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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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As game seven arrives, Rangers’ Ryan McDonagh has found his game

The Rangers will be mightily relieved that Ryan McDonagh didn’t sustain a shoulder injury in Monday’s game six victory as, after an inconsistent start to the playoffs, the Rangers captain has improved after each and every game. The proof is in the pudding and the pudding is Alex Ovechkin. The Capitals captain has been a factor of course, whether it through…

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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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Derick Brassard’s continued growth vital to Rangers

Derick Brassard has developed beyond all reasonable expectations for the Rangers this season. Brassard’s regular season alone (full of career highs) justified Glen Sather’s faith in the talented pivot last summer and one year into his new five year deal has his 5m cap hit looking like a bargain. If the cap ceiling goes up anytime soon Brassard will look…

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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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Goal breakdown: Rangers force Game Seven

The New York Rangers were finally able to solve Braden Holtby multiple times, making the netminder look human in their 4-3 nail biter victory last night. Chris Kreider scored in the first minute and last second of the first period to give the Rangers an early two-goal lead. Both of those goals were deflating for the Washington Capitals, but they answered…

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