For Rangers, Playoffs Defy Easy Explanations

May 10, 2012 12:00 AM

For Rangers, Playoffs Defy Easy Explanations

" Since the start of the Rangers' playoff run, there have been some widely held beliefs about what they were about to face.

The Senators were supposed to be a tough opponent because of their speed, but ultimately vulnerable because the Rangers were just a tougher and more physical team. That turned out to be completely false and, if anything, the Senators were the more physical team over the seven-game Rangers win.

The Caps were supposed to be an easier opponent than the Senators, something that you can tell was just as false, based on the fact that there will be a Game Seven on Saturday night. And the Rangers were supposed to have an edge in Game Six because of the deflating way that the Capitals lost Game Five despite leading after 59 minutes and 52 seconds of the game.

That last bit of conventional wisdom died 1 minute and 28 seconds into Wednesday's game when Alexander Ovechkin, who was every bit the monster he used to be, scored a power-play goal "

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