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.
First of all, the Rangers played their worst game of the series. Inconsistent defensively, 15 shots offensively. Fatigue mentally and physically? Maybe. Pens are flat-out a better team right now, though, as I wrote in the main story tonight.
Here's Brad Richards on the boo-birds:
“Does it upset me? Yeah, it upsets me, it upsets everybody in the locker room,” Richards said. “We’re not...Read more »
Seems like a no-brainer to me. What does Alain Vigneault have to lose?
If you hold the big, speedy 23-year-old Chris Kreider back and the Penguins take Game 4 tonight and head to Pittsburgh with a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Semifinals, the coach will be second-guessed all the way back to Vancouver.
If you lose with Kreider (17 goals during the season and a proven...Read more »
Well, safe to say that in a season of hyperbole, Wednesday’s game is the biggest of the Rangers’ journey this year, which started with a long exhibition season away from home in Western Canada, and could end in Pittsburgh on Friday night.
Lady Gaga, the WNBA and the arena football guys have easier schedules, if you get my drift. Should the Rangers have dispatched the Flyers earlier to avoid...Read more »
First, get ready for the barrage of "big boy pants" wisecracks after Alain Vigneault's pre-game remarks. The Pens wore theirs in Game 2, AV said, and "I need mine to do that."
Calling Rick Nash, Derek Stepan, Martin St. Louis, and the top guys...
In a significant Rangers lineup change for Game 3, rookie winger Jesper Fast replaced Derek Dorsett on the fourth line with Dominic...Read more »
PITTSBURGH -- After the Rangers morning skate today, Martin St. Louis, in a jacket and tie, was running toward the team bus.
Outside CONSOL Energy Center, weary finishers in the Pittsburgh Marathon were walking to their car or homes, wrapped in blankets.
When St. Louis was told that the marathon was over, St. Louis breezed by and responded: “It’s just starting.”
For the Rangers,...Read more »
PITTSBURGH -- With the power play mired in a 0-for-25 drought, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault appears to be turning to defenseman Anton Stralman, who has seen very little time with the man-advantage in the second half of the season.
With Columbus in 2009-10 and 2010-11, however, Stralman had five power play goals and 27 assists. In the 2012 playoffs, with John Tortorella behind the bench, he...Read more »
PITTSBURGH -- A confident Rangers team rolled into CONSOL Energy Center for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, their fifth game in eight days and the first in a string of three in four.
“The most important thing is to hit the reset button,” said Derick Brassard. "We roll four lines, no one's tired ... we’re hungry to win some more games, and there's a really good atmosphere...Read more »
Not for use as a betting tool, by the way, but....
Rangers in 7
Bruins in 7
Ducks in 6
Hawks in 6
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The Penguins, who defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets in six games, were seeded No. 2 in the East, and were 28-9-4 at CONSOL Energy Center, where the first two games of the best-of-seven series will be played.
In the regular season, the Rangers were 2-1-1 against the Penguins, and outscored them 13-12. Sidney Crosby (1-5-6) and Chris Kunitz (3-3-6) tied for the Pens scoring...Read more »
G1: 5/2, 7 p.m. in Pittsburgh
G2: 5/4, 7:30 in Pitttsburgh
G3: 5/5, 7:30 in New York
G4: 5/7, 7:30 in New York
G5: 5/9 TBD in Pittsburgh*
G6: 5/11 TBD in New York*
G7: 5/13 TBD in Pittsburgh*
*If necessary...Read more »