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New York Rangers center Derek Stepan is ready to move on from the incident that broke his jaw in the Eastern Conference final against the Montreal Canadiens. Habs forward Brandon Prust delivered a high, late hit to Stepan’s head in the first period of Game 3. The collision broke Stepan’s jaw and forced him to miss Game 4 after undergoing surgery to treat the injury. Prust was suspended two games for the hit. “I’m not going to hold it against him,” Stepan said Thursday night after his team eliminated the Canadiens with a 1-0 Game 6 win at Madison Square Garden. “He finished his check. He feels bad about it. He knows it was late. We move on from there.” After Game 6, the two teams met in the post-series handshake line, where Stepan and Prust had a brief, respectful conversation. Stepan returned to the series in Game 5 and scored two goals. He didn’t seem to be bothered at all by the protective mask he wore to prevent additional contact with his jaw. “I wasn’t going to play unless (th...

Rangers Sign Goaltender Mackenzie Skapski To Entry-Level Contract

The New York Rangers have signed 2013 6th round pick Mackenzie Skapski to an Entry-Level Contract, according to… Mackenzie Skapski. Skapski, who turns 20 in June, came with virtually no fanfare when the Rangers scooped him up at the 2013 Entry Draft, but has since put himself very much on the radar. After a shaky start to the season which included many inconsistent performances...

New York tabloids have same headline for Rangers win

When you’re in the business of making punny back page headlines, there’s only so many options at your disposal.  So when the New York Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadiens Thursday night to advance to the Stanley Cup Final, both the Post and the Daily News had this to say… Our front page: Puck yeah! Go Rangers! #WeWantTheCup #nyr

Rangers' Derek Stepan returns after jaw surgery

The New York Rangers welcome back Derek Stepan.  Stepan missed game four on Sunday night after having surgery to repair a broken jaw he received after a hit by ex-Rangers forward Brandon Prust.Prust gave a delayed hit, resulting in a two game suspension. Stepan left during the game but later returned to finish. The next day it was said he had a broken jaw and needed surgery to...

Saturday (5/31/14) Headlines

Bergen Record - Fourth line works wonders for Rangers in playoffs New York Post - Vigneault guides Rangers to finals in first season New York Post - Vigneault’s crew ‘C’ Richards as true leader New York Post - The Rangers fight for the Cup blue-nited New York Post - Old-school Sather pushes all the right buttons for Rangers New York Post - Everybody hop aboard: Rangers...

Rangers sign MacKenzie Skapski and Calle Andersson

The Rangers have signed 2013 6th round pick MacKenzie Skapski (per Skapski’s Twitter) and 2012 4th round pick Calle Andersson (per Adam Herman). Skapski plays for the Kootenay Ice of the WHL, and put together a 2.70 GAA and a .916 SV%. The Rangers are very thin on goaltending prospects, and Skapski has some solid […]

Henrik Lundqvist Makes Nasty Diving Save, Helps Rangers Close Out Habs

If not for this nasty diving save by Henrik Lundqvist on Thomas Vanek, the Rangers may not have closed out the Habs on Thursday.

Rangers need someone to emerge from impressive team depth

The Rangers are on the cusp of the Stanley Cup for several reasons, but one of the main reasons is their team depth. Eight players currently have ten or more points in this years playoffs, while nine forwards currently average over fourteen minutes per game. However, among this depth is also a lingering problem; no […]

Diaz In; Weise Out; Prust Returns From Suspension

As expected Raphael Diaz will replace the suspended John Moore on the left side of Kevin Klein on the third defensive pairing for tonight’s Game 6 at MSG. This will be Diaz’s first playing time since Game 4 against the Penguins. Here’s Alain Vigneault on Diaz (via Newsday)… “Not overly physical, but he’s got good instincts, moves the puck well, can help us on the power...

Quick points from the ECF clincher

1. I was 12 the last time the Rangers made it to the Stanley Cup Finals. How old were you? 2. Has your heart stopped racing yet? 3. Wow. What an epic game for your New York Rangers. They put all of the off-ice nonsense in this series aside and brought their A-game. Talk about […]

Questioning The Goaltending In The Eastern Conference Final

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province, When Henrik Lundqvist was hooked from Tuesday night’s Game 5 in the Canadiens-Rangers series, you had to wonder about goaltending in the NHL East this year. On paper, you are looking at one of the great goaltending mismatches in league history. The Rangers boast perhaps the best goaltender of this century to date, and while...

Rangers Devour Canadiens Puck Cake

The New York Rangers took on the Montreal Canadiens Thursday for Game 6 of Eastern Conference Finals. The Rangers came out on top with a 1-0 win and now are looking to advance to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. However, before they go on to the start of the next round watch as one more puck cake gets devoured. The post Rangers Devour Canadiens Puck Cake appeared first on Beyond The Benches.

Rangers vs. Canadiens (Game 6)

The New York Rangers host the Montreal Canadiens for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals at Madison Square Garden starting at 8:00 p.m. The Rangers lead the series 3-2. For a preview, visit Yahoo! Sports. Rangers game notes TV: NBCSN Radio: ESPN Radio (98.7 FM) Live Stream (Don’t click on ads in stream, may download virus): Probable...

Stanley Cup Finals schedule

We deliberately avoided posting the schedule for the Stanley Cup Finals until the Rangers clinched. Most of us have played at some level, and we are a superstitious bunch. Now that the Finals are a reality, here’s the schedule: Game 1 Wednesday, June 4 @ Chi/LA Game 2 Saturday, June 7 @ Chi/LA Game 3 Monday, […]

Glen Sather’s Team

from Mark Herrmann of Newsday, The man who has had his ups and downs, has heard his share of criticism and who often keeps his distance from the media, looks clairvoyant. Consider his comment on March 5 about having acquired Martin St. Louis for captain Ryan Callahan: "I think the guy that's coming in helps us advance a little farther than we expected to this year....

New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens Handshake, no Shenanigans

After watching the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens go through the handshake line, it was nice to see a classy handshake. These two teams killed each other on the ice. There were two suspensions from this series (Brandon Prust and John Moore).Total headshot by Prust...— DKM Hockey (@DKM_Hockey) May 30, 2014
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