Gary Bettman is as thrilled about the success of the New York City area hockey teams as their fans are.
Rangers wingers Mats Zuccarello and Martin St. Louis have blown hot and cold throughout the 2014-15 regular season. Both are pending unrestricted free agents and neither has made any progress toward reaching a contract extension.
Taking a look at who’s hot and who’s not on the NY/NJ sports landscape.
Mats Zuccarello scored his second goal of the game with 5:56 left, snapping a tie and sending the New York Rangers to a 5-4 victory over the skidding Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night.
Odds are good the Islanders and the Rangers will make the playoffs, but what shape each will be in when they get there is anyone’s guess.
The Rangers’ bottom six took a significant hit when 23-year-old winger Jesper Fast was ruled out for two to three weeks following the Rangers’ 3-2 overtime loss to the Dallas Stars on Sunday.
Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist expressed hope he would return from a throat-area injury before the start of the playoffs.
Ales Hemsky scored 1:02 into overtime as the Dallas Stars overcame a late tying goal by New York’s Chris Kreider to snap a three-game skid with a 3-2 win over the Rangers on Sunday night.
Mike Ribeiro scored with 7:14 left in the third period and the Nashville Predators bounced back from a rare home loss to beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Saturday.
It looks like the Rangers’ resolve is going to be tested for a while.
There’s nothing quite like an unexpected reunion, is there?
“I know it’s going to be pretty powerful,” WFAN host Boomer Esiason said of the charity hockey game being held Saturday for the paralyzed player from Monroe.
For however long Henrik Lundqvist is out, the Rangers are in good hands with backup goalie Cam Talbot manning the fort.
Cam Talbot made 18 saves in place of the injured Henrik Lundqvist, Rick Nash had a goal and an assist, and Derek Stepan snapped a second-period tie to lift the New York Rangers to their third straight win.
The Rangers aren’t taking any chances. Starting goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has been ruled out of Wednesday night’s game against visiting Boston with an upper body injury, the team announced.
The Rangers beat the Montreal Canadiens in six games and won the NHL Eastern Conference championship for the first time since 1994, on Thursday, May 29, 2014.
New York Rangers photos of the week.