From a rather easy first round against a depleted Penguins team to a determined Capitals team, the Rangers find themselves out of the hole.
It started out with Alex Ovechkin running people over, getting shots on net and even blindly dishing passes that led to goals. Puck, the Capitals even found a way to score in the final seconds to put the Rangers in a 3-1 hole.
The Rangers won game 5 and 6 and now head home for a game 7. Question is, why did it take so long for Nash and company to score in this series?
Capitals head coach Barry Trotz is no pushover. He knows what it takes to win and it all starts on the back-end. The Capitals defense has been absolutely stellar in this series, then throw in Braden Holtby, the Rangers don’t stand a chance. And it has shown, hence, why the Rangers haven’t been scoring much.
But what went wrong in-game 5 and 6 for the Caps? Well, outside of the first 2 games, Ovechkin is back to his normal self. Gliding around the ice, not back checking and basically playing as if he is hung over. This Washington team all revolves around Ovechkin and when he is not playing to his potential, the pucks don’t find their way past Lundqvist.
Every season I give Ovechkin a pass in hope this will be the season he plays a full 60 minutes and doesn’t disappear in the playoffs. Then every season, I am always wrong. He played remarkable during the regular season and up until now, remarkable in the playoffs. If he does not get going again, the Rangers will complete the comeback, which I believe will happen.
I don’t know what it is, and I am sure nobody does, but it appears Ovechkin does not posses the stamina needed in the playoffs. He drains his energy out all season winning yet another scoring title, but at the end of the day, his name on the Stanley Cup is all that matters.
I predicted the Rangers to win the 2015 Stanley Cup and I am still sticking with that prediction. New York will complete the comeback and I can see the headlines now… “Ovechkin Still Not a Leader”‘
Over/Under 2 days until he flys to Europe for the IIHF World Championship?
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