|Rangers Win Series 4-1|
They say the Stanley Cup is the hardest trophy in sports to win. We don’t need an insider to confirm that after seeing what we’ve seen in this series.
Are the Rangers as good as their record indicates? Probably not. Was this series as lopsided as the final count dictates? Definitely not.
You play good hockey, you get to the playoffs. But once you get there, anything can happen. One of those things covered under the umbrella of “anything” includes playing good hockey and still getting your ass handed to you on a platter because you weren’t the better team. Were the Penguins a bad team? Not really. Were the Rangers a better team? Definitely. We can’t be disappointed in what the Penguins put out on the ice, and anyone who tells you otherwise should probably be selling ice cream. Take a step back and realize that this team had a new coach, a new general manager, and about 10 new faces in the lineup from jump street. And with the injuries, the tumult, and the change, we’ll take this showing any day of the week.
Now is not the time for fear. That comes later. Changes are coming again, perhaps just as broad and sweeping as what we saw last offseason. But for now, take a moment and consider that things could have gone much, much worse.
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