The New York Rangers were dead. It was inevitable the season would end the next game. Everyone quit: the players, the coaches, the fans.
Following their Game 4 no-show against the Pittsburgh Penguins, if you thought the Rangers would be playing yet another Game 7 a few days later, you’re lying.
Everyone said they were done. Then, something happened.
When Martin St. Louis returned to the team the day after his mother, France, suddenly passed away at the age of 63 following a heart attack, the team finally found a purpose.
Suddenly, the Rangers were motivated. They started caring again. And, would you believe it, they started dominating the Penguins.
Now, they will play yet another Game 7.
Before the playoffs, I wrote a post saying the New York Rangers were capable of something special. It is now happening before our eyes. All the karma in this series is on the Rangers’ side. Henrik Lundqvist is on top of his game. Derick Brassard has been the team MVP in this series. Chris Kreider‘s return has given the team an additional boost. Oh, and Martin St. Louis has inspired this team to greater heights, and it could possibly become greater with a Game 7 win.
Conversely, Sidney Crosby only has one goal in the playoffs and is playing frustrated hockey. Evgeni Malkin has been good, but not great. And Marc-Andre Fleury is a shell of the goaltender that posted back-to-back shutouts in Game 2 and 3.
All the pressure is on the Penguins. If they don’t win this series, major changes are coming. The Rangers have absolutely zero pressure to win. No one thought they’d reach this point. They know this, and they are simply having fun.
Something special is happening in New York. And don’t be surprised if this newfound karma takes them to something even more special: the Stanley Cup.