Vigneault: “Can’t win without our A-game”

Per Katie Strang, Alain Vigneault challenged the Rangers after their performance on Wednesday night: “One thing that’s real evident to me, and it should be to our whole group, is we’re not going to beat this team if we do not all bring our A-game. It is that strong of an opponent that we’re playing against.” This is something we…

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Thoughts following Game One

Well, the Rangers lost Game One of the Stanley Cup Finals. But all is not lost, there are still six more games left to play, and the Kings still need to win three of them. This was never a best of one, and there’s a lot of hockey to be played. However, the Rangers need to make some adjustments if…

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Justin Williams wins Game One in overtime

Justin Williams capitalized off a pretty gruesome Dan Girardi turnover to give the Kings a victory in Game One. The Kings also came back from down 2-0 in the first period, scoring once in the first and once in the second to tie the game, before Williams won it in overtime. It wasn’t all bad for the Rangers, who used their…

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Stanley Cup Finals Game 1: Win on the road

Six days after winning the Eastern Conference, the Ranger are in Los Angeles to take on the Kings in Game One of the Stanley Cup Finals. It’s been a bumpy road to get here, and their opponent is a great one, but these Rangers will always stand a chance as long as Henrik Lundqvist is in net. If there’s a…

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Stanley Cup Preview: Rangers vs. Kings

Fans are so deliriously happy with the New York Rangers that the two biggest sources of outrage leading up to Game One were over A) the NHL Shop’s handling of mistakenly priced $63 jerseys that eager fans tried to buy by the truckload, only to have their orders canceled, and B) the secondary market ticket prices north of $1,500 for games at Madison Square Garden…

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Scouting the opposition: Jonathan Quick

On Wednesday evening, the Rangers will play their first Stanley Cup Final game since 1994. Twenty years worth of anticipation, a big-market, celebrity-fueled war between New York City and Los Angeles. And, at the center of it all, a marquee goaltending matchup for the ages. Since I have done my Preseason Top 30 Goaltenders list, Henrik Lundqvist and Jonathan Quick…

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We’re playing for the Cup, and we’ve got predictions

Here we are, on the eve of the Stanley Cup Final. I’ll save the storylines for everyone else and say this one thing: if you asked me if we would be here only 3 weeks ago, I’d ask you what you were smoking. On to the Final predictions… Dave’s Pick: Rangers in 7. The Rangers will win if and only…

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Plenty of motivation to be found throughout the Rangers

If the opportunity to win the Stanley Cup wasn’t motivation enough (it is), several Rangers have additional motivation to step up and perform against the Los Angeles Kings starting Wednesday night. Mats Zuccarello, Benoit Pouliot and Derick Brassard have been the Rangers most consistent forward line all season, and all three go into the Cup Final looking to earn extended…

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Poll: Who would you rather face in the Cup Finals?

The Chicago Blackhawks did everything we asked of them by forcing a Game Seven. The game will be played tonight at 8pm EDT in Chicago, and it looks like the Hawks have a big advantage over the LA Kings by playing Game Seven at home after winning two straight to force this best-on-one. If the Hawks win, they will have…

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Stanley Cup Finals schedule

We deliberately avoided posting the schedule for the Stanley Cup Finals until the Rangers clinched. Most of us have played at some level, and we are a superstitious bunch. Now that the Finals are a reality, here’s the schedule: Game 1 Wednesday, June 4 @ Chi/LA Game 2 Saturday, June 7 @ Chi/LA Game 3 Monday, June 9 @ NY Game 4 Wednesday,…

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