A thrilling week for New York sports was highlighted by a Game 7 victory, and overall dominated by hockey. Here are our weekly awards, highlighting the best and the worst in the past week in New York Sports.
Team of the Week: New York Rangers
How could this one not go to the Rangers? They made NHL history, being the first team to comeback after being down 3-1 in the playoffs for two consecutive seasons. This season, they beat a strong Washington Capitals team who had them against the wall with a 3-1 lead. The Rangers will to win ultimately prevailed, culminating in a 2-1 OT game 7 victory. Henrik Lundvist was marvelous yet again, really being the catalyst behind this comeback with amazing games in net. New York also started the ECF with a 2-1 victory over the Lightning. Great week overall.
Play of the Week: New York Rangers win Game 7 behind Derek Stepan OT goal (Written by Ankit Mehra)
Game 7’s don’t feel like Game 7’s when the New York Rangers are in them. Instead, they are more like any other playoff game. Rangers fans are now accustomed to their team pushing their opponents to their breaking points, while pulling out marginal wins and this game was no different. After Ovechkin opened the scoring for Washington, the Rangers leveled the score and pushed the game to overtime. That was where this play came into action. As he so often does, Derek Stepan began to hover around to goaltenders crease and as Brandon Holtby saved Dan Girardi’s shot, Stepan put away the rebound to send the Rangers to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Game of the Week: New York Rangers complete 3-1 comeback, advance to Eastern Conference Finals after Game 7 victory
This article should really be renamed “what have the New York Rangers done lately?” They’ve not only dominated this weekly award series since its inception, but have dominated the sports world in general over the past few months. It appeared all that was set to end after falling behind 3-1 against Washington in their semifinal matchup, but the Rangers would quickly change that.
They forced a Game 7, which is a thrilling one to say the least. The game opened up with a power play goal from the Russian superstar Alexander Ovechkin early in the first period. Later in the second period, Kevin Hayes would equal the game at one goal apiece.
This game was all about the goalies, with Henrik Lundqvist and Brandon Holtby making spectacular save after spectacular save to keep both teams in it until overtime. Any Ranger fan who watched this game will agree that the first four minutes of overtime were terrifying. The Capitals controlled the puck, firing shot after shot in what seemed like a never ending barrage.
Eventually, the Rangers would gain control and Derek Stepan would fire in the game winner, leading the Rangers to the Eastern Conference Finals for the second consecutive year, and third time in the last four years.
Worst Team of the Week: New York Mets
After a blazing hot start, the New York Mets appear to be fading. They got swept in four games by the Chicago Cubs, scoring just 10 runs in those games combined. They then lost 7-0 in an opening game loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, before finally winning two games by a combined score of 19-2. T
he Mets team hitting has been sporadic as of late. The losses of Davis Wright and Travis D’Arnaud are doing them no favors, while guys like Lucas Duda and Wilmer Flores are struggling to hit.
Worst Player of the Week: Martin St. Louis
What happened to Martin St. Louis?
Just a season ago, he was a crucial cog to the Rangers playoff run, really energizing the team to comeback from their 3-1 defector against the Pittsburgh Penguins, but this year is a different story. The 39-year-old seems slow and tired, and hasn’t scored a goal yet this entire postseason. He will have to step up these final two rounds if the Rangers want a shot at the Stanley Cup.
Player of the Week: Henrik Lundqvist
Lundqvist was an absolute rock in the net this week for New York, giving up 5 goals over 3 games. He made a plethora of phenomenal saves, and really was the driving force behind the Rangers comeback. As long as he is playing like this, the Rangers will have a shot in every game.