Found May 09, 2013 on Blue Seat Blogs:
Derek Stepan’s goals are almost always clutch. It’s a good day to be a Rangers fan. Two wins on the bounce, two four goal games produced by the Rangers and suddenly a goaltender who was boasting about a lack of challenge has started to look rattled. Let’s get into the musings I don’t care who you are – the 80’s Oilers aside – no player or team should ever provide motivation for the opposition. Holtby’s comments and Ovechkin’s comments have both being countered by improved play on the ice by the Rangers. Adam Oates cannot be happy with the way the series has begun to swing. Obvious thought of the day: Derek Stepan is going to be a very rich hockey player sooner rather than later. Is Stepan the first of the home grown kids – talking ‘tweener contracts – where Sather really doesn’t have the same power as he usually has in regard to controlling costs? With Richards clearly in decline (despite the occasional production recently, Stepan is an absolutely critical Ranger long term given the way he is developing. Derek Stepan has four game winners in his last nine goals. Please remember this young man is just twenty two. I agree with many that Rick Nash needs to be better. However, this is why you have depth. The playoffs are traditionally where teams try to put the squeeze on the star players and this is where you need a goal from Asham here, a goal from Boyle there and a few assists from your Zuccarello’s in between. When that secondary support becomes more consistent players such as Nash get more freedom. That’s when he’ll be expected to produce, no excuses. Why do the Rangers blueliners slide so much? Sometimes it works, often it doesn’t. Without being critical I’d love to hear Tortorella publicly explain the tactic. With every passing game, Glen Sather keeps looking better for the Gaborik trade doesn’t he? Moore is growing by the game and Brassard is playing up to his talent level. Derek Dorsett is helping the team return to the black and blue approach of last year. It will be interesting to see how Zuccarello’s future plays out over the summer. He’s playing well and deserves to stay but I cannot help feeling his future is linked to the team’s immediate (by immediate, I mean next season) intentions with Miller and Kreider. Something has gotta give; there’s only so many roster spots. Taylor Pyatt is helping the Rangers out. He’s playing better, producing offensively (somewhat) and adding some trade value. Can’t see how he stays a Ranger beyond this year but he could definitely help a team out the way he’s playing lately. A few more games like game four and Ryan Clowe will be a Ranger beyond this season. What he brings to the Rangers – consistently – isn’t common enough on this roster. He’s physical and makes an impact whether he plays 12 or 20 minutes. Here’s hoping Marc Staal gets back for game five because the Rangers cannot win a game in DC without more puck possession and having a short bench. They need more minutes from other guys and Staal gives them so much more. Question Time: Who will lead the team in goals in the playoffs? Who is the biggest disappointment after four games? Who is the biggest surprise after four games? In the event of a call-up who would your next in line be? What is the biggest issue heading into game five?   Tweet

Audio: Stepan Talks Big Goal & Game 3 Win

Yesterday, Derek Stepan was a guest on the Michael Kay Radio Show (ESPN Radio) and discussed his Game 3 winner, Marc Staal's return to the line-up and more... Upload MP3 and download MP3 using free MP3 hosting from Tindeck. To listen at ESPN Radio, click here. ...very similar to Chris Drury, Derek Stepan isn't the most skilled player in the NHL but he's...

Derek Stepan’s goal locations show he is always in front of the net

Thanks to LAR again for this. Again big thanks to Loyal Anonymous Reader (LAR) for the above graphic, which shows the goal locations for each of Derek Stepan’s 18 goals this season. As you can tell from the picture, Stepan’s game is to get to the front of the net for deflections, rebounds, and otherwise dirty goals. He did this for 16 of his 18 goals, and I’d bet that only...

Goal breakdown: Rangers even the series in a heart-stopping game

Game Four was one of the best games the Rangers have played all year. They came out strong, played a physical game, played good defense, and generated a lot of scoring chances. The game itself was very exciting as well, but the Rangers appeared to trade chances with a Caps team that is much more skilled than them. This is what caused the Rangers to blow their initial two goal lead...

The Rangers do not have a single player averaging over 27 minutes of ice time

Photo Credit: US Presswire A lot of noise has been made about how coach John Tortorella deploys his defensemen. Most of this is due to the coach playing five defensemen during last year’s playoff run, but some new noise has been made recently when Steve Eminger was benched for half of Game Four. But a lot of this is just noise, and the Rangers don’t even have a defenseman in...

ECQF Game Four: Caps at Rangers in another must win

Photo: AP The Rangers won Game Three, which was a must-win. Funny thing is that Game Four is also a must-win. The Rangers can ill-afford to head to Washington down 3-1, so tonight is another game where the Rangers need to get their W. The good news is that Ryane Clowe is back, in place of the injured Darroll Powe. This means that for the first time, the Rangers have all of their...

Audio: Boyle Talks Torts, Caps & Elbow Injury

Yesterday, Brian Boyle was a guest on the Michael Kay Radio Show (ESPN Radio) and discussed the Rangers current series against the Capitals, John Tortorella and an apparent elbow injury last year... Upload MP3 and download MP3 using free MP3 hosting from Tindeck. To listen at ESPN Radio website, click here. ...i really do love listening to these guys on the radio....

Rangers beat Capitals 4-3, tie series

Dan Girardi and Derek Stepan scored third-period goals for the New York Rangers, who squandered a two-goal lead and then held on to get even in the best-of-seven playoff series with a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night. Girardi ripped a shot from above the left circle, off a feed from Derick Brassard, to give the Rangers the lead again with a power-play...

Staal Out for Game 5, Maybe Series

While it's great to hear that Marc Staal was back on the ice this morning, that's pretty much where the good news ends as far as his return from an eye injury. After announcing that he will not play in Game 5 tonight he added this about what went into his decision to pull himself from Game 4 (via "On the ice it didn't go particularly well, and...

Wednesday (5/8/13) Headlines

Bergen Record - John Moore earning his keep for Rangers Bergen Record - Capitals follow Devils' blueprint Bergen Record - Rangers’ three keys for Game 4 New York Post - Rangers hope to maintain mojo on offense New York Post - Rangers center Boyle regains magic touch in playoffs New York Post - Rangers power play gets Moore punch Daily News - Moore...

Thursday (5/9/13) Headlines

Bergen Record - Rangers beat Caps, 4-3, to even their series Bergen Record - Sullivan: Henrik Lundqvist lights Rangers' fire with play and words Bergen Record - Rangers' Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi help shut down Alex Ovechkin New York Post - Rangers even series with Caps New York Post - Staal skates, but sits out Game 4 victory New York Post - Brassard...

Staal out, Clowe in for Rangers

Marc Staal's return to the New York Rangers' lineup following a serious eye injury lasted only one game as he is sitting out Game 4 of the first-round playoff series with the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night.

Video- Marc Staal Talked With The Media Today

You have to fee bad for Marc Staal who was able to play in game 3 but mised game 4 and won't play tonight.  

Tracking the Playoffs: Rangers vs. Capitals Game 4

Not going to lie here, I thought the Rangers should have been able to handle the Caps at even strength fairly easily based on these two team's play in the regular season. This hasn't been happening, though as the Rangers have been outchanced 39-36 by the Caps at evens heading into tonight's game. They aren't getting dominated but they were outplayed in two out of...

ECQF Game Five: Best of three

Photo Credit: Washington Post Ladies and gentlemen, we have a series. The Rangers held serve at home, tying the series at two games apiece in the process. Now the series shifts to Washington with the Rangers knowing they can outscore Washington if need be. That is a big mental advantage for a club that is nowhere near as skilled as the Caps. The bad news is that Marc Staal is still...

Rangers or Islanders: Which New York Team Has a Better Chance at Winning the Stanley Cup?

It is a good year for New York hockey with both the Rangers and the Islanders in the playoffs.  The Rangers are currently tied with the Capitals in their series, while the Islanders are behind the Penguins 3-2.  Both teams are in similar situations as they go up against quality teams with great individual talents in Washington’s Alex Ovechkin and Pittsburgh’s Sydney Crosby...
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