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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 mark against the Senators and easily dispatched them in Game 1.
Ryan Callahan scored in the first period, Gaborik and Boyle pushed the lead to 3-0, and Brad Richards added a goal in the third for the Rangers. New York will host the No. 8 Senators again on Saturday night before the best-of-seven series shifts to Ottawa for Games 3 and 4.
Henrik Lundqvist was sharp early, stopping Jason Spezza on a partial breakaway and then turning aside Jim O'Brien, who weaved his way through the New York defense before getting off an in-close drive that was knocked away.
Lundqvist's only blemishes came in t...
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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...
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...
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...
Given the way that they played Game 1, the New York Rangers have every reason to come into tonight’s Game 2 with the Ottawa Senators in a very cocky manner.
However, that would not be this year’s team style. Throughout the regular season, the Blueshirts never let themselves get too high or too low and because of that attitude, it allowed them to stay focused on the task at hand...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
(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...
Ranger Nation is proud to announce a partnership with new sports social networking site Fan Junkies starting TONIGHT, April 12th for the first game of the New York Rangers vs Ottawa Senators Playoff series. Ranger Nation will be sponsoring the live chat’s throughout the first round of the NHL Playoffs. The chat room will open up [...]
Just 2:15 into Game Two between the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators, Matt Carkner got hockey fans buzzing. Carkner went after Brian Boyle and sucker punched him in the face. Boyle went down, and Carkner continued punching him in the face. Carkner got a game miscounduct and so did Brandon Dubinsky. The Senators ended up winning the game in OT thanks to a goal by Chris Neil.Carkner...