Torts gets testy; Lundqvist rests; Boyle, Clowe doubtful for D.C.

            "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...

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Three ups, three downs for the Rangers

Henrik Lundqvist keeps his eye on the action

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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...

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Rangers vs. Capitals matchups

Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals tries

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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...

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Rangers-Islanders 16-page special playoff section Tuesday

Please grab a copy:

Stories, picks, stats, keys to the series, likes and concerns, as the two rivals head to Pittsburgh and Washington......

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Notes from NYR practice

                         As his first NHL playoff games approach, Derick Brassard recalled his close call in 2008-09 with Columbus.  

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NHL first-round schedule, beyond NYR-Washington

EASTERN CONFERENCE

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...

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Rangers-Caps: The Schedule (Updated: Note 6-7)

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...

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After 4-0 win and Sens loss, NYR will face Caps in 1st round

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...

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Henrik Lundqvist in net vs. Devils

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).”...

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To avoid Pens, NYR must make point vs. Devils today

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...

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