After a thrilling comeback victory in Game 5, the New York Rangers will look to once again stay alive in Game 6 in Washington.
By Robby Sabo
As we all sit around the table with our loved ones, we’ll share laughs, love and thoughts of excitement that we cannot control.
We, of course, are describing our thoughts and feelings about what lies ahead for the New York Rangers tonight.
Yet again, this Rangers team has provided their fan-base with heart palpitations and the urgent need for a plethora of antacid medications nearby. Their uncanny ability to stave off death by the skin of their teeth is something that is ultra maddening.
The 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs have proved they are the same old team in this regard.
On Friday night it seemed as though this phenomenal Rangers team was going down in flames, in five-games to the Washington Capitals. That was, until, Chris Kreider took a one-timer from Derek Stepan and squeezed one past red-hot Braden Holtby with just over a minute and a half to play.
This tied the game at one, sending us into overtime.
Ryan McDonagh capitalized as two Caps players desperately glided down to block the shot. Once again it was Stepan who made the brilliant play to set things up which set the stage for this:
Speaking of brilliant plays, it was Jesper Fast who’s been the real hero as of late. His intercept in the neutral zone and saucer pass to Stepan was the catalyst to the game-winner.
Tonight, in Washington, the Rangers will once again look for some Mother’s Day magic. It is a familiar scene for this group.
Last year, as the Rangers trailed the Pittsburgh Penguins three games to two in the second-round of the playoffs, it was Marty St. Louis (dealing with the recent loss of his mother) who scored in that Game 6. The 3-1 victory forced a Game 7 on the road that allowed New York to complete the three games to one comeback in 2014.
St. Louis and the Blueshirts will look to duplicate history in just a few short hours.
The only question remaining is this: how many Rangers fan will be rushed to the hospital due to heart failure? Speaking of which, I feel my body breaking down at this very moment.
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