New York Rangers: Bad Romance

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New York Rangers: Bad Romance
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No. I'm not falling for it this time. I'm not going to come crawling back to you, I'm not going to believe that you've changed.

You've hurt me so much. You've wrenched my heart over and over, and each time, I come crawling back, believing the garbage that you tell me.

How can you excuse five and a half months of grueling torture, just to come back and be the model companion for a couple of weeks and expect everything to be fine again?

This is the battle I have with the New York Rangers year after year.

Every year I tell myself I'm not going to get my hopes up, just to have the Rangers shoot them down like an Al Iafrate slapshot.

This year has been no different, except for one thing: I'm not buying it.

The Rangers might be on a nice hot streak right now, but don't look too much into it. These past 10 games have been a gift from the schedule maker.

Look at the teams the Rangers have defeated. With the exception of the 4-3 shootout win over the Devils, none of the Rangers victories have impressed me.

The only thing impressive is Henrik Lundqvist's play. Which if anything, will help his end-of-year stats closer to where they should be.

They've defeated the Islanders twice, went to Florida and took care of business like any NHL team should, and beat the Devils, which was an impressive, hard-fought win. I will give them all the credit in the world for that win over the Devils. They deserved that.

But then, they go and blow a game against Toronto in the final minutes, which is more what we're accustomed to.

Closing the season will be interesting, because as always, the Rangers just might find a way to sneak into the playoffs.

Tomorrow's game against Buffalo will be a hard obstacle to overcome and a true test to where the Rangers might end up.

Unlike their previous victories, with the exception of Brodeur, the Rangers haven't had to go against a goalie just as good, if not better, than Lundqvist.

After Ryan Miller and the Sabres, the Rangers will try and finish off the Maple Leafs this time, before they close out the season with a home-and-home against the Flyers.

If the Rangers do somehow advance to the postseason, they better hope they snatch better than the eighth seed.

Running into the Capitals, with all their firepower and a hot Jose Theodore, pretty much guarantees another first-round exit for the Blueshirts.

If by a miracle they can grab the seventh seed, which isn't out of the realm of reality, they would land the Devils and would match up far better against them, rather than lacing up against Washington.

I know it's hard for some fans to grasp, but think of how many times you've been let down. I'm a realist. For how many years have the Rangers eeked into the playoffs and done nothing but get our hopes up?

The last time the Rangers put together this good of a stretch was during the first two weeks of the season; that is where they planted the seed to eventually set us all up for a huge letdown.

The only way the Rangers can make it through these playoffs, is if Lundqvist absolutely steals the show. I'm talking Mike Richter in the '96 World Championship type stuff here.

If and only if, that happens, then I'll believe. Until that moment, however, we're all just caught in a bad romance.

Yes, Lady Gaga just snuck into this. That's how insane the Rangers drive me.

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