Sunday, April 11, 2010

Do or Die: Rangers-Flyers II

One game to decide it all. One which should've been on the Ovechkin/Crosby network that's airing a meaningless game between the Caps and Bruins. Regardless, it doesn't get much better than an intense old time Patrick rivalry. Rangers-Flyers is as good as it gets.

With it all on the line, one team makes it while the other goes home. Who wants it? Forget the crowd which will be chaotic as most Philly ones are. It comes down to the players. Can our guys really deliver the knockout blow in enemy territory against a bitter rival much was expected from? They've earned this showdown by going 7-1-1 to make up seven points in two weeks. Do they want to go all the way and leave every Ranger fan who's had their share of heartache in this tumultuous season with a good taste in our mouths? The other night was electric and worth the price of admission. They left it all out there and came out on top to reach Game 82.

Win and it will be extra sweet. Lose and it will be another disappointment even if we've gotten used to it. They'll have to do it minus Ryan Callahan, who gets replaced by Brian Boyle who should give the PK a boost. Plus he can help on the forecheck. Looks like Chris Drury will have two bangers in Boyle and Aaron Voros to work with. Voros has played well and Dru came through Friday. These are the kind of games he steps up in. The Rangers will need big games from Marian Gaborik, Henrik Lundqvist and Marc Staal along with repeat performances from Shelley, Anisimov, Prust and Brandon Dubinsky and Erik Christensen. A strong game from Rozsival would boost their chances. They'll also need Olli Jokinen and Vinny Prospal to do more than donn their jerseys. It won't be easy. The Flyers boast more weapons. Keeping them on defense and off the power play should benefit us.

The drop of the puck is a little over an hour away. Do or die.

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