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Rangers’ margin for error remains razor thin

I rarely listen to sports talk radio, but I tuned into the ESPN postgame show on Saturday as I drove home. It was shocking to hear fan after fan declare that this was sure to be a “quick series,” that the Rangers had clearly established their superiority and that it was nearly impossible to imagine a scenario in which the Lightning…

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Rick Nash doesn’t “stink”

Throughout the playoffs, both this year and last, those of us with heads on our shoulders have had to deal with the constant complaining about Rick Nash. While I can accept complaining from passionate fans, who just want to see their team win and vent their frustrations on the highest paid player, I won’t accept this from lazy analysts and broadcasters….

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Goal breakdown: Tyler Johnson’s hat trick evens series for LIghtning

Tyler Johnson scored the first three Tampa Bay goals, one shorthanded, one on the powerplay, and one at even strength, to carry the Bolts to a decisive 5-2 win in Game Two. We all knew the Rangers wouldn’t make this easy on us. Of course, the Lightning are a great team, so this really shouldn’t be a shocker. What was shocking…

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Conference Finals Game Two: Take that two game lead

The Rangers took Game One with a strong showing of puck possession and defensive play. They got a lucky bounce for the game winner, but that’s how playoff hockey works most of the time. Henrik Lundqvist was again strong, as he has been all playoffs. Ben Bishop was also extremely good, so the Rangers will need to do a better…

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Mats Zuccarello skates on his own; No timetable for his return

In case you missed it, Mats Zuccarello skated this morning on his own before the New York Rangers took the ice for practice. Zucc has been out since Game 5 of the first round with a concussion, suffered after taking a shot from Ryan McDonagh to the skull. While Zuccarello skating is always good to see, his return to the…

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The Dominic Moore effect

It’s easy to write positively about an individual when that player has just scored an enormous, game winning goal in the biggest game of the season to date. However, since returning to the Rangers Dominic Moore has been absolutely everything the Rangers could have hoped for and more. He has been an example to the younger players, he’s been a…

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Mailbag: All faceoffs, all the time

I received two questions from BenM last week about faceoffs. Since the Rangers scored the Game Seven overtime winner off a faceoff win, it makes sense that people would be looking at faceoffs as a whole again, so let’s get into it. Q: How much of AV’s line changes can be attributed to faceoffs? I’m guessing you mean the shuffled lines,…

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Goal Breakdown: Late Dominic Moore goal gives Rangers 1-0 series lead

Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals went to the Rangers, and that game was more eventful than about 90% of the previous 12 playoff games played by the Rangers this year. This game was pretty fast paced, with the Rangers and Lightning exchanging rushes and getting shot attempts. Both Ben Bishop and Henrik Lundqvist stood tall, especially Bishop –who…

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Conference Finals Game One: Start the series off right

The New York Rangers came roaring back last round, erasing a 3-1 deficit to beat the Capitals on Derek Stepan’s overtime winner. Now they have the Tampa Bay Lightning, a matchup not many New Yorkers wanted to see. Tampa is quick, talented, and deep. They have great goaltending, and their overall team defense is solid (but not deep). They have the…

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Conference Finals predictions

Halfway there! For those of you who survived without anxiety/panic/heart attacks — or those of you who didn’t, but are home from the hospital — it’s time for some more high pressure fun! The Blueshirts host the Bolts today at 1. Here at BSB, our flawless predictions are ready for your reading pleasure. Spoiler alert: we’re all too scared to…

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