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Leadership Pep Talk May Turn Around Another Series

While the passing of Martin St. Louis’ mother and the return of Chris Kreider are widely regarded as the main reasons the Rangers were able to bounce back from a 3-1 series hole against the Penguins, most Blueshirt players are quick to remind us that their players-only meeting after the Game 4 debacle was also very instrumental.

Well, it looks like the Rangers went back to the well after Monday night’s devastating Game 3 loss seemingly put the Blueshirts in an insurmountable 3-0 hole…

“A couple of guys talked after last game, I was one of them,” Henrik Lundqvist noted after the 2-1 Game 4 victory last night. “We said ‘whatever happens, we’re winning [Game 4]. We’re not losing two at home.’”

…while his goaltending ability is second-to-none, it’s his leadership qualities that separates him from the pack.

…i don’t think I’m overstating that Lundqvist’s performance last night after virtually guaranteeing a victory to his teammates two days earlier is in Messier Game 6 territory.

…while I feel rah-rah speeches are over-rated, the rhetoric coming from the Rangers leadership seems to be resonating with their teammates because they’ve immediately responded with spirited performances following both these pep talks.

Kevin

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