RANGERS! RANGERS! RANGERS!

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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist celebrates after beating the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Rangers defeated the Penguins, 3-1, in Game 6 of the NHL Eastern Conference playoffs at Madison Square Garden in New York on Sunday, May 11, 2014.

Now, I am not a hockey expert by any stretch of the imagination, but as long as the New York Rangers keep winning I’ll be a fan.

Having lived in NY all my life, this is most likely because of my New York bias.  Anyhow the Rangers coming into the playoffs are a #2 seed in the eastern metro part of the playoff bracket. New York  already won their respective series in the first round against the Philadelphia Flyers, beating them in 4-3 in the best of seven series. The Rangers had another battle in the second round against the Pittsburgh Penguins, winning yet again the series 4-3 in a best of seven.

The second round was tough for them because they won game one but then lost the next three–only to come back from a 3-1 deficit and beat the increasingly puck-smacked Penguins. The New York defense showed up to play, only allowing the Penguins all-star Sidney Crosby to score one goal the entire series. Ranger defense was led by goalie Henrik Lundqvist who has had a save percentage so far in the postseason of 93% –in the last three games against Pittsburgh saved 102 of the 105 shots on goal.  Anyone can have one hot day; Lundqvist has been so consistently on fire that it’s a good thing he plays his game on ice.

My hope is the Rangers will win the Stanley Cup. We will see but game one of the Eastern Conference finals, against the Montreal Canadiens, starts Saturday at one p.m.