Buying viagra in the us It is fitting that the New York Rangers and the Washington Capitals are meeting in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Buying viagra in the us Both teams each survived a tight checking opening series that went seven games. Buying viagra in the us In terms of style of play, buying viagra in the us one could say that the Rangers and Caps are mirror images of each other.

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Buying viagra in the us “By being an ex-player I know what it takes, buying viagra in the us what the players are going through over there, buying viagra in the us they get to blocking shots and taking big hits, buying viagra in the us they’re sacrificing, buying viagra in the us” Coach Dale Hunter explained to Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times. Buying viagra in the us “So for players, buying viagra in the us I think it’s one of those things when you win big games like this it’s because they sacrificed and they did [Wednesday night] and through the whole series.”

Buying viagra in the us Whyno offered up his take on how Hunter’s system differs from former coach Bruce Boudreau’s defensive system.
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Buying viagra in the us There are two main differences between the teams. Buying viagra in the us First off, buying viagra in the us the Capitals have more potential offensive weapons with the Big Four of Alexander Ovechkin, buying viagra in the us Nicklas Backstrom, buying viagra in the us Alexander Semin and Mike Green.

Buying viagra in the us The second difference would normally be a major deciding factor in who will win the series. Buying viagra in the us The Rangers are led by veteran goaltender Henrik Lundqvist while Washington is relying on rookie Braden Holtby. Buying viagra in the us Normally, buying viagra in the us that would a big edge to the Rangers, buying viagra in the us but recent history says that is not the case.

Buying viagra in the us The Capitals have eliminated the Rangers the last two times the teams met in the playoffs with rookie goalies leading the way. Buying viagra in the us In 2009, buying viagra in the us it was Semyon Varlamov relieving an ineffective Jose Theodore in Washington’s seven game series win. Buying viagra in the us Last year, buying viagra in the us it was rookie Michal Neuvirth instead of Varlamov pacing the Caps to a five game series win. Buying viagra in the us Will the third time be the charm for the Rangers?

Buying viagra in the us As one might expect, buying viagra in the us John Tortorella puts no credence in the 2009 and 2011 playoff matchups.
“It doesn’t even come into the equation as far as what we have done before. Buying viagra in the us This is another series, buying viagra in the us” the coach said.

Buying viagra in the us Holtby’s stats during the Bruins series (2.00 goals against average and .940 save percentage) are nearly identical to those of The King (1.70 goals against average and a .945 save percentage).

Buying viagra in the us Holtby defeated the Rangers on the final day of the regular season stopping 26 of the 27 Blueshirt shots in a game that saw the Rangers spot the Caps a 4-0 lead. Buying viagra in the us It was also one of the few games that the Rangers did not seem to have the whole heart in as the reverted to cruise control rather than chase after the President’s Trophy.

Buying viagra in the us The team split their four regular season games with each team winning once at home and once on the road. Buying viagra in the us The Rangers limited the Capitals to just 89 shots in the four games while firing 109 shots of their own. Buying viagra in the us The Rangers defeated Neuvirth twice while losing to Holtby and Tomas Vokoun, buying viagra in the us who is out indefinitely with a strained groin.

Buying viagra in the us For the Rangers, buying viagra in the us Lundqvist won two of three games he played with Martin Biron getting tagged with a 4-1 loss at Washington on December 28.

Buying viagra in the us The one disconcerting fact to consider is that the Rangers only faced the Caps Big Four once during the regular season, buying viagra in the us the 4-1 loss on April 7. Buying viagra in the us Mike Green missed each of the first three games due to injury. Buying viagra in the us As a result, buying viagra in the us the Caps Big Four became the Big Five with the emergence of John Carlson in the series. Buying viagra in the us In the four games, buying viagra in the us Carlson scored three goals and three assists – tying him with Backstrom for the team lead (2-4-6).

Buying viagra in the us Rounding out the Big Four, buying viagra in the us Ovechkin tallied a goal and two assists while Semin had three goals.

Buying viagra in the us For the Rangers, buying viagra in the us Ryan Callahan was the Rangers leading scorer in the series (1-4-5). Buying viagra in the us Brandon Dubinsky was second with four points (1-3-4) and Brian Boyle (2-1-3) and Brad Richards (1-2-3) followed with three points each.

Buying viagra in the us The Rangers received good news at Friday’s practice as Boyle returned to the ice; however, buying viagra in the us his status is still uncertain depending on how he bounces back from practice. Buying viagra in the us

Buying viagra in the us Dubinsky did not practice today and is listed as day-to-day as a resul.t of a lower body injury (thought to be an ankle or knee injury). Buying viagra in the us Dubi missed nearly the final 12 minutes of Game 7.

Buying viagra in the us If Boyle and Dubinsky can’t go, buying viagra in the us one would expect the Rangers to recall a forward from Connecticut – possibly Kris Newbury who would fill in on the fourth line with Artem Anisimov stepping up to the third line – as he did Thursday night.

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Buying viagra in the us While most fans are questioning the NHL’s decision to make the Rangers play just 41 hours after finishing off the Ottawa Senators, buying viagra in the us Tortorella not only refused to join the chorus but he takes the opposite view.
“No, buying viagra in the us in fact I would rather have it this way, buying viagra in the us” Tortorella responded to a question about the quick turnaround. Buying viagra in the us “I think when you play a Game 7, buying viagra in the us and you start another series, buying viagra in the us if you wait a couple of more days, buying viagra in the us I think there even could be a letdown.”

Buying viagra in the us “I like the quick turnaround in this type of situation.”

Buying viagra in the us While the coach might not see any problems, buying viagra in the us I believe the Rangers need to get off to a quick start in Game 1 in order to give themselves some breathing room after the initial shot of adrenaline wears off.
In addition, buying viagra in the us a quick start takes some of the pressure off of facing the red-hot Holtby and it might help make the rookie goaltender realize that he is just a mere mortal.

Buying viagra in the us So how do the Rangers accomplish this goal? I hate to go back to my Game 6 article, buying viagra in the us but they must play “their game”. Buying viagra in the us They need to carry over the positives from the Ottawa series.

Buying viagra in the us That means they need to forecheck hard and puts pressure, buying viagra in the us and bodies, buying viagra in the us on Carlson and Green early and often.
It means the Rangers’ forwards need to use their speed, buying viagra in the us especially Marian Gaborik, buying viagra in the us Carl Hagelin and Chris Kreider, buying viagra in the us to force the Capitals defense to back up. Buying viagra in the us That will enable the Rangers to activate their defense to get more involved in the offense – as they did in Game 7 – a strategy that Jamie McLennan of the NHL Network praised the Rangers for doing against the Senators.

Buying viagra in the us Conversely, buying viagra in the us the Rangers must pay more attention to Washington’s point men in this series. Buying viagra in the us The Rangers might have to sacrifice some of their shot-blocking in order to better control their defensive blue line. Buying viagra in the us Also, buying viagra in the us they have to be better at clearing the puck during battles near the blue line because the Capitals have the offensive talent that can make a team pay for such a mistake.

Buying viagra in the us While the Capitals have playoff history on their side by winning three of the five playoff series the teams have played, buying viagra in the us they are facing a mighty tall task for a seventh seed.

Buying viagra in the us According to an article by Neil Greenberg of the Washington Post, buying viagra in the us 15 seven seeds pulled off first round upsets. Buying viagra in the us Of those 15 teams, buying viagra in the us 11 of them lost in the next round and the remaining four lost in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Buying viagra in the us I see the Rangers-Capitals series being as tight as the team’s first round matchups were. Buying viagra in the us As with the Rangers-senators series, buying viagra in the us I see the Blueshirts prevailing in a seven-game war as home ice advantage will payoff in another Game 7 victory.

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