Found May 21, 2012 on
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Michael Del Zotto
New Jersey Devils
New York Rangers
This game sure got ugly fast. The Rangers were playing like they just wanted to get out of New Jersey (let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to get out of that state?). Two first period goals by the Devils and the Rangers never recovered. It was a total team letdown, not one person can be blamed for anything, and it is what it is. It’s a best of three now, move on.
Here’s the goal breakdown, and after the jump we talk about the third period melee as well.
1-0 NJD, Salvador with a seeing eye goal
This goal begins when David Clarkson wins a battle along boards to get puck away from Anton Stralman. The loose puck winds on Alexei Ponikarovsky’s stick in the opposite corner, who moved the puck up to Bryce Salvador at the point. Ryan Callahan bit a little too hard on Poni in the corner, leaving Salvador open at the point with room. The shot itself wasn’t a hard shot, but there were seven bodies in front, and the puck was just a seeing eye shot. It happens sometimes.
2-0 NJD, Zajac scores ...
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Through two rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the New York Rangers appeared to be fine without two key forwards in Brandon Dubinsky (ankle) and Mats Zuccarello (wrist). In fact, when injury struck during the regular season, the Rangers never were a team to lose a step because of it; they continued to trudge on and play through it, finding alternative ways to win hockey games. It...
Whether you agree with the suspension or not, Brandon Prust will not be playing in tonight’s Game 4 against the Devils. With the opportunity to build a two game lead, the Rangers will be without one of their warriors and top penalty killers. It’s a blow, but not a blow that can’t be overcome. Unlike with Carl Hagelin, the Rangers have a few options readily available to replace...
Maybe it was the hubris an athlete must possess in order to be successful at the highest level of his sport.
Maybe it the unshakable belief an athlete has in a team that finished the regular season with an Eastern Conference-best 51 wins and 109 points.
Or maybe it was simply a case of an athlete spitting into the wind.
"It's pretty evident that we're clicking on...
Here’s an interesting statistic for you: The Rangers are unbeaten in Games 1, 3, and 7 this postseason. They are a perfect 8-0 in those games. Another interesting stat: The Rangers haven’t won in Games 2 or 4 this postseason. They are a combined 0-6 in those games. Scary, right? In fact, the Rangers have never built a two game lead during these playoffs.
The Blueshirts have a...
Both Brandon Dubinsky and Mats Zuccarello taking part in #NYR practice; Stu Bickel wearing red defensemen jersey— New York Rangers (@thenyrangers) May 22, 2012
...i wouldn't be surprised if both Dubinsky and Zuccarello find their way back in the line-up tomorrow night. Team needs a spark offensively big time. And while Dubinsky gave them nothing in the scoring department...
She's easy to score on T...
Erin Andrews continues her mission to meet more men — We just received this tip about ESPN’s princess and the New York Ranger’s center “Saw Erin Andrews on a date with Brad Richards yesterday in Tribeca. She’s been going to a lot of rangers games lately… I guess they are banging?” says the Tipster — Your guess is as good as mine. She...
New York Rangers winger Brandon Prust has been suspended for one game by the NHL for his elbow to New Jersey Dgvils defenseman Anton Volchenkov on Saturday, the league announced Sunday. As a result, Prust will sit out Monday's Game 4 against the Devils, with the Rangers leading the series 2-1. Prust received no penalty on the play, which occurred during the Rangers' 3...
Tempers flared— both on the ice and between the benches— after Mike Rupp of the New York Rangers shoved New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur after getting called for a penalty during the third period of last night's matchup at the Prudential Center.
After Rupp was told to leave the ice, players from both teams got into a scrum in front of the Devils' net and the head...
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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...
*stats based on playoffs.
Match-up - Rangers (51 wins, 109 points) @ Devils (48 wins, 102 points)
Road/Home records - 24-12-5 -------------- 24-13-4
TV - NBCSN (HD), CBC (HD), RDS (HD)
Puck drop - 8:00 PM ET
Series score - 2-1 Rangers
Projected starting goalies - Henrik Lundqvist (NYR) vs. Martin Brodeur (NJ)
Battle of the stats
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Practice for the New York Rangers went from optional to mandatory. Their attitude shifted from agitated to optimistic.
For the third straight series, the Eastern Conference's top-seeded team is all even through four games, and each time New York has headed into Game 5 off the disappointment of a loss that would have given the Rangers a commanding 3-1 edge.
The negative view...
Last night the New Jersey Devils came out flying, capitalized on some scoring chances early and didn't look back as they went on to defeat the Rangers 4-1 to tie the series at two wins a piece. Here are some notes on the game.
- I'll start with the Pete DeBoer - John Tortorella incident as that's what is getting all the talk right now. From DeBoer's perspective...
New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist was nothing short of amazing during the Stanley Cup Playoffs and this was no different this past Saturday against the New Jersey Devils. Check out this save by the all world goalie Lundqvist as he stopped a Ilya Kovalchuk breakaway attempt with the game score still tied at 0-0.
Lundqvist Puts Stopper...
NEW YORK (May 22, 2012) – The National Hockey League announced today the schedule for the 2012 Stanley Cup Final.
Based on their superior regular-season point totals, either the New York Rangers or the New Jersey Devils will host Games One and Two of the best-of-seven Final, as well as Games Five and Seven. Games Three and Four will be hosted by the Western Conference champion...
What exactly are the yips? The yips are defined as a state of nervous tension affecting an athlete (as a golfer) in the performance of a crucial action. Athletes across sports are victims to the yips, especially those who play in New York-- the bright lights, roaring crowd, and worst of all, never-ending expectations of greatness are enough to get to most athletes, regardless of...