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Michael Del Zotto
New York Rangers
Well, the day has finally arrived. Tonight, the puck will drop at MSG for the first round of the 2012 NHL playoffs. The Rangers have the top seed, and drew the Ottawa Senators in the first round. This is a tough matchup for the Rangers, as they went 1-2-1 (essentially 1-3) against the Senators during the regular season. The Rangers were awarded the Senators after Ottawa lost their last three games of the year. The Rangers don’t have much of an advantage there, as they have lost their last two games.
The playoffs are about more than recent streaks and regular season records, so let’s see how these two teams match up against each other.
The Senators boast a very talented top line. Milan Michalek-Jason Spezza-Daniel Alfredsson is one of the most dangerous top lines in hockey, scoring a total of 96 goals and 203 points between the trio. Those 96 goals represent 38.5% of Ottawa’s 249 goals (tied for 4th in the NHL) during the regular season. But perhaps their biggest weapon offen...
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The 2011-2012 regular season was a pure joy for the New York Rangers and their fans. The team was put in the spotlight from day one when they began the season in Europe, and then came HBO’s 24/7 followed by the Winter Classic, all while the Blueshirts were racking up the wins and ascending to the top of the Eastern Conference. As I discussed on this blog earlier in the week, the...
Dave Lozo at NHL.com says, after missing the playoffs last year because of a broken leg, having a healthy Ryan Callahan will be huge for the Rangers..."This is what you play 82 games for, is this time of year," Callahan said. "Last year was hard for me, missing the playoffs not being able to be part of it. I'm excited for it this year."Here's John Tortorella...
The New York Rangers signed their 2009 first round draft pick Chris Kreider to a three year entry level contract on Tuesday. He is fresh off helping his Boston College team win the NCAA championship. He is joining the New York Rangers for their playoff run. Is he NHL ready? More than likely we will find out. If Kreider plays one game in the playoff run, it will count as...
Tom Awad at ESPN Insider takes a look at four players whose impact on their team's potential postseason success far outweighs their reputation, including Ryan McDonagh..."McDonagh had the seventh-highest Quality of Competition among all NHL players and the highest on the Rangers; Girardi was 12th in the league. McDonagh also started only 43 percent of his shifts in the offensive...
John Tortorella spoke on a variety of topics following Tuesday's practice including the team's power play, what playoff seedings mean, the importance of having a healthy Ryan Callahan, and much more...
To watch at MSG.com, click here.Henrik Lundqvist, Marian Gaborik, Brian Boyle, and Marc Staal discuss a number of playoff topics...
To watch at MSG.com, click here.Remember...
Here's video of Henrik Lundqvist's Sports Illustrated cover shoot...
To watch at SI.com, click here.H/T to Kevin Baumer.Speaking of fun videos, here's one of the Rangers discussing their favorite pre-game song, Montell Jordan's "This Is How We Do It"...
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Marian Gaborik and Brian Boyle scored minutes apart in the second period to break open a tight game, and the top-seeded New York Rangers opened their first-round Eastern Conference series with a 4-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night.
The Rangers, the No. 1 seed in the East for the first time since they won the Stanley Cup in 1994, shook off their 1-2-1 regular-season...
Two teams powered by Swedish players meet in the first round of the NHL playoffs. The Rangers, top seed in the Eastern Conference, are lead by Swedish goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who’s been their team MVP for five straight years; Ottawa, seeded eighth in the East are captained by Daniel Alfredsson and have Norris Trophy candidate Erik Karlsson on their blue line. Karlsson led...
Julie Robenhymer at HockeyBuzz says Chris Kreider will be ready if called upon in the playoffs..."He's not your average college player. He's 6'3 and 225 pounds with tree trunks for legs who is fast, agile, skilled, has great vision, knows how to use the body and, perhaps most importantly, wants to get better. He's very coachable and wants to contribute to whatever...
Coming into the series between the New York Rangers vs. Ottawa Senators, no one really knew what to expect except for what was on paper.
In Game 1 tonight at Madison Square Garden, the New York Rangers showed their fans and the league why they finished where they did in defeating the Ottawa Senators by a score of 4-2. For a Senators team that had dominated the Blueshirts at MSG...
(1) New York Rangers 51-24-7 vs. (8) Ottawa Senators 41-31-10
Game 1: April 12, 7pm- Ottawa @ New York
Game 2: April 14, 7pm- Ottawa @ New York
Game 3: April 16, 7:30pm New York @ Ottawa
Game 4: April 18 7:30pm New York @ Ottawa
Game 5: April 21 7pm Ottawa @ New York*
Game 6: April 23 TBD*
Game 7: April 26 TBD*
This being the NHL an eight...
Series: Series is tied at 0-0. Senators took the regular season series 3-1.
NYR Leading Scorer: Marian Gaborik (41-35-76)
OTT Leading Scorer: Jason Spezza (34-50-84)
NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (62 GS, 1.97 GAA, .931 SV%)
OTT Goaltender: Craig Anderson (60 GS, 2.83 GAA, .910 SV%)
Rangers Lines (probable):
Carl Hagelin-Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky-Brian Boyle...
By Christopher Decker (@HockeyGuy_Chris)
As if squandering the chance on the last game of the season at their first Presidents’ Trophy since the 1993-94 season weren’t enough, the New York Rangers head in to the first round against a resurgent Ottawa Senators team who took three out of four games against New York in the regular season.
This will not be an easy series...
The New York Rangers defeated the Ottawa Senators by the score of 4-2 in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals matchup to take a 1-0 lead in their best of seven series. For a recap and box score go to Yahoo! Sports....the best part of tonight's victory was that the Rangers came out and played their game. They didn't try to add any wrinkles to combat the Senators...
John Tortorella stared into a packed interview room on the eve of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
With several cameras in his face and a swarm of reporters another row back, the fiery coach of the New York Rangers impatiently awaited the first question.
Awkward silence followed until he broke it.
''Five, four, three,'' he counted down.
It was met with laughter, but...