After an overtime victory at Madison Square Garden on Monday, May 7, the New York Rangers have a 3-2 series lead going back to Washington, D.C. tonight for Game 6.
The victory on Monday was the epitome of a comeback-win for professional sports, with the Rangers showing their fans, the media, and the Washington Capitals that they should not be considered down and out until the game is over.
Brad Richards, the marquee signing over this past summer for the Rangers, has proved numerous times why he is “the real deal” and worth every penny Glen Sather spent to acquire him. Richards is the most expensive NHL player, with a current annual salary cap hit of $12 million.
Think back to the Winter Classic, and who came up with the game-winning goal? Richards.
Or how about that tenth of a second remaining game-winning goal against the Phoenix Coyotes?
And now, keeping the faith alive for the Rangers in the postseason.
But it will all be for nothing if the Rangers can’t find a way to close out the series against the Capitals, hopefully in Game 6, tonight.
The Rangers were pushed to the brink of elimination in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Ottawa Senators, but found a way to win Game 6 and 7 to advance.
Now, the Rangers have to win just one more game to move onto the Eastern Conference Finals against the New Jersey Devils.
The Capitals and Braden Holtby have been a much tougher opponent than anyone could have predicted this postseason. Now it’s time to show the NHL and the critics of the Rangers that the all-star caliber team that New York possesses led the league consistently for a reason.
If the Rangers advance, it will be the farthest in the postseason Henrik Lundqvist has ever gone.
All we can do now is just believe.