Low cost cialis If Thursday proves to be Jaromir Jagr’s last home game as a member of the New York Rangers then he gave Rangers fans quite a show with his two goals and one assist as the Blueshirts staved of elimination. Low cost cialis In fact, low cost cialis it was probably poetic justice that Jagr ended the scoring with his empty net goal in the waning seconds.

Low cost cialis Jagr was not alone in his heroics. Low cost cialis Henrik Lundqvist rebounded from a shaky performance in Game 3 to post his second career shutout – including his second penalty shot save of the playoffs.

Low cost cialis The captain and the King had help from an undermanned squad that faces the long haul without the services of Sean Avery and Blair Betts. Low cost cialis While the entire team raised their level of play and displayed a confident urgency, low cost cialis one player stands out. Low cost cialis Chris Drury shook off the pain from an upper body injury to play a solid two-way game. Low cost cialis Amazingly, low cost cialis he won 15 of 24 faceoffs after not being able to take faceoffs during the third period of Game 3.

Low cost cialis Stan Fischler summed up the Rangers effort, low cost cialis simply and succinctly.

Low cost cialis “It was all about heart – and the Rangers showed heart.”

Low cost cialis Despite the team’s accomplishments, low cost cialis the night belonged to Jagr. Low cost cialis The veteran showed that there is still gas left in the tank as fans filled the Garden with chants of “Ja-gr, low cost cialis Ja-gr!” and “Comeback Jagr”. Low cost cialis Time will tell if he is going to return to the Rangers, low cost cialis but his NHL playoff leading 15 points speak volumes for his ability to step up in the big games. Low cost cialis In his career, low cost cialis Jagr has played in 27 elimination game and he has tallied 32 points.

Low cost cialis Of course, low cost cialis it wouldn’t be a Rangers playoff game without a couple of controversies involving the officials. Low cost cialis First and foremost was the penalty shot awarded to Evgeni Malkin. Low cost cialis I am still trying to figure out the reasoning behind Kevin Pollock’s call. Low cost cialis While Malkin was in the clear on a breakaway, low cost cialis what exactly did Daniel Girardi that was wrong?

Low cost cialis Obviously, low cost cialis Girardi did not hook, low cost cialis hold or interfere with Malkin. Low cost cialis At best, low cost cialis he gave the Penguins center a slight shove from behind. Low cost cialis Interestingly enough, low cost cialis had that occurred anywhere else on the ice, low cost cialis it would not be a penalty.

Low cost cialis I doubt Pollock was whistling Girardi for hitting from behind because, low cost cialis as Dubi Silverstein (editor of Blueshirt Bulletin pointed out on the magazine’s blog) pointed out, low cost cialis such a penalty would be a major.

Low cost cialis Actually, low cost cialis I expected the Penguins to be awarded a goal because replays appeared to show the puck crossing the line before the net was dislodged. Low cost cialis Ira Podell of the AP explained the NHL’s ruling in his game story.

Low cost cialis “A penalty shot was awarded, low cost cialis but a lengthy video review ensued first to see if the initial play was a goal, low cost cialis” Podell wrote. Low cost cialis “It was waved off because Rule 78.5 states when a goalkeeper has been pushed into the net with the puck after making a save the goal will not be allowed.”

Low cost cialis As bizarre as the whole penalty shot call was, low cost cialis Malkin’s attempt was even more bizarre. Low cost cialis Rather than come in at full speed, low cost cialis as he had on the breakaway, low cost cialis Malkin opted for a leisurely stroll in on Lundqvist and shot the puck into the netminder’s glove. Low cost cialis Malkin looked more like a reluctant regular season shootout participant as opposed to a superstar trying to tie a playoff game.

Low cost cialis The stop on Malkin was the second time in the second period where Lundqvist stepped and bailed out Girardi. Low cost cialis Prior to the penalty shot, low cost cialis Lundqvist stoned Ryan Malone on a breakaway after a Girardi turnover at the Penguins blue line.

Low cost cialis One has to wonder what would have happened if Sidney Crosby had been blindsided by Jason Strudwick the way Jagr was blindsides by Brooks Orpik. Low cost cialis First off, low cost cialis the Rangers would have been shorthanded for anywhere from two to five minutes and secondly Marek Malik would have been in the lineup replacing the suspended Strudwick.

Low cost cialis I know many commentators said it was a clean hit, low cost cialis but then again these are the same people who said that Scott Stevens’ shoulder hits to the heads of opponents was legal as well.

Low cost cialis Speaking of suspensions, low cost cialis does anyone doubt that Paul Mara would be suspended if he slew-footed Crosby twice on the same shift the way Malkin did to Mara? Give Mara credit, low cost cialis he didn’t pull any punches following the game.

Low cost cialis “It’s a classless act by a superstar and there is no need for that in the game, low cost cialis” Podell wrote. Low cost cialis “It’s not like it was just a little slew foot, low cost cialis it’s actually a full kick. Low cost cialis We’ll put that in the back of our minds.

Low cost cialis Looking back at the third period, low cost cialis the Penguins seemed to have lost their composure as they sense Game 4 slipping away. Low cost cialis Both Crosby and Malkin took retaliatory penalties with 6:28 left after Girardi delivered a hard, low cost cialis but legal, low cost cialis check on Marian Hossa in the neutral zone. Low cost cialis Toss in the Malkin slew-foots and the scrum following Jagr’s empty net goal and the seemingly unflappable Penguins seemed to have lost their cool. Low cost cialis

Low cost cialis It will be interesting to see what happens in Game 5 if the Rangers can get ahead early in the game. Low cost cialis Will the Rangers have learned their lesson from Game 1 and will the Penguins repeat their Game 4 meltdown?

Low cost cialis Looking ahead to Game 5, low cost cialis the Rangers must play with the same heart they did Thursday night. Low cost cialis They will need to tighten up on the defensive mistakes – especially in the first period. Low cost cialis The Penguins had eight shots in the first twenty minutes and all of them were good scoring opportunities.

Low cost cialis Lundqvist must carry over his play from Game 4. Low cost cialis The King was much steadier is goal and seemed more willing to step up and play with more aggressive style as he was more willing to challenge shooters rather than stay deep in the crease.

Low cost cialis The veteran leadership must find a way to come to the forefront. Low cost cialis Jagr and Drury already accomplished that on Thursday night. Low cost cialis The Blueshirts need Scott Gomez and Brendan Shanahan to start finding their scoring touches and Martin Straka needs to get a new shipment of sticks because he had a couple of golden opportunities (including one on the first shift of the game where he fanned from the slot) that went for naught.

Low cost cialis With all of these things considered, low cost cialis the Rangers must focus on two areas that are absolutely crucial to winning Game 5.

Low cost cialis The first thing they must continue with the idea that they are not going to win this series all at once. Low cost cialis It is a shift-by-shift, low cost cialis period-by-period, low cost cialis game-by-game struggle from here on out – a point echoed by Tom Renney in his post-game comments.

Low cost cialis “What we need to do is understand what we need to do to win, low cost cialis” Renney stated. Low cost cialis “The big thing for us is not to look beyond the next game.”

Low cost cialis In looking at that next game, low cost cialis the Rangers have to make their special teams priority number one. Low cost cialis As Lundqvist said in reference to special team play, low cost cialis “It’s been the difference in every game.”

Low cost cialis As far as special teams go, low cost cialis the Rangers must continue to strive to eliminate the careless penalties. Low cost cialis There was no need for Scott Gomez to take a high sticking penalty late in the third period. Low cost cialis The Blueshirts can’t afford to take penalties other than those that prevent a scoring chance.

Low cost cialis As for the power play, low cost cialis they need to continue to get traffic in front Marc-Andre Fleury. Low cost cialis If the Penguins are going to be aggressive in checking the Rangers pointmen, low cost cialis then they need to work the puck down low along the goal or behind the net – much like they did on Brandon Dubinsky’s goal and much the same way they did against Martin Brodeur.

Low cost cialis Here a couple of Game 5 statistics courtesy of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

Low cost cialis • The Penguins are 2-0 in Game 5s against the Rangers and 10-4 all-time in Game 5s played in Pittsburgh.
• The Penguins have gone two months without losing consecutive games. Low cost cialis They were defeated March 1 in Ottawa after falling Feb. Low cost cialis 28 in Boston. Low cost cialis

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