Time to Drop Gloves for Rangers-Devils

Time to Drop Gloves for Rangers-Devils

Thank goodness that’s over.

Two weeks and seven games of admirable, meticulous, low-scoring, joyless ice hockey came to a close on Saturday night with a 2-1 victory for the Rangers over the Caps in Game 7 at the Garden.

A snappy beginning assured the happy ending. The Rangers required just 92 seconds to score the first goal on Saturday night, then never lost the lead. The way this series went all along, with little offense and much caution, the only thing that ever really mattered was that first goal. The Rangers came out faster, made a play, and the game ostensibly ended right there, with Brad Richards’ slapper from the top of the left circle under the glove of Braden Holtby.

There was another Ranger goal, then a Cap goal, then some handshakes. Both teams said nice things about each other. Congratulations to everyone.

And that’s all you really need to know about Saturday before we get started all over again on Monday with a grudge series that already has the mayor of Newark promising a one-sided victory in the conference finals.
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