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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.

Rangers (and fans) aim to help '94 team operations manager

Good cause, being co-ordinated by some NYR '94 alumni and Steiner Sports (with John Cirillo helping to publicize). This below from them explains it all:

Please check it out.

New York, June 19 – Though he never laced up the skates, scored a goal or made a kick-save, former executive Matt Loughran was an integral member of the 1994 Rangers Stanley Cup Championship team.

Just ask...

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NYR have four picks in NHL draft next Friday

Undated file photo of Rangers GM Glen Sather.

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Greetings everyone....

Well, after a couple days of regrouping, there's a lot on the plate through the fist week of July 4...

Speaking of the schedule, the NHL is releasing the regular-season sked on Sunday, so stay tuned for that. Rangers will surely have an earlier home opener than in the last three years when MSG was undergoing work.

Next week are the NHL Awards in Las Vegas:...

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5 Offseason Questions for NYR

 

         What went wrong? Not much, until the Final, as the Rangers had their best year since 1994.  But a few things made a difference against the newly-crowned Kings.       

         Lack of Firepower.  In five games, plus four overtimes, the Rangers scored...

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Battling Rangers fall in Game 5 of Final; LA wins Cup in 2nd OT

Los Angeles Kings right wing Marian Gaborik scores

(Credit: AP / Mark J. Terrill)

There will be no Game 6 at Madison Square Garden on Monday, or another Stanley Cup banner on the ceiling this summer. But damn, you can't fault the effort of a team that fought to the end in five games against the Kings, who beat the Sharks, Ducks and former Cup champs, the Blackhawks.

On a Friday the 13th, under a full moon in Los Angeles, the Rangers couldn't overcome the fates in the longest...

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Rangers not ready to go home for summer yet

Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault listens to a

(Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa)

Hours before yet another win-or-go home game, the mood of the Rangers, down 3-0 in the Stanley Cup Final to the Los Angeles Kings, was lighter than the mostly gloomy one on Tuesday.

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault even cracked a joke at the end of his press briefing, saying he had prepared his “Netflix imitation” but no one asked about what he would say to the team Wednesday night.

In...

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Alain Vigneault, Rangers hope 'to make it a series' with home win

Rangers Derick Brassard and Beniot Pouliot celebrate Brassard's

(Credit: Vincent Pugliese)

It should be an electric evening on Seventh Avenue.

At least to start Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final Monday.

The Rangers cannot afford another loss.

Nonetheless, there was a palpable air of anticipation for the first Cup Final game at Madison Square Garden since June 1994. Rangers coach Alain Vigneault is expected to send out the same lineup against the Kings as he did in Game...

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Today's topics: Experience, rallies and Game 2 stats

 

Today’s topics, before we roll on over the Staples Center for some pre-Game 2 activities  (AV speaking around 2:30 pm PT): Experience, and rallies.

The Kings are loaded with the former, having won the Stanley Cup in six games against the Devils two years ago.

Martin St. Louis and Brad Richards, 10 years ago, and Dan Carcillo are the Rangers to have played in a Cup Final...

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Rangers back on ice at noon PT Friday

 

After some biking and shopping on the off day---and why not, what good is brooding?---the Blueshirts hit the ice at Staples Center at noon on this cloudy and cool morning on the Left coast.

Expect to see John Moore back on D, not sure if Talbot will be there, and the rest of the roster, including guys who AV didn't name, but I believe most of the forwards didn't bring their "A-game"...

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After loss, Rangers rally around Dan Girardi

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, center, of

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In a beachfront hotel, not far from the famous Santa Monica Pier ferris wheel, the Rangers and coach Alain Vingeault didn't plan on going in circles before Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday.

They would rest and regroup Thursday after the the ups and downs of Game 1's overtime loss, make some adjustments, and then practice on Friday at Staples Center.

They rallied around Dan...

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Five Things to Know Before Game 1 in L.A.

1. Looking like David LeNeveu will back up Henrik Lundqvist. Extras skated and fourth goalie Jason Missianen was only goalie on ice. No sign of Cam Talbot; will know more perhaps when AV speaks at 2:30 Pacific.

2. Raphael Diaz will be on D for the second consecutive game while John Moore serves the last game of his suspension.

3. So the lineup should be: Kreider-Stepan-Nash; Hagelin-Richards-MSL;...

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