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6 years ago  ::  Apr 16, 2015 - 7:05PM #1
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Lets take care of business at MSG..Go Rangers!!!
6 years ago  ::  Apr 17, 2015 - 12:06AM #2
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Game 1 goes to the Rangers....

Derick Brassard, Ryan McDonagh lead Rangers to 2-1 win over Penguins to open Stanley Cup Playoffs 


 Thursday, April 16, 2015, 9:54 PM

Ryan McDonagh puts the Rangers up 2-0 in the first period as the cruise to a x-x Game 1 victory.


Game 1 slipped from becoming potential blowout victory into a nail-biting exercise for all of the Garden's fans. But a win is a win, thanks to early goals from Derick Brassard and Ryan McDonagh in a 2-1 Game 1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins to take a 1-0 lead in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves.

The top overall NHL seed Rangers (113 points) hadn't played a game that truly mattered in exactly three weeks, since clinching a playoff berth in Ottawa. They hadn't played a game that mattered at all in nine days, since clinching Presidents' Trophy in Newark on April 7.

The second-wild card Penguins (98 points) were relentless and persistent, and Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 36 shots. But Brassard's goal 28 seconds in got the party started in the hosts' favor, and McDOnagh's power play goal made the difference.

One thing to watch, though: The Rangers held on to the lead in a tight third period despite losing top-pair defenseman Dan Girardi (assist) with 9:29 remaining after a Chris Kunitz shot ticked off Girardi's stick on the left wing and hit him in the right side of his face. He left for the locker room seemingly shaken up.

Game 2 will be Saturday night at the Garden.

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Derick Brassard wastes no time, scoring a goal 28 seconds into the game to give the Rangers an early 1-0 lead.

Despite the Rangers jumping all over the Penguns in the first period for a 2-0 lead, Pittsburgh charged back to win the second period and halve the deficit to 2-1 entering the third.

Former Islander Blake Comeau scored on a rebound at 6:15 of the second off assists from Ben Lovejoy and Nick Spaling. He comprised a line with Spaling and Max Lapierre that gave the Rangers fits, on a team perhaps less skilled than previous Penguins rosters but more workmanlike, like their division rival Columbus Blue Jackets.

Brassard's line with Nash and Zuccarello, though responsible for both Ranger first-period goals, did not have an effective night, mainly due to the wingers. Zuccarello committed several giveaways.

Derek Stepan's line did way less. Kevin Hayes' line was so-so but created a few chances, and right wing Martin St. Louis played well. Dominic Moore's fourth line, meanwhile, may have generated the most consistent forecheck.

Pittsburgh's goal was scored against Brassard's line, after Lundqvist allowed a long rebound, Lapierre tied up defenseman Dan Boyle at net-front, and Comeau raced to the puck, chased by Brassard with Marc Staal on the wall.

Boyle's turnovers, though, were so especially frequent, blatant and unacceptable that coach Alain Vigenault has to be counting the days until the return of top-four defenseman Kevin Klein (broken left arm), who missed Game 1 but is five weeks into a 4-to-6-week rehab.

Henrik Lundqvist stops 24 shots as the Rangers go up 1-0 in the opening series vs. the Penguins.JARED SILBER/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES

Henrik Lundqvist stops 24 shots as the Rangers go up 1-0 in the opening series vs. the Penguins.

The Garden was flashing red, white and blue lights for pregame ceremonies, and Brassard kept the arena rocking by ripping home the game-opening goal just 28 seconds into the first period.

The French-Canadian center pounced on a Nash rebound kicked into the slot by Fleury after a Dan Girardi stretch pass up the left wing to Nash. Brassard came just one second away from tying the Rangers franchise record for the fastest goal to start a playoff game, accomplished by Ed "Boxcar" Hospodar in Game 2 of the preliminary round on April 9, 1981.

McDonagh scored on the third of four Rangers first-period power plays at 15:16 for a 2-0 lead they carried into intermission. He slapped a shot home from the point off assists from an active Keith Yandle and Zuccarello.

The Blueshirts outshot Pittsburgh, 13-5, in the first 20 minutes, but Lundqvist was forced to make huge stops on the few opportunities he faced.

Up 1-0, he stopped Evgeni Malkin down the left wing and stretched across the crease to stop two rebounds with his left arm and glove. Marc Staal blocked the puck with his skate, as well, as bodies piled into the crease, and Nash made the final save, kicking the puck out of harm's way.

Lundqvist also made a huge left pad stop on a Penguins two-on-one rush on Steve Downie after Brandon Sutter fed the puck across. Fleury, meanwhile, denied Hagelin midway through the period after a Malkin turnover that Girardi punched ahead.

6 years ago  ::  Apr 20, 2015 - 2:58PM #3
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Ok Ranger Fans, it's time to re group and stay positive. We are tied at one game a piece and we need to regain home ice advantage in Pittsburg tonight. Yes we lost one game at MSG, and that's all done and finished. The problem we Ranger Fan have is that we set our selves up with such high hopes, that we went into this playoff series thinking this Ranger Team would not lose a game. But we all know that really will not happen. So we were brought down by a loss at MSG. 

We all know this team has re grouped after a big loss all season long and knows how to come back and play Ranger Hockey. Yes our Power Play is not what we want, and not what this Ranger Team wants. I am sure this Ranger Coaching Staff and this team are adjusting. It's playoff time Ranger Fans, and this is part of the game. Now it's time to show why we were the best in the NHL this season.

Rangers need to come out strong and take the Punks Fans out of the game. We are not going to lose this series to the Punk and the Pens. We need to get back to our speed and puck possession game and play it for a complete 60 min or more, what ever it takes. And most important we need to get more traffic in front of Fluery, and go to the net. When he moves from side to side, the Rangers in front of the net have to move with him. He can't be able to see every shot.


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6 years ago  ::  Apr 20, 2015 - 3:00PM #4
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If you can't stand that Punk Cindy the cry baby Crosby, just watch this. You will hate him more.


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6 years ago  ::  Apr 20, 2015 - 10:41PM #5
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A much needed win tonight. Rangers need to drop the hammer Wednesday night.....Crosby is nothing but a punk!!!!

Rangers fend off Penguins rally for 2-1 win, series lead  


 Monday, April 20, 2015, 9:45 PM

  • The Rangers are back in the driver's seat after taking Game 3 in Pittsburgh for a 2-1 series lead.GENE J. PUSKAR/AP

The Rangers are back in the driver's seat after taking Game 3 in Pittsburgh for a 2-1 series lead.


PITTSBURGH - The Steel City is starting to feel like a home away from home for the Rangers.

The Presidents' Trophy winners put a miserable Game 2 loss behind them and bounced back for a 2-1 Game 3 victory Monday night at CONSOL Energy Center to take a 2-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

Wingers Carl Hagelin and Chris Kreider netted the two Ranger goals as Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves, 13 of which came in a nervy third period.

Just as they did in Game 1, the Rangers allowed the Penguins to cut into a two-goal lead as Patric Hornqvist cut New York's lead in half with 6:48 left in the game after a scramble in front, igniting the crowd into a thunderous roar, but the Rangers were able to hold on in nail-biting fashion for the second time in the series.

Following Game 2's lackluster effort, the Rangers controlled the puck and dictated the pace throughout the first period as the Penguins didn't register a shot on goal for the first 15:10 of the period. They seemed comfortable in a building they've had success in dating back to last year's second-round series, when the Rangers won three of the four games played in Pittsburgh. The best road team in the NHL during regular season (28-11-2) also went 1-0-1 here during the regular season.

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist makes some big saves to thwart Pittsburgh's comeback attempt.JUSTIN K. ALLER/GETTY IMAGES

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist makes some big saves to thwart Pittsburgh's comeback attempt.

Hagelin tallied his first goal of the playoffs at 8:43, beating Marc-Andre Fleury (24 saves) five-hole after receiving a pristine tape-to-tape stretch pass from defenseman Keith Yandle, who played despite not participating in the morning skate because he wasn't feeling well. The puck-moving, trade-deadline acquisition notched his second assist of the playoffs. Dan Girardi, who was a force on both ends of the ice, also earned his first of two assists in the game.

In the lead-up to the goal, Yandle bumped Sidney Crosby, who lost possession of the puck, and Penguins fans were furious because they believed Crosby was interfered with, but no penalty was called, allowing the Rangers to take their third 1-0 lead of the series.

Pittsburgh finally put a shot on Lundqvist's goal with 4:50 left in the period, a 71-foot slapshot from defenseman Ben Lovejoy. Crosby hit the post with a one-timer at the right circle 55 seconds later, but the Penguins finished the period with only three shots, controlling the tempo thanks in part to strong forechecking by the fourth line.

The Rangers doubled their lead at 11:07 of the second period when Marc Staal sent the puck off of the end boards, which appeared to be a deliberate move as opposed to a missed shot, and the puck ricocheted directly to Kreider, who beat Fleury at the left post to score his first goal of the playoffs. Fleury was playing off the post and was too late in getting back when he realized Kreider was ready and waiting.

The goal came after an improved two-minute power play in which Rick Nash had the best chance, chasing down the puck in the right corner and reeling off a pair of shots near the right post, both saved by Fleury. The Rangers looked far more competent with that man-advantage than they did throughout Game 2 and their first power play of the game early in the first period, when they didn't put a shot on net.

Ryan McDonagh (r.) and Patric Hornqvist battle for possession in the 2nd period.GREGORY SHAMUS/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES

Ryan McDonagh (r.) and Patric Hornqvist battle for possession in the 2nd period.

Penguins fans were hollering at the officials once again for a non-call on defenseman Dan Boyle before the Rangers' second goal after it appeared he hooked Maxim Lapierre.

Lundqvist was the victim of some aggression in his crease by a pair of Penguins in the second period. Just after a stoppage of play with 6:37 left in the period, Lundqvist fell over after Crosby skated by him. It was unclear if contact was actually made, but Penguins fans booed mercilessly at what they perceived as a dive. With 3:51 left in the period, Chris Kunitz fell right into Lundqvist, flattening him on the ice.

Crosby got up close and personal with Lundqvist again in the third when he brought the puck out from the right corner and across goal, trying to beat him left post, but Lundqvist made a stick save with his stick down on the ice to deny Pittsburgh's captain.

The Rangers had huge opportunities to extend their lead in the third before Pittsburgh scored, but Girardi and Derek Stepan whiffed on pucks near the left post.

6 years ago  ::  Apr 23, 2015 - 1:43AM #6
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Kevin Hayes lifts Rangers to Game 4 win, Blueshirts take 3-1 series lead 


 Published: Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 10:03 PM

Updated: Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 10:19 PM
  • Kevin Hayes (r.) and Carl Hagelin celebrate Hayes' overtime winner in a 2-1 win Wednesday that gives the Rangers a 3-1 series lead.JOE SARGENT/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES

Kevin Hayes (r.) and Carl Hagelin celebrate Hayes' overtime winner in a 2-1 win Wednesday that gives the Rangers a 3-1 series lead.


PITTSBURGH — The Rangers finally have a chance to close out a series early, but nobody knows better than them that no lead is safe.

Rookie Kevin Hayes scored at 3:14 of overtime to give the Rangers a 2-1 win Wednesday night at CONSOL Energy Center, taking a commanding 3-1 series lead in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal. All four games in the series have been one-goal contests. Martin St. Louis played the puck to Carl Hagelin from behind the net, and on a scramble Maxim Lapierre tried to clear the puck, but it slid under a sprawled out Marc-Andre Fleury and directly to Hayes at the left post.

The NHL’s best regular-season road team won two straight in this building in which they’ve dominated for the last year. The Rangers now have a 4-12 record with one-game series leads since the start of the 2012 playoffs.

Rangers rush the ice to mob Hayes (r.) after the winner.


Rangers rush the ice to mob Hayes (r.) after the winner.

Now, though, the Rangers will recall what happened last year against the same Pittsburgh team in the second-round, when the Penguins were the ones holding a 3-1 series lead, only for the Rangers to win three straight do-or-die games to advance to the Eastern Conference Final.

Derick Brassard scored the Rangers first goal and Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves.

The first period was a complete reversal from the opening period in Monday’s Game 3, when the Rangers dominated, took a lead and held the Penguins to just three shot. On Wednesday, it was Pittsburgh that vastly outplayed the Rangers, winning battles, pressuring the defense and limiting the Rangers’ to a measly two shots on goal, tied for second-lowest in a period this season, while the Penguins had eight. The only time the Rangers registered fewer shots on goal in a period this season was the third period of a Feb. 22 4-3 shootout win against the Blue Jackets.

Ryan McDonagh (c.) checks Penguins' Patric Hornqvist (r.) from in front of goalie Henrik Lundqvist.GENE J. PUSKAR/AP

Ryan McDonagh (c.) checks Penguins' Patric Hornqvist (r.) from in front of goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

The Penguins scored just 2:22 into the game when Ben Lovejoy’s shot was sent into a bundle of bodies in front of net and deflected by Patric Hornqvist, sending the puck between Henrik Lundqvist’s legs. It was Hornqvist’s second goal in as many games and it marked the first time in the series the Rangers did not score first. Each team went 0-for-3 on the power play, with the Rangers firing off just one shot on net during their second man-advantage.

There were a few brief scuffles and a few crunching hits over the first 20 minutes. Dominic Moore earned a roughing call late in the first period when he hit Maxim Lapierre near the head right by the benches. Lapierre initially appeared shaken up but remained in the game.

The Rangers came out in the second period with much more attacking intent. At 6:55 Kevin Hayes had the Rangers’ best chance up to that point when he found himself all alone in the slot but shot the puck wide left. He was credited with a shot on goal because Marc-Andre Fleury (22 saves) got a piece of the puck, but the shot was always going wide.

Derick Brassard finds the twine for the Rangers goal in regulation.


Derick Brassard finds the twine for the Rangers goal in regulation.

Less than two minutes later, Mats Zuccarello’s shot from near the right boards was saved and Matt Hunwick’s rebound right in front of net was also saved. Suddenly the Rangers had real life on offense. At 9:35 Hayes fired another shot which Fleury swallowed. Forty-five seconds later, Carl Hagelin used his blistering speed on a breakout to push the puck past Ian Cole into the offensive zone and sent a cross-ice pass to an open Martin St. Louis, whose shot from just inside the right circle was gobbled up by Fleury. At 16:20 J.T. Miller fed Chris Kreider on the rush, but his right-circle shot went wide left.

Finally the Rangers broke through at 17:15 when Brassard poked in a puck sitting next to the right post. Zuccarello’s entry pass to Ryan McDonagh began a play which saw Rick Nash feed McDonagh for a shot that was saved and left idle at the post. Nash’s third assist is his team-high fourth point of the playoffs, and McDonagh notched his second assist.

Dan Boyle nearly put the Rangers ahead with 1:54 left in the period with a spinning shot right in front of net but Fleury was up to the task. The Rangers outshot Pittsburgh 13-8 in the period.

With five minutes left in an even third, Nash was robbed by Fleury on an open shot from the slot. Less than 30 seconds later, Brassard fed Zuccarello on a 2-on-1, but Zuccarello couldn’t get a shot off.

Lundqvist came out for a poke check on Hornqvist with 38 seconds left in regulation which left an open net and the puck unattended, but Dan Girardi cleared out the danger.

6 years ago  ::  Apr 24, 2015 - 10:21PM #7
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Celebrate tonight come on!!! Rangers drop the hammer in OT with a win!!!!!  Crosby and his Penguins go home!!!!!  

Carl Hagelin scores series-ending goal in Game 5 as Rangers best Penguins 2-1 in overtime


 Friday, April 24, 2015, 10:17 PM

Rangers celebrate Derek Stepan’s first-period goal.

How Swede it is.

Carl Hagelin ripped home a series-ending goal with 9:08 remaining in overtime Friday night for a 2-1 Rangers victory in Game 5, knocking the Pittsburgh Penguins out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and sending the Blueshirts onto the next round.

All four of the Rangers’ wins were by the score of 2-1, including two in extra time. They won on the same calendar day that the 1994 Rangers completed their first-round sweep of the Islanders. Hagelin scored off assists from Dominic Moore and Ryan McDonagh.

They won despite a stellar performance from Pens goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. Henrik Lundqvist made 37 saves to cancel it out. The win hopefully won’t come at a heavy price, however.

Top-line right wing Mats Zuccarello, a fan favorite and relentless worker and playmaker, was hit in the left side of his helmet on a slap shot by captain Ryan McDonagh late in the first period. Zuccarello left for the locker room with 3:58 remaining in the opening period and did not return.

His status is unknown, but he was clearly shaken up on the bench before leaving, squinting as he tried to shake off the shot. St. Louis mostly replaced Zuccarello on Brassard’s right wing, until overtime when Jesper Fast manned that spot.

In overtime, Lundqvist made a game-saving stop on Crosby 4:20 in on a deflection at the crease.

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Penguins’ Nick Spaling scores in the second period, tying the game.

The Rangers closed out a playoff series at home in five games for the first time since 1994, when the eventual Stanley Cup champions knocked out the Washington Capitals in the second round. They won in five games as a franchise for the first time since beating the New Jersey Devils in the first round of the 2008 NHL postseason, with a span of 12 playoff series in between.

They improved to 2-4 all-time in series against the Penguins, including last spring’s emotional seven-game, second-round comeback from a three-games-to-one deficit, and 14-1 all-time when leading a series three-games-to-one. And they are now 9-6 all-time in Game 5 when holding a 3-1 series lead.

And in the second round, they’ll face either the Capitals or Islanders. Washington leads that series, three games to two, going into Saturday’s 3 p.m. faceoff at the Coliseum.

The anxious, quiet fans at the World’s Most Negative Arena suddenly woke 4:14 into the third period to go after Crosby, a familiar villain. Dan Girardi was penalized for pulling Crosby down to the ice from his knees after the Penguins captain slashed the Rangers defenseman’s hand.

The fans chanted “Crosby s*cks!” The Pens captain rapped a clapper off the cross-bar on the ensuing power play but the game remained tied thanks to Lundqvist and the penalty kill. J.T. Miller soon after ripped a shot off the Penguins’ top bar for the Blueshirts.

The Rangers pushed hard around the four-minute mark, but Fleury made a left pad stop on Dan Boyle in front, and then Boyle unthinkably missed a one-timer at an open net – with the series on his stick – after a great cross-ice feed at the circles from Miller.

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Rangers’ J.T. Miller grabs Penguins’ David Perron.

When the whistle blew seconds later, Boyle raised his stick above his head and tomahawked it into the glass boards, knowing he had missed the best chance to avoid overtime.

The Rangers’ power play, which limped into Game 5 just 2-for-17 (11.8%) for the series, had ignited Friday night’s scoring at 4:23 of the first period for a 1-0 lead.

Derek Stepan skillfully kicked the puck to his stick in front and buried the rebound of a Dan Boyle shot from the point. Derick Brassard had the second assist and the help of Chris Kreider in keeping possession to set up Boyle’s shot.

The Penguins were not preventing the Rangers from connecting their preferred first pass out of the back, allowing the Blueshirts to play with speed early. However, they couldn’t get a second puck by Fleury and had some wind taken out of their sails when Zuccarello went off for good.

Lundqvist denied chances from Evgeni Malkin and Nick Spaling in the first, but in the second period, Fleury denied Brassard’s initial chance and rebound on aa two-on-one rush. Then the Penguins goalie robbed Martin St. Louis twice in front on the power play, which failed to convert on its second and third opportunities after scoring early.

Momentum turned heavily in the Penguins’ favor. Lundqvist made huge saves on Crosby and Patric Hornqvist with Chris Kunitz crashing on top of him to preserve the lead temporarily midway through the match, but then Pens forward Nick Spaling scored the inevitable game-tying goal with 2:37 left in the second.

The puck deflected in off Spaling’s left arm as he crashed the crease, off Steve Downie’s primary assist and Crosby’s set up.

6 years ago  ::  Apr 26, 2015 - 9:42AM #8
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Man, what a tight series. All 5 games decided by 1 goal. Both teams looking anemic at times but the Rangers perservered and move on the the Conference finals.

Next stop, DC or LI.


6 years ago  ::  Apr 26, 2015 - 4:38PM #9
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Awesome win, Awesome Series, four wins each by one goal, and that's what playoff hockey is all about. The two best players on both teams were the goalies, and the best of the 2 was the King, Lundqvist.

The two kids Sather signed Hayes and Hags, get winning goals in OT.

Unsung heroes in this series IMO were Moore and Boyle. Moore as always steps up his game in the playoffs, he was on top of his game in winning face offs.

Boyle's battle level was terrific, in which the pens crashed the net throughout the series, and when Malkin tried to go near Lundqvist Boyle was right there and on top of him. And if you look at the stats, Malkin was MIA in this series. Boyle in front of the net, behind the net he battled and won battles with who ever was there. He shanked the potential series winner last game. It happens. And he has been a force joining the rush and off the cycle.

All and All a great team effort. Now lets get ready for who ever. I could care less who we play, but as a passionate hater of Islan

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6 years ago  ::  Apr 26, 2015 - 6:21PM #10
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Yeah, Henrik got it done. He has a 1.53 GAA and a .939 save percentage over the last 5 games. Keep that up and you're going deep in the PO's.

Hagelin outskated the punk for the winning goal. All Crosby could do was watch it bounce out of the net. That's what he gets for slashing Girardi's hands while he was down on the ice.

Nash isn't finding the twine like he was earlier in the season but he's all over the ice playing great D and O. He has excellent hockey instincts. I think he hit the pipe in game 5. I can't figure out why he cooled off goal-wise.

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