Call him “Big-Game Brass.” Like clockwork, Rangers center Derick Brassard has emerged — again — as a go-to guy in the playoffs.
The Rangers came out of the gates flat in Game 4. It was a sloppy, turnover-prone, all-around dreadful start. What they needed was a kick in the butt.
The Penguins are headed for an embarrassingly quick playoff exit and another summer filled with questions if Crosby and Malkin don’t get their act together.
The suddenly vulnerable Blueshirts will enter the lion’s den when they take the ice at Consol Energy Center against the Penguins on Monday night.
When they have a lead, the Blueshirts knuckle down. They are the masters of closing out victories. The Penguins got a taste of it in Game 1 on Thursday night.
With the series opener upon us, here are the keys to what should be a highly charged, emotional series.
Since the first of training camp, Rangers center Kevin Hayes never acted like an ordinary 22-year-old.
The Presidents’ Trophy-winning Rangers were kings of the regular season, but will this finally be the year that King Henrik raises Lord Stanley?
Should he come away with a victory, the Rangers will clinch the top seed in the Eastern Conference and capture their first Presidents’ Trophy since their Stanley Cup-winning season of 1993-94.
It’s only taken Henrik Lundqvist four games to shake off the rust following his return from a scary vascular injury that forced him to miss 25 consecutive games.
Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault is the man with the Midas touch. The Rangers have taken tremendous leaps forward in each of Vigneault’s first two seasons behind the bench.
That was as bad of a cross-checking incident as you’re going to see in an 82-game season. It’s time to get tough, NHL. Throw the book at Byfuglien.
What Rangers fans have seen over the past two games is probably a blip. This team has shown an ability to self-correct all season long.
The Rangers have done all of this without Lundqvist, St. Louis and Klein. Imagine what this team is capable of doing when its at full strength.
During Sunday’s victory, Yandle became the only defenseman to record three 40-assist seasons since 2010-11.