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With the top seed in the Eastern Conference all but wrapped up (the Rangers need one point in the next three games, or a Pittsburgh loss of any kind), the attention has turned to the playoffs. The Rangers will either get Florida, Washington, or Buffalo in the first round, and it’s tough to say that the Rangers are more experienced than any of those teams in the playoffs.
The Rangers have three Cup winners (Mike Rupp, Brad Richards, Ruslan Fedotenko), and just six guys with more than 20 games experience (Marian Gaborik, Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi, Marc Staal, Henrik Lundqvist). Of those five players, only one has made it past the second round (Gaborik).
Everyone else on the roster has six games or less of playoff experience at the NHL level. Of course, that doesn’t mean they don’t have playoff experience at other levels. Carl Hagelin, Ryan McDonagh, and Derek Stepan all competed at the Frozen Four. And a number of the kids that played in Juniors have made the playoffs.
When John Tortorella’s Tampa Bay Lightning won the Cup in 2004, that team wasn’t very experienced either. They had a lot more skill of course, but they weren’t the grind-it-out team that the Rangers are. Different teams, different styles, same amount of experience. Sometimes experience can be overrated, but sometimes it’s invaluable in a pressure packed game 7 or overtime.
One thing is for certain, if experience is going to be a factor, then the Rangers are going to turn to Rupp, Richards, and Fedotenko to keep the lineup calm and composed for the playoffs. It’s why all three were brought in.
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Marian Gaborik is enjoying only his third year as a member of the New York Rangers organization, but already he is a name that will forever be recognized in Blueshirt history.
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John Tortorella tells Dave Lozo at NHL.com that Brad Richards deserves most of the credit for his late season chemistry with Marian Gaborik..."I think a lot of it has to do with Brad Richards' game. I think Gabby is getting used to him a little where Gabby needs to give him the puck and not always have the puck. Then you just gain some confidence. I think their puck movement...
The Rangers played a strong first period, but terrible second and third periods in this 5-3 win over the Flyers. After the first it was 4-0, but it was all Flyers after that. The Rangers were lucky to be in this game after the second, and even luckier to even have a lead halfway through the third. The Rangers may have won this game –and earned a series sweep against the Flyers–...
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Ryan Callahan and Artem Anisimov scored as part of a four-goal first period, and the New York Rangers clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs for the first time since 1994 with a 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.
The Rangers are tops in the East for the first time since Mark Messier led them to their last Stanley Cup championship 18 years ago...
Defenseman Ryan McDonagh scored for the first time in 25 games during a four-goal first period as the visiting New York Rangers clinched the Atlantic Division and the top seed in the Eastern Conference by completing a season sweep of the Philadelphia Flyers with a 5-3 win on Tuesday.Captain Ryan Callahan, Marian Gaborik and Artem Anisimov netted power-play goals, Brian Boyle also...
If there was ever a chance for the New York Rangers to upset the Philadelphia Flyers and their fans, tonight is the perfect opportunity.
Tonight, the Blueshirts will take on the Flyers in Philadelphia and should the Rangers win, they will clinch both the top spot in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference. While the Flyers really had no chance at either, it will still more...
By Christopher Decker (@HockeyGuy_Chris)
The New York Rangers have a chance to do something they haven’t done since 1994 – take home the Atlantic Division crown and secure home-ice advantage throughout the first three rounds of the playoffs by clinching the Eastern Conference.
It couldn’t be a more perfect scenario. Just two years ago, it was the Flyers who clinched...
The Rangers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first period and held on to clinch the Atlantic Division title and the top spot in the Eastern Conference with a 5-3 victory over the Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday.
The win clinched the Eastern Conference for New York (51-22-7) and gave them a momentary two-point lead over the Vancouver Canucks in the Presidents’ Trophy race...
TheNYRBlog reader Sean F., aka FamilySize, sends me this screen grab of Artem Anisimov sitting with actor Ben Stiller during a tennis match between Andy Roddick and Roger Federer at MSG last month that was televised on MSG Network last night......who knew Artie had such connections to Hollywood. lolMeanwhile the Rangers tweeted out pics from today's playoff shuttle unveiling...
Connecticut Whale 3, Adirondack Phantoms 0
By Brian Ring
Hartford, CT, March 31, 2012 – The Connecticut Whale defeated the Adirondack Phantoms, 3-0, Saturday night before a crowd of 6,253 at the XL Center. The win allowed the Whale to snap a four-game losing streak on the back of goaltender Cam Talbot, who notched his third shutout of the season with 26 saves.
Kelsey Tessier scored...
Gameday Update: Same line-up for #NYR in Philly tonight with Henrik Lundqvist in goal— New York Rangers (@thenyrangers) April 3, 2012
...c'mon boys let's clinch this tonight!!!!!Remember to follow me on Twitter & Facebook or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Despite a loss in their last game, the New York Rangers need just one point to clinch the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Completing their first season sweep of the archrival Philadelphia Flyers in 40 years would certainly be an impressive way to achieve that goal.
The Rangers will try again to secure their first No. 1 seed since 1993-94 on Tuesday night as they face a Flyers...