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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Burning question: How reliable are sports guarantees?

Breakdown: Not very, though New York has a pretty good history with them, particularly in Super Bowls. Joe Namath (Jets) and Plaxico Burress (Giants) both made good on promises of victory. Next up is Rangers goalie Joe Willie Lundqvist (known to friends and loved ones as Henrik), who has guaranteed a victory in Game 3. The Penguins' most famous guarantee was Kevin Stevens telling everyone within earshot that his team would come back and beat the Boston Bruins after dropping the first two games of a playoff series in 1991. That is precisely what the Penguins did.

PuckSpeak: "We know we can put more pressure on them. We're going to do that in New York, and we're going to get the win." -- Lundqvist, as quoted in the New York Daily News, after Game 2.

Looking ahead: If the Rangers are to get back in the series with a win tonight, they'll need Lundqvist to play the way he did in Game 2, when he stopped 30 of 31 Penguins' shots. The Rangers also will need to put more pressure on Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, likely in the form of throwing pucks at the net and getting plenty of bodies around him.

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