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NOTES AND NOTES AND NOTES AND NOTES

1: Henrik is good. Evidence:

If the Rangers can clear out Devils players in front and prevent screens/deflections, it seems like Hank may very well not get scored on. He is back in the zone that allows him to really dominate games. This is tremendously encouraging.

2: The Rangers’ D is frustrating the Devils’ forwards. The PK is playing lights out, rebound chances are few and far between, and they’re playing intense, physical hockey. It’s how the Rangers were built to play, and they should win every time they impose their will on their opponent. Also: McDonagh and Girardi are fucking awesome.

3: We’re scoring goals, you guys. I know the stat about not scoring more than 3 goals since the 1st game of the Ottawa series keeps coming up. But if Hank and the D are playing like this, do the Rangers honestly need more than 3 goals? I say no, and that’s why I feel good about this series.

4: Congrats to proud new papa Ryan Callahan. Pretty great for him to become a dad while making his deepest playoff run of his career. Talk about a memorable Spring.

5: Kovalchuck still scares the ever-loving fuck out of me. Seriously, he gets the puck and my heart ends up in my throat. If the Rangers keep taking penalties, it’s going to bite them in the ass because Kovy is going to fill up the score sheet. God he’s horrifying. I’m pretty sure he has a 125 mph shot.

Let’s hope they can finally get a 2-game lead in a series tonight. I feel good, and I’m negative about EVERYTHING. Let’s go Rangers.

MAGIC NUMBER: 6 WINS TO GO

Expectations for Game 6 vs. the Caps

This is going to seem like a strange sentiment coming from a dude who started a blog about the Rangers and has season tickets, but I don’t usually get too emotionally involved with sports teams (I have exes who would say this quality is not limited to sports, but that’s neither here nor there). Typically, I approach teams with a sentiment that they don’t know who I am and most certainly don’t care about me, so getting too invested isn’t worth it and 99.999% of the time will end in disappointment. Also, because I’m dead inside.

For a number of reasons, I feel differently about this Rangers team. In part, it’s because I’ve never seen a team work this hard and put themselves repeatedly in harm’s way to win. It may have something to do with seeing how close the guys in the locker room are, and how close we fans were allowed to get during the 4 episodes of “24/7.” The fact that I, along with all the other fans, care so much about this team is why Game 5 was so unbelievable to be a part of. MSG had the most deliriously happy atmosphere I’ve ever been a part of at the end of Game 5, and I’ll never forget it.

After the triple-OT Game 3 win, the Rangers had a major let down in Game 4. They didn’t show up for the 1st period and couldn’t catch up with the Caps after the slow start. So after one of the 5 greatest moments in team history 2 nights ago, do the Rangers have another shitty start and further contribute to my developing ulcer in a Game 7?

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