Saturday, May 5, 2007

Blue Shirt Choke?

1) Well technically it can't be a choke as the Rangers were hardly a favourite going into their series with Buffalo, but how difficult was it last night to be within 8 seconds of attaining a 3-2 series lead AND heading home to possibly close it out?
2) We give Drury and his mates full credit, but the Rangers have to be reeling just a bit no matter what they are saying to the press.

8 comments:

VLAD THE IMPALER said...

I saw the game and think the Rangers got screwed. Lundqvist was interfiered on the tying goal. I think the rangers win game 6 tomorrow and then can shut out the sabres like they should have last night in game 7!

FAUXRUMORS said...

1) Some may feel that way, but we feel the refs, finally, got one right there.
2) We believe the Sabres will close out the Rangers tomorrow.

Sauce said...

I would hope that a few days reflection have served to change vlad's thinking on this one. This was clearly one of the better reffed games of the playoffs so far, and also one of the Rangers worst played games. Henril was the only reason the Rangers were even in the game with 7.7 seconds left, notwithstanding the 6 minutes of scoreless PP advantage the Ranger had in the 1st period. The Sabres finally woke up and played their usual game. The Rangers were simply the unfortunate beneficiaries.

Sauce said...

I forgot to respond to the title of Faux's entry... "Blue Shirt Choke?"

I think not. A choke would imply that the win was somehow deserved, and that the Rangers gave it away. Not true. The Sabres pressed from the open faceoff and didn't let off the gas. No one "choked". The Sabres just flat-out won.

Antzmarching said...

The Sabres have played arguably the two "worst" playoff teams of this year's 16 - and struggled greatly!!! It seems they play to the level of their competition... However, Ottawa won 5 of the 8 contests during the regular season, and are playing extremely well right now... Buffalo had better raise their level in a hurry or there WILL be a "navy blue shirt choke" versus the Sens...

Sauce said...

The Sabres played 2 of the "worst" playoff teams, but they played against 2 of the hottest playoff netminders. DiPietro was the driving force behind the Islanders playoff run, and Lundqvist was the hottest 2nd half goalie in the league. Buffalo should have a clear advantage with Miller in net. Emery played pretty well against Jersey, but the Devs didn't test him nearly as much as Buffalo's high-test offense will. Don't be surprised if you see Gerber between the pipes for a game before the series is over.

VLAD THE IMPALER said...

Lundqvist may have been hot going into the playoffs, and was probably pretty good beating Atlanta, but in the last 2 games against Buffalo he was very ordinary. Mediocre goaltending doesn't win in the NHL playoffs(At least not since Chris Osgood stopped being a starting goalie)
Miller had NO bad games. That's why his team is still playing.

Sauce said...

Sorry 'vlad', but did you really see game 5? I can somewhat agree with you regarding game 6, but to call the 38 saves out of 40 shots Lundqvist made in game 5 "ordinary" would is severely off-base. The Rangers came within 7.7 seconds of a 1-0 shutout win only because Lundqvist stood on his ear lobes in turning away wave after wave of Sabre scoring chances. That game would've been 5-1 without him.

 
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