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.
"After two days, it's enough, they want to play," declared John Tortorella in his post-practice scrum, referring to his players.
The coach wants to move on as well, and clearly didn't want to talk long with the media, opening his presser with...Read more »
What we like HENRIK LUNDQVIST He has saved his best for last, finished strong, and being ultracompetitive, will bring his A-game against the Capitals.
SURVIVING TESTS The Atlantic Division was stronger, with three teams in the playoffs. The Capitals won the Southeast, with three teams having the fewest points in the East. GETTING HEALTHIER It’s possible that injured Ryane Clowe, Brian Boyle...Read more »
1 Special teams In close games, timely goals are critical and there’s a mismatch on the power play. Washington is ranked first in the league, scoring at a 26.8-percent clip. The Rangers are 27th (15.7 percent). The sides are closer on the penalty kill, with the Rangers 15th at an 81-percent success rate; the Capitals are 27th at 77.9 percent. 2 Stopping Alex Ovechkin Coach John Tortorella has...Read more »
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Stories, picks, stats, keys to the series, likes and concerns, as the two rivals head to Pittsburgh and Washington......Read more »
As his first NHL playoff games approach, Derick Brassard recalled his close call in 2008-09 with Columbus.
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No. 1 Penguins vs. No. 8 Islanders Game 1, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.at Pittsburgh Game 2, Friday 7 p.m. at Pittsburgh Game 3, May 5, Noon at Nassau Coliseum Game 4, May 7, 7 p.m. at Nassau Coliseum Game 5 May 9, 7 p.m. at Pittsburgh Game 6 May 11, TBD, at Nassau Coliseum Game 7 May 12, TBD, at Pittsburgh
No. 2 Canadiens vs. No. 7 Senators Game 1 Thursday, 7 p.m.at Montreal...Read more »
Game 1, in Washington, Thursday, 7:30 p.m
Game 2, in Washington, Sat, 12:30 p.m
Game 3, in New York, Monday, 7:30 p.m.
Game 4, in New York, Wednesday. 7:30 p.m.
Game 5: in Wash, Friday 5/10 7:30pm
Game 6: in NY, Sun 5/12 TBD (assume afternoon, because check next...
Game 7: in Wash, Monday. 5/13 TBD
Two potential deciding games, back to...Read more »
For the second time in two years, the Rangers will face the Capitals in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The Rangers, with home ice advantage in the second round, survived in seven games last season. The Caps will have that edge this time.
Last season, every game but the first was decided by a goal. The goaltender battle was Lundqvist vs. Holtby
Game 1: NY 3, Caps 1
Game 2: Caps...Read more »
It'll be Lundqvist's 14th straight start. Johan Hedberg in for Devils.
Arron Asham and Kris Newbury in lineup; Ryane Clowe and Matt Gilroy out.
Expect game to start around 3:20. It's an NBC telecast.
Torts on Lundqvist: "He’s fine…I want to keep progressing as a team. We’re playing our best lineup because we’re trying to go as high as we can (in the standings).”...Read more »
Well, it's down to the wire...
With the Islanders (55 points) grabbing a point in the 2-1 shootout loss to the Sabres Friday, they are in sixth place in the ever-changing East. The seventh-place Ottawa Senators and the eighth-place Rangers have 54.
So, since the Rangers hold the first tiebreaker with the Islanders (regulation and overtime wins), to finish at least seventh, the Rangers...Read more »