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The Prospect Park:
OK I won't deny it, I love the "game after something happened" in large part because you don't know what will happen as was the case on Friday night for the New York Ranger and New York Islander prospects. One thing was for sure and that was the paying customer got their money's worth (well depending on which team you were rooting for).
In Baie-Comeau, the biggest question was who was left to play in game 5 after the game 4 post-game brawl between Samuel Noreau's (NYR 2011 5th) Baie-Comeau Drakkar and the Blainville-Boisbriand, Armada? 12 players (including all 4 goalies) and both coaches were suspended because of what happened leaving both teams depending on players who under most circumstances would never have played in such a key playoff game.
Noreau's Drakkar were able to earn a 2-1 overtime win in what was a very tame (only 8 total penalty minutes) affair. Noreau was scoreless, a -1 on 1 shot as both teams were playing under the threat of a 25,000 dollar fine if anything close to what happened in game 4 happened.
The stars of this game were the kid goalies for both teams as the Drakkar's Simon Lemieux and the Armada's combo of Storm Phaneuf and Marc-Antoine Turcotte. Turcotte a 16 year old made his QMJHL debut when Phaneuf went down with an injury in the 3rd period with the score tied 1-1.
All 3 goalies put on a pretty good accounting for themselves given the circumstances as Lemieux stopped 29 of 30, Phaneuf 20 of 21 and Turcotte 6 of 7. The Drakkar with the win take a 3-2 lead in the series as it shifts to Blainville-Boisbriand for game 6.
In London it was 20 seconds into overtime that Max Domi scored the series ending goal for his London Knights as the Knights eliminated the Plymouth Whalers 5-4 in 5 games. Down the road all people will remember that this was the night that young Domi either scored or set up all 5 London goals.
That is the funny thing about hockey as unless you paid attention then you were not aware that London blew a 4-0 lead that they had built up over the first 37:26 of the game. Even stranger was that despite the stats was that Tommy Hughes (NYR UFA 2013) and his fellow defenders saved the game for London in the last 4:33 of regulation.
Hughes is fast showing that he is the kind of defender that John Tortorella dreams of, the shot blocking, lane clogging physical player who eats up minutes. Pretty sure Tortorella will adopt Hughes when he sees him play.
The Knights have the chance now to defend their OHL title in the finals but they will have to wait to see who they face because Mitchell Theoret's (NYI 2011 7th) Barrie Colts could not finish off the Belleville Bulls in game 5 of their series losing 3-1.
The fans of the Colts might have a beef over Mitchell Theoret's disallowed goal was good or not because it would have sent the game into the 2nd intermission tied at 2-2. It doesn't matter as the Colts will have home ice for game 6 still leading in the series 3-2.
Michael St. Croix (NYR 2011 4th) scored his 8th goal of the playoffs as his Edmonton Oil Kings got goals from 5 different players to earn a 5-1 win over the Calgary Hitmen in game 5 of their series. The Oil Kings who were playing without team captain Griffin Reinhart who is finished for the season after undergoing surgery for a torn tendon in his foot.
St. Croix scored his goal on a nice one-timer from the slot while being covered pretty well. The goal was the 4th of the game for the Oil Kings as St. Croix matched his playoff totals of last year with his 19th point (8-11-19).
The series shifts to Calgary for game 6 with Edmonton looking to advance to the WHL Finals for the 2nd straight year.
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It’s always interesting looking at the penalty statistics each season, and this year is no different. PIMs are a bit misleading, as there’s no real difference between someone who takes undisciplined stick penalties and some heat of the moment roughing/fighting penalties. Ok, fights are easily tracked, but the minor penalties aren’t in the PIMs...
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Sorry again about no goal breakdown, but the Rangers picked up two big points against the Devils today, winning by a score of 4-0. Hank bagged his second shutout of the season and Rick Nash enjoyed a dominating performance with two goals. There were contributions from all over the ice, including two point performances from Ryan Callahan, Brad Richards...
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With the Rangers finally clinching a playoff spot last night with their win over Carolina, the final game of the season against the Devils has lost some significance. Don’t get me wrong, I’m tremendously grateful that the boys from Newark don’t get to play spoiler against us a week after we eliminated them from postseason contention. However...
The Rangers have announced that Michael Haley along with nine other members of the CT Whlae have been recalled for the playoffs. Haley, however, will be the only one who will practice with the Blueshirts and travel with the team to Washington for the start of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The others, who include Dylan McIlrath, JT Miller, Christian Thomas, Brandon Segal, Brandon...
Lots of injury news as Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record says that while Ryane Clowe did not practice today, John Tortorella expects him to be an important player for the Rangers in the playoffs.
...with the Newbury recall, it's highly unlikely he'll be in the Rangers line-up against the Devils tomorrow, however, Torts' comments has me optimistic about his return...
Yesterday, John Tortorella was a guest on the Michael Kay Radio Show (ESPN Radio) and discussed how this year, despite the Rick Nash trade, was a sideway step for the team and just because the Rangers made it to the Eastern Conference Finals didn't mean the Finals were a guarantee...
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There is still no word on Ryane Clowe's condition after he was forced to leave last night's game with either a leg injury or an elbow to the head by Bobby Sanguinetti. Larry Brooks at the New York Post speculates that it's a right leg injury.
In an early indication of how bad it might be, the Rangers recalled Kris Newbury after the game.
...no idea what the injury...
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Rangers captain Ryan Callahan scored 2:55 into overtime, and New York rallied to clinch a third straight Eastern Conference playoff berth by beating the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 on Thursday night.
Brad Richards tied it for the Rangers with 2:57 remaining in regulation after New York blew an early 2-0 lead and fell behind already-eliminated Carolina.
Derek Stepan and...
The New York Rangers are headed back to the Eastern Conference playoffs because all the important bounces down the stretch went their way.
One ricocheted off the boards and into the net. Another glanced off a post on its way in.
Captain Ryan Callahan scored 2:55 into overtime, and New York rallied to clinch a third straight playoff berth by beating the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 on...
With Ottawa’s regulation loss against Philly tonight, the Rangers have locked in the number 6 seed and a date with the Caps in the first round.
The New York Rangers entered Thursday night’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes needing a win or a regulation loss by the Winnipeg Jets at home against the Montreal Canadiens to punch their ticket to the postseason. At practice Thursday morning leading goal scorer Rick Nash said, “We’re not scoreboard watching. It’s in our hands, so we want [...]
When the season is hanging in the balance, you look to your leaders to step-up and carry the team to the finish line. And that's exactly what the Rangers captain Ryan Callahan did last night.
One look at the above stat line from last night tells you all you need to know about Callahan's influence and impact on the Rangers.
Here's video Cally's overtime winner...
Now that the 2013 regular season is in the books for the New York Rangers, it's time to have a little fun. Let us revisit the season predictions of The New York Rangers Blog and see how right, or dead wrong, we all were.
First up, congratulations are in order for Adam Herman. He got NOTHING wrong, primarily because he didn't bother to make any predictions. Way to play...
The New York Rangers (25-18-4) host the New Jersey Devils (19-18-10) at Madison Square Garden starting at 3:00 p.m. For a preview go to Yahoo! Sports.
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The New York Rangers (25-18-4) defeated the Carolina Hurricanes (19-24-4) by the score of 4-3 in overtime, tonight. For a box score, go to Yahoo! Sports.
...welcome to the playoffs Rangers fans!!!!!!! As has been the case all season, the Blueshirts didn't make it easy on their fans tonight, but who cares. They're in the playoffs and anything can happen.