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Conference Finals preview: New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning

It wasn’t easy, and it wasn’t pretty, but the New York Rangers survived against the Washington Capitals, and are now set to face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Conference Finals. Although the Lightning finished second in the Atlantic, many pegged them to move on to the Conference Finals. Seeding doesn’t matter at this point though. The Lightning took all…

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Scouting the opposition: Ben Bishop

After their historic comeback against the Capitals, the Rangers have punched their ticket to the Eastern Conference Final against a very skilled and very deep Tampa Bay Lightning team.  There will be narratives about reuniting with old friends and a lopsided season series, but those will generally be media fluff.  However, there has been legitimate debate about the impact that…

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Video: Derek Stepan’s overtime winner

Here’s the video of the winner. Enjoy for one more day.

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Rangers against Tampa Bay: quick hits

With the Rangers stunning victory over the Capitals now in the history books, attention will now turn to the Eastern Conference finals and opponents Rangers South Tampa Bay. There’ll be a more thorough look ahead to the ECF over the next couple days but let’s throw up some quick hits about the matchup with the high octane Lightning. The Rangers…

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Conference Finals schedule

The schedule for the Conference Finals between the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning has been released, with the series starting this Saturday. Game 1: Sat 5/16 at NYR, NBC at 1pm Game 2: Mon 5/18 at NYR, NBCSN at 8pm Game 3, Wed 5/20 at TBL, NBCSN at 8pm Game 4, Fri 5/22 at TBL, NBCSN at 8pm Game…

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Goal breakdown: Derek Stepan sends the Rangers to the Conference Finals

For the second year in a row in the Division Finals, the New York Rangers erased a 3-1 series deficit to advance to the Conference Finals. Once again, this game ended with a 2-1 score. Once again, the goaltenders stood on their heads. Once again, the Rangers won an elimination game at home. Braden Holtby had 37 saves. Henrik Lundqvist…

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Metro Division Finals Game Seven: One game to decide it all

The Rangers have not made it easy on us, but they have fought back to take this series to a seventh game. Down 3-1 in the series and 1-0 in Game Five, Chris Kreider scored with 1:41 remaining in the third before Ryan McDonagh sent the fans home happy. In Game Six, the Rangers had a 4-1 lead in the…

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Game 7 is Lundqvist time

We all know where things stand, and at this point further analysis seems pointless. The reality of a win-or-go-home game is that a single bounce can end your season – or extend it. As most expected, Washington has given New York all it can handle over the last two weeks. The Blueshirts’ affinity for one-goal games has gotten extremely annoying,…

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Random musings on an off day

The Rangers and Caps have an unusual two-day break between games six and seven, so today is an off day for both teams, their second in a row. The Rangers have come roaring back in this series, tying it at three games a piece after being down 3-1. While the Rangers never truly looked out of the series or dominated…

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Chris Kreider is a beast

When Mats Zuccarello went down with a concussion –side bar: It is not a fractured skull. That was a baseless rumor started by a faceless Twitter rumor account that just wanted attention. Rule of thumb, if the rumor comes from an account with no face, it’s not a rumor– we knew someone on the Rangers would have to step up. Zuccarello…

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