April 2014


Non prescription viagra So here we are as the New York Rangers face yet another Game 7. Non prescription viagra Should we really have expected anything else from the Rangers? I know the Blueshirts refuse to do things the easy way, non prescription viagra hence their 12 game losing streak when they are leading a series, non prescription viagra but do they constantly have to do things the hard way? Maybe they should just start every playoff with Game 7 and the series tied 3-3.

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Non prescription viagra For their part, non prescription viagra the Rangers are talking about putting the horrors of Game 6 out of their minds. Non prescription viagra Martin St. Non prescription viagra Louis refers to “amnesia” and Brad Richards told the AP, non prescription viagra “This team is not going to be thinking about what happened tonight. Non prescription viagra It’s over once we get on the train. Non prescription viagra You have to move on quick.”

Non prescription viagra Not only should the Rangers NOT forget their Game 6 performance, non prescription viagra they need to embrace it, non prescription viagra take ownership of it, non prescription viagra and do whatever is necessary to make sure they do not repeat that performance tonight.

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Non prescription viagra 1. Increased goal scoring
2. Special Teams
3. Don’t retaliate unnecessarily
4. Best players must be the best players

Non prescription viagra Of the four, non prescription viagra the closest the Rangers have come accomplishing with any consistency is the third one – and even that comes with a caveat. Non prescription viagra While the Rangers are not getting caught for retaliatory penalties, non prescription viagra they are getting caught taking bad/lazy penalties. Non prescription viagra

Non prescription viagra The penalty that Benoit Pouliot took on Claude Giroux was both bad and lazy – despite the fact that the referees refuse to penalize the Flyers for their splashy-divey embellishments.

Non prescription viagra As for the other keys, non prescription viagra the Rangers have been wildly inconsistent. Non prescription viagra Their offense has been humming when they win, non prescription viagra but near nonexistent in their losses. Non prescription viagra After starting the series 3-8 on the power play, non prescription viagra the Rangers man (dis)advantage has returned as they have been blanked on their 20 power plays. Non prescription viagra Maybe they need to hire Adam Oates as a power play consultant – stat!

Non prescription viagra The Rangers star players have been wildly inconsistent and that inconsistency has spread to usually reliable players like Pouliot, non prescription viagra Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello.

Non prescription viagra The biggest disappointment has been Rick Nash because of his; you guessed it, non prescription viagra wildly inconsistent play. Non prescription viagra While he has shown glimpses, non prescription viagra he has not stepped his play the way the team needs him. Non prescription viagra Nash needs to be more than just a finesse perimeter player; he needs to play with jam – something that Ray Ferraro pointed out today.

Non prescription viagra Adam Rotter of SNY offered the following quote from Ferraro who was on Leafs Lunch today and Ferraro pulled no punches when it came to breaking down Nash’s game so far.

Non prescription viagra “This is my pet peeve when I watch players. Non prescription viagra I was an undersized guy, non prescription viagra I see someone who is 6-4 and 230 and he rushes it over the side wall and takes his shot from there? I f he cuts to the net and he is almost unstoppable, non prescription viagra” Ferraro said.

Non prescription viagra “There is no anger to his game and you don’t need to be slashing guys but you need some passion or anger and he doesn’t display it. Non prescription viagra They brought him in for the playoffs. Non prescription viagra Dom Moore has two in this playoffs. Non prescription viagra They pay him $7 million. Non prescription viagra I don’t see how you can see that and think that what you are doing is right. Non prescription viagra He isn’t even close.”

Non prescription viagra While Nash is far from the only star Ranger not living up to the back of his hockey card, non prescription viagra his salary and potential to be a game-changer puts the biggest target on his back.

Non prescription viagra The key to a Rangers Game 7 victory comes down to DISCIPLINE. Non prescription viagra It is a concept that has to permeate across all parts of the Blueshirts game tonight. Non prescription viagra It starts with staying out of the penalty box, non prescription viagra especially if the NHL is going to employee the “Screw-the-Rangers” rulebook. Non prescription viagra You know the one where fast whistles disallow Ranger goals and see the Blueshirts called for three diving penalties while the Flyers cannonball their way into the pool. Non prescription viagra

Non prescription viagra The Rangers, non prescription viagra along with Montreal, non prescription viagra have been the best five-on-five teams in the playoffs – outscoring Philly 13-7 so staying out of the penalty box is imperative in Game 7.

Non prescription viagra The idea of discipline goes beyond staying out of the penalty box. Non prescription viagra It extends to their offensive zone play and especially on their power play. Non prescription viagra It is rather unfathomable how a team can be so disciplined killing penalties and then have no clue how to react when they have the man advantage.

Non prescription viagra Alain Vigneault is turning out to be one of those coaches who can design a good game plan going into a game, non prescription viagra but has troubles making adjustments during the game – especially in terms of the power play.

Non prescription viagra The Rangers are trying to employ the diamond power play set up as a means to jump start their power play. Non prescription viagra However, non prescription viagra the Flyers have countered it and AV seems unwilling or incapable of trying anything else.

Non prescription viagra This is where the discipline part comes into play. Non prescription viagra The Rangers MUST make Steve Mason has uncomfortable as possible in goal. Non prescription viagra That means pressure and traffic in front of the net. Non prescription viagra The Rangers were causing all kinds of havoc with their forecheck during the first period of Game 6, non prescription viagra but could not take advantage of that or the fact that Masone was a human rebound machine because no Rangers forwards ever camped out at the top of the crease.

Non prescription viagra If the Rangers had a couple of Adam Graves and Steve Vickers types, non prescription viagra this column would be extolling the Rangers on their Game 6 victory and looking ahead to ways to make Marc-Andre Fleury self-destruct.

Non prescription viagra The bottom line is that the Rangers forwards have to be disciplined enough to grow a set of onions and get to working the front of the net and the defensemen have to start being more disciplined with their shots from the point by working to get their shots through. Non prescription viagra Too many shots from the point are getting blocked.

Non prescription viagra The Rangers might want to utilize a strategy that seemed to work against Martin Brodeur and might work against Mason. Non prescription viagra The Rangers need to start generating some of their offense from behind the net. Non prescription viagra That doesn’t necessarily mean trying to beat Mason on wrap-arounds. Non prescription viagra It means getting the Flyers to commit down low so that it either A) opens up shots from the point or B) opens up shots from the slot (assuming the forwards man-up and go to the slot).

Non prescription viagra When the Rangers do get their shots they need to be disciplined enough to remember he catches with his right hand so they need to adjust if they want to beat him to the stick side. Non prescription viagra Mason has not looked all that comfortable when the Rangers go upstairs on him.

Non prescription viagra The Rangers need to heed the advice of Herb Brooks who constantly reminded his USA team to “play your game” as they upset the Soviet Union.

Non prescription viagra In the end, non prescription viagra the Rangers are going to need Henrik Lundqvist at his best – and that is the way he has been in terms of facing Game 7 situations. Non prescription viagra If his teammates given him an even chance, non prescription viagra he has shown an ability to get the job done in seventh and deciding games:

Non prescription viagra • 3-1 record, non prescription viagra 1.00 GAA, non prescription viagra .963 SV%, non prescription viagra and 1 SO in four career Game 7s
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• 5-0 record, non prescription viagra 0.98 GAA, non prescription viagra .966 SV%, non prescription viagra and 2 SO in his last 5 elimination games @ MSG

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