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