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Horrible Starts Plague Rangers
For a team that supposedly focused on defense, the New York Rangers gave up 3 goals on the first 4 shots by the New Jersey Devils. Ten minutes into Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals they were behind 3-0, and Madison Square Garden was as quiet as a church library. Forced to battle back from a large deficit, the scrappy Rangers began chipping away, scoring a goal in the first period and at the start of the second period to cut the deficit to 3-2. The Rangers were playing hard, fast and smart, getting lots of solid scoring opportunities. And in the opening seconds of the third period they got a gift from New Jersey goaltender Martin Brodeur that resulted in the game-tying goal to bring the score to 3-3. The pendulum appeared to have swung in favor of New York, and the Garden was as loud as ever.
That was when things fell apart.
Realistically, the Rangers should have won Game 5 by a score of 5-4. They got extremely unlucky with a puck that bounced off the interior side of the goalpost, and had a puck blocked by the back end shaft of Brodeur's stick that was beyond fortunate for New Jersey. The Rangers out-shot the Devils, and played with more passion. But the only thing that matters is the scoreboard, and that scoreboard had the Devils winning Game 5.
"When the Rangers were down 3-0 nobody would have blamed them for throwing in the towel and focusing on Game 6", explained a sports writer for GPS Tracker Shop. "Instead, the Rangers fought back and had a real opportunity to win Game 5. Bouncing back from such a tough loss will be difficult for the Rangers, but if they can win in New Jersey they will have regained home ice with a Game 7 ticket in Madison Square Garden. Although the Rangers' home record may not be all that impressive during these 2012 playoffs, they are 2-0 in Game 7s at the Garden."
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Los Angeles And New York On Collision Course
In all professional sports, nothing is juicier than two large market teams battling it out for championship glory and bragging rights. Make those teams the two largest media markets in the entire United States, and what you have is coastal chaos. Los Angeles versus New York is as good as gets, and hockey fans are going to be in for one heck of a matchup when the cinderella Los Angeles Kings travel to the east coast to play the New York Rangers for the Stanley Cup.
The GPS vehicle tracker experts at GPS Tracker Shop understand they are being a bit premature making a Stanley Cup Finals' prediction while both conference series championships are being played. But with the Kings up 3-1 and the Rangers holding a 2-1 series lead, the oddsmakers would say that it is inevitable that Los Angeles and New York meet in the championship round.
New York Rangers
Being the higher seeded team with home ice advantage, the New York Rangers will certainly be the team favored when the puck drops in Madison Square Garden for Game 1. All season long the Rangers have played stellar defense, blocking shots on goal before the puck ever even reaches the goaltender. When the puck is lucky enough to get passed Rangers' players sliding all over the ice to block shots, what awaits next is a goalie who has been spectacular all season long and throughout the playoffs. The Rangers are veteran tough with all the pieces required to win a championship. However, the last hurdle in there way to hoisting the Stanley Cup is a eighth-seeded Kings team hellbent on showing the hockey world that sunny Southern California is also a hockey town.
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Los Angeles Dominating Road Ice
Those wasting their time watching the predictable beginning rounds of the NBA playoffs or final episodes of Desperate Housewives have been missing something very special happening in the NHL this postseason. What has been happening is the eighth-seeded Los Angeles Kings shocking stretch of road victories. So far the tally is at 7 straight, and after taking the first 2 in the Conference Finals against the Phoenix Coyotes, it appears that the Kings will be taking that road-winning streak to the Stanley Cup Finals.
The Kings were not picked by anyone to reach the Stanley Cup Finals, not even by die-hard fans and sports writers based in Los Angeles. But the Kings players themselves realized that once the playoffs began that every team had the same record, regardless of playoff seeding. They took a hot goalie, excellent power play defense and youthful team into the 2012 playoffs with the belief that they had the talent to win it all. They not only believed in each other, but they showed it on the ice by knocking off the overall top-seeded Vancouver Canucks in 5 games, then sweeping the 2nd seeded St. Louis Blues.
These Los Angeles Kings are the real deal, and every team thinking they were a doormat 8 seed got punched square in the jaw.
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Los Angeles Almost Chokes Deciding Game
Through the first four games of the first round playoff matchup between Denver and Los Angeles, the Lakers took absolute control. They dominated the glass, slowed down the run-and-gun Nuggets' offense and played like a squad that had every intention of making a solid push for yet another championship for the purple and gold. Unfortunately, this was a best of seven series not a best of five series.
Trailing the Lakers 1-3 in the series, the Denver Nuggets fought back. They went into Staples Center and stole Game 5 with ease. That upset was then followed by a shocking double-digit beat down in Denver that saw the Nuggets take the Lakers to the woodshed.
Enter Game 7
When the Lakers took the floor on Saturday night to play the Nuggets in a decisive Game 7 they came out with focus. Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol began dominating on the glass, and Kobe Bryant was determined to get his teammates involved in the game. With good ball sharing, solid rebounding and overall quality team play, the Lakers pushed their lead to 16 points midway through the third quarter. The game looked as though it was essentially over. That was until of course the Nuggets began roaring back.
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Caps Look To Pull Off Another Game 7 Upset
Regardless of what the final chapter of the 2012 second round series between the Rangers and Capitals reads, everybody should respect the resilience and competitive spirit displayed by Washington. After losing a heart-breaking game in triple overtime, the Capitals bounced right back to earn a hard fought victory. Later in the series, with the team literally up with seconds to go, the Capitals gave up a game-tying goal only to once again lose in overtime. How did the Capitals respond? By going back to Washington, picking their heads up and forcing a winner-take-all Game 7 set to be played at Madison Square Garden later this weekend. With the exciting match-up between the two popular NHL franchises set to take place only a few days from now, the GPS tracking and sports experts at GPS Tracker Shop are ready to make their prediction on who will win Game 7.
New York Rangers Ready For Action
The reason why Game 7 is being played in Madison Square Garden is because the Rangers had the better regular season. Technically, they were the better team heading into the playoffs, and their body of work all season long has left them with this one advantage against Washington. The Rangers had one of the best goaltenders all season long, and he continues to play extremely well in the postseason. By playing a defensive-minded game, the Rangers are comfortable in low-scoring, tightly contested battles. This is part of the reason every game in this series has been decided by a single goal. New York a solid team that has performed well all throughout the series, but they are going to need to be more efficient on the attack if they want to move into the Conference Finals.