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The Rangers Tribune:
New York Rangers
Ruslan Fedotenko isn't a loud player. He isn't the name you will see on the backs of jerseys at Madison Square Garden, or one that will be chanted through the rafters for his efforts. He's not the guy grabbing the spotlight or making highlight reels across the Internet for what he contributes to the team on a nightly basis. However, what Fedotenko provides for the New York Rangers is just as imperative to the team's success as say, what Brad Richards brings as one of those 'loud' players. He's not only a veteran, but he's a playoff veteran, and he has two Stanley Cup rings to show for it. Ruslan Fedotenko is just the type of guy you want in your lineup when bidding for a championship.
The turning point in Saturday's Game 1 win over the Washington Capitals was when the Rangers killed off a crucial 5-on-3 powerplay for the Caps midway through the second period. In a tightly defended game, that was a prime opportunity for Alex Ovechkin and Washington's powerplay unit to get on the board and hopefully build up a lead. In other words, the Rangers absolutely needed that kill if they had hopes of coming away with a victory.
At this moment was when Fedotenko came to the forefront for New York, blocking two shots as well as making a diving play to break up a pass that would've sent a one-timer in the direction of Henrik Lundqvist from down low. Lundqvist certainly held his own during that kill, making some key stops from point blank range, but it was Fedotenko who put the team on his shoulders in that pivotal point in the hockey game.
Feds was rewarded with the third star of the night afterward, and you could say that it was for his assist on Artem Anisimov's wraparound goal in the second period. But I truly believe that it was for his excellence on the penalty-kill while down two men, because that kill turned out to be a key story of the game when it was all over.
And with two key penalty-killers in Brian Boyle and Brandon Dubinsky currently out of the lineup, Fedotenko's outstanding play couldn't be more timely.
“We basically benched him near the end of the year, and that was part of our conversation with him. We knew how important he was going to be in the playoffs and had to get him ready for that,” Tortorella told the Daily News. “Even in the last series (against Ottawa), he does a lot of little things that a lot of people don’t see. . . . But that’s why he has those two tattoos on his shoulder.”
Those tattoos, by the way, represent the two Cups he won with Tampa Bay in 2004 and Pittsburgh in 2009.
It's not only in the defensive zone that Feds is effective. He's a jack of all trades, in a sense, because he is also someone who will continuously grind in the offensive zone. He's great on the forecheck and rarely do you ever see him make a dim-witted decision with the puck on his blade. Plain and simple, he's someone you can always trust, and John Tortorella surely does.
BOYLE NEARING RETURN, DUBINSKY NOT
Brian Boyle has not returned to the lineup since taking a high hit to the head from Chris Neil of the Ottawa Senators in Game 5 of the quarterfinals. Following Sunday's practice, however, he reported that he has not experienced any setbacks as of yet, and that he's now skated for three straight days. While there is still no set date for his return, he's getting awfully close to putting on the sweater once again.
Brandon Dubinsky, meanwhile, was spotted on crutches on Sunday, still out with a lower body injury from a collision in Game 7 of the quarterfinals. Nothing is for sure, but it seems like it could be a while before Dubi is back.
BEST OF MAXIM
For all of the experts out there who will only read that title and possibly the first line of this article if your attention span is willing, I am fully aware that Marian Gaborik, the team's leading scorer in the regular season, must be better in the playoffs. So, before you go into the comments section of this post and tell me that I know nothing of the sport I've watched...
The amount of hatred throw at Marian Gaborik for the Rangers loss last night, or for any loss in general, is frighteningly disturbing. I understand the need to have a scapegoat for a loss, but picking on someone who had an assist in the game and was nowhere near invisible is just irrational. The guy isn’t Wojtek Wolski. He’s not Erik Christensen. He’s not invisible out there...
As expected, Dylan McIlrath (1st-2010) will be joining the Connecticut Whale for their playoff push on an ATO. Whale’s Moose Jaw Warriors were eliminated from the WHL playoffs over the weekend by fellow Rangers’ prospect Michael St. Croix and the Edmonton Oil Kings.
McIlrath played with the Whale on an ATO last season as well. In two games, he finished with seven PIMs and a -1 rating.
LET HIM HEAR IT
New York Rangers fans know how to insult an opposing player. They displayed their skills during Game 1 against the Caps.
Rangers forward Brian Boyle is back in the New York lineup after missing three games because of a concussion sustained in the first round against Ottawa.
After skating for four consecutive days - including Monday for the morning skate - Boyle was deemed fit to return that night for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Washington Capitals.
The 6-foot-7 Boyle...
The Rangers opened up the series with a 301 win over the Capitals at MSG. This was one of those games that saw it all: great goaltending, offense, defense, and penalty killing. The powerplay was lacking for both sides, but that’s what happens in this kind of game.
Here’s the scoring:
There’s not much to be said on this goal but dumb luck. Artem Anismov picked up...
John Tortorella discusses the team's preparation going into tonight's Game 2 vs. the Capitals...
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Brian Boyle and Chris Kreider met with the media, with Boyle drawing a crowd of reporters as he answered questions about when he might be able...
In my Game 1 post game thoughts, I noted that Artem Anisimov's goal was eerily similar to Stephane Matteau's Game 7 double overtime winner against the Devils in the Eastern Conference Finals in 1994.However, reader slackos32 points out it was actually closer to Adam Graves' round two series clincher in overyime against New Jersey in 1997......wow that is almost identical...
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The New York Rangers host the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden for Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Semifinals match-up starting at 7:30 p.m. The Rangers lead the series 1-0. For a preview go to Yahoo! Sports. Rangers Game Notes TV: NBC...
Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record reports that Brandon Dubinsky (lower body) was not on the ice for today's optional practice, but was seen slowly getting around the Rangers' practice facility on crutches....in previous years, the possibility of losing Dubinsky long term would be a scary thought, but, to be honest, I don't think it would have that negative an affect...
The New York Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals by the score of 3-1 in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals matchup. The Rangers lead the series 1-0. For a recap and box score go to Yahoo! Sports....i hope you like defensive hockey because that's what you're going to see in this series. Which, to me, favors the Rangers because they are much better...
With the second round under way, here is a look at five underperforming players that need to step up for their respective teams.1. Marian Gaborik, RangersThe Rangers’ leading scorer and point-getter in the regular season hasn’t been as effective here in the playoffs. Gaborik, who recorded 41 goals and 76 points in 82 games, has just one goal in eight playoff games. Goals may...
#7 Washington Capitals vs. #1 New York Rangers Location: Verizon Center Time: 7:30 PM TV: NBC Sports Network (HD) Radio: 1500AM, 820 AM, and XM Series Schedule:Game 1: Apr 28, 2012, WSH@NYR, 1-3 LGame 2: Apr 30, 2012, WSH@NYR, 3-2 WGame 4: May 5, 2012, NYR@WSH, 12:30 PMGame 5: May 7, 2012, WSH@NYR, 7:30 PMGame 6*: May 9, 2012, NYR@WSH, TBDGame 7*: May 12, 2012...