The Rangers’ Play Was Energetic And Uninhibited

The Rangers Play Was Energetic And Uninhibited

The New York Rangers have two constants that transcend time and space.

For starters, their navy blue uniforms are a work of art in team shmata, with white shadowing and a diagonal “R A N G E R S” running from right shoulder to left belt level.

Indeed, if they care about their dignity, they should bring back the old-timey white “NEW YORK” roadies as well.

Despite defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-2 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final, the New York Rangers will suffer some serious deterioration before the big beer cooler is presented.

What they do and who they are are inextricably linked. Each time they win the Cup—which happens about every ten presidents—their supporters act as if it’s anything other than a night filled with dance turndowns, lost wallets, and calls to Dad from the police station at 4:00 a.m.

For a team that hasn’t won a championship in a long time, the New York Rangers are looking younger, sprightlier, jumpier and less aware of their past than they have in years.

After thrashing Tampa Bay, the Rangers scored six goals that looked like they were improvised masterpieces, while the Lightning looked sluggish and dreary, as though they’d been around for some time.

Greetings from Filip Chytil.

Chytil’s two goals on the only two shots he managed to put on net turned a tense early game into the makings of a rout, which eventually became the eventual outcome.

Chris Kreider, 30, and Mika Zibanejad, 28, lead a young New York team that includes him, as well as Chytil, Alexis Lafreniere, Kappo Kakko, Adam Fox, and K’Andre Miller, all of whom are younger and more dynamic.

Since Sam Rosen’s career was made by Stephane Matteau 28 years ago, the New York Rangers have been as deep as any Ranger team since Igor Shesterkin and Charcoal Starter-Faced Head Coach Gerard Gallant.

Watching Wednesday’s game and noting how much more animated the Rangers were than the ‘Ning is the trick here, but the real challenge is figuring out how New York managed to blow the gaff and lose.

At this point, the only thing you’ve got is the sluggish old snail trail to fall back on: they’re like the Knicks, but with a better wardrobe.

Because Game 1 of the conference finals always serves as a shocker for the older team, it’s safe to assume they’re still in that position.

After thrashing Florida like roadside diner eggs, Tampa had eight days off, and the ‘Ning looked far too rested.

As Chytil, Kakko, and Lafreniere, the Rangers’ derivatively named Kid Line, proved to Tampa Bay, the Lightning’s final appearances are never as easy as they appear in the rearview mirror.

When it came to Andrei Vasilevskiy, the Rangers showed him to be nothing more than an average stopper, rather than an exceptional keeper.

Tampa has skate sharpeners older than Lafreniere and more consonants available than the Rangers, plus they have Brayden Point in reserve.

This does not guarantee that the rest of the series will play out this way. There isn’t enough evidence to write off a two-time champion just yet.

Even so, aren’t the Rangers looking good? In the meantime, that is what they are best at.

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