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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Puckmania: Rangers on the Hot Seat

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Puckmania: Rangers on the Hot Seat
By Wild on Sports NHL Analyst Josh Tarr

Not too many people would’ve expected the Bruins-Rangers series to be as lop-sided as it is, but when you look at the Rangers power play unit, you can’t be all too surprised. They are now 0 for 11 on the man advantage in this series and even more noticeably, they just do not know how to get in position when it comes to breaking out. Needless to say after last nights 2-1 loss to the Bruins, Coach Tortorella’s seat just got a whole lot hotter.

To his credit however, I would believe finding a way to stop all four of Boston’s offensive pairings would be rather difficult. Likewise, when you have an defensive core who is able to find the back of the net almost as often, things get a little bit hairy for the opposition. With Johnny Boychuks game tying goal last night, the Bruins defense has 11 goals this postseason, outscoring their 2011 Stanley Cup Champion team.

Like I mentioned in my last article, when a team gets very hot at the right time and finds answers when they’re in a hole, it is hard for opposing teams to come up with ways to slow them down, whether you have the tools to do so or not. That being said, whoever has to play the Bruins in the eastern conference finals should be prepared for a hard fought battle in every aspect of the game. I believe these Bruins are as legit as their 2011 counterparts.

Just as the Bruins, I think you’ve got to be scared having to face the San Jose Sharks, who’ve tied up their series with the defending champion Kings last night 2-1. Brent Burns moving up to forward has been one of their best coaching strategies of all time. His offensive production and ability to play the body has taking San Jose’s game to another level. More importantly, the Sharks are seriously exposing Jonathan Quick and his (minimal, albeit) goaltending flaws. I believe Antti Niemi will continue to use his Stanley Cup experience to shed light on his teammates who have been to the show so many times and failed.

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