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4 years ago  ::  Apr 07, 2015 - 9:41PM #1
laurenfrances
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With a win tonight against Devils, Rangers clinched #1 seed in the eastern conference!!!   Can't be more proud... Keep the wins coming!!!!!


Rangers win Presidents' Trophy for first time since 1994, eyeing run to Stanley Cup 




The last time the Rangers won the Presidents’ Trophy for  the most points during the NHL regular season, they went on to win Stanley Cup. Now they’ll hope history repeats itself.


With their 4-2 win over the Devils at Prudential Center Tuesday night, the Rangers (52-21-7, 111 points) not only clinched the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, but locked up the best record in the NHL. It’s their first Presidents’ Trophy since 1993-94. Their fifth straight win gives them home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs, and their 52nd win ties the franchise record set also in ’93-94.


Rookie Kevin Hayes scored the opening goal at 13:45 of the first period for his 16th of the season. Carl Hagelin poked the puck away from Eric Gelinas behind Devils goalie Cory Schneider’s net and the it ricocheted out to Hayes on the right, and he scored  on the far side.


Kevin Hayes gets congratulations after his goal from Carl Hagelin (r.) as the Rangers take a 4-2 win and lock up the President's Trophy for the most points in the NHL.JULIO CORTEZ/AP

Kevin Hayes gets congratulations after his goal from Carl Hagelin (r.) as the Rangers take a 4-2 win and lock up the President's Trophy for the most points in the NHL.



Ryan McDonagh made it 2-0 with a blast from the point through a Rick Nash screen at 14:32, seven seconds into a power play.


That brief man advantage was the only competence the Rangers showed during their seven man advantages. They had a 5-on-3 opportunity just 2:14 into the game, but had just one shot on goal during their 1:27 two-man advantage. The Devils (32-35-13, 77 points) lacked discipline and kept giving the Rangers chances to break the game open, but the Blueshirts didn’t take advantage thanks to a lack of creativity and an unwillingness to shoot.


Trade-deadline acquisition James Sheppard, who was in  the lineup because Mats Zuccarello was out with “general body soreness,” scored at 10:41 in the third to put the Rangers up 3-1. The Devils answered 51 seconds later as Steve Bernier’s shot ended up in the crease and bounced between Derick Brassard and Cam Talbot before gliding in.


Ryan McDonagh (r.) and Keith Yandle share a high five after McDonagh's goal.JULIO CORTEZ/AP

Ryan McDonagh (r.) and Keith Yandle share a high five after McDonagh's goal.



Hagelin clinched it with  an empty-netter with 1:48 left in the game.


One night after receiving the 2014-15 Steven McDonald Extra Effort award, voted on by the fans, Talbot made 19 saves while picking up his 21st win of the season.


Talbot earned the recognition from the fans for his sterling effort in place of Henrik Lundqvist, who missed 25 games with a sprained blood vessel in his neck. Talbot won 16 of 23 starts during that stretch with a 2.16 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage, and it was fitting he was in net as the Rangers wrapped up their regular-season objectives.


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McDonagh tries to put one past Devils goalie Cory Schneider.



The Rangers have been getting contributions throughout the lineup as of late, one of them coming from Keith Yandle, another player to come over at the trade deadline. Yandle assisted on McDonagh’s goal along with Hayes. Yandle has 10 points in his last 10 games.


Sheppard came in on the fourth line and Jesper Fast moved up to play with Nash and Brassard. Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said Kevin Klein (broken left arm) had an X-ray either Sunday or Monday and “everything’s coming along fine.”



4 years ago  ::  Apr 08, 2015 - 3:25PM #2
prof. quiz
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The Rangers are going all the way!


4 years ago  ::  Apr 08, 2015 - 4:46PM #3
TonyG4
Posts: 3,098
I am too superstitious to predict anything. But I like our chances. Awesome wins the last two nights, and how sweet is it to clinch the President's Trophy on the Devils home ice, in front of their fly by night phony fans. And how sweet is it to see the Islanders fighting for their playoff lives. Today I needed to get some sports equipment, so I went to Modell's, and then Sports Authority, along with Dicks Sporting Goods. And I couldn't believe my eyes. There were lines, miles long in all 3 sporting goods stores, I asked the Manager's, what the heck is going on. They told me, that the lines are all for the return desk, and they don't have enough employee's to handle all the returns of Devils and Islanders fans bringing back all their team jersey's and hats for both teams. And they all still have the tags on them, along with their receipts. LMAO.

 

Sather deserves a lot of credit. Sather has given this organization the players to go all the way. The rest now is in the hands of the team, and the coaching staff to deliver. Now we all know, this Ranger team will be judged on winning the Cup, any thing else will be a disappointment. And you can tell by the talking points of the players after winning the Presidents Trophy, in their opinion by winning the Presidents Trophy, this is only one step forward to their ultimate Goal, and that is to win the Cup. Especially the core players from last season, this has been their goal from day one to get back to the finals and finish what they failed to do last season.

So IMO, this is not on Sather, this is on the team, and the coaching staff going forward in the playoffs. Sather can't score for them, can't play defense for them, can't fight and drop the gloves for them, like he did as a Ranger Player, he has done his part as the GM, and has done a great job doing it. And it doesn't go back to only a few years ago, it goes back more then that, because that's what it takes to build a team to go all the way time and patients, especially in the era of free agency and the Cap. 

So hats off to Sather and his management staff, and hats off to AV, who Sather hired, and as I said before, Sather could have went with his heart and hired Mess as head coach. But he went with his hockey sense, and did what was best for the NY Rangers, And this has been one of his best moves for this present team.

And hats off to this Ranger Team, and all these young players who are getting better and better with each game, and hats off to the core of this team, that have grown and played together, and hats off to the Vets, and the new players, that have jelled together. This is a very close team, with a lot of character. And Hats off to Rick Nash who really plays like, and shows that it's not about him, it's about the team. He could care less about scoring 42 goals, all he cares about is winning. 

So the new season starts next week. And all I have to say now, is:

LETS DO IT, AND LETS GET IT DONE. Head Bang Hockey Trophy

 
Willie, Mickey and the Duke, Now That Was Baseball in NY.

THE ORIGINAL SIX IN THE NHL, OLD TIME HOCKEY,

THE WAY THE GAME WAS MEANT TO BE PLAYED:

LETS GO RANGERS. LETS GO YANKEES
4 years ago  ::  Apr 08, 2015 - 5:37PM #4
laurenfrances
Posts: 35,798

Apr 8, 2015 -- 4:46PM, TonyG4 wrote:


I am too superstitious to predict anything. But I like our chances. Awesome wins the last two nights, and how sweet is it to clinch the President's Trophy on the Devils home ice, in front of their fly by night phony fans. And how sweet is it to see the Islanders fighting for their playoff lives. Today I needed to get some sports equipment, so I went to Modell's, and then Sports Authority, along with Dicks Sporting Goods. And I couldn't believe my eyes. There were lines, miles long in all 3 sporting goods stores, I asked the Manager's, what the heck is going on. They told me, that the lines are all for the return desk, and they don't have enough employee's to handle all the returns of Devils and Islanders fans bringing back all their team jersey's and hats for both teams. And they all still have the tags on them, along with their receipts. LMAO.

 

Sather deserves a lot of credit. Sather has given this organization the players to go all the way. The rest now is in the hands of the team, and the coaching staff to deliver. Now we all know, this Ranger team will be judged on winning the Cup, any thing else will be a disappointment. And you can tell by the talking points of the players after winning the Presidents Trophy, in their opinion by winning the Presidents Trophy, this is only one step forward to their ultimate Goal, and that is to win the Cup. Especially the core players from last season, this has been their goal from day one to get back to the finals and finish what they failed to do last season.

So IMO, this is not on Sather, this is on the team, and the coaching staff going forward in the playoffs. Sather can't score for them, can't play defense for them, can't fight and drop the gloves for them, like he did as a Ranger Player, he has done his part as the GM, and has done a great job doing it. And it doesn't go back to only a few years ago, it goes back more then that, because that's what it takes to build a team to go all the way time and patients, especially in the era of free agency and the Cap. 

So hats off to Sather and his management staff, and hats off to AV, who Sather hired, and as I said before, Sather could have went with his heart and hired Mess as head coach. But he went with his hockey sense, and did what was best for the NY Rangers, And this has been one of his best moves for this present team.

And hats off to this Ranger Team, and all these young players who are getting better and better with each game, and hats off to the core of this team, that have grown and played together, and hats off to the Vets, and the new players, that have jelled together. This is a very close team, with a lot of character. And Hats off to Rick Nash who really plays like, and shows that it's not about him, it's about the team. He could care less about scoring 42 goals, all he cares about is winning. 

So the new season starts next week. And all I have to say now, is:

LETS DO IT, AND LETS GET IT DONE. Head Bang Hockey Trophy

 



No matter what, no one appreciates bandwagon fans.  You should stand by your team whatever the turn out....Indeed fake fans.....With that said, I'm happy as a clam...one step at a time.  Just focus on the series at hand and the rest will take care of it self...Go Rangers!!!!

4 years ago  ::  Apr 08, 2015 - 6:21PM #5
TonyG4
Posts: 3,098

Yu got that right laurenfrances.




It's long over due for another one of these:


Willie, Mickey and the Duke, Now That Was Baseball in NY.

THE ORIGINAL SIX IN THE NHL, OLD TIME HOCKEY,

THE WAY THE GAME WAS MEANT TO BE PLAYED:

LETS GO RANGERS. LETS GO YANKEES
4 years ago  ::  Apr 08, 2015 - 7:15PM #6
prof. quiz
Posts: 7,435

Apr 8, 2015 -- 4:46PM, TonyG4 wrote:


 they don't have enough employee's to handle all the returns of Devils and Islanders fans bringing back all their team jersey's and hats for both teams. And they all still have the tags on them, along with their receipts. LMAO.




Haha. That is funny!


Yeah, I really don't know who will win the Cup. It's sports, that's why I don't bet on games. But the Rangers have all the tools in place. Last year their GF was 18th in the league and they made it to the finals. This year they are 3rd in GF with better D.


Their PP sucks and that's being kind. They had a minute and a half of 5 on 3 yesterday and squandered it away. FO's are also awful but those two things are their only weaknesses. They still got the Prez trophy in spite of the awful PP and FO's so I'm real hopefull for the Cup. Once the PO's start we'll know for sure in 16-28 games.



4 years ago  ::  Apr 08, 2015 - 7:17PM #7
prof. quiz
Posts: 7,435

Apr 8, 2015 -- 5:37PM, laurenfrances wrote:


No matter what, no one appreciates bandwagon fans.  You should stand by your team whatever the turn out....Indeed fake fans.....




I never understood people jumping ship. The Rangers absolutely sucked in the late 90's. I seem to remember them not scoring a SHG for over a year. Still, I stayed a fan even though I had nothing to smile about.

4 years ago  ::  Apr 09, 2015 - 3:03PM #8
TonyG4
Posts: 3,098
It's not a matter of jumping ship quiz, it's a matter of jumping on the band wagon. Most Islander fans know nothing about the game of hockey, all they knew is that there was a team that played the game of hockey on Long Island and just won a championship. So they all went out and purchased their Jersey's and Hats. Then went and got season tickets for the next season, and after they won 4 Cups, and started to lose, they were no where to be found. And now a days the only time the Islanders have a full house is when they play the Rangers.

 

This is why going back to those day's the rivalry was so intense with Ranger Fans who hate the Islander Fans, Because those Islander fans didn't deserve a team like that, who won 4 straight cups. Ranger Fans deserved a team like that. Not those phony fly by night Islander fans.
Willie, Mickey and the Duke, Now That Was Baseball in NY.

THE ORIGINAL SIX IN THE NHL, OLD TIME HOCKEY,

THE WAY THE GAME WAS MEANT TO BE PLAYED:

LETS GO RANGERS. LETS GO YANKEES
4 years ago  ::  Apr 09, 2015 - 5:07PM #9
laurenfrances
Posts: 35,798

Strategically, do we want Rangers to loss tonight???? What are your thoughts??? .... or just throw strategy to the wind and try to win it all.  

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