The New York Rangers are stuck in the past.
When will the Rangers, starting with their GM and going down to their fans, will finally realize that the strategy of trying to buy a Stanley Cup by signing overpriced, overrated free agents is long gone?
They have heard of the salary cap, right?
The Rangers coaches and players talk about how they have to try and shut down Alex Ovechkin, Nick Backstrom, Alexander Semin, and Mike Green, yet when the Capitals players and coach talk you never hear them say how we have to try and shut down Scott Gomez, Chris Drury, Markus Naslund and Nik Zherdev.
Why? Because that would sound like a joke.
All the Rangers fans can do after Game 6 is whine about Brashear's hit. It was a clean shoulder check, by the way, for anyone who's not blinded by Rangers bias.
Keep your head up, kid.
Yet do we ever hear about all the goonery the Rangers produced in this series?
Apparently, punching and high sticking after the whistle and blatantly trying to injure one of our best players late in games is perfectly fine.
Did I mention their coach, John Tortorella, after preaching discipline to his players in the aftermath of Game 4, completely lost it and threw objects and waved a stick at Capitals fans?
What's the word I'm looking for? Oh yeah, hypocrisy.
Since I am not like you, I will admit that Brashear's hit was a bit late, but that's all. The hit itself was clean. I would encourage you to watch the replays, but only after taking your Rangers colored goggles off. Also, it's the first questionable incident from the Capitals side.
The fact is that the Capitals have been way too nice to the Rangers in this series. They don't slap the Rangers goalie around simply for playing well, or high stick players who missed almost two full seasons due to concussion syndrome, after the whistle. They don't run the Rangers best players into the boards from behind, or close line them late in games they don't have a chance to win.
Perhaps it's because there haven't been any games the Capitals had no chance to win in this series. By sheer luck, plus a giant dose of help from Jose Theodore in Game 1, and Henrik Lundqvist standing on his head in Games 2 and 4 the Rangers somehow squeaked out three wins against a clearly superior Capitals team.
The Rangers luck has most definitely run out. After the Capitals finish them off tomorrow night maybe their so called stars can go help their respective countries in the IIHF World Championship which just started on Friday, that is, if anyone actually wants them. Perhaps they can swing a quick change of citizenship and play for Austria or Hungary.
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