Generic cialis As the Rangers and Capitals look ahead to the seventh and deciding game on Tuesday night, generic cialis redemption is the key word both teams should be focusing on.

Generic cialis The 2008/2009 New York Rangers have to dig deep into their souls to come up with an effort that will prevent them from being the first team in franchise history to lose a series after being three games to one (after winning their previous 12 chances). Generic cialis The Blueshirts also do not want to imitate the Hartford Wolf Pack who won the first two games of the first round series only to lose the next four games and the series to the Worcester Sharks.

Generic cialis The Rangers have not faced a Game 7 scenario since June 14, generic cialis 1994.

Generic cialis History has not been kind to the Rangers when facing a seventh and deciding game on the road. Generic cialis They have lost all four of those Game 7 road games: 1939 in overtime to the Boston Bruins, generic cialis 1950 in double overtime to lose the Stanley Cup to the Detroit Red Wings, generic cialis 1971 to the Chicago Blackhawks, generic cialis and 1974 to the Philadelphia Flyers.

Generic cialis According to the NHL, generic cialis league-wide history is not on the Rangers side either. Generic cialis Since the best-of-seven format was introduced back in 1939, generic cialis home teams have won 77 of the 122 series that have gone the full seven games (63%).

Generic cialis “I believe in our guys, generic cialis” Chris Drury told Michael Obernauer of the Daily News. Generic cialis “I think this group’s a pretty resilient bunch. Generic cialis When you get booed in your own building all year long, generic cialis you change coaches, generic cialis you go through a lot of stuff, generic cialis make the playoffs the second-to-last game of the year – we’re ready for anything.”

Generic cialis Of course, generic cialis what Captain Drury left out his statement was an explanation as to why the team was not ready for anything in Games 5 and 6. Generic cialis If the Rangers carry over their intensity and desperation level from those two games, generic cialis then they might as well send the Wolf Pack down to the Verizon Center.

Generic cialis Jim Schoenfeld said more or less the same thing when speaking to Rick Carpiniello of the Journal News following Schoeny’s one game stint as head coach.

Generic cialis “It doesn’t matter who’s in, generic cialis who’s out. Generic cialis The task at hand is the task at hand. Generic cialis We have to find a way to get it done or it’s over. Generic cialis It’s simple … I think our guys have enough character, generic cialis have enough courage, generic cialis have enough want to get it done. Generic cialis If not, generic cialis what’s the sense of even going to Washington?”

Generic cialis The Capitals have their own ghosts they have to exorcise. Generic cialis Washington was in the exact same position this time last year. Generic cialis After falling behind three games to one to the Philadelphia Flyers, generic cialis the Capitals forced a seventh game at home that went into overtime before Joffrey Lupul’s power play goal ended the series.

Generic cialis Tuesday’s game offers former Rangers defenseman Tom Poti a chance for personal redemption because it was Poti’s penalty that paved the way for Lupul’s game-winning goal.

Generic cialis “We were in the situation last year, generic cialis so we have a little bit of experience with it, generic cialis” Poti related to Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post. Generic cialis “That was the first Game 7 for a lot of guys last year. Generic cialis Maybe they won’t be as nervous at the start of the game. Generic cialis We know what we have to do, generic cialis and that’s play a perfect game to win the series. Generic cialis Who comes out and plays the most perfect game is going to win.”

Generic cialis The Rangers have to get ahead of the Capitals and play from the lead for two reasons. Generic cialis First off, generic cialis they just don’t have the offense to play from behind. Generic cialis Secondly, generic cialis there has only been one lead change in this series – Game 1 when Scott Gomez and Nik Antropov scored nine minutes apart to erase a Capitals 1-0 lead.

Generic cialis There is a litany of things the Rangers must do survive and advance into the next round; however, generic cialis there is one thing that stands above and beyond all of the other things – Henrik Lundqvist must return to his status as The King.

Generic cialis “Am I Concerned [about Lundqvist]? Absolutely, generic cialis but we’re concerned about our entire team, generic cialis” Jim Schoenfeld said to Larry Brooks of the NY Post. Generic cialis “I don’t think the concern about Hank will last, generic cialis but the team has to play better in front of him and Hank has to be better.”

Generic cialis What started off as the Rangers best chance at stealing this series has turned into the biggest reason why the Capitals are on the verge of rallying to win? Since coach Bruce Boudreau switched from Jose Theodore to Simeon Varlamov, generic cialis the Capitals have outscored the Rangers 14-6, generic cialis with two of the goals coming once Game 6 had already been decided.

Generic cialis One reason for that difference is the Rangers inability to score goals – thanks to Varlamov’s play and the Rangers inability to finish. Generic cialis Another reason is Lundqvist return to the land of mortals.

Generic cialis “He can’t play every game like a god, generic cialis” Alexander Ovechkin explained to El-Bashir. Generic cialis “He can’t save the game all the time.”

Generic cialis While the unthinkable has occurred – Lundqvist being pulled from back-to-back playoff games – it is not all that long ago that The King was in the heads of the Capitals.

Generic cialis “Obviously when things weren’t going well for us, generic cialis maybe he was in our head a little bit, generic cialis” Capitals defenseman Mike Green admitted to Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post. Generic cialis “But as long as you stayed strong, generic cialis there was gonna be a time where they were gonna start going in.”

Generic cialis In listing the things the Rangers need to do to win Game 7, generic cialis the one thing as the top of the list would be Lundqvist to pitch a shutout. Generic cialis Frankly, generic cialis even if he did, generic cialis all that does is get the Rangers into overtime with no hope of a shootout to win. Generic cialis In the end, generic cialis the Rangers are going to have to find ways to score goals.

Generic cialis As good as Varlamov has been in the series – and he has been good – he has not had to face the same pressure Lundqvist has had to face while the game is on the line. Generic cialis The Blueshirts must find a way to put more sustained pressure on Varlamov early in the game when it matters. Generic cialis This is will require the Rangers stop settling for shots at the perimeter and drive to the net. Generic cialis The Rangers forwards have a bad habit of not driving to the net. Generic cialis They tend to be content with pulling up (or going wide) and looking to make a pass rather than shoot.

Generic cialis An example of this was right before the Capitals went ahead for good on Sunday afternoon. Generic cialis Brandon Dubinsky led the rush on a two-on-one shorthanded break. Generic cialis Rather than look to drive to the net to force the play, generic cialis he faded to the boards.

Generic cialis Speaking of being shorthanded, generic cialis the Rangers must play discipline given the expected loss of Blair Betts. Generic cialis The Capitals power play was 4-29 after five games, generic cialis but was 2-2 in Game 6 with Betts out of the lineup.

Generic cialis Conversely, generic cialis the Rangers power play must score, generic cialis and when it doesn’t score it must be active and generate scoring chances instead of generating momentum changing swings against.

Generic cialis The Rangers tying goal on the power play has to be the blueprint for their man advantage in Game 7. Generic cialis The Rangers were able to get traffic in front of Varlamov as Gomez tipped in Wade Redden’s shot from the left point. Generic cialis The Rangers also had traffic in front of the net when Ryan Callahan beat Varlamov with a five-on-three goal.

Generic cialis As the Rangers search for offense, generic cialis they need to realize that the easiest way to accomplish this is by increasing their forecheck and looking to take advantage of Capitals turnovers. Generic cialis An active forecheck, generic cialis combined with cycling the puck down low, generic cialis and winning the battles along the board, generic cialis the Rangers will be able to get that sustained pressure they need against Varlamov.

Generic cialis Part of Lundqvist playing well requires the Rangers to be smarter in their own end. Generic cialis They need to make sure they make the safe plays when clearing the zone. Generic cialis They cannot afford the mistakes Derek Morris and Nikolai Zherdev made on the Capitals opening goal in Game 6. Generic cialis When in doubt, generic cialis they must get the puck off the glass and out of the zone.

Generic cialis The Rangers have to be very wary of getting caught looking to make defensive plays by simply poke checking the puck. Generic cialis That is a deadly strategy when facing the likes of Ovechkin and Alexander Semin. Generic cialis The Rangers need to step up and take the body and not get caught watching the puck.

Generic cialis While they are at it, generic cialis the Blueshirts also need to be smarter with the choices they make during the game. Generic cialis Marc Staal, generic cialis who had his worst playoff game of his career, generic cialis would have been better off yielding the offensive blue line rather than pinching as Poti’s penalty expired. Generic cialis Once Staal was caught, generic cialis it was a three-on-one for Washington.

Generic cialis The Rangers also have to hope that John Tortorella learned from his one game suspension. Generic cialis No, generic cialis I am not referring to him having an epiphany and becoming a kinder and gentler Tortorella. Generic cialis Instead, generic cialis he needed to use his time at the top of Madison Square garden to learn something against the Caps. Generic cialis Or did he learn something he didn’t want to know about his team?

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