April 2017


Buy cialis online canada After eliminating Canada’s hockey capital (Montreal) it is only fitting that the next obstacle for the New York Rangers to climb would be Canada’s capital (Ottawa) in a rematch of their 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals won by the Rangers in seven games after trailing three games to two.

Buy cialis online canada This year’s Eastern Conference Semifinals features many intriguing off-ice and on-ice stories that bear watching.

Buy cialis online canada Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson has split his time this season tending goal for the Senators and tending to his wife Nicholle as she battles cancer – a situation that I am all too familiar with and as a result wish Craig and Nicholle nothing but the best.

Buy cialis online canada Clarke McArthur’s triumphant return from missing nearly two full seasons recovering from a concussion and its aftermath was capped off with his Game 6 winning goal in overtime to eliminate the Boston Bruins.

Buy cialis online canada Of course, buy cialis online canada one can’t talk of the senators without mentioning the “impending domination” of perennial Norris Trophy candidate Erik Karlsson and Anderson’s mastery over the Rangers (10-5-3 with a 1.77 GAA, buy cialis online canada .941 SV% and four shutouts).

Buy cialis online canada In the minds of a lot of Rangers and Senators fans, buy cialis online canada this series will go a long way in deciding which team won the Mika Zibanejad-Derick Brassard trade. Buy cialis online canada Early returns look good for the Sens as “Big Game Brass” is tied for second in the playoffs with eight points while Zibanejad has half as many points for the Blueshirts. Buy cialis online canada Speaking of Brassard, buy cialis online canada the series reunites him with his former Rangers BFF Mats Zuccarello.

Buy cialis online canada Alain Vigneault will be coaching against the organization that gave him his first NHL job as he served as an assistant coach for Ottawa for three and a half years.

Buy cialis online canada Vigneault offered an interesting take to the media on the Zibanejad-Brassard trade leading up to the start of the series. Buy cialis online canada The Rangers were able to acquire a 2018 second round pick from Ottawa in that deal which, buy cialis online canada in turn, buy cialis online canada allowed the Rangers to package a 2018 second round pick to Detroit as part of the Brendan Smith deal.

Buy cialis online canada All of these off-ice and on-ice stories make for nice print and on-air talking points, buy cialis online canada but the main story for this series will come to down to “1-3-1” – the defensive system used by Ottawa’s coach Guy Boucher. Buy cialis online canada It is a system that Boucher started when he was Tampa Bay and caused Philadelphia Flyers’ coach Peter Laviolette to mock Boucher’s strategy.

Buy cialis online canada The Rangers ability, buy cialis online canada or inability, buy cialis online canada to break the 1-3-1 is the key to the series. Buy cialis online canada Job (sounds like rob) is to be as patient as Job (sounds like robe) when it comes to breaking Ottawa’s trap. Buy cialis online canada In order to counter Boucher’s plan to stifle puck movement through the neutral zone, buy cialis online canada the Rangers must resist resorting to what MSG.com Rick Carpiniello likes to call their “fancy-boy” way of playing hockey where the Blueshirts put more reliance on piling up style points rather than shots or goals.

Buy cialis online canada Whether they like it or not, buy cialis online canada the Rangers will have to play dump-and-chase hockey (emphasis on their need to chase). Buy cialis online canada Considering on how much Boucher relied on his top four defensemen against Boston (without Mark Borowiecki who missed four of the six games, buy cialis online canada but should be back sooner rather than later), buy cialis online canada the Rangers can make good use of putting bodies on the Ottawa d-men, buy cialis online canada especially early in games.

Buy cialis online canada In a discussion on the NHL Network, buy cialis online canada the analysts believed that the Rangers physical pressure on Karlsson would pay off late in shifts/periods/games. Buy cialis online canada If the Rangers attack and put bodies him, buy cialis online canada they can take advantage of Karlsson – and by extension the rest of the Ottawa blueliners.

Buy cialis online canada The Rangers need to implement a strategy that former Canadian Junior Brian Kilrea used to employ. Buy cialis online canada In racking up nearly 1, buy cialis online canada200 wins with the Ottawa 67’s, buy cialis online canada Kilrea’s forechecking strategy was “asses and eyeballs”. Buy cialis online canada In Kilrea’s book, buy cialis online canada “They Caller Me Killer”, buy cialis online canada Bryan Trottier explained what Kilrea means by “asses and eyeballs”:

Buy cialis online canada “If you see their asses, buy cialis online canada let’s pressure like hell! If you see their eyeballs, buy cialis online canada we’ll just send one, buy cialis online canada” Trottier explained.

Buy cialis online canada In addition to hard forechecking and dump-and-chase, buy cialis online canada the Rangers will need to be in constant motion to break the 1-3-1 with quick crisp passes – as opposed to their preferred method of looking to stretch the ice with long passes (which can play into the Senators’ trap). Buy cialis online canada

Buy cialis online canada In addition to patience, buy cialis online canada the Rangers will have to remain disciplined and not try to force a round peg into a square hole. Buy cialis online canada The importance for discipline carries over to eliminating, buy cialis online canada or at least limiting, buy cialis online canada the lazy stupid penalties they took against Montreal – like all of those high sticking penalties late in the series.

Buy cialis online canada In a way, buy cialis online canada the Rangers will have to do like they did in the Montreal series, buy cialis online canada adjust their style of play to meet the needs of the game. Buy cialis online canada It is something that Derek Stepan recognizes.

Buy cialis online canada “You have a game plan, buy cialis online canada but you also have to be ready to take what series’ give you and I think that’s how teams succeed in the playoffs, buy cialis online canada” Stepan admitted to Larry Brooks of the New York Post. Buy cialis online canada “We have superstars on our team, buy cialis online canada but we don’t rely on superstars taking over games. Buy cialis online canada We’re team-oriented and built that way.

Buy cialis online canada “I go back to what Marty [St. Buy cialis online canada Louis] preaches about the importance of being able to make adjustments. Buy cialis online canada That’s what he did as an individual to be able to succeed in the league for so long, buy cialis online canada and that’s what teams need to be able to do.”

Buy cialis online canada It is ironic that Stepan mentioned St. Buy cialis online canada Louis because Marty was part of that Lightning team that implemented the 1-3-1.

Buy cialis online canada Of course, buy cialis online canada the easiest way to break the 1-3-1, buy cialis online canada or any trap for that matter, buy cialis online canada is to get the lead and then add to it. Buy cialis online canada The more Ottawa falls behind, buy cialis online canada the greater the pressure is to change their style of play and open the game up – which will play to the Rangers skill and speed advantage.

Buy cialis online canada One way for the Rangers make sure they get the early lead is to win the special teams battles. Buy cialis online canada The Rangers penalty killing helped do them in during their Game 3 loss and their power play goal in Game 6 helped win the series. Buy cialis online canada With the way Anderson and Henrik Lundqvist are playing goals are expected to be at a premium so the special teams should be crucial.

Buy cialis online canada Interestingly enough, buy cialis online canada success on special teams hasn’t been all that successful for playoffs teams this year. Buy cialis online canada Calgary leads all playoff teams in PP% (37.5) and they were swept in four games. Buy cialis online canada Minnesota and Montreal had the playoffs best penalty killing units (93.3) and both of those teams are out of the playoffs.

Buy cialis online canada The Rangers need some of their young stars to pick up their play in the Ottawa series. Buy cialis online canada Kevin Hayes, buy cialis online canada Chris Kreider and J.T. Buy cialis online canada Miller were far too inconsistent in the Montreal series, buy cialis online canada although Hayes began to show life towards the end of the series. Buy cialis online canada Kreider and Miller got lucky after taking some really stupid penalties late in the series and can’t afford to do so now. Buy cialis online canada With Montreal and the Carey Price Affair a memory, buy cialis online canada perhaps Kreider will regain his confidence to go to the net utilizing his size and speed.

Buy cialis online canada While Stepan helped ice the series with his empty net goal, buy cialis online canada two points in six games is not going to get the job done – especially when you are only winning 37.2% of your faceoffs. Buy cialis online canada That was the one part of Hayes’ game that was strong (57.6%).

Buy cialis online canada The Rangers had success against Price when took advantage of him going down to the ice early. Buy cialis online canada While he is a very athletic goalie, buy cialis online canada Anderson can fall into that same trap as well. Buy cialis online canada The Blueshirts will need to get traffic in front of him in the hopes he will have problems going side-to-side and picking up the puck through traffic.

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Buy cialis online canada This series is going to be like the typical Rangers death struggle when it comes to the playoffs. Buy cialis online canada There are going to be time when they resemble the team that started the season 13-4-0 and then there will be times when they play like the team that limped home during the final few weeks of the regular season.

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Cialis and ketoconazole After it appeared that the New York Rangers were not going to win the Metropolitan Division crown, cialis and ketoconazole Blueshirts fans have been calling for their team to go into the tank (just enough) to clinch the first wildcard and cross over into the Atlantic Division as the fourth seed.

Cialis and ketoconazole Ranger fans: Be careful what you wish for.

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Cialis and ketoconazole As formidable as Price has been in his career during his 10 year career (he only played 12 games last season), cialis and ketoconazole he has been rather pedestrian in terms of his playoff heroics. Cialis and ketoconazole In looking at his statistics Price’s numbers, cialis and ketoconazole his playoff numbers are slightly off when compared to regular season numbers: GAA – 2.62/2.40 and SV% – .914%/.920%.

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Cialis and ketoconazole The Carey Price-Chris Kreider escapade of 2014 has been written about and talked about enough that there is no need for me to analyze and over-analyze what happened. Cialis and ketoconazole I will say this – if Montreal needs that particular revenge factor as a motive to beat the Rangers – then the Habs are done before the series starts.

Cialis and ketoconazole Another angle that has been beaten to death is the rematch of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final coaches with Claude Julien replacing Michel Therrien during the regular season. Cialis and ketoconazole Given that Julien and Alain Vigneault are coaching different teams this angle is nothing more than any interesting tidbit as what happened in 2011 will have no bearing on what happens in 2017.

Cialis and ketoconazole What will have a bearing is which Rangers team decides to show up for this series. Cialis and ketoconazole Is the disinterested Rangers team that stumbled home with an 8-9-4 record or is it the team that roared out to a 40-19-2 record?

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Cialis and ketoconazole The concern for the Rangers is how to game plan a strategy to beat the Montreal Canadiens. Cialis and ketoconazole Being a diehard Rangers fan – as if there is any other kind of Rangers fan – I offer Vigneault the following suggestions.

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Cialis and ketoconazole The Rangers forwards are going to have to camp out in front of Price and being active and alert for any rebound chances and look to screen him at every chance. Cialis and ketoconazole Think of Derek Stepan’s PPG against Philadelphia in the regular season finale as the blueprint for the Rangers – especially on the power play. Cialis and ketoconazole Tristan Jarry had no chance to stop Stepan’s shot because he had to look around Rick Nash.

Cialis and ketoconazole Shea Weber is going to be an imposing figure in this series at both ends of the ice. Cialis and ketoconazole You can expect he will be out against either Kreider or Nash and will try to neutralize either one. Cialis and ketoconazole On the plus side, cialis and ketoconazole that probably means he can’t be on the ice to defend them both as long as AV pays attention to matchups.

Cialis and ketoconazole Offensively, cialis and ketoconazole Weber’s howitzer of a shot will be as imposing as that of Alex Ovechkin – especially when the Habs are on the PP. Cialis and ketoconazole The Rangers must know where Weber is on the ice at all times in the Rangers zone and the Blueshirts must be active with their sticks and bodies to disrupt his shot – something they don’t always do enough of when facing Ovechkin – especially on the PP.

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Cialis and ketoconazole Some fans are concerned about the size the Habs added at the trade deadline. Cialis and ketoconazole If the difference in this series comes down Jordie Benn, cialis and ketoconazole Dwight King and Steve Ott then the Rangers had no business even being in the playoffs. Cialis and ketoconazole The Rangers have enough size in their lineup to battle Montreal – it is a matter of them using it.

Cialis and ketoconazole It is that size and the Rangers speed among their forwards that make it a must that the Rangers harass Montreal on the forecheck, cialis and ketoconazole above and beyond what I wrote previously about slowing Weber down. Cialis and ketoconazole Julien is going to have the Habs clogging the neutral zone so the best way for the Rangers to combat that is to pin the Canadiens in their own zone.

Cialis and ketoconazole Remember, cialis and ketoconazole dump-and-chase is not always a bad idea as long as the Rangers don’t forget the chase part – something they often do. Cialis and ketoconazole When they dump the puck in they have to do it smartly because price can handle the puck. Cialis and ketoconazole Either band it hard around the boards or put into the corner where Price can’t play the puck. Cialis and ketoconazole Cross-ice dump-ins with the weak side forward going hard after the puck will help.

Cialis and ketoconazole Speaking of being pinned in their own zone, cialis and ketoconazole could the Rangers please abandon this fake news about them playing man-to-man defense because they don’t. Cialis and ketoconazole The Rangers forwards drop down into the shooting lanes rather than cover the points. Cialis and ketoconazole Watch the Rangers’ defensive zone coverage; the forwards are playing a spot on the ice as opposed to playing the man. Cialis and ketoconazole This is why the Rangers get caught in their own zone for extended periods of time.

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