For additional insight into the Eastern Conference Second Round series between the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers, NHL.com has enlisted the help of Dave Farrish to break down the action. Farrish will be checking in throughout the series.
Farrish was an assistant coach for the Anaheim Ducks and Toronto Maple Leafs from 2005-14. He won the Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007. He also coached 1,027 games in the minor leagues, including the American Hockey League. In addition, Farrish, a former defenseman, played 430 games over seven seasons in the NHL.
Go out, relax and play your game.
That was Dave Farrish's message to the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs when they trailed the Boston Bruins 3-1 in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal. His message to the 2015 New York Rangers is similar, except it's a different situation. The Maple Leafs, who tied the best-of-7 series 3-3 before losing Game 7 to the Bruins, were the underdog, whereas the Rangers are the Presidents' Trophy winners picked by many to win the Stanley Cup.