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Two divisional rivals squaring off in the Stanley Cup Playoffs is always something everyone hopes to see at some point each year. Take, for example, the quarterfinal match-up between the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins, which absorbed a majority of the postseason headlines at the time. Bitter hatred makes for a better series all together, for both the teams and the spectators alike, and of course the media does its best to amplify the drama to astronomical levels.
Along with the hatred, however, comes a sense of familiarity since the two clubs have met six prior times over the course of the regular season. Loads of scouting must go into preparing for a playoff series against a team from outside of the division, while not so much is the case against a team from within the division, which makes a quick turnaround from round to round a tad smoother in that case.
When it comes to hatred and familiarity, there is plenty of it between the New York Rangers and New Jersey ...
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With the game scoreless in the second period and the Rangers on the power play, Henrik Lundqvist had to bail his teammates out by doing this...Here's Lundqvist's teammates (via ESPN NY):Ryan McDonagh..."It's unreal. He's so focused and sharp during the game, it makes you want to make sure you're playing at the same level. You don't want to rely on him...
Bergen Record - Rangers beat Caps, 2-1, advance to play Devils in conference finals Bergen Record - Sullivan: Henrik Lundqvist proved to be the difference in Game 7 Bergen Record - Rangers notes: Looking ahead New York Post - Rangers eliminate Caps in Game 7, move on to DevilsNew York Post - Rangers’ defense stymies CapitalsNew York Post - ‘Blue’ collar Del Zotto gets it done...
from Johnette Howard of ESPN New York, If this NHL season is going to end the way 1994’s did, with a New York championship, it’s absolutely perfect—even mandatory—that Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers would now find the New Jersey Devils sitting there, waiting for them in the Eastern Conference finals. Because in so many ways, Lundqvist has become who Devils goaltender Martin...
Even Devils star Martin Brodeur, a three-time Stanley Cup champion and the winningest goaltender in NHL history, acknowledged before the Eastern Conference finals began that Henrik Lundqvist is the "top goalie in the NHL." Whether that was simply gamesmanship or not from the proven playoff performer, Lundqvist seemed impervious to the pressure of that mantel with a 21...
Brad Richards and Michael Del Zotto scored, Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves, and the New York Rangers advanced to the Eastern Conference finals with a 2-1 victory in Game 7 over the Washington Capitals.
Richards scored less than two minutes in, and Del Zotto doubled the lead in the third period to help the top-seeded Rangers improve to 5-0 in Game 7s at Madison Square Garden. That...
You’d think a Rangers related blog would champion the last line of defense more than most. However the last line of defense – the goaltender – isn’t everything. Despite being a Hart and Vezina finalist, despite being the best goaltender on the planet this season, Henrik Lundqvist still needs a quality blueline in front of him to succeed, as does any successful goalie for...
Here's Martin Brodeur on facing Henrik Lundqvist in the Eastern Conference Finals (via New York Post)..."He's unbelievable. He is lately. He's kind of the top goalie in the NHL right now. And I think I was in that position once."I'll do my best to try to match up, but it's going to be pretty hard. He's a pretty good goalie."Lundqvist talks Brodeur...
Bring on the New Jersey Devils. Finally. The New York Rangers endured their second consecutive tooth-and-nail series, needing seven games again to vanquish the Washington Capitals with a typically tight 2-1 victory Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. The Eastern Conference champs in the regular season also needed the full allotment of games to dismiss No. 8 seed Ottawa in...
from Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post, The Washington Capitals didn’t just lose a second-round playoff series in seven tight, tough games with the top-seeded New York Rangers here in thunderous Madison Square Garden on Saturday night. This was a defeat with a victory of a different but enormously important kind, hidden inside it.
The Caps reasserted, even in their 2-1 loss...
Well, that was awesome, huh? The Rangers are going to the Conference Finals for the first time since 1997 with a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals in Game 7 of the Conference Semi-Finals. Brad Richards and Henrik Lundqvist were the story in this one, as well as tremendous team defense from the Blueshirts. Let’s break down the goals…
Michael Del Zotto started...
Series: Tied 0-0
NYR Leading Scorer: Brad Richards (6-5-11)
NJD Leading Scorer: Ilya Kovalchuk (5-7-12)
NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (14 GS, 1.68 GAA, .940 SV%)
NJD Goaltender: Martin Brodeur (12 GS, 2.05 GAA, .920 SV%)
Carl Hagelin-Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik
Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
Artem Anisimov-Brian Boyle-Brandon Prust
Mike Rupp-John Mitchell...
The Washington Capitals’ 2011-12 season came crashing down on Saturday night as they fell to the New York Rangers inside Madison Square Garden in game seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinal. The Caps surrendered the lead only 92 seconds in to the game on a goal from Brad Richards and never recovered. The Rangers’ stifling defense, led by Vezina and Hart Trophy nominee...
Photo Credit: Kathy Willens, Associated Press
Atlantic Division rivals meet in the Eastern Conference Finals in what is a rematch of their classic 1994 Conference Final series (a series the Rangers went on to win in seven game on the road to winning the Stanley cup). A matchup of two of the best goaltenders from the last decade, the Devils’ Martin Brodeur and the Rangers’ Henrik...
Tonight begins the NHL Eastern Conference Finals, featuring perennial rivals, the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils. It marks the sixth postseason meeting between the two, with the most recent meeting coming in the 2008 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. The Rangers lead the way in postseason series 4-1.
Although both teams sport potent offenses, the series should ultimately...
The Morning After:Yesterday’s results:Rangers 3, Devils 0RLD 3 stars of the night:1. Henrik Lundqvist, NYR (21 saves, shutout)2. Dan Girardi, NYR (1 goal, 1 assist, 5 blocked shots)3. Marc Staal, NYR (24:55 TOI, 5 blocked shots)---Tonight’s slate:Kings @ Coyotes, 9:00 ET, Game 2#8 Los Angeles Kings @ #3 Phoenix CoyotesGame 2… 9:00 ET… TV: NBC Sports Network, TSNSeries: 1...