Cup Check! May 24, 2015

Monday 25th, May 2015 / 21:17 Written by
Cup Check! May 24, 2015

Welcome to The Other Half’s crowdsourced playoff-recap for May 24, 2015. Deflated Rangers homer Beth Machlan is here to tell it like is, or rather how she wishes it wasn’t. People, it’s almost the end of the series. Which means someone has to win, someone has to lose, and someone has to remind Beth that no matter what happens, life goes on outside the playoffs, like for instance her wedding anniversary. Whoops.

How about them details:

Goals:

-(TBL) Valtteri Fillipula at 13:29 in the 2nd period
-(TBL) Steven Stamkos at 18:22 in the 2nd period

Goalies: Ben Bishop stopped 26 of 26; Henrik Lundqvist stopped 20 of 22.

Notables:

Bishop left warmups early after taking a Nikita Nesterov shot right in the junk. Nesterov’s profuse apology? “Sorry, bro.”

In spite of his early departure from warmups, he still had enough energy to try to net himself a goal:

We’ve seen a header “goal” already this round, but how about some header defense?

There were, as usual during the playoffs, a couple celebrity sightings:

Oh yeah, and there were a couple of beautiful goals. Unfortunately, they were only on one side of the scoreboard:

Best:

One could say there’s such thing as too much Stammertime.

Worst:

The Rangers are known for finding new and exciting ways to screw up zone entries. In Game 4 it looked like they finally had it figured out; Game 5 found them once again struggling to do more than dump, chase, and get chased out. The power play also picked a shitty time to decide to suck again, going 0-5. They denied Tampa any power play goals; unfortunately, Tampa didn’t need them.

Under “Worst” subcategory “Grossest:” I guess Braydon Coburn barfed on the bench? Maybe video exists, but I’m not looking for it; that game made me nauseous enough already.

 

Lightning 2, Rangers 0, giving the Lightning a 3-2 series lead

This series continues Tuesday at 8 pm in Tampa.

 

Once the points were tallied and the soundbytes given The Other Half took a vote and we agree:

What impressed us: The ways these teams have been adjusting and figuring each other out over the course of the series. It paid off big for the Rangers in Game 4; the Bolts reaped the benefits last night. I’m guessing both teams watched a lot of tape today; soon we’ll see who graduates, and who gets left back.
What distressed us: To borrow a euphemism from our neighbors across the pond, Rangers fans have been finding themselves getting a little “tired and emotional” during these games. In less gentle language, this team is driving us to drink. A lot.

We’re coming to the end here, folks. Lundqvist and the Rangers are 14-3 in elimination games; the Lightning have, well, this:

Tune in tomorrow night to see if I’ll be writing Wednesday’s post in my own blood.

Beth Boyle Machlan
Beth is maybe a little deranged about the NY Rangers, with whom her girls' team shared practice ice at Rye Playland back in the 80s. However, she can get sucked into almost any sport enough to yell at the TV. She teaches writing full-time, is raising one hockey player and one artist, and wants to create a contact sport for middle-aged ladies with bad backs.

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