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Justice has prevailed. Real Madrid deservedly left the NHL playoffs from the world of hockey

Date: July 15, 2024 Time: 05:47:00

Without gloating. Mirthless. Just hockey justice. That’s all.

Even a little bitterness. Really sad for Artemy Panarin and Igor Shesterkin. They deserved the Stanley Cup.

But not the Rangers.

If the Blueshirts had won the Stanley Cup this season, it would have been one of the most undeserved victories of the 21st century. Injustice itself.

Because? There are many reasons.


Even in the series with Washington, it was impossible not to notice that in certain periods the terrible and absolutely exhausted “capital” managed to surpass the team that won the Presidential Cup. Then one of the Caps would be ejected and the Rangers would win the game.

Rangers hockey players with coach.

Photo: Lynne Sladky/AP/TASS

More or less the same thing happened in the series with Carolina. Adjusted for the fact that the “hurricanes” were faster than the “capitals” and were launched much more frequently. And they even managed to win two games. But we couldn’t count on more.

It didn’t work with Florida. In the six meetings of the series, the Rangers were only able to score once in a five-on-four game. Twice more, with “six against five” at the end. The Panthers managed to neutralize New York’s main weapon and suddenly it turned out that the Blueshirts, in general, had nothing more to offer than that.

Peter Laviolette didn’t have a plan B in case Florida didn’t get kicked out or could do something against the Rangers’ perfect majority.

Nasty and imposing game.

In fact, the fact that New York made it to the conference finals should already be considered a great achievement. It’s strange writing this about the regular season champion, but…

The Rangers were annoying. Very annoying. In each series they managed to play simply poorly, then turned on for a short period, took what they needed and again continued to play poorly. Sometimes they were very lucky. New York scored more shorthanded goals than power play goals against Florida. This cannot be a clear plan. Pure luck.

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Of course, there’s nothing wrong with getting lucky and playing the short term. One expects something a little different from the NHL regular season champion. As one of my colleagues said, “it’s no fun supporting a clear favorite.” This is true. However, it’s even worse when the clear favorite doesn’t even seem to be trying very hard. But he still wins. This seems to devalue the efforts of opponents who can reach victory in the Cup for years, only to be eliminated because, for example, striker Alexander Wennberg decided to score his only 11th goal in extra time of the 92nd game of the Cup. season.

“Rangers” 2024 is a kind of “Royal” of the hockey world. But only in hockey did justice prevail.

Additionally, the Blueshirt leaders mostly didn’t show up in the most important moments of the series against Florida. Artemiy Panarin scored the first goal a minute and a half before kickoff, Vincent Trocheck scored two goals against Sergei Bobrovsky and Chris Kreider scored one. The Rangers’ top scorers in the conference finals were Alexi Lafreniere (four goals) and Barkley Goodrow (three).

From the first round, it seemed that New York’s leaders were approaching the game too imposingly. It seemed like they could be in power saving mode and then figure everything out in a couple of minutes. Until the last moments of the series with the Panthers they played exactly in this style. But Florida did not allow them to “turn on” in the decisive moment.

Rangers vs. Florida Series

Photo: Lynne Sladky/AP/TASS

And even tough guy Matt Rempe, whom many admired in the first round and thanks to whose toughness New York racked up statistics on the power play, could not do anything.


This reason is somehow related to the previous ones. The Rangers did not have a person who could lead the team. The first line, headed by Khlebushko, practically failed; one of the NHL’s best defensemen, Adam Fox, was a disappointment. They just disappeared in the series with the Panthers. The guys in the lower levels had to drag, but that alone won’t get you very far.

The only one to whom no claim can be made is Igor Shesterkin. The Russian goalkeeper kept Rangers’ chances until the end. But the rest did not support. The rest lacked character.

And yes, this is not the same as imposing. In those moments, when the “Rangers” really “turned on”, the “Panthers” crushed them, tied their hands and feet. “Florida” has a lot of character. Now this is the strongest team mentally and psychologically, led by one of the most charismatic and spiritually powerful hockey players in the modern NHL – Matthew Tkachuk.

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The NHL season will definitely end with a beautiful story. Which do you wanna see?

There were no such players on the Rangers roster.


Of course, I am very sad for Panarin and Shesterkin. The guys deserved their Stanley Cup a long time ago. And this year it seemed like no one could stop the Rangers. They won the NHL regular season, they are the obvious top contender for the cup! How can a team like this lose?

Turns out it can. And, in a good way, this is where he should have lost. An opponent who was superior to her in all elements. And I didn’t trust luck.

Justice has prevailed. At least she’s still in hockey.

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Puck Henry
Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.

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