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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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Matching up on Alex Ovechkin is more important than shadowing him

After last night’s crushing defeat, the strategy for defending Alex Ovechkin came to the forefront (aside from the Backstrom hit). Well, it became more of a priority than before, since he dominated the game. Ovechkin had a goal and an assist, a +10 scoring chance differential, and double up on his USAT/FF and SAT/CF numbers. In short: He was an…

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Goal breakdown: Joel Ward scores last second crusher to give Caps 1-0 lead

The New York Rangers entered last night’s game looking to take advantage of a supposedly tired Washington Capitals team. The Rangers were fresh off a week long break. The Caps had just played a grueling seven game series. Instead, the Caps played suffocating defense through 55 minutes, limiting the Rangers’ chances to the outside, and eventually got a late goal…

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Metro Division Finals Game One: Start off strong at home

After easily dispatching of the Pittsburgh Penguins in five games, the New York Rangers open up the second round of the playoffs at home against a familiar opponent in the Washington Capitals. But these aren’t the same old Caps teams of the past, focused on offense only with no defense. This is a physically brutal team that will try to…

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Brooks: Mats Zuccarello out for entire second round

Per Larry Brooks, injured winger Mats Zuccarello will be unavailable for the entire second round series against the Washington Capitals. Zuccarello was struck in the head by a Ryan McDonagh slap shot in Game Five against the Penguins. This isn’t good, as Zucc is a core part of the Rangers offense. Martin St. Louis will take his role in the…

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