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This one stings. It’s going to sting for a while. The Rangers were the best team in the Eastern Conference, but the best team does not always win. Even the best teams struggle with matchups, the best teams have clunkers, the best teams hit skids. The Rangers were barely playing above .500 hockey heading into the playoffs (11-9-1 in March/April), and played .500 hockey in the playoffs. That doesn’t get it done in May.
The Rangers were victimized by matchups in the playoffs. Ottawa and Washington were the toughest draws the Rangers could get in the first round, and they wound up facing both of them. Ottawa victimized the Rangers with skill and speed, and the Rangers escaped because they were the better team. Washington, a team like the Rangers, made life difficult with great goaltending and team defense. A Joel Ward double minor helped the Rangers escape that series.
But perhaps the team that the Rangers didn’t match up against at all were the Devils. It was something no one could see coming. It’s simple really. The Devils during the regular season generally played a 1-2-2 hybrid trap. They forechecked when needed, but generally just clogged the neutral zone. They changed their style in April. As Suit mentioned in the series preview, the Devils started employing the tactic the Rangers use: the 2-1-2 aggressive forecheck. The switch worked.
The Devils beat the Rangers at their own game. They did it because they have more skill than the Rangers. While the Rangers were struggling to shut down the Ilya Kovalchuk, Zach Parise, Adam Henrique, and Travis Zajac, the fourth line speed and skill of Ryan Carter, Steve Bernier, and Stephen Gionta killed the Rangers.
The depth of the Devils beat the Rangers. Not once did Eric Boulton, Tim Sestito or Cam Janssen dress in this series like they did in the regular season. The Devils adjusted to their opponent, and dressed speed and skill to counter the Rangers toughness. That fourth line depth is what beat the Rangers. That lack of skill is what doomed the Rangers. It shows they are still an incomplete team.
This season was a magical ride. If you told me in September that this team would lose in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals, I would have been thrilled. Perhaps we were spoiled by being on top of the Eastern Conference all season. Perhaps we expected more in the playoffs. But if this season taught us anything, it’s that this team is on the rise. The New York Rangers are here to stay.
BEST OF MAXIM
When it was over, a few moments after his team's season had come to an end, Rangers coach John Tortorella uttered six words that offered a glimpse into his psyche.
"I really thought we were coming," Tortorella said after Adam Henrique's Eastern Conference finals-clinching goal 63 seconds into overtime sent the Rangers home for the summer with a devastating, 3-2...
It’s amazing how quickly someone becomes an afterthought in this league. When Michael Sauer went down with his concussion, it seemed the world had ended. Marc Staal was still out, Sauer was out, and in the following week Jeff Woywitka and Steve Eminger would both suffer injuries. The Rangers were forced to rely on unknown Stu Bickel to play regular minutes to fill out the blue...
New York Rangers coach John Tortorella just doesn't like to answer Stan Fischler. But, he does think his team 'played with balls.' 1:10 mark of his post game presser following last night's game 6...
Full story at Bob's Blitz ~ http://www.bobsblitz.com
Elimination. Something the 2011-12 New York Rangers have faced many times in these Stanley Cup Playoffs, but something they've yet to actually experience. Their backs have been against the wall before, but this resilient group of hockey players has never before failed in pulling through to salvage their season. With that, the Blueshirts should feel quite comfortable and confident...
I have to apologize for this being a bit tardy. The loss to the Devils stung, and it took me a bit to write this objectively.
So here we are. It’s late May, and the Rangers playoff run has come to an end. No matter how much a bitter fan wants to spin it, this was a miraculous season. The Rangers simply were not supposed to be this good so early. I had them penciled in to make...
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It is not exactly the way that the New York Rangers would like to see their off-season start but reports are indicating that Mats Zuccarello has either signed or will sign with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL.
Mats Zuccarello NYR has signed 2 year deal with KHL club Metallurg Magnitogorsk #KHL
— Szymon Szemberg (@Sz1909_Szemberg) May 26, 2012
Rangers coach John Tortorella isn't satisfied with the franchise's longest postseason run since 1997.
He says ''we still have quite a bit to learn as far as the desperation, when you get to this third round.''
New York's season ended Friday with a 3-2 overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals.
It will take time...
I have no words. This season left me with the most optimism I’ve ever had. But this loss stings. A lot. I got nothing for you.
Actually. I have a “thank you.” I have a thank you to the New York Rangers. It’s been a long time since I’ve believed. This season ended with a less than desirable result, but I believe. I believe this team is destined for great things. I believe...
Here are your post-elimination interviews from the players and head coach John Tortorella following last night's 3-2 OT loss to the Devils in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Break-up day for the Rangers will be on Monday. Stay tuned for my season eulogy and a whole lot of individual...
From Sean Hartnett at WFAN.com:
Alone stands a masked man in white. He is the last line of defense. His duty is to guard his post from an army of onrushing soldiers dressed in red with the mark of the demon across their chest.
Henrik Lundqvist, the man that Rangers fans call ‘King Henrik,’ is faced with the task of not only keeping goals out of his net, but not allowing...
TONIGHT’S GAME: The Rangers will face-off against the New Jersey Devils tonight at Prudential Center (8:00 p.m.; TV: NBCSN; Radio: ESPN 98.7FM), in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final. The Blueshirts trail in the series, 3-2, following a 5-3 loss in Game 5 on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers enter tonight’s contest [...]
Series: Devils lead 3-2
NYR Leading Scorer: Brad Richards (6-8-14)
NJD Leading Scorer: Ilya Kovalchuk (6-10-16)
NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (19 GS, 1.77 GAA, .930 SV%)
NJD Goaltender: Martin Brodeur (17 GS, 2.04 GAA, .920 SV%)
Rangers Projected Lines:
Carl Hagelin-Brad Richards-Chris Kreider
Brandon Dubinsky-Artem Anisimov-Ryan Callahan
Ruslan Fedotenko-Derek Stepan-Marian...
The Rangers were just eliminated Friday night and the free agency insanity has already begun with rumors all over the place today.And of course it starts with Mr. Nash, as Arthur Staple at Newsday says..."A package beginning with Brandon Dubinsky, defense prospect Dylan McIlrath and the 28th pick in the June 22 draft could be enough to entice the Blue Jackets to surrender Nash...
Two previous series extended to seven games and two multi-goal comebacks in their final two games proved
to be too much for the Rangers in the end. The Rangers' season ended without their first trip to the Stanley Cup finals since their last
championship season in 1994, with Devils rookie Adam Henrique's scramble goal 63 seconds into overtime
sending the Rangers...
If you are a New York Rangers’ fan, this is most likely what you are feeling regarding what happened to the team tonight.
The New Jersey Devils ended the team’s hope of getting to the Stanley Cup Final by beating the Blueshirts 3-2 in overtime on a goal by rookie Adam Henrique tonight at the Prudential Center. It is certainly disheartening considering the way the Rangers played...