History doesn't like Rangers; Nash thoughts
April, 22, 2012
By Mike Mazzeo | ESPNNewYork.com
The Rangers are on the brink of elimination -- and history is not on their side.
The Rangers have trailed 3-2 in a best-of-seven series 17 times in their history; they’ve come back and won a series just once (1994 Eastern Conference Finals vs. New Jersey). And since the NHL lockout, teams that are down 3-2 have come back to win the series just six times in 31 opportunities.
“Whoever’s gonna win has to win four [games], and no one’s done that yet,” center Brad Richards said. “For us to win, we’re gonna have to go seven games, that’s the difference.”
If the Rangers are going to win two straight, they’re going to have to score some goals. In the last three games, they’ve scored just three times; four times in the last five.
On the power play, the Rangers have converted just three times in 22 opportunities during the series.
It makes you wonder what would’ve happened had GM Glen Sather decided to meet the Blue Jackets’ steep demands for sniper Rick Nash. At the time, it seemed very risky.
But given what has transpired, maybe it was a risk Sather should’ve taken.
The Rangers came into the postseason with the No. 1 seed in the East and high expectations. Now, they’re on the brink of an early exit and the criticism that comes with failing to meet them.
Rangers coach John Tortorella wanted no part of talking to the media after Sunday’s optional morning skate. He answered three questions with a combined four words and left.
“You know it’s gonna be tough in the playoffs,” speedster Carl Hagelin said. “But all we can think about now is the next game and trying to win.”
Are you happy that Sather didn’t pull the trigger on a Nash deal? Or do you wish he had? Weigh in with your thoughts in the comments section.