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N.Y. Rangers +141 to win series over Pittsburgh
7:05 PM EST. Chapter 1. ONCE UPON A TIME a girl named Cinderella lived with her stepmother and two stepsisters. Poor Cinderella had to work hard all day long so the others could rest. It was she who had to wake up each morning when it was still dark and cold to start the fire. It was she who cooked the meals. It was she who kept the fire going. It was she who found out that dreams really can come true.
Chapter 2. Louis Dominique had a dream to become an NHL goaltender. It was he who would spend countless hours riding buses from one small venue to another when he played minor league hockey for the Moncton Wildcats, Quebec Remparts, Gwinnett Gladiators, Portland Pirates, Springfield Falcons, Syracuse Crunch Binghamton Devils, Stockton Heat, and finally the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. It was he that was cast off by the following teams.
Tampa Bay Lightning
New Jersey Devils
On a Tuesday night in early May of 2022, it was he who found out that dreams really can come true.
Chapter 3. Pork and Broccoli.
On a Tuesday night in early May of 2022, Louis Dominique watched most of the game by himself, separated from the Penguins bench because it was too crowded. Having no idea he’d soon enter the fray, he figured a meal wouldn’t hurt between the first and second overtimes of what would become a 4-3 victory on Evgeni Malkin’s goal at 5:58 of the third OT. What did he eat? A slice of pizza, maybe? A protein bar? “Some spicy pork and broccoli,” Domingue said. “Not the best.”
Chapter 4. There is no Chapter 4 my friends because this isn’t a fairytale. This is the story of the planets aligning up perfectly on Tuesday night to create one of the most unbelievable playoff stories in Stanley Cup lore. While the Penguins deserved to win or at least 50% deserved to win, the clock indeed has struck midnight, as Louis Dominque has now had more than 24 hours to think about it. For the first time in his career, he’s an overnight sensation with every media outlet wanting to talk to him. He’s never, ever had to deal with the media frenzy that he’s dealing with right now. They may as well put his name up on the billboard at the World’s Most Famous Arena because he must feel like he’s headlining there.
It may as well read,
TONIGHT: Penguins vs Rangers starring King Louis.
It’s a nice story, truly it is but the reality is that he’s a career backup that didn’t have time to think for a second before being told to “Get in There”. Furthermore, the Penguins secured a victory and there is no question that a triple OT game will take its toll more on the Pens than the Rags. We do not know if Casey DeSmith will be back or what’s going to happen in this series but if this series is like a prize fight where jabs add up to a knockout in the “championship rounds” New York is well positioned to outlast the Penguins.
The Rangers turned a significant goaltending edge into a massive one, at least for this one game. The Rangers also had to play with five defensemen in the second and third OT’s on Tuesday night but like Pittsburgh, they were one shot away from winning it.
Instead of spotting -160, we’ll take the Rangers to win the series. The massive edge in net the Rangers now possess cannot be overlooked. We all saw what happened to the Predators when they were forced to play with a third string goaltender against Colorado. The Rangers aren’t Colorado but New York absolutely has the speed, talent and snipers to put an end to this fairytale and they figure to do it in convincing fashion.
NY Rangers +141 (Risking 2 units - To Win: 2.82)