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During last night’s thrilling triple overtime win over the Capitals, the Rangers appeared to look gassed at several points through the first and second overtimes. I say “appeared” because once the third overtime rolled around, the Rangers either found a second wind, or just had more stamina and gas in the tank than the Caps, and it showed. The Rangers thoroughly dominated the third overtime, and they seemed to find another level in their game, a level that the Caps could not match.
And they did this all with an incredibly short bench. Stu Bickel played just 3:42 all game, and didn’t see a shift after the first five minutes of the second period. The combination of Mike Rupp and John Mitchell didn’t see significant ice time either. In fact, they only had nine shifts a piece through the first 60 minutes. Rupp had 11 shifts in the extra 54 minutes, and Mitchell had 10 shifts.
In essence, the Rangers are playing with ten forwards and five defensemen. Pretty amazing to think that even with a short bench, and some unreal ice times (53 minutes for Ryan McDoangh…really?), they still managed to look fresher than the Caps. That’s all due to John Tortorella.
While the concerns are always going to be centered around the minutes played by some of the core guys, some credit needs to be given to the coaching staff for keeping this club in the shape they are in. Just when it looked like someone was tired or gassed, there was a next level they found. When it appeared that the Caps were ready to pounce, someone was there to stifle a rush or block a shot.
The players are the ones exceeding all expectations right now when it comes to performance related to ice time. Did anyone think that McDonagh would be able to catch up with Jason Chimera on a rush in the third overtime, despite already playing 50 minutes? Did anyone think that John Mitchell would get back in time, after turning the puck over, to block John Carlson’s shot attempt?
Camp Torturella has whipped these guys into shape. Considering the style that they play, they need to be in the best shape of their lives. They are proving that they can just outlast the opposition in marathons. Few teams can skate with them. That’s all on the coaching staff. Kudos for conditioning.
BEST OF MAXIM
There is no point in continuing to keep Stu Bickel in the lineup.
I'm not saying that because he is of no use to the team or because he's been a liability out on defense since neither of those, for the most part, are true. I'm saying it because quite simply, the coaching staff does not use him. Last night's 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals fell just five minutes...
Late in Wednesday's 2-1 triple overtime win in Washington, head coach John Tortorella mixed up the offensive lines in attempt to spark the game-winner in what was a well-defended outing for the third time in this series. He rolled with those lines through the overtime periods, as the game progressed from the fourth period to the sixth, and these combinations clearly began to...
Like the game, New York Rangers forward Marian Gaborik's playoff scoring slump extended to one, two then three overtimes.
Then came a quick pass from behind the net by Mike Richards and a one-timer past Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby as Gaborik ended both his eight-game goal-less streak and the longest game since 2008.
"It's about will," Gaborik said...
Connecticut Whale 3, Norfolk Admirals 2 (OT)
Norfolk, VA, May 2, 2012 – Andreas Thuresson’s goal at 2:53 of overtime gave the Connecticut Whale a 3-2 win over the Norfolk Admirals Wednesday night at Scope Arena, in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinal series between the two teams.
The victory kept the Whale perfect in the postseason, as Connecticut now sports a 4-0 record...
It’s a bit of a slow day today. So here are some notes (in bullet point format) from practice, courtesy of Rick Carpiniello:
Brandon Dubinsky is still out, and has been spotted with a boot on his right leg and crutches.
Mats Zuccarello didn’t skate, but that’s not all that unexpected. He was likely working off the ice to rehab that wrist.
Lines at practice saw Ryan Callahan...
The New York Rangers played what amounted to two games over two days just to get one win against with the Washington Capitals.
If it was the decisive game of this terse Eastern Conference series, Rangers coach John Tortorella might have been far more enthusiastic about the outcome.
Instead, Tortorella looked at the 2-1, three-overtime victory for exactly what it was: a gritty performance...
Elliotte Friedman at CBC reports that after the Chris Kreider signing John Tortorella asked the team to trust the organization's decision to bring the highly regarded prospect in so late in the season, knowing it could upset chemistry....great move by Torts putting out a potential fire before it starts. I'm sure there are plenty of veterans who feel a player has to pay their...
In my Game 3 post game thoughts, I stated that Henrik Lundqvist's performance was one he hadn't been able produce in his career and its looks like Craig Custance at ESPN Insider agrees..."If the Rangers continue winning in these playoffs, it will be one that defines Lundqvist's career. Make 46 saves in a triple-overtime playoff win, including a crucial glove save...
John Tortorella discusses the Blueshirts' triple-overtime win over the Capitals and what it means for the team going forward in the series...
To watch on MSG.com, click here.To watch Henrik Lundqvist discuss the victory, click the "Read More" tab below.
Henrik Lundqvist discusses the Rangers' effort in their thrilling 2-1 triple overtime win over the Capitals...
Barry Melrose discusses how rare it is for a rookie making his debut in the playoffs to succeed the way Chris Kreider has so far for the Rangers...To watch on ESPN.com, click here.Katie Strang at ESPN NY has this quote from Gordie Clark on the Rangers decision process on signing Kreider for the playoffs..."We really believed we were going to need him in this playoffs. It'...
Series: Tied 1-1
NYR Leading Scorer: Brad Richards (4-4-8)
WSH Leading Scorer: Alex Ovechkin (3-3-6)
NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (9 GS, 1.77 GAA, .940 SV%)
WSH Goaltender: Braden Holtby (9 GS, 2.12 GAA, .930 SV%)
Rangers Lines (Confirmed):
Carl Hagelin-Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik
Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
Ruslan Fedotenko-Brian Boyle-Brandon Prust
Very few of us have experienced anything that professional hockey players have. Whether we believe that or not, it is true.For example, let's take a look at someone playing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs right now. This particular player was playing college hockey in the Frozen Four just a few weeks ago, where he helped his Boston College Eagles hockey club to a NCAA Division I...
In a series tied at one, the New York Rangers can grab back home ice advantage with a win in Washington tonight.
But the Capitals are a confident team these days and I am still waiting for an offensive outburst from them, is tonight the night?
In the West, the Coyotes will put the Predators one game away from elimination with a win tonight.
I’d expect a Nashville win, but...
New York Rangers 2, Washington Capitals 1, 3 overtimes. Marian Gaborik ends it.
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Norfolk, VA, May 2, 2012 - Andreas Thuresson’s goal at 2:53 of overtime gave the Connecticut Whale a 3-2 win over the Norfolk Admirals Wednesday night at Scope Arena, in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinal series between the two teams.
The victory kept the Whale perfect in the postseason, as Connecticut now sports a 4-0 record in 2012 playoff games.