Cialis alternatives The New York Rangers 4-3 win in Game 1 against the Washington Capitals made a little bit of history last night. Cialis alternatives

Cialis alternatives No, cialis alternatives it had nothing to do with the Rangers power play matching the Capitals power play goal-for-goal (actually two goals-for-two goals). Cialis alternatives

Cialis alternatives No, cialis alternatives it has nothing to do with Henrik Lundqvist outplaying Jose Theodore in goal (more on the Caps netminder in the accompanying article). Cialis alternatives

Cialis alternatives No, cialis alternatives the bit of history had to do with the Rangers win itself. Cialis alternatives

Cialis alternatives Entering last night’s Game 1, cialis alternatives the Rangers had only won two of their last 14 series openers (2007 against Atlanta and 2008 against the New Jersey Devils). Cialis alternatives Interestingly enough, cialis alternatives the Blueshirts won eight of those 14 series. Cialis alternatives By the way, cialis alternatives the last series opening win before that streak was in 1994 when the Rangers defeated Washington.

Cialis alternatives The easiest way to sum up the Rangers Game 1 victory is to say that they won in spite of themselves. Cialis alternatives While their power play did match the Capitals, cialis alternatives the Blueshirts will not be long for this series if they continue to give Washington seven power play attempts per game. Cialis alternatives As bad as that was, cialis alternatives the types of penalties were even worse. Cialis alternatives There is no excuse for committing four offensive penalties. Cialis alternatives The Rangers are fortunate that their gritty performance covered up the mountain of undisciplined penalties, cialis alternatives or the Rangers would be regretting let Game 1 slip through their fingers.

Cialis alternatives “Our power play has fought us the past couple of months. Cialis alternatives Our PK is going to have to be good. Cialis alternatives I’m not sure how penalties we took, cialis alternatives but it was too many, cialis alternatives” John Tortorella told Dan Rosen of nhl.com. Cialis alternatives

Cialis alternatives “It’s too dangerous with that group they put out there. Cialis alternatives I thought the penalty killers did everything they possibly could, cialis alternatives especially at the end those last two at the end to keep the puck out of the net. Cialis alternatives Our PP is going to have to score a big goal at a certain time to stay in there. Cialis alternatives So special teams, cialis alternatives especially at the end, cialis alternatives killing was very good tonight.”

Cialis alternatives In addition for their penchant for taking too many offensive zone penalties, cialis alternatives the Rangers were taking too many at inopportune times. Cialis alternatives Twice they were whistled for penalties in the opening minute of a period – and it cost them in the third period when the Capitals tied the game as they erased a two-goal deficit.

Cialis alternatives The Rangers need to buckle down when they get the lead or they risk repeating losing games like they did against the Caps (blowing a 4-0 lead) and the Thrashers (blowing a 4-1 lead). Cialis alternatives And it isn’t that long ago the Rangers lost a 3-0 lead to the Pittsburgh Penguins in last year’s playoffs – a loss that set the stage for the Blueshirts elimination.

Cialis alternatives Tortorella spoke to Rosen about the Caps inevitable surge for a comeback.

Cialis alternatives “That team is going to surge, cialis alternatives” Tortorella said. Cialis alternatives “It’s a matter of reclaiming your momentum with some simple plays, cialis alternatives maybe your forecheck, cialis alternatives holding on to the puck. Cialis alternatives It’s not about scoring a goal right away. Cialis alternatives It’s about getting your game back.”

Cialis alternatives All was not negative for the Rangers. Cialis alternatives They showed a moxie that this team did not show all that often when faced with adversity. Cialis alternatives It was something Ryan Callahan addressed with Rosen.

Cialis alternatives “It was one of the things we talked about before the game. Cialis alternatives We knew they were going to have their spurts. Cialis alternatives It’s how we control ourselves and maintain ourselves during them and I think we did a pretty good job of that. Cialis alternatives (Lundqvist) came up with some real key saves during that time. Cialis alternatives It was definitely a boost for us to weather it and continue on.”

Cialis alternatives In baseball, cialis alternatives they say momentum is as good as your next game’s pitcher. Cialis alternatives In hockey, cialis alternatives your momentum is as good as your goaltender is and Lundqvist helped stem the tide – something Theodore could not do.

Cialis alternatives Of course, cialis alternatives Lundqvist had a little bit of help from his friends. Cialis alternatives With captain Chris Drury out of the lineup, cialis alternatives Scott Gomez stepped up and flashed some of his big-game ability with a goal and two assists. Cialis alternatives His speed and playmaking abilities had the Caps back on their skates for most of the night.

Cialis alternatives The same can be said for Callahan who has come into his won this season. Cialis alternatives Callahan was at his physical best and beat Theodore twice only to have his shots ring off the post.

Cialis alternatives The much-maligned duo of Wade Redden Michal Rozsival stepped up and played their best games a defense pairing. Cialis alternatives With Tortorella unable, cialis alternatives and at times unwilling, cialis alternatives to match Marc Staal and Daniel Girardi on Alexander Ovechkin, cialis alternatives the veterans stepped up to eat up a chunk of ice time.

Cialis alternatives “I thought Marc and Danny were a little nervous, cialis alternatives” Tortorella explained to Larry Brooks of the NY Post. Cialis alternatives “That’s why Redden [27:35] and Rozsival [28:15] got that chunk of ice time and I thought that helped.”

Cialis alternatives Tortorella might have to employ both sets of defensemen if the Rangers hope to contain (never mind stop) Alexander Ovechkin – especially when the Rangers are on the road and the Capitals have the last change. Cialis alternatives The Caps superstar finished the night with 26:07 of ice time, cialis alternatives 13 shots and a whole host of hits. Cialis alternatives What is really incredible is that Ovechkin had 10 more shots blocked and missed the target five times.

Cialis alternatives “With both of them, cialis alternatives one of the key things in their game, cialis alternatives they were willing to take a hit to make a play, cialis alternatives protected the puck well and we were probably more successful with them getting out of our end zone, cialis alternatives” the Rangers coach told Steve Zipay of Newsday on Thursday. Cialis alternatives “Their game was really good. Cialis alternatives That’s why they ended up with the minutes. Cialis alternatives Reds and Rosy really stabilized us when they were coming at us pretty hard.”

Cialis alternatives While Ovechkin had a lot of time, cialis alternatives he finished second on the team has offensive defenseman Mike Green drew 30:37 minutes of ice time.

Cialis alternatives Looking forward to Game 2, cialis alternatives the Blueshirts must stay out of the penalty box. Cialis alternatives The constant stream of undisciplined penalties not only shifts momentum to the Capitals, cialis alternatives but it also puts extra pressure and ice time on the penalty killers.

Cialis alternatives Another facet of the game that the Rangers must tighten up is their faceoff performance. Cialis alternatives The Rangers won just 20 of 66 faceoffs (30%) and sorely missed Chris Drury, cialis alternatives who is still listed as day-to-day with his undisclosed injury. Cialis alternatives The only bright spot was Brandon Dubinsky going five for ten on defensive zone draws.

Cialis alternatives Speaking of Drury, cialis alternatives the Rangers victory buys the Rangers a couple of extra days for the captain to recover. Cialis alternatives With a win in their back pocket, cialis alternatives Tortorella can be cautious and sit Drury on Saturday with his return targeted for Monday night.

Cialis alternatives It is interesting that Drury’s injury actually played a key part to the victory. Cialis alternatives If Drury were healthy, cialis alternatives Brandon Dubinsky might not have been on the ice to undress Jeff Schultz for the game-winner.

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