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.
Even at an optional, that's a good sign for Clowe, who hasn't skated since the Washington series. And Marc Staal.
Not sure what to make of Anton Stralman's absence, but he didn't play in the third and Kreider was struck in the face with a stick at 5:05 of the third.
Darroll Powe, who said he was feeling better yesterday after missing seven games, also is on ice here at teh MSG Training...Read more »
Remember “The Longest Yard”? These are the longest odds:
Only three teams have come back from 0-3 to win a series: the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs (against the Red Wings), the 1975 Islanders (against the Penguins), and the 2010 Flyers (against the Bruins). These Rangers aren’t as offensively gifted as those Flyers and this edition of the Bruins is better.
Again, as...Read more »
With a 9-0 record since March 24 in the familiar surroundings of Madison Square Garden, the Rangers rolled into Tuesday’s Game 3 against the Bruins, who lead the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Semifinals 2-0, with some degree of confidence.
“We’ve been good at home all year long,” Rangers head coach John Tortorella said today. “Some pucks go in at home, or they don’t go in, in certain situations...Read more »
Seems like a break for the Rangers to open the series.
Bruins coach Claude Julien said it "doesn't look good" for defensemen Wade Redden, Andrew Ference and Dennis Seidenberg, who didn't skate today.
Two rookies: Matt Bartkowski (2 playoff games) and Torey Krug (none) are stepping in. Dougie Hamilton has been playing.
And C Brad Marchand left the skate at TD Garden...Read more »
Greetings from Boston, where the British have come and gone, I'm told.
Coffee in hand and settled in after the drive north last night, and along with colleagues Arthur Staple and Anthony Rieber, we'll be at the off-day practices, skates and Games 1 and 2 here as the Eastern Conference Semifinals begin tonight, so remember to swing by every few hours for updates.
Please joing the...Read more »
For either the Rangers or the Capitals, the short but bumpy road that began after the NHL lockout will end tonight. ...Read more »
Maybe the Rangers can draw on memories for inspiration.
They scored three times in Game Six in Ottawa---not at MSG---last spring to force a Game 7 at home, which they won to capture the East Quarterfinals. This time, Game 7, if necessary, would be back here.
The Rangers were 16-6-2 at home, plus the wins in Games 3 and 4, and the Caps are already wary.
"Obviously, it's...Read more »
Defenseman Marc Staal, who is struggling with vision problems, is not dressing tonight for Game 5 of the series and could not say when he might rejoin the Rangers lineup.
Staal, who played 17 minutes in Game 3, then pulled himself out of the lineup before Game 4 after a morning skate, said that on the ice that day "it didn't go particularly well... as the day...Read more »
It's on to Washington again. and perhaps a two-of-three.
Either team can win in six, but you get the feeling that this baby may go down to the wire. Somebody would have to win a game on the road.
Home has ruled so far, with the Rangers quick-strike goals in the third being just enough to scrape by the Capitals, who had erased a 2-0 lead with two of their won in the second.
If Lundqvist...Read more »
Rick Nash, who has one assist in the first three games of this playoff series, said he had no ill effects after slamming into the boards on a missed check on Mike Green at the end of the second period in Game 3.
“No, I felt pretty good in the third,” said Nash, who was given a maintenance day for rest and treatment on Tuesday and skated Wednesday morning in an optional practice at MSG.
“I...Read more »