Cialis by mail While the Pittsburgh Penguins might not admit it publicly, cialis by mail you have to believe secretly they are happy to be facing the New York Rangers as opposed to the Philadelphia Flyers. Cialis by mail Let’s face it; the Rangers have the tendency to turn mere rookie goaltenders into Georges Vezina – just the cure the Penguins would seek in returning Marc-Andre Fleury to his Stanley Cup winning form.

Cialis by mail Seriously, cialis by mail while the Penguins and Rangers were separated by 12 points in the Metropolitan Division standings, cialis by mail the two teams played about as evenly as two teams could play during the regular season. Cialis by mail Both teams scored five goals in home wins and both teams suffered home shootout losses. Cialis by mail The only difference is that the Rangers scored one more goal (13-12).

Cialis by mail The Penguins fan will look to the brief playoff history between the two teams as an omen. Cialis by mail Pittsburgh has won all four series against the Blueshirts – winning an astonishing 16 of 20 games.

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Cialis by mail The 1989 series was a total no-contest that saw the Rangers limp into the playoffs after GM Phil Esposito fired Coach Michel Bergeron with two games left in the regular season and went behind the bench himself. Cialis by mail With Bob Froese and John Vanbiesbrouck unable to stop the young Pens, cialis by mail Esposito turned to a minor league goaltender in Game 4. Cialis by mail That is how the Mike Richter Era began as Pittsburgh swept the Rangers out of the playoffs.

Cialis by mail The most heartbreaking of those losses came in 1992 when the Rangers entered the series with the best record in the NHL and bowed out in six games under wild circumstances that saw an injured Mark Messier miss Games 2 and 3, cialis by mail and Adam Graves suspended for four games after slashing Mario Lemieux in Game 3and breaking a bone in his wrist.

Cialis by mail Despite missing Messier and Graves, cialis by mail the Rangers found themselves up two games to one and ahead 4-2 in Game 4. Cialis by mail A few seconds after squandering a five-minute power play, cialis by mail and a chance to put the game away, cialis by mail Ron Francis beat Richter with a long-range shot to cut the lead in half. Cialis by mail Jaromir Jagr knotted the game about 90 seconds later. Cialis by mail Francis completed his hat trick in overtime as the Penguins would win the rest of their games on their way to winning their second Stanley Cup.

Cialis by mail In 1996, cialis by mail the Rangers shook off losing their first two playoff games at home against Montreal to beat the Canadiens in six games – which was no small feat given the Blueshirts won all three games in Montreal after posting a 1-20-3 record previously.

Cialis by mail If you thought Sidney Crosby was a master at diving then you missed some solid performances during the 1996 series. Cialis by mail Kevin Lowe described the splish-splashing this way.

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Cialis by mail “My old man used to tell me, cialis by mail if you ain’t dead, cialis by mail don’t lay there.”

Cialis by mail In 2008 the Rangers hoped that Jagr’s switching of allegiances would end the losing to Pittsburgh.

Cialis by mail Optimism was running high as the Blueshirts built up a three-goal lead in Game 1. Cialis by mail However, cialis by mail Pittsburgh would twice score two goals in 20 seconds before Evgeni Malkin’s power play goal at 18:19 of the third period proved to be the game winner.

Cialis by mail The Rangers prevented the sweep behind two Jagr goals and a 29-save shutout from Henrik Lundqvist. Cialis by mail

Cialis by mail Trailing 2-0 heading into the third period of Game 5, cialis by mail Lauri Korpikoski (in his NHL debut) and Nigel Dawes scored 82 seconds apart to tie the game early in the third period. Cialis by mail Marian Hossa ended the Rangers season 7:10 into overtime.

Cialis by mail The Rangers roster has undergone a significant transformation since that 2008 playoff loss. Cialis by mail Only Lundqvist, cialis by mail Dan Girardi and Marc Staal remain on the team, cialis by mail while seven Penguins return.

Cialis by mail As we enter this series, cialis by mail both teams will make a concerted effort to stay out of the penalty box. Cialis by mail Neither team was particularly effective killing penalties (Pittsburgh: 74.1% – Rangers: 71.4%). Cialis by mail The big difference is in the teams power play units (Pittsburgh: 20.7% – Rangers: 10.3%). Cialis by mail

Cialis by mail If (and it is a huge if) this series is determined by five-on-five play, cialis by mail then the Rangers have a slight edge (1.88 goals to 1.50 goals).

Cialis by mail Therein lies the question, cialis by mail how will the series be called. Cialis by mail Will the series be called straight down the line or will the “Screw-The-Rangers” rulebook be applied where Rangers players are knocked into opposing goaltenders and it is the Blueshirts who end up shorthanded.

Cialis by mail The Penguins needed the extra time off to help heal injuries to some of their key support players. Cialis by mail Brandon Sutter and Joe Vitale suffered injuries in the Game 6 win against the Blue Jackets, cialis by mail but they did practice on Wednesday. Cialis by mail Brian Gibbons has been out since Game 2.

Cialis by mail On defense, cialis by mail Brooks Orpik missed the last two games of the Columbus series and Kris Letang is still trying to get his game back after missing time following his stroke in January.

Cialis by mail Of course, cialis by mail NBC and the NHL did the Rangers no favors scheduling back-to-back games on Sunday night and Monday night. Cialis by mail However, cialis by mail Gary Bettman does not deserve to take the hit all by himself. Cialis by mail Cablevision has to share the blame as they have two New York Liberty WNBA games booked as well as Billy Joel’s monthly appearance at the Garden.

Cialis by mail With all that said, cialis by mail you think clearer heads would have prevailed so that the Rangers would not have to face the prospect of six games in nine days and seven games in 11 days. Cialis by mail I am sure something could have been done with the scheduling if NBS wasn’t so insistent on having the Rangers-Penguins available for two Sunday games.

Cialis by mail Of course, cialis by mail the Rangers could have avoided the problem if they had been expeditious rather than taking seven games to dispose of the Flyers.

Cialis by mail The biggest question for the black-and-gold comes not from the injury report but from between the pipes. Cialis by mail Unlike the last two season when Fleury’s GAA (3.52 and 4.63) and SV% (.883 and .834) were more AHL journeyman like than they were of a Stanley Cup contender, cialis by mail his numbers this year (2.81 and .908) are acceptable.

Cialis by mail With that said, cialis by mail Fleury still had a meltdown in the closing second of Game 4 when he FUBARed a puck behind the net that practically turned into an empty net goal for Brandon Dubinsky. Cialis by mail Fleury then allowed a soft goal to Nick Foligno for the winner in overtime.

Cialis by mail The Columbus-Pittsburgh series was unique in that winning team overcame a two-goal deficit in each of the first three games with the Blue Jackets erasing a three-goal deficit in Game 4 and nearly doing so again in Game 6.

Cialis by mail You get the feeling that if the Rangers are to win this series it is going to mirror another New York-Pittsburgh playoff battle – the 1960 World Series. Cialis by mail The Pirates won the Series in seven games as they outscored the Yankees by a combined 24-17 in their four wins. Cialis by mail Conversely, cialis by mail the Yankees beat down the Pirates in their three wins – outscoring the Bucs 38-3. Cialis by mail Let me do the math for you, cialis by mail the Yankees lost the World Series despite doubling the Pirates in runs (55-27).

Cialis by mail In putting together the Keys to winning the Battle of the Keystone State Part Deux, cialis by mail we begin with two keys that are going to remain valid for as long as the Rangers stay alive in the playoffs.

Cialis by mail The Rangers special teams have to be something special. Cialis by mail It is one thing for the Blueshirts to win with a lackluster power play, cialis by mail but there is no way they can continue to win if they are going to continue struggling to kill penalties.

Cialis by mail The second thing is that the Rangers best players have to continue to be their best players. Cialis by mail They need more Game 7-like efforts out of Rick Nash the deeper the Rangers go in the playoffs and the top four defensemen are going to be tested every shift they match up against Crosby and Malkin. Cialis by mail It is too much to ask for the Rangers to keep Crosby and Malkin under wraps like Columbus did for the first five games before Geno broke loose for three goals.

Cialis by mail One interesting wrinkle is that Martin St. Cialis by mail Louis is making his Rangers debut against the Penguins. Cialis by mail MSL has averaged nearly a point a game in his career against Pittsburgh (47 points in 50 games).

Cialis by mail Looking ahead to this series, cialis by mail I see the Rangers possible path to victory coming down to these keys.

Cialis by mail 1. Discipline – Against the Penguins the idea of discipline is really a three step process. Cialis by mail It is obvious that the Rangers must stay out of the penalty box – especially with the officials always keeping a caring eye on Crosby.

Cialis by mail The Rangers also have to be disciplined enough not to turn this game into a track meet. Cialis by mail Unless Fleury is playing like a sieve, cialis by mail the Blueshirts do not have the offensive firepower to match the Penguins goal-for-goal in a high scoring series.

Cialis by mail That leads me to my third point of discipline. Cialis by mail The Rangers need to focus on their play in the second period of Game 7. Cialis by mail That is the blueprint for beating the Penguins. Cialis by mail The Rangers pressured the Flyers for the entire period with a relentless forecheck that keyed the Blueshirts offensive pressure.

Cialis by mail 2. Wilting the Flower – If the Rangers can maintain that focused forecheck, cialis by mail they are going to cause the Penguins to turn the puck over like the Flyers did. Cialis by mail The pressure then falls squarely on the shoulders of Fleury. Cialis by mail If the Penguins goaltender is unable to duplicate Steve Mason’s heroics, cialis by mail then the Rangers path to the Eastern Conference Finals gets much easier.

Cialis by mail Odds are the Penguins will not use Tomas Vokoun as a fallback should Fleury implode. Cialis by mail The Czech netminder was limited to just two AHL games as he battled back from blood clotting issues. Cialis by mail While they might turn to him, cialis by mail it would be a lot to ask of him to save Pittsburgh’s season.

Cialis by mail That leaves rookie goaltender Jeff Zatkoff as the only other alternative. Cialis by mail The former Los Angeles Kings draft pick has just 20 NHL games under his belt.

Cialis by mail The Rangers are going to have to create a lot traffic and havoc in front of Fleury so that he does not get comfortable in his crease. Cialis by mail No, cialis by mail I am not saying they have to be physical with him just get him to the point where he constantly has to be in motion to the see puck and make saves.

Cialis by mail They also need to get a lot of vulcanized rubber on net – and it has to be more than the Rangers usual variety of “casual shots from the perimeter that hit the goalie center mass”. Cialis by mail In other words, cialis by mail they have to shoot the puck like they mean it and don’t look to over-pass the puck. Cialis by mail Sometimes the best pass is a rebound off a shot on goal.

Cialis by mail 3. Breaking the Streak – In order for the Rangers to break their playoff losing streak to Pittsburgh (all four series) they must break their other playoff losing streak – 12 losses in a row when they have had a lead in a series. Cialis by mail Teams that make deep runs in the playoffs do it by stringing together wins, cialis by mail not by alternating wins and losses. Cialis by mail The streaks have to end sometime and in the Rangers case it might as well be sooner rather than later.

Cialis by mail 4. The Matchups – You can expect there to be a lot of cat-and-mouse strategy flying between the two coaches. Cialis by mail Will Dan Bylsma try to get Crosby going by teaming him with Malkin? Which defensive pairing does Alain Vigneault use against the Crosby and Malkin lines (assuming they are kept apart)?

Cialis by mail You can expect Bylsma to use the last change option at the CONSOL Energy Center in order to get one (if not both) of his star canters matched up against the John Moore-Kevin Klein pairing. Cialis by mail Look for major ice time to be shared by Ryan McDonagh, cialis by mail Dan Girardi, cialis by mail Marc Staal and Anton Stralman.

Cialis by mail While not a matchup per se, cialis by mail you have to like the Rangers’ advantage in terms of the third and fourth line matchups – especially if Bylsma has to move Brandon Sutter up when he teams Crosby and Malkin together.

Cialis by mail 5. Best of Both Worlds – In an interesting twist given John Tortorella’s firing in Vancouver, cialis by mail the Rangers are going to need to meld the styles of play espoused by the last two coaches. Cialis by mail They have to channel their inner Torts in terms of play in the defensive end and return to the shot-blocking monsters they were a couple of years ago. Cialis by mail At the same time, cialis by mail they have to remember to embrace the offensive freedom that AV has installed.
As for my prediction, cialis by mail well, cialis by mail that is where I have a problem. Cialis by mail My mind is saying that the Penguins will win the series, cialis by mail but my heart is saying the Rangers can find a win to prevail.

Cialis by mail In the end the prediction is Penguins in seven as Crosby, cialis by mail Malkin and the guys in the striped shirts prove to be too much for the Rangers.

Cialis by mail However, cialis by mail I do see a way for the Rangers to find a way to win. Cialis by mail It involves the Blueshirts finding a way to end up ahead in the series following Sunday night. Cialis by mail Being up three games to none would be golden, cialis by mail but a 2-1 lead will suffice. Cialis by mail It sets the Rangers up with a chance to return to Pittsburgh with a 3-1 lead with the opportunity to end the series in five or six games. Cialis by mail The longer the series goes, cialis by mail the more the odds shift to the Penguins.

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