Found May 24, 2012 on
The Last Angry Fan:
Missed it by that much.
Rangers center Brad Richards didn’t have his best game in New York’s 5-3 loss to the Devils in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals Wedenesday night. Richards didn’t register a single point, and ended up -2 in plus/minus on the night. He did, however, manage to get four shots on goal—well, five if you count the one on his own net last night on a clearing attempt gone wrong.
Luckily Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist was on the ready to make the save, otherwise Richards would have had his own Steve Smith moment.
BEST OF MAXIM
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...
Head coach John Tortorella actually stuck around to give an insightful postgame press conference following last night's 5-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils at MSG, so I thought I'd share this landmark event. Plus, there's not much else to say after what went down last night and what needs to be done in Game 6.
Will have any significant updates from practice later...
The New York Rangers played their best game of the postseason against the New Jersey Devils. Unfortunately, it was a night Henrik Lundqvist played his worst
Call it bad timing. Whatever.
The bottom line is the regular season's best team in the Eastern Conference is on the brink of elimination in the conference finals.
Lundqvist gave up a postseason-high four goals on only...
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...
The love-in started on Brandon Dubinsky's first shift.
A loud, welcoming cry of "Doob!" rolled down from the rafters at Madison Square Garden in recognition of a player who was playing his first playoff game since Game 7 against the Ottawa Senators in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
Dubinsky had an assist in 15:38 of ice time in the Rangers' 5-3 loss to...
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...
John Tortorella discusses the Rangers' Game 5 loss and the team's back being to the wall heading back to Newark...
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Players know the Rangers are up against after the Blueshirts' 5-3 Game 5 loss...
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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 [...]
Despite their season being on the brink after last night's 5-3 loss to the Devils, the Rangers are still feeling good about their chances going forward (via Newsday)...Brian Boyle..."We don't need to say, 'Oh, we did some good things, it's a moral victory,' to kind of give ourselves confidence. We have confidence as a group."John Tortorella..."I...
from Scott Burnside of ESPN, Ever have a party and walk hesitantly the next morning downstairs, fearful at what might await?
You know there might be stains on the upholstery, a few uprooted plants, broken glasses and you’re not quite sure what happened to the dog.
That was the feeling around Madison Square Garden on Tuesday following the 4-1 beatdown the New York Rangers suffered...
courtesy New York Rangers
This might not be the most popular of suggestions, but give me a 50% Brandon Dubinsky in a New York Ranger lineup over some of the performances other players have been showing against the New Jersey Devils.
Yes I'm well aware that Brandon had a down season and that many of you would like to see Dubi traded. I also don't hide the fact that I...
Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils begins just after 8:00pm ET tonight and will be broadast on NBCSN, CBC and RDS.
The series is tied at 2 games and if the pattern continues, the Rangers should be victorious.
Which ever team does win tonight, they will have the opportunity to clinch in New Jersey on Friday night.
*stats based on playoffs.
Match-up - Devils (48 wins, 102 points) @ Rangers (51 wins, 109 points)
Road/Home records - 24-15-2 -------------- 27-12-2
TV - NBCSN (HD), CBC (HD), RDS (HD)
Puck drop - 8:00 PM ET
Series score - 2-2
Projected starting goalies - Martin Brodeur (NJ) vs. Henrik Lundqvist (NYR)
Battle of the stats
Goals for/against per game *
New York Rangers...
from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun, At the risk of being accused of being un-Canadian or unpatriotic, I continue to maintain that, in my opinion, the majority of games during these NHL playoffs have been a bore.
Game 5 of the New Jersey-New York Rangers game Wednesday night was certainly better than most, but most playoff games are all about teams choking the life out of each...