Saturday, May 23, 2015

Rangers Storm Back With Series-Tying 5-1 Blowout

From the brink of disaster - from the depth of despair - just when it looked like all hope was gone - your New York Rangers came roaring back to upend the mighty Tampa Bay Lightning and regain momentum and home ice advantage with a shocking 5-1 victory in game four.

If you could have written your own script for this one you would have barely changed a line on the scorers sheet. Finally - finally - FINALLY (!!!) we had....

-Two huge goals by - can you believe it? - Rick Nash! The Rangers season goal leader who had been missing in action for most of the playoffs beat Bishop not once but twice - getting the breakaway to clang home off the post and Bishop's skate to get things started and again through the oversized goalie's massive leg pads to help put the game away.

-A Power Play goal from the old and tiny Martin St. Louis.

-And a masterful - commanding - dominating - bounce back performance from the king himself. Hank stopped 38 shots for a .971 save percentage withstanding a 19 shot barrage in the second period to lead the Rangers to victory

In the other cage Bishop was exposed - saving just 19 of the 24 shots that came at him for a save percentage below .800!

The scoring was rounded out by Keith Yandle and Chris Kreider. The 5-1 victory was the Rangers first of the playoffs that was by more than a one goal margin.

Many of us thought after game 3 that if we could keep scoring five goals but get back to the defense we had shown all year.... Well - somehow that is exactly what happened.

Holy crap did we need a win like this one. I know we overreact to every game in the playoffs but now - instead of a panic-inducing 3-1 deficit the Rangers are back in the Zamboni driver's seat with two of the next three games at Madison Square Garden.

This series has a long way to go and we are just tied with three games left. But compared with where we had been - and could have been - this is just what our heroes needed.

A great win. Six more and we hoist the cup. Lets go Rangers!

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