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5 Players Who Must Step Up For New York Rangers In Game 7

5 New York Rangers Who Must Step Up In Game 7

Henrik Lundqvist New York Rangers
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The New York Rangers find themselves in another Game 7, after a forgettable performance in Game 6 against the Philadelphia Flyers. Game 7s create heroes and goats for fanbases, and teams need their best players to show up. Here are five Rangers who must step up for tonight's decisive Game 7.

5. Dan Girardi

Dan Girardi New York Rangers
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5. Dan Girardi

Dan Girardi New York Rangers
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Dan Girardi has had a solid series, but his two turnovers in Game 6 led to two Flyers' goals. Girardi logs heavy minutes for the Rangers, and they need him to play like himself if they want any chance of advancing to the next round.

4. Derick Brassard

Derick Brassard New York Rangers
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4. Derick Brassard

Derick Brassard New York Rangers
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After being the Rangers' best forward in last year's postseason, Derick Brassard has been nonexistent this year. He only has one assist through six games and has shown some questionable decision making. His line has been matched up against the Flyers' fourth line, so there are no excuses for the poor play. Brassard needs to find the magic from last year tonight.

3. Ryan McDonagh

Ryan McDonagh New York Rangers
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3. Ryan McDonagh

Ryan McDonagh New York Rangers
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The best player on the Rangers all season long has been Ryan McDonagh. So far, McDonagh has a had an average playoffs. He is still logging heavy minutes, but he still appears to be hurt from a late season injury. He has zero points and a plus/minus of minus-2. McDonagh has also been turning the puck over a lot. In order for the Rangers to have a prayer tonight, they need McDonagh to find his game again.

2. Henrik Lundqvist

Henrik Lundqvist New York Rangers
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2. Henrik Lundqvist

Henrik Lundqvist New York Rangers
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The Rangers' biggest advantage coming into this series was their goaltending. Fast forward to Game 7 and that has not been the case. Henrik Lundqvist has been average. He let up a back-breaking goal in Game 6, and he sat on the bench for the third period. Lundqvist has to play like he did in Game 7s in years past if the Rangers want to win this game.

1. Rick Nash

Rick Nash New York Rangers
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1. Rick Nash

Rick Nash New York Rangers
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Can we send out an Amber alert for Rick Nash's finishing ability? Nash has played well this series but has no goals and four assists. Nash was acquired to be a game changer in the playoffs -- the player who can score despite the pressure of the playoffs. That has not been the case in his two years with the Rangers. Nash is way overdue for a big game, and tonight would be a great time to have that big game.