Thoughts headed into Game Two

I have a confession to make: I did not watch Game One live. I had a friend’s birthday, and he managed to pick the only bar in Manhattan without a TV. So I spent my Sunday watching the game, and wow was it a fun one to watch. Those thinking that Game Two will be similar have another thing coming…

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BSB Conference Finals Predictions

Admin note: No goal breakdown from last night’s game. Sorry about that. We’re more than halfway through the playoffs and the Rangers are still not only breathing, but breathing a bit easier today after a slaughter yesterday. As always, below are our super knowledgeable predictions, and I think most of us were shaking our way through the ECF guesses. Share…

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Eastern Conference Finals Game One: Conquering the Montreal demons

For the second time in three seasons, the Rangers will play for the Eastern Conference crown. Two years ago, an overachieving (and let’s face it, flawed) team made the best of their three lines and two defensive pairings before getting eliminated in the ECF. This time around, despite playing seven games in both series prior, the Rangers roll four lines…

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Eastern Conference Finals schedule

Below is the schedule for the Eastern Conference Finals, which is much friendlier to the Rangers than the previous round. The extended rest between games also helps the Canadiens, who are without Alex Galchenyuk for a bit. All games will be nationally televised, but only one will appear on the main NBC channel (Game One today). Game One: 5/17 1PM…

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Quick notes: 2014 1st round pick; Game One

Just some quick notes that came out yesterday/today: Because the Rangers advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals, they will send their 2014 1st round pick to Tampa Bay as a part of the conditions of the Martin St. Louis trade. This means that the Rangers will have acquired St. Louis for Ryan Callahan and a pair of first round picks…

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In Henrik we trust: Rangers complete the comeback, headed to Conference Finals

Henrik Lundqvist made history last night, becoming the first goalie in NHL history to win five straight Game Sevens, as the Rangers completed their comeback and eliminated the #2 seeded Pittsburgh Penguins. The 2-1 victory was highlighted by Lundqvist and his 35 saves, almost single-handedly willing the Rangers to their first playoff series victory over Sidney Crosby. After appearing to…

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Metro Division Finals Game 7: Another Game 7

Another series, another Game Seven. Do we expect anything else at this point? This time around, the Rangers roared back after trailing 3-1 in the series to force this Game Seven in Pittsburgh, so at least the scenario has changed this series. Justin did an entire breakdown of this series, and it’s great reading if you haven’t done so already. The Rangers…

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Lundqvist, Girardi and McDonagh the key to Rangers hopes

It’s a pretty obvious statement to make but the Rangers’ top defensive pair of Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi are critical to the Rangers hopes of progressing to the Conference finals and beyond. Dan Girardi and, particularly Ryan McDonagh, have been inconsistent in this series but a dominant performance from both – in addition to the assumed performance from Henrik…

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St. Louis Post-Game Speech

For those of you who missed it, the NHL YouTube channel posted a locker room video of Martin St. Louis giving a nice speech to his teammates following the Rangers win last night against Pittsburgh. It’s definitely worth a watch. As an avid Hard Knocks, 24/7, it was pretty cool the NHL was able to capture this. Hopefully they post…

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Rangers force Game Seven

The Rangers forced a Game Seven against the Penguins, winning Game Six by a score of 3-1. The Rangers rode the emotions of the must-win game, but also have been quoted stating they are playing for Martin St. Louis, to not let him down. It’s only fitting that St. Louis got the crowd into it and set the tone for…

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