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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.

Game 2 preview from Pittsburgh . . . A marathon series?

Martin St. Louis handles the puck in the

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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.”

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Game 2 report from Pittsburgh: Stralman on PP; Kreider closer

Anton Stralman guards against the Philadelphia Flyers during

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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...

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Rangers-Pens Game 1: Storylines

Derrick Brassard during practice on Tuesday, April 15,

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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...

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After a 6-2 first round, my latest picks

Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against the Carolina

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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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By the Numbers: History of Pens, Rangers this year and past springs

Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby celebrates his goal with

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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.

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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...

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Rangers-Penguins, Conference Semifinals Schedule

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...

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Game 7 change: Dan Carcillo in for J.T. Miller

J.T. Miller, 21, had two assists in two games, but Dan Carcillo was skating with Brad Richards and Carl Hagelin. Carcillo replaced Jesper Fast and played in Games 3 and 4 in Philadelphia, averaged about 9:25 on ice, with one goal (the fourth in Game 3).

No change on defense.

So the lines and d-pairs: Nash-Stepan-MSL; Hagelin-Richards-Carcillo; Pouliot-Stepan-Zuke; Boyle-DMoore-Dorsett....

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Some Game 7 stats

 

 

Check those Lundqvist numbers....

NEW YORK RANGERS

                  GP W L G A PTS GW

Brian Boyle 2 2 - 0 0 0 0 0

Derick Brassard 1 1 - 0 0 2 2 0

Daniel Carcillo 2 2 - 0 1 0 1 0

Derek Dorsett 1 1 - 0 0 1 1 0

Dan Girardi 4 3 - 1 1 0 1 1

Carl...

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Some excerpts for Alain Vigneault's remarks before Game 7

Alain Vigneault looks on during the second period

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With Game 7 tonight as MSG, the Rangers had meetings but did not go on the ice. Here's Alain Vigneault around noon today:

"Whatever’s happened in the past is behind us. It’s one game and it’s winner-take-all. I think it’s fair to say that whoever’s top players perform the best is probably the team that is going to win this game. We’ve got some good players. This is a great opportunity, Game...

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Rangers Game 6: Five things before a big night in Philadelphia

Rangers center J.T. Miller skates against the New

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1. The Rangers are making it very clear they do not want to take the chance of a winner-take all Game 7 in New York on Wednesday at 7 p.m,  Coach Alain Vigneault would not reveal his lineup, but I'm thinking J.T. Miller will be in for Dan Carcillo again.

2. The Flyers are promising to be more aggressive and not change their game plan.

3. Flyers coach Craig Berube will bench D Hal...

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