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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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MORE FUN! MORE FUN! (Adam Hunger/Reuters)

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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New lines/powerplay units with Zuccarello’s injury

The Rangers practiced with a new set of lines today, as they adjust to life without Mats Zuccarello. As expect, St. Louis moves up to the first line, with Fast moving to the third line and Sheppard coming to the fourth line: Rick Nash-Derick Brassard-Martin St. Louis Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-J.T. Miller Carl Hagelin-Kevin Hayes-Jesper Fast Tanner Glass-Dominic Moore-James Sheppard There…

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Rangers/Caps series schedule

The series schedule for the Rangers and Caps has been released, although there is a slight variation in the schedule depending on the outcome of the Detroit/Tampa Bay series. Game 1: Thursday 4/30, 7:30pm Game 2: Saturday 5/2, 12:30pm Game 3: Monday 5/4. 7:30pm Game 4: Wednesday 5/6. 7:30pm Game 5: Friday 5/8. 7:00pm Game 6: Sunday 5/10. TBD Game 7: Wednesday 5/13. TBD (if Tampa…

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Managing a long-term Mats Zuccarello injury

In case you missed it, Mats Zuccarello is out indefinitely with an upper body injury. Rumors are that this is a mild concussion, but a concussion is a concussion as Zuccarello took a hard slap shot to the head off the stick of Ryan McDonagh. Assuming this is long term, because with concussions that’s the only assumption you can make,…

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Kevin Klein skating, Mats Zuccarello not skating

At the optional skate today, injured defenseman Kevin Klein was on the ice. Klein has been out since March with a broken wrist and missed the entire first round series against the Penguins. Klein has been “nearing a return” for quite some time now. Mats Zuccarello, who took a Ryan McDonagh shot to the noggin during Game Five, was not…

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Carl Hagelin’s overtime winner propels Rangers to second round

The New York Rangers made us sweat, but it was Carl Hagelin’s goal in overtime that gave the Rangers the series in just five games. This was a very tight game throughout, with Henrik Lundqvist and Marc-Andre Fleury putting on a clinic in keeping your team in it. This was a much better 60+ minute showing for the Rangers, who…

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Mats Zuccarello will not return

On the broadcast, MSG noted that Mats Zuccarello will not return to the game after taking a Ryan McDonagh slapshot to the face. You can view the GIF here. Jesper Fast took Zuccarello’s spot on his line, and the Rangers have been playing with 11 forwards. It’s worth noting that this is the playoffs, and usually players come right back…

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