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The Rangers Tribune:
Michael Del Zotto
New York Rangers
New Jersey Devils
It's just never easy.
For the third consecutive playoff round, the New York Rangers failed to win tonight's second game after winning Game 1, 3-0, over the Devils at Madison Square Garden on Monday night. Their lacking work ethic and inability to convert on scoring chances wiped away any momentum they may have earned in that series opening win, and now they will head over to New Jersey tied at a game apiece going into Game 3 on Saturday afternoon, just as they did against the Ottawa Senators and Washington Capitals in previous match-ups.
Rangers head coach John Tortorella said it right when interviewed by NBC Sports' Pierre McGuire during the first period, stating that his team was "too slow" in the opening twenty minutes. That they were, and the Devils quickly took control of all three areas of the ice by beating the Blueshirts to loose pucks and outworking them along the boards. The Rangers survived the early New Jersey surge for quite a while, but would...
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Press Release New York, May 15, 2012 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has recalled six players from the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL) – goaltender Cam Talbot; defensemen Tim Erixon and Dylan McIlrath; and forwards J.T. Miller, Kris Newbury and Casey Wellman. Talbot, [...]
It's no secret that Dan Girardi & Ryan McDonagh are jelling on the ice, but Scott Burnside at ESPN.com takes a look at their relationship off it.Girardi explains it here..."Especially this year, he's (McDonagh) coming over to my house a little bit more, playing with my son and stuff like that. And I think that's kind of part of why we're doing well. We'...
For someone that listened to New York Rangers’ game on the radio from the 1992-93 (I was 9 years old) season even up until now, the e-mail interview I conducted below was an absolute honor and pleasure for me to do.
I was lucky enough to conduct this particular e-mail interview with the voice of the Blueshirts on the radio, Kenny Albert. Kenny was kind enough to take time out...
Series: Rangers lead 1-0
NYR Leading Scorer: Brad Richards (6-5-11)
NJD Leading Scorer: Ilya Kovalchuk (5-7-12)
NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (15 GS, 1.57 GAA, .940 SV%)
NJD Goaltender: Martin Brodeur (13 GS, 2.05 GAA, .920 SV%)
Carl Hagelin-Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik
Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
Artem Anisimov-Brian Boyle-Brandon Prust
In the previous two playoff series this year, the Rangers have taken the opening game at Madison Square Garden, only to lose Game 2 and shift home ice to their opponent. They will be looking to avoid making it three straight when they take on the Devils in Game 2 tonight at the World's Most Famous Arena (via ESPN NY)...Ryan McDonagh..."It's a huge opportunity. We haven...
Ever since Jaromir Jagr departed the Rangers for greener pastures, the Rangers powerplay has struggled. The complaints were always the same, no matter the personnel. There weren’t enough shots, they were trying to be too fancy, and they weren’t moving their feet. A static powerplay is easy to defend. However, the story appears to be a bit different in the playoffs this season...
The New York Rangers' 1-1 knot through two games for the third consecutive playoff series can be viewed in one of two ways. Either the Blueshirts can be confident that they went on to win each of the first two rounds in seven games, or they can be discouraged by the notion that they simply are not learning from past mistakes. Rangers coach John Tortorella responded with a...
When we last checked in on Rangers prospect Michael St. Croix, he was on his way to the WHL Finals. He and his Edmonton Oil Kings were to face the offensive juggernaut Portland Winterhawks in the Finals, and what an epic series it was. Seven games later, St. Croix and the Oil Kings were crowned the WHL champions, following a 4-1 victory over Portland in the final game. St. Croix...
Well, that isn’t exactly the full truth. He did say “no” a handful of times during his press conference after the Rangers 3-2 loss to the Devils. He also gave a couple contrite answers. And once he decided that he was done answering questions, he leaves the room.
Seems like walking out of press conferences is becoming the thing to do during this season’s post season. No...
Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record reports that Chris Kreider matched an NHL record last night scoring his fourth playoff goal and sixth playoff point without playing in a regular-season game......it is incredible what Kreider is doing. A month ago he was playing in college, now he is quickly becoming the focal point of the Rangers offense. The Rangers are almost relying on him to...
1st Rangers playoff game this year decided by more than 2 goals. Dan Girardi: scores 2nd goal of playoffs, both have been game-winners— John Buccigross (@Buccigross) May 15, 2012
Neither Rangers nor opponent have scored more than 3 goals in 14 straight playoff games, longest streak in single postseason NHL history)— John Buccigross (@Buccigross) May 15, 2012
...to be honest...
TONIGHT’S GAME: The Rangers will face-off against the New Jersey Devils tonight at Madison Square Garden (8:00 p.m.; TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7FM), in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final. The Blueshirts opened up their third round series with a 3-0 win over the Devils in Game 1 on Monday at Madison [...]
I don’t think anyone can question that John Tortorella is a top-notch coach. He changed the culture of a perennial last place team in Tampa and won the Stanley Cup in 2004. He came to the Rangers mid-season in 2009 and has transformed the Blueshirts into a hardworking blue collar defensive team. The kind of scrappy group that wins on guts and grit. The kind that New York loves...
NEW YORK -- David Clarkson's deflected goal 2:31 into the third period snapped a tie and lifted the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers that evened the Eastern Conference finals at one game apiece on Wednesday night. Clarkson built off the momentum created by Ryan Carter's goal late in the second period that tied the game, 2-2. Ilya Kovalchuk had...
This is what the New York Rangers need to do tonight in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Finals series with the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden.
With the Blueshirts coming off a 3-0 victory in Game 1 and the 1-0 series lead, the Rangers should try and do everything they can to take control of this series. Through the first two rounds, it never felt like the Rangers...