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Anger Management, the Key to the NY Rangers' Victory over the Caps in Game Seven

Martin AverySenior Writer IApril 27, 2009

WASHINGTON - APRIL 24:   Head Coach John Tortorella of the New York Rangers battles with some of the fans of the Washington Capitals during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 24, 2009 at the Verizon Center in Washington,  DC.  (Photo by Len Redkoles/Getty Images)

"Don't push me 'cuz I'm close to the edge"
 from "The Message" by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five

As their first round rages on, the New York Rangers' anger management issues could be the key to victory in game seven and their playoff series against the Washington Capitals.

"Both Avery and his coach are discipline problems," Stu Hakel stated in the New York Times today.

If Sean Avery and John Tortorella can give their extra anger to the rest of the Rangers, the Caps will be in danger again.

As Rangers radio commentators said at the start of the last game, "All the Rangers have to play with emotion, not just Sean Avery."

Tortorella showed his players how to get angry and what happens when you lose control. Rangers agitator Avery lost it and found it, along with his touch around the net.

Avery set up Nik Zherdov and others in game six, but nobody pulled the trigger, except Scott Gomez.

After Blair Betts was knocked unconscious by Donald Brashear, Avery had to take his place on the power play instead of bashing Brashear.

Aside from Avery and Tortorella, which Rangers have anger management issues? All of them need to get angry, get in touch with their anger and then control it to play with lots of energy in game seven.

According to Jerry Deffenbacher, Ph.D., a psychologist who specializes in anger management, quoted on the American Psychological Association website, "Some people really are more 'hotheaded' than others are; they get angry more easily and more intensely than the average person does."


Sometimes when you're really angry you may actually want to physically lash out, it says on eHow.com. Rather than bottling up this rage, you may want to consider doing an intense physically exercise, like play hockey.

If the Rangers can get angry, as Avery and Tortorella and channel that anger into energy for game seven, it could have a very positive effect.

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