Cup Check! May 26, 2015

Wednesday 27th, May 2015 / 20:45 Written by
Cup Check! May 26, 2015

Welcome to The Other Half’s crowdsourced playoff-recap for May 26, 2015. Deliriously happy, no longer drunk Rangers homer Beth Machlan will walk you through Game 6 of what has to be one of the weirdest series in the history of hockey. As Gordie Howe is my witness, I couldn’t tell you in a million billion years what will happen in Game 7 on Friday; I can, however, with the help of Twitter and a gallon of Gatorade, tell you what happened last night.

This. This happened last night.

How about them details:

Goals:

-(NYR) Derick Brassard at 3:16 in the 1st period
-(NYR) Keith Yandle at 15:30 in the 1st
-(TBL) PPG — Ryan Callahan at 17:20 in the 1st
-(NYR) JT Miller at 3:02 of the 3rd
-(NYR) James Sheppard at 6:00 in the 3rd
-(NYR) Derick Brassard at 7:14 in the 3rd
-(TBL) Nikita Kucherov at 7:50 in the 3rd
-(NYR) PPG — Rick Nash at 10:21 in the 3rd
-(TBL) Nikita Kucherov at 13:21 in the 3rd
-(NYR) EN — Derick Brassard at 18:19 in the 3rd

Sometimes timing really is everything, and Derick Brassard picked an excellent time to get a (sadly hat-free) hat trick.

And what with all the abuse he takes, it’s always nice to see Rick Nash score, even if it’s a superfluous 6th of the night.

Goalies: Henrik Lundqvist stopped 36 of 39; Ben Bishop stopped 21 of 26, which was not good, so Andrei Vasilevskiy came in and stopped 6 of 7.

The world is not a fair place. Poor Bish gets pulled; Lundqvist plays a great game and the next day appears on this:

Notables:

Until the end of the 1st period, the Rangers had managed to keep their three former teammates — Ryan Callahan, Anton Stralman, and Brian Boyle — off the scoreboard. That ended when a fracas in the corner led to a power play goal. Watch and listen here:

Best:

Cowlicked 80s sitcom boy-next-door JT Miller has been seething for this whole series, and last night he finally exploded with his first playoff goal and two assists on a Rangers first line that, with the amputation of aged albatross Marty St. Louis, suddenly could not be stopped. With all due respect to Kucherov … triplets schmiplets.

Oh, ok, fine. WHATEVER.

Worst:

Rangers fans love to complain, but coach Alain Vigneault doesn’t. Which is why, if AV thinks that Stamkos should have been penalized for his hit on Ryan McDonagh, I believe him.

steven-stamkos-boards-ryan-mcdonagh

But that isn’t how it turned out.

That said, much as everyone in a blueshirt on and off the ice wanted to smash Steven Stamkos, Chris Kreider has got to learn to control his temper and not take the kind of penalties his own captain described as “selfish.” Former captain Ryan Callahan’s PPG could have been a game-changer. (In a way it was, since the Rangers then scored three straight goals. Nice change, Cally.)

Rangers 7, Lightning 3, tying the series at 3-3.

This series ends one way or another on Friday May 29, at 8 pm in New York.

 

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

What impressed us: Derek Brassard! Hat tricks are impressive, no matter when or where they come.

What distressed us: At this point in the season, basically everyone is writing slash.

In the next Cup Check: Chicago forces a game 7!

Eliza Eaton-Stern
Eliza is co-owner and Editor-in-Chief of The Other Half. She did her undergrad at the University of St. Andrews, where she once played air guitar with Prince William, and her Masters at the London School of Economics, where she wrote her dissertation on the history of military veterans in the Paralympic Movement. Despite the amount of time spent in Great Britain, she remains staunchly Midwestern in her feelings about how much cheese should accompany any given meal (lots). She lives in Colorado with her Hockey Hating Husband, where she plays rugby and yells at the TV about a wide variety of sports, including hockey, football, and other football.

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