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The Rangers are pretty good at making us sweat. This club went to seven games twice (Ottawa, Washington) and six games once (Devils) last season. They went to seven games in 2009 (Washington). There was only one series in this time frame that didn’t go to seven games, and that was in 2011 when the Rangers lost to the Caps in five games. If the Rangers are one thing, they sure are consistent.
This series has been on par with the other seven game series the Rangers have played. They appear to have been dominated for most of the games, but have persevered due to their goaltending and defense. They have all been low scoring, although this series has seen a pair of 4-3 blips on the radar. The Rangers may be maddeningly inconsistent on the ice, but they are consistent in their ability to stay in games and make it a series, no matter the makeup of the team.
Heading into tonight, I believe the Rangers have an advantage. The Blueshirts, specifically Henrik Lundqvist, have been very good in back-to-backs. Defense, goaltending, and physical play win seventh games, and those are three areas where the Rangers have advantages (physicality is a slight advantage, especially after Game Six). The Rangers also appeared to finally get under the skin of the Caps, who were clearly frustrated after the loss yesterday.
That said, the Rangers will need to win the special teams battle in order to have a chance to win a Game Seven on the road. They actually lost the special teams war yesterday, but Hank had a stellar game and just would not allow the Caps to score. That was in the friendly confines of MSG. The Verizon Center is a different beast, as noted by the fact that the Rangers have won just once there since 2009.
I guess there is no other way for the Rangers and the Caps to close out a series. Every series these two teams have played have been hard-fought, physical, and relatively low scoring. Special teams will play a factor, but trench battles will also be a factor. If the Rangers control the boards, they will win the game. If they don’t, then they will be on the golf course early this season. Either way, get your life support machines ready.
BEST OF MAXIM
It only took one goal from Derick Brassard to keep the New York Rangers alive on Sunday.
Brassard told Newsday that the team’s fans pushed him to do it. “The crowd was chanting to shoot the puck,” Brassard said.
“I didn’t see myself giving a pass to one of my teammates there. I think I had to shoot it.”
Video: Derick Brassard scores Game 6′s only goal
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Per Andrew Gross, defenseman Stu Bickel and forward J.T. Miller were sent home from the Rangers taxi squad for wrist injuries. This doesn’t have much of an effect on the Rangers, but neither Bickel nor Miller will be available as injury replacements.
Pat Leonard at the Daily News reports that tonight's line-up will remain the same, as Marc Staal (eye), Ryane Clowe (undisclosed) and Darroll Powe (concussion) are out tonight.
Leonard adds that neither Clowe nor Powe traveled with the team to Washington.
...never like to hear that two guys with possible concussions weren't able to fly. Usually means that the symptoms...
Seriously, is there anything Henrik Lundqvist can't do? This guy has single handedly kept the Rangers in this series. The Blueshirts have scored just 11 goals in the first six games. 11! And because of the Swedish netminders heroics there will be a Game 7.
Here's some of his handy work from the closing minutes of Game 6 including his final second pad save on John Carlson...
The New York Times is reporting that Derek Boogaard's family has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the National Hockey League.
In the lawsuit, the family says the NHL is responsible for the brain damage that Boogaard sustained during six seasons as an enforcer in the league, and for his addiction to prescription painkillers.
Boogaard was found dead of an accidental overdose...
John Tortorella is starting to really get in the Playoff swing of things. His Rangers are all tied up with the Capitals at 3 games a piece and Torts is in no mood for non-questions. Check out Torts after Sunday’s game respond to a poor reporter who asked for his thoughts. That is where the fun began.
Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
Saying Rangers coach John Tortorella is irascible and unhelpful in a news conference is like saying they have ice at hockey rinks. But Sunday’s after-game chit chat, after the Rangers beat the Capitals 1-0 in their first-round playoff series, was especially charming.
Tortorella has never been one to hide his lack of love for the media, but he was also in a didactic mood Sunday...
Mike Keenan ended the New York Rangers 54 year Stanley Cup drought in 1994. Now, Keenan will try to lead another team to hockey glory as he finally will be back behind the bench. Only this time “Iron Mike” will be coaching in Russia.
Keenan signed a two-year contract to take over as head coach of HC Metallurg Magnitogorsk. Metallurg put out a press release earlier today making...
Derek Boogaard spoke with his fists, now his family is doing the talking for him (courtesy of ESPN.com)
It was May of 2011 when the NHL world was turned upside down with the loss of New York Rangers and former Minnesota Wild enforcer Derek Boogaard. After an autopsy revealed that Boogaard’s death was due to an accidental overdose on painkillers and alcohol, it was revealed that...
The New York Rangers visit the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center for Game 7 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals match-up starting at 8:00 p.m. The series is tied 3-3. For a preview go to Yahoo! Sports.
Rangers Game Notes
TV: MSG; Radio: ESPN Radio (98.7 FM), XM 212
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First off, how did you do with your round 1 predictions?
Now make your picks for this round.
Pittsburgh vs. Ottawa
Boston vs. New York Rangers
Chicago vs. Detroit
Los Angeles vs. San Jose
Stole this from NYRangersblog. I'm sure he won't mind if we do a little copy/paste.
As you can see, Boston gets 2 days off between Games 1 and 2 and then 2 days off between Games 2 and 3. That could benefit a team that is tired and could be without their top two defensemen. Also, if you're wondering - there will be NO games on NESN.
Game 1: NBCSN, RDS...
#6 New York Rangers at #3 Washington Capitals
Series Tied 3-3
Location: Verizon Center
Time: 8:00 PM
TV: Local: CSN, National: NBCSN, Canada: TSN
Radio: 1500AM & 820AM
Game 1, May 2 in Washington: 3-1 W
Game 2, May 4 in Washington, 1-0 W (OT)
Game 3, May 6 in New York, 3-4 L
Game 4, May 8 in New York, 3-4 L
Game 5, May 10 in Washington...
The Washington Capitals fell in another game seven on home ice Monday evening, losing to the New York Rangers in the final game of their 2013 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series by a final score of 5-0. Henrik Lundqvist was stellar once again in net for New York, posting his second consective shutout, behind a Ranger team that pushed all of the right buttons after falling behind...