Maybe we’ve underestimated the Rangers to this point. When we talk about how they find a way to win, maybe that makes it sound like they didn’t deserve to win. Does that make sense?
Bottom line is that, when this Rangers team plays the way it knows how to play, and the way it has to play, it is simply one of the best teams in the league.
Do they win some games because of goaltending? Well, duh. Their goalie is their best players, so of course they do.
But does anything bother this team? Does playing against a very rested, very skilled, very fast team the night after playing a tough game and traveling and getting your butt absolutely kicked for the first 10 or 12 minutes even phase them a little? Nope.
But you know what else? For the last 45 or 50 minutes, the Rangers were better than the Penguins. They were. They are.
1) That first 10-12 minutes, that’s as badly as they’ve been outplayed for a stretch this season, or at least since Vancouver. That first goal by...