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Is Alain Vigneault getting out-coached?

Yesterday, I wrote about how the Washington Capitals are succeeding at getting the New York Rangers away from their rush-based offense, forcing them to play more of a cycle game. Generally speaking, the Caps have adjusted their breakouts and neutral zone play to limit passing and skating lanes, which forces the Rangers into more of a dump-and-chase offensive attack. This…

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Someone trolled the Rangers Wikipedia page

Looks like a Caps fan trolled the Rangers Wikipedia page. Something was certainly different after last night’s loss: The Rangers Twitter account is going forward with a #nocaps campaign. Clearly someone had some fun.

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Caps forcing Rangers away from rush-based attack

We are through three games in the Metro Division Finals against the Washington Capitals, and all three games have been heart-attack-inducing. Braden Holtby and Henrik Lundqvist have almost matched each other save for save, with Holtby stealing one last night to give the Caps a 2-1 series lead. One of the prevalent observations is that the Rangers are “making it…

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Goal breakdown: Rangers can’t buy a goal, get shutout in strong performance

The most frustrating part about last night’s game wasn’t the result, it was the fact that the Rangers couldn’t buy a goal, couldn’t get a bounce, and the one favorable bounce went the Capitals’ way. The Rangers played their best game of the postseason, getting a high number of quality chances, but the bounces didn’t go their way. Pucks hopped…

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Metro Division Finals Game Three: Best of five

A strong first period, complete with stretch passes and a competent forecheck, helped the Rangers even the series on Saturday afternoon. Now the series shifts to Washington for Games Three and Four, and the Blueshirts findĀ themselves in a familiar situation. Heading away from home with the series tied. This happened last round, and the Rangers won three in a row…

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Thoughts following Games One and Two

The Rangers are headed to Washington with the series tied at one a piece, the same way the Rangers headed to Pittsburgh last round. However, there was a lot more confidence heading to Pittsburgh than D.C., and I have to admit it’s not hard to see why. The Caps have found ways to take it to the Rangers over extended…

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Goal breakdown: Rangers even series with strong win in Game Two

The New York Rangers evened the series with the Washington Capitals with a very strong 3-2 win in Game Two. This was a completely different Rangers team throughout the game, as they forced the Caps to play their game. The Rangers were aggressive on the forecheck, forcing turnovers, and using a combination of rushes and strong zone play to wear…

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Metro Division Finals Game Two: Rebound quickly in matinee

A questionable hit, a massive brain fart, and Joel Ward all combined to give the Washington Capitals the 1-0 series lead on Thursday night. The Caps and Rangers are at it again this afternoon in a 12:30 matinee at MSG, looking to avoid going down 2-0 before headed to D.C. The Rangers played the Caps’ game in the first two…

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Rangers recall Ryan Bourque

The New York Rangers have recalled forward Ryan Bourque from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL. The Pack are fresh off their overtime victory against the Providence Bruins last night, a win which propelled them to the second round. Since the Pack has a few days off, and the Rangers are without Mats Zuccarello, they needed another forward with…

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Brooks: Pavel Buchnevich stays in Russia

Per Larry Brooks, highly touted winger Pavel Buchnevich has signed a one-year contract extension to stay in the KHL for next season. Many fans were counting on Buchnevich not only coming over to North America, but competing for an NHL roster spot next year. With Anthony Duclair gone, Buchnevich is the highest rated prospect in the Rangers system. Fans will…

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