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Steve Zipay takes you inside the locker room, home and on the road, with the New York Rangers, and also writes about the NHL, off and on the ice.

Three keys for NYR as they head to Boston for Game 5

Rangers have a light practice today after gutsy, and a little bit lucky, win at MSG.

I'm told everybody who played last night was on ice, except Chris Kreider (probably maintenance day), so assume same lineup given the 5:30 p.m. puck drop tomorrow at TD Garden.

I'm en route to Boston, but the other members of Team Newsday, Anthony Rieber and Arthur Staple will be handling the news from the Blueshirts and Bruins today.  

As I wrote yesterday, Torts made the right call last night on Richards, probably should've done it earlier, but I still like Asham in the lineup and am concerend about penalties from Newbury, Haley, Hamrlik.  But again, fourth line isn't getting major minutes.

Keys to extending the series in Beantown:

1. Henrik Lundqvist.  A goal or less and NYR has a legit shot.

2. Power play/PK.  Scoring with the man-advantage and keeping Bs PP off board could make a difference. Interesting that Torts admitted to press today that he "screwed up" by not using Ryan McDonagh more on PP. Jeez, lots of us have suggested that this season.

3. Clutch plays from the top fellows: Nash, Brassard, Callahan, Stepan, Zuke, etc.

More in a bit....

 

All our coverage from late last night, and moving forward, is on newsday.com, of course.

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