Barkley Goudreau of Rangers thrives as he stares into the past of The Lightning

It wasn’t all that long ago that Barkley Goudreau, six seasons in his professional career and the NHL League, looked like just another fourth player in the NHL as he toiled for the Sharks that were on the verge of missing the playoffs.

Now, a little over two years later, Goodrow is too Give up advice and example The Rangers on what it takes to win the Stanley Cup. That’s what Stanley Cobb’s pair with Tampa Bay will do for you.

Goodrow has become one of the guys who knocks.

“I don’t know how they feel, but from our point of view, we have to play our game. We’re going to have to take it to another level,” the ringer said twice before the final opening of the conference Wednesday night against Lightning at the Garden. “They were there. They know what it takes. They want to go back to the finals, and so do we.

“So we have a lot of hungry players, a lot of youngsters, a lot of veteran players who want to get there, who have fought really hard so far in this qualifier. We are halfway to what we want to achieve. It is another team and it will be a good challenge.”

Goodrow knows as well as anyone else that Tampa Bay isn’t just another team. He’s been an integral part of the 2020 and 2021 Championship teams as a staple in the third streak with Yanni Gord and Blake Coleman after he (and Coleman) secured Lightning in the 2020 deadline.

Barkley Goudreau is back in the Rangers squad for Game Six against the Hurricanes after missing 11 previous games through injury.
Barkley Goudreau is back in the Rangers squad for Game Six against the Hurricanes after missing 11 previous games through injury.
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The Lightning team got Goodrow and Coleman (of the Devils) to add grit and sandpaper to the group, which in 2019 suffered a shock first-round sweep by Columbus after a 128-point season. A couple of Cups later, both departed as free agents last summer, from Coleman to Calgary. Gord was selected by Seattle in the expansion draft.

The third streak is all over, but Tampa Bay is back, targeting the No. 3 Cup.

as well as Goudreau, from Signed a six-year deal with an annual cap of $3,641,667 After the Blueshirts took the rights from Lightning in exchange for a seventh driver to keep it off the open market, the price was sure to go up.

General Manager Chris Drury saw the same qualities in Goodrow that Tampa Bay General Manager Julian Presboa saw two years earlier. But in addition to that, there was the tournament intent that the striker would bring into the Rangers room lacking a player who won the cup.

“I don’t know if you saw what was needed, but I saw the potential and the path this team took from being well drafted, and many of the talented young players that I think you see during these qualifiers come on their own,” said the 29-year-old veteran. possibility. And it seemed like a perfect fit for myself.”

If Goodrow fills in some of the blanks, Rangers have been filling in a relatively light résumé over the past month, with the team surviving eliminations five times while winning a pair of Game 7s. It appears that over four weeks ago, the lack of playoff experience was anecdotal.

Barkley Goudreau lifts the Stanley Cup with Lightning on July 7, 2021.
Barkley Goudreau lifts the Stanley Cup with Lightning on July 7, 2021.
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“I think players who have never played in the playoffs before have got a taste of it and know what it is like now. They realize that every round is getting harder and harder,” said No. 21. “You learn from your experience. I think we learned a lot from the first two rounds. The guys looked great.

“The pressure and the moment don’t affect their playing style, which is a great testament to their maturity and desire to win. We are more experienced now than we were a month ago. I think we will use that and take our game to the next level.”

In professional sports, it is never just about what a player has done, but also what that player can do on the ice, on the field, on the field. Goodrow gets it done, and sets an example, by slipping into the blue collar With his return to game 6 against Hurricanes after being sidelined in 11 previous games due to a suspected broken foot in the first game of the opening round.

“You can’t say enough about him,” Ryan Strom said. “Maybe we can sit here for 10 or 15 minutes and continue with what he brings. I think when the fans cheered for the starting lineup in Game 6 when he started, I think that was really cool and says a lot about what he has to offer as a person and as a player.

He’s been there, he’s done it. He knows what it takes. He’s such a big part of our team. It’s hard to imagine our group without him. Like I said, we can sit here for 10 or 15 minutes and talk about him. He’s an amazing person and a huge part of our team. We Really lucky to have him.”

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