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Expect a Continuation of Close Games for the New York Rangers in Eastern Conference Finals

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It would seem that there are two things that are certain for The New York Rangers about the upcoming Eastern Conference Finals.

First, the Rangers will see a lot of familiar faces in the lineup of its opponent in the Eastern Conference finals: Tampa Bay’s Brian Boyle, Anton Stralman and, if he recovers quickly enough from an appendectomy, former captain Ryan Callahan. Second, the Rangers play lots of one-goal games.

The series will open up on Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden in New York, the place where former Tampa Bay Lightning Martin St. Louis, Dan Boyle and Dominic Moore now call home. New York has played in 12 postseason games and all of them have been decided by one goal, four in overtime including a 2-1 Game 7 victory on Wednesday night.

The Blue shirts also played in two one goal games to end the 2014 postseason, so they have now totaled 14 straight one goal games which is an NHL record.

It doesn’t hurt to have an all-world superstar in goal such as Henrik Lundquist who made 35 saves Wednesday night before Derek Stepan’s overtime winner. But the thing with the Rangers is, they are fearless. The Rangers are 4-0 in overtimes this spring winning each game by the score of 2-1.

The NHL’s best team in the 2014-2015 season are the only team to win a series after trailing 3-1 in consecutive years, doing the same thing to the Penguins in the second round in 2014.

The Rangers have also won six straight Game 7’s.

With the Lightning sweeping the season series against the Rangers, the team from New York is not scared, and is ready to play in more pressure packed games. It doesn’t hurt to know they can handle any situation.

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