game. The Rangers had the same issues during the regular season and it just doesn't seem to make any sense in the big scheme of things in the playoffs. During the playoffs is when nobody can take a night off if the team wants to keep advancing. This years version seems to have players that have issues with showing intensity on a nightly basis. The "senior" forwards are the biggest problem as Rick Nash and Martin St. Louis showed up in Game 4 for 3 goals between them in the 5-1 win and again forgot the address of MSG in the Game 5 2-0 loss.
Who will show up and give it there all in Game 6 for the Rangers to stay alive? Will Henrik Lundqvist add to his record of 53 playoffs wins for active goalies? Dan Girardi will add another game to his Rangers record of 105 playoff games. The Rangers will add another game as the most playoff games played by an NHL organization over the last 3 years. Can the Rangers give Lundqvist another chance to add to his recor of concecutive game 7 wins at MSG? Can Mats Zuccarello make an appearance like Willis Reed to try and save the season? Do the Rangers have enough in the tank to have a replay of the Game 4 effort instead of the Game 5 effort? Will Nash and the forwards be willing to pay the price to take over the middle of the ice at any cost? It's all of nothing in Tampa on Tuesday and the boys better show. The Rangers are full of questions instead of answers this time around.
It is amazing that this is the same Rangers team that won the President's Trophy this season while missing key players such as Ryan McDonagh,Kevin Klien, Henrik Lundqvist, etc. and having others step up and now have games where some of the big money looks invisible. Did covering for these injuries just wear the Rangers out? All hands on deck and get to the "money spots" or go home. That's where the Rangers are right now. Can the Rangers do it, will the Rangers do it? HELL YEAH!!! LET'S GO RANGERS!!!!!!!