You usually have a logical and calm deemer and I typically look to you as a voice of reason. But on this thread you seem unhinged.
I don't consider the Rags a "fierce" rival, more of a geographic rival (currently). I would hardly describe my cheering as "active". I would rather see them win, than Montreal, that is the extent of it. If insecure fantatics can't handle this, that is not my problem.
Come on Manta. The Hudson rivalry is one of the best around. I understand the hatred even if it's kind of amusing. Especially what's tossed around. All I can say is it's nice to be able to support a team this deep into the tournament. It's very exciting. Of course when there's success, you get your bandwagon fans who didn't even know the Rangers existed. I can't stand those types. They didn't experience a decade of futility or endure some of the worst hockey at MSG. Unfortunately, those kind always exist. Doesn't matter what team or city. Frontrunners.
My feeling when we lost to you in 2012 was one of indifference. There was an emptiness following that series. I refused to watch the first three games of the SCF. Only once the Devils got back in it, I feared the worst. Of course, I didn't want to see them win. But I wasn't exactly cheering wildly for the Kings. I am able to separate my emotions. It's not the same when your team isn't there.
I expect every negative verb to be used describing Kreider as a mass murderer along with conspiracy theories. I've seen bitter Islander fans try to discredit their run. 'They lucked into it.' Of course, you do need some luck to get this far. Whether it be injuries or bounces, etc. Did anyone stop to think that maybe you also make your own luck? The Rangers got little to no contribution from the top line thru two rounds. It wasn't until Kreider returned that they woke up. There's been reference to the meeting Richards, St. Louis and Lundqvist had following Game 4. Listening to Lundqvist reference what was said along with his brutal honesty about feeling the 2012 team didn't give everything in that ECF is eye opening. The Devils were hungrier that series. Much can be said when you have 10 holdovers who experienced that. Losing is never an alternative. Throw in the MSL situation and it solidified them.
I don't expect it to be easy. Even up 2-0 on Montreal, I know better. Tokarski was solid in his debut. Even with Lundqvist standing on his head, Tokarski made some big stops giving his team a chance. The long layoff helps the Canadiens. Game 4 isn't till Sunday. Another two day rest. Tonight's game is going for as much as $400. That's crazy. My Dad, brother and his buddy left.
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