Good read as usual from Stan Fischler though it doesn't mean he is always right. I remember him telling horror stories bashing Avery, and then backpedaling when Avery came back.
But I actually agree with Stan on goalies and defense except he underestimates the Ovechkin's factor.
MSG.com, Apr. 13, 2009 "Why the Rangers Will Beat Washington":
Back to the Rangers. They'll beat Washington because they have the most important player of all, Henny Lundqvist. Goaltending wins playoffs and New York has a hot one. The Caps Jose Theodore has "Sieve" written all over him.
Now you're going to ask me, "What about Al Ovechkin?"
Good question. I love the guy along with millions of other hockey fans. However, John Tortorella has the perfect antidote to Ovie and that happens to be Sean Avery.
Oh, brother, how I respect their offense but voracious checking, A-1 goaltending and insightful blueprinting (by Torts) can defuse the best attackers.
Playoffs-past prove this point over and over and over again. (Check out Bobby Orr And The Big, Bad Bruins who were knocked off by Ken Dryden and Montreal in 1971.)
What I don't respect is the Washington defense.
NEW YORK IN SIX GAMES.
The best prediction about the playoff run was made by Alex Ovechkin in the interview to SovSport:
No predictions will ever work. It's a wheel of fortune. Our team is improving rapidly. But how we will fare in playoffs? I dare not to say.
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