Game 7 – Rangers vs. Lightning

This team THRIVES when their backs are against the wall. This team THRIVES when they are an inch away from death. This team THRIVES right when their fans are about to call it quits. This team THRIVES when they get that call to dig themselves out of the hole they dug themselves in. It’s a sick and dangerous way of playing the game, but this team loves it.

As a fan, it’s completely nerve-racking. But it’s also a little nice knowing that you can never count these group of guys out of series. Just as they did against Washington in the second round, the Rangers have fought their way out of a deficit to force a Game 7 at the Garden tomorrow night against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Winner goes on to the Stanley Cup Finals, eagerly awaiting to see who their opponent is coming out of the Western Conference. Loser goes home, and the dreams of holding that beloved Cup shatter right on the ice, as you skate one-by-one, shaking hands with the team who still hold on to that dream.

The Garden will be rocking tomorrow night, make no mistake of that! The Rangers need to feed of the energy of each and every fan, waving that rally towel high above their heads, shouting “Potvin Sucks” and “Henrik… Henrik”, dreaming for another chance to take home what was so close to being ours last year… Because it’s the Cup!

Let’s Go Rangers!!

Happy Mother’s Day

As a promise I made to my Mom this weekend, here is my first post!

First off, what a day it’s been for Cleveland sports!!! The Indians (11-19) avoided a sweep with an 8-2 win over the Minnesota Twins (18-14). After allowing a leadoff home run to Brian Dozier to start the game, SP Danny Salazar retired the next 21 batters and struck out 11 (a new career high) to record his 4th win of the season. Jason Kipnis (3-5, 2 RBI), Carlos Santana (2-4, 3 RBI), and Lonnie Chisenhall (3-run home run) jump-started the Tribe’s offense early as they scored 5 runs in the 4th inning. SP Trevor May for Minnesota only lasted 4 innings as he gave up 6 earned runs on 9 hits en route to his 3rd loss of the season. Also, Michael Brantley extended his hit streak to 10 games as he went 1-4 in this one. The Indians are off tomorrow before starting a 3 game set with the St. Louis Cardinals (22-9) on Tuesday in Cleveland. Let’s hope the Tribe can carry this momentum into that series as they try to turn this season around.

LET’S GO CAVS!!! After trailing by as much as 11 points in the 3rd quarter, the Cavs came back in the 4th quarter and would eventually win 86-84 on this buzzer beater by The King himself, LeBron James!

After turning the ball over with less than 20 seconds remaining that led to a Derrick Rose lay-up which tied the game at 84, James, during the following possession, drove to the basket and went up to try to take the lead but the ball was swatted out-of-bounds by the Bulls’ Nikola Mirotic with 1.5 seconds remaining. Matthew Dellavedova inbounded the ball to James, who shot a 22-foot jumper in the corner over Jimmy Butler to even the series at 2. Game 5 will be played back in Cleveland on Tuesday.
Finally, the New York Rangers will continue the fight to keep their season alive against the Washington Capitals tonight at the Verizon Center. The Rangers survived Game 5 at MSG with a 2-1 victory in overtime. The Rangers are going to need a similar effort today from their offense (43 shots on goal in Game 5) and another stellar performance from Lundqvist (28 saves in Game 5) as they try to force a Game 7 in MSG!
My “Keys to the Game”
1. Keep getting bodies in front of Braden Holtby. The Rangers scored both of their goals Friday night off of re-directions as the puck traveled to the net. Holtby has been absolutely phenomenal this series and they are not going to score without the help of deflections.
2. Get on the board early. Unlike the first round series against the Penguins, the Rangers really haven’t been putting the puck in the net in the first period this series. They need to set the tone on the road early and try to get the crowd out of it in order to give Lundqvist some breathing room.
3. Stay out of the penalty box. The Rangers have done a good job on the PK all series but as they are facing elimination on the road, they really need to keep this game at even strength and cannot afford to give the Capitals any momentum via the power play.
Let’s Go Rangers!