Thursday, April 16, 2009

Rangers take Game 1

 For anyone who watched Game 1 of the series between the New York Rangers and the Washington Capitals saw a couple of things happen that many did not expect. 

1. The Rangers some how managed to win the game after being dominated for most of the first period. At one point, they were being outshot 12-2 with Alexander Ovechkin tallying his fair share of those shots. 

2. Henrik Lundqvist stood on his head for most of the game doing his job in keeping the Rangers in the game while they attempted to solve the offensive attack of the Washington Capitals. Lundqvist's stellar play allowed the Rangers to stay calm, even against the high powered Washington power play. 

3. Jose Theodore showed why he may be the weak link for the Washington Capitals in this series, looking shaky throughout as he had trouble with his positioning and rebound control.

4. The Ranger power play may be finding its stride with two power play goals.

5. Ryan Callahan is beginning to become one of the hardest working players on the Rangers and one of the most important.

6. The officiating of the NHL in the playoffs did not disappoint as bad calls were made and blatant penalties were missed on both teams. The hope that it gets better is slim to none.

John Tortorella is a big piece to the success of the New York Rangers and his mentality of going after the Washington Capitals has worked for Game 1. The fact the Rangers took a game on the road is huge as it takes away home ice advantage from the Capitals. The Verizon Center is loud and the fans of Washington are always behind their team. Coming back to Madison Square Garden up 2-0 in the series would be an unbelievable result but a guaranteed split coming back to New York is an excellent result for the Rangers. But knowing Tortorella and the rest of the Ranger fan base, coming back up 2-0 would be bitter sweet. 

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