Originally written on Rangers Review  |  Last updated 12/4/11
Once again the Rangers did not play their best game. Once again the Rangers found a way to win. But here’s the problem with this. In general I have observed the Rangers tend to go through a predictable cycle when stuff like this happens. First, they put together a few wins in a row. They will win these games playing like coach Tortorella wants them to. They will forecheck hard, they will hit the way Cally destroyed Stamkos tonight, they will block shots, they will sacrifice life and limb to stop pucks from going to their net, and they will be led by their stars with the support players chipping in as well. Then, they will start to get a little cocky. They will maybe not backcheck as hard as usual. They will keep winning, and then they will say, you know what, I don’t need to backcheck that hard, we’ll win anyway. Then they’ll not chase a loose puck as hard in the offensive zone, saying, you know what, I stopped backchecking hard and we still won, maybe I can stop forecheck...
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