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2013 Rangers Preview: The King's Last Stand?

Brian Rutherford

Brian Rutherford

A freelance writer of all things but mostly sports, music and politics, Brian Rutherford was raised on Long Island, NY and currently resides in a suburb of Dallas, Texas. His favorite teams are the New York Rangers, Texas Rangers, New York Giants and New York Knicks. "So the difference I think, boils down to this: you can either impose yourself on reality and then write about it, or you can impose yourself on reality by writing it." -Hunter S. Thompson "The Proud Highway"

Outside of adding Rick Nash, the 2012-13 Rangers had made very few changes to a team that was just two wins shy of their first Stanley Cup appearance since 1994. Going into the lockout shortened season, the Rangers were a trendy pick to be not only the best show on Broadway, but a lock for the Eastern Conference finals. By the trade deadline, it was obvious head coach John Tortorella was not going to be able to get a slumping Marian Gaborik sparked. After dealing Gaborik to Columbus for John Moore, Derick Brassard and Derek Dorsett the Rangers sputtering offense seemed energized. Weeks later, it became clear the energy was merely temporary and the Rangers stumbled into the playoffs. Though they extended their recent playoff success over the Capitals with a second consecutive seven-game series win, the eventual Eastern Conference champion Bruins quieted the offense once again, winning four of five and ending the Rangers' season much earlier than most expected.

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