To stay alive, Rangers must win Game 5 (WSH at NYR 7PM)

Nash needs to score (Getty)

Nash needs to score (Getty)

How did they get here? The President’s Trophy winning Rangers on the bring of elimination in round 2?  Must be the unstoppable Alex Ovechkin. No, that isn’t it. Washington, much like Pittsburgh before looked at the speed and skill of the Rangers and opted to commit to defense and shot blocking.

Tonight, the Rangers are in a do or die situation and allowing another 20+ shot blocking performance will certainly kill them. The Blueshirts have to get shots through and crash the net. Sadly, the NHL playoffs circa 2000 doesn’t really reward skill as much as it does grit. However, when you can combine the two it results in Championships.

Time for the Rangers to get dirty.

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