Game 6 will Panarin ever find his small nuts?

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  1. NYR Fan

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    TB is the better team right now, with the experience, we agree Al. I think this run will only make us better moving forward. Hard to see it today, but big picture this was a very positive forward growth season. The NHL playoffs are such a challenge no guarantee we'll get back here, but the arrow is straight up on this team.

    Fox and Miller studs on D - Schneider should get better. Lindgren and Trouba good solid dmen.
    Lafreniere, Z, Panarin studs up front (assuming Panarin is back). Other good players as well.
    Vezina winning goalie.

    Go get a # 2 C and let's go after it again with another year of experience, a positive playoff experience, and maybe another kid or two ready to complete the 3rd pair and 4th line.
     
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    We need a real right winger..a right handed right winger
     
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    Not as much as we need a # 2 C IMO. Move Panarin to RW, there is your R shot RW. # 2 C biggest need by far IMO. Weak down the middle isn't good. The one area our system doesn't have ready prospects.

    BTW - this is why the NHL playoffs are so great and torture all at once...LOL.

    As poorly as we played with one even strength goal in the last 4 games, we still lost twice on goals with less than 2 minutes left in the game, and once on a late 3rd period goal with less than 7 minutes left. Crazy stuff, and why this one stings, along with a 2-0 series/2-0 game 3 lead.
     
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    They let Tampa and more importantly Vasilevsky find their game. His record and numbers when eliminating opponents is unworldly.
     
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    Very true, but even with that being the case, it was still razor close. And the comeback can be yeah, but that is due to Igor, and I would say yes that is the point.

    The NHL playoffs are so crazy for reasons just like that. We got outplayed pretty badly from 2-0 up in game 3 on, but again even still it took goals late in the 3rd period in 3 of the 4 TB wins for us to lose. We get a bounce, or take one to OT, maybe we are playing a game 7 despite being outplayed.

    That is where their poise and experience showed. Hopefully next time we are in that situation, we'll be the experienced team with the poise to win these games against a quality opponent.
     
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    I thought the game like the series was poorly officiated but the opportunity was there. I would say that the Rangers are ahead of schedule and after 2 games had a very good chance of beating a great hockey team especially if they win 3x in a row. Strome was selfish to even lace up skates knowing he wasn't ok - guess he knew it was his last game. Gallant shouldn't have played him but seeing that the #1 line was a no show again it didn't matter. I thoroughly enjoyed this season, when your team has won one Cup the last 8 decades this is a good year. There was so much positive development for most of the youth. It will be interesting to see how Drury adjusts the roster for next year's run.
     
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    Same issue against Tampa as in the regular season. Couldn't score at even strength. It eventually finished their season. It's going to be a heck of an off season with cap issues and figuring out how to change that. Panarin if he wasn't hurt is a big problem in the playoffs. He can't be relied on at all.
     
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    The morning after when emotions aren't as high I can say it was obviously a great season. They lost to a championship team looking for their third straight cup. Game three is the tough pill to swallow but when looking at it realistically they couldn't do anything even strength to get that third goal. They couldn't put their put firmly on Tampa's throat. They waited to lose instead of playing to win. The rest is history and happened so quickly because after those two PP goals they had a garbage time goal, an impossible angle goal and a tying goal that lasted 21 seconds.

    Credit to Tampa who found a way after not having a huge player in their lineup. Credit to their goalie who for as good as Igor is showed why he's the best big money goalie in the game right now.
     
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    Yup, it stings and the way we lost is very tough, but one even strength goal in 4 games just won't cut it. Even still this is the NHL playoffs in a nutshell:

    Game 3 was decided by a Lightning winner at 19:18 of the third period. Game 5 was decided by a Lightning winner at 18:10 of the third period. Game 6 was decided by a Lightning winner at 13:28. Two-time champions understand how to win games.
     
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    We are close. Drury needs to finish off the team the right way. With the NHL playoffs being so difficult and tight, no guarantee we'll be back, but we can control finishing off this team with the right moves this summer, and Drury needs to get it done.
     
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    You would've thought that they would've learned not to have the worst shift after scoring a goal. You can't allow that chance 20 seconds after tying the game.
     
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    Also, Kreider had a great season and scored goals in the playoffs but instead of crying he should look in the mirror and hate how he played in this series. No grit and barely noticeable so many times. Never in front...never in the goalies face...never using his speed....disgraceful.
     
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    Honestly, their goalie didnt' show he was the best money goalie in the game. He was exposed blocker side high all series. He was barely tested after the second game of the series. Don't know what you were watching. If the goalies switched teams, Tampa would have won in 5 or less. The Rangers were completely incompetent at even strength. Vasilevskiy's goal in game 5 to Lindren was horrendous. Could have lost them the series if Strome could hit an open net. He's still a great goalie but he has a huge flaw in his game. Igor doesn't. Let's see if the Av's can expose it. I'm not optimistic their defense can but I've seen Makar and their forwards score an awful lot this season high blocker side.
     
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    He found his game after the two games and his numbers particularly when eliminating opponents speak for themselves. Do you really think the Rangers are the only team in 11 playoff series during their run to shoot high blocker side? Don't be foolish.
     
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    On the winning goal the Rangers got caught cheating with 4 guys in the Tampa zone. They always seem to have a problem with staying disciplined and managing things after a goal.
     
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    And Tampa had a guy cherry picking constantly in the series. The Rangers time and time again had awful shifts after scoring a goal. After tying it they needed a good defensive shift. It just wasn't to be.
     
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    Yeah, I do think they were the only team. It wasn't mentioned at all vs. Toronto or Florida. It wasn't mentioned at all in his previous 2 cup runs. If you listened to the announcers, from the moment they started realizing what the Rangers were doing, they were surprised. I've never heard it mentioned in any of the playoff series I've watched him play before this Rangers series. The Rangers happen to have a few players really good at hitting that shot. Zibanejad, Vatrano, Chytil when he gets time and Panarin if he ever shot the puck and didn't have his head up his ass. Colorado has some guys good at it to. It's their defense and goaltending that is the issue.
     
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    This run definitely got me back into watching Rangers hockey. Even though I watched about 10 regular season games this year I felt no different watching them in the playoffs like I did when I use to watch all 82 games. My focus and concentration for hockey is back too.

    1. I liked the team and the players they added at the deadline.
    2. The games were there for them to win but they blew them in typical ranger fashion.
    3. They are young which is good.
    4. Igor is for real.
    5. They need to sign proven winners when the UFA market opens
    6. LAF needs to play in top 6
    7. They need to sign better depth guys. Tinordi, McKegg, Gautheir and Brodzinski suck.
    8. Gallant should not have dressed Strome and benched Kakko
    9. They need another Star player
    10. They need a legit #2 center
    11. Hajek, Lundkvist and Nemeth don’t fit in the future of this team
    12. The 4th line did not score enough this postseason
     
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    It's funny, I totally forgot about Lundkvist. Between him and Robertson they should be able to complete the 3rd pair from within. Then between Chytil and Kakko they should be able to deal for the # 2 C we very badly need, and have needed for years. That is a must this summer. I am tired of being weak down the middle, and having a questionable # 2 C behind Z.
     
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    Just saw this Vasilevskiy stat:

    in last 8 series-clinching games/wins he has a 0.25 GAA, 99.1 save % and 6 SOs.

    Nasty
     
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