Sildenafil citrate warnings The naysayers are out in droves as the Rangers find themselves in the exact same position they were in one year ago – down two games to none in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Sildenafil citrate warnings You can excuse Ranger fans for feeling down and Penguins fans for feeling giddy, sildenafil citrate warnings but the media – that is another question.

Sildenafil citrate warnings Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette offered the following analysis.

Sildenafil citrate warnings “By failing to at least split the first two games of their second-round series against the Penguins, sildenafil citrate warnings the Rangers put themselves in a position of having to win at least one game at Mellon Arena if they are to advance to the Eastern Conference final.”

Sildenafil citrate warnings I don’t want to hurt Anderson’s feelings, sildenafil citrate warnings but the Rangers were going to have win at least one game in Pittsburgh no matter what. Sildenafil citrate warnings While it would have been nicer to win the first game at the Igloo, sildenafil citrate warnings if they win the last one at the Mellon that works just fine. Sildenafil citrate warnings The bottom line is that the Rangers are not in trouble until they lose a game at home.

Sildenafil citrate warnings It was only one year ago, sildenafil citrate warnings that the Rangers were seconds away from bring a three games to two lead back to the Garden against the Buffalo Sabres.

Sildenafil citrate warnings The Rangers have to hope that this season’s streaks continue. Sildenafil citrate warnings The Penguins have now won their last 12 home games and the Rangers have to hope that their four game home winning streak this year against the Penguins gets extended by three.

Sildenafil citrate warnings Of course, sildenafil citrate warnings the Rangers need to start finding way to win in this series – and in a hurry. Sildenafil citrate warnings The Blueshirts played with a curious lack of intensity and desperation during Game 2, sildenafil citrate warnings especially in the third period. Sildenafil citrate warnings I am not sure if they were a tired team, sildenafil citrate warnings a beaten team, sildenafil citrate warnings or an overconfident team. Sildenafil citrate warnings Whatever the case, sildenafil citrate warnings they need to play with what NBC’s Mike Milbury called a “desperate control”.

Sildenafil citrate warnings A perfect example of the Rangers lack or urgency stems from their “one and down” style of attack. Sildenafil citrate warnings They seemed content to get one shot on Marc-Andre Fleury and not work as hard against him as they did Martin Brodeur to get to rebounds and cause traffic in front of the Pens net.

Sildenafil citrate warnings While his players may or may not realize this problem, sildenafil citrate warnings Tom Renney is well aware of what the Blueshirts need to do on offense.

Sildenafil citrate warnings “We need to make sure he has some screens to have to find the puck through, sildenafil citrate warnings” Renney offered to Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Sildenafil citrate warnings “I’m not going to suggest that it was easy for him, sildenafil citrate warnings but it certainly could have been tougher.”

Sildenafil citrate warnings The easiest way to sum up the Rangers playoff experience so far is to take the tact that they played just good enough to beat the Devils and are playing just bad enough to be trailing the Penguins. Sildenafil citrate warnings The Blueshirts just seemed to beat a step off during the entire game. Sildenafil citrate warnings To use a baseball analogy, sildenafil citrate warnings it just seemed like their curveball was hanging all game long.

Sildenafil citrate warnings Game 2 is the perfect illustration. Sildenafil citrate warnings Despite Fleury’s shutout, sildenafil citrate warnings Henrik Lundqvist outplayed his Pittsburgh counterpart. Sildenafil citrate warnings The King was called on to make the bigger game saving stops. Sildenafil citrate warnings Even Fleury’s best stop was more a case of the Rangers not being willing, sildenafil citrate warnings or able, sildenafil citrate warnings to take that final shot.

Sildenafil citrate warnings A few minutes before Jordan Staal capitalized on poor Ranger defense, sildenafil citrate warnings Jaromir Jagr cruised down the slot. Sildenafil citrate warnings Rather than take the shot in the slot, sildenafil citrate warnings the Rangers captain tried to skate it down low and get Fleury to commit. Sildenafil citrate warnings In the old days, sildenafil citrate warnings Jagr would have rifled the puck from the slot rather than try to deke the goaltender. Sildenafil citrate warnings

Sildenafil citrate warnings Of course, sildenafil citrate warnings the Rangers again found themselves one break away from heading into overtime. Sildenafil citrate warnings In Game 1, sildenafil citrate warnings it was Jagr’s shot that clanged off the post. Sildenafil citrate warnings Yesterday, sildenafil citrate warnings it was Dan O’Halloran’s quick whistle that nullified martin Straka’s tying goal.

Sildenafil citrate warnings Rather than resort to the gamesmanship that Penguins coach Michel Therrien accused Renney of in respect to Sidney Crosby and his diving fetish, sildenafil citrate warnings the Rangers bench boss agreed with the call.

Sildenafil citrate warnings “I thought it was an accurate call, sildenafil citrate warnings” Renney told Larry Brooks of the NY Post. Sildenafil citrate warnings “Either the whistle had blown or the intent was there. Sildenafil citrate warnings It was a good call.”

Sildenafil citrate warnings I have to agree with Renney’s assessment with this one caveat – O’Halloran needed to put himself in better position to follow the puck. Sildenafil citrate warnings The referee was to side of the net rather than getting behind the net to follow the puck. Sildenafil citrate warnings The referees did not lose site of the puck on a Rangers second period power play despite a maze of Rangers and Penguins surrounding Fleury.

Sildenafil citrate warnings The Rangers process of fighting their way back into this series has to start with forgetting about Crosby and his Greg Louganis-like dives because it is doing the team no good. Sildenafil citrate warnings Everyone knows that Crosby dives. Sildenafil citrate warnings That is why all of the media, sildenafil citrate warnings both print and television have harped on this subject. Sildenafil citrate warnings You don’t see anyone saying that Evgeni Malkin dives because he doesn’t.

Sildenafil citrate warnings If what Brooks wrote in Sunday’s Post is true, sildenafil citrate warnings then the league knows it as well. Sildenafil citrate warnings Brooks said that the NHL called Sidney the Swan in on the carpet because of his propensity to dive.

Sildenafil citrate warnings This situation is very similar to the one the New York Mets face in the 1986 National League Championship Series against the Houston Astros. Sildenafil citrate warnings Everyone knew that Mike Scott was scuffing the baseballs. Sildenafil citrate warnings Much like the NHL turns a blind eye to Crosby, sildenafil citrate warnings National League President Chub Fenney looked the other way when the Mets presented him a with a bucket full of Scott baseballs that were scuffed in the exact same place with the exact same pattern.

Sildenafil citrate warnings The Mets went out and beat the other Astros pitchers and won that series in six games and did not have face Scott in a seventh and deciding game.

Sildenafil citrate warnings The Rangers need to go out and play their game and not worry about what Crosby may or may not do. Sildenafil citrate warnings If the Rangers end up putting themselves in a position where Crosby can draw a penalty for diving, sildenafil citrate warnings then the blame is on the Rangers. Sildenafil citrate warnings If the Rangers are going to take a penalty against Crosby, sildenafil citrate warnings make sure it is as earned penalty because they put a body on Crosby and not a careless hook or debatable hand on the shoulder.

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