The horn sounded and Lundqvist lifted his arms in a mixture of joy and exhaustion. Hey, nobody said carrying a team back from the brink was going to be easy, even for the goaltender his Rangers teammates call “King.”
“When your season is on the line, it’s a given that you’re going to come in with every ounce that you have — mentally and physically — and put it all on the line,” forward Brad Richards said Saturday.
Alain Vigneault finally took a shot at his club’s taxing postseason schedule, but still won’t say his players are tired. Judging by their effort in their latest loss to the Penguins, he might be right.
After taking Game 1 in overtime, New York looked very much like a team playing for the fourth time in six days, losing to the Penguins 3-0. And there’s no rest in sight.
As they trailed in the series, the Flyers always believed they’d return to New York. Even on short rest, they’re ready for one more comeback. It’s up to the Rangers to make sure that doesn’t happen.
With the way the Flyers have played against the Rangers, the locale might not matter much. NY has dominated through five games en route to a 3-2 lead and can close out the series Tuesday night.
The Flyers have no doubt they will be back at MSG one more time with their season on the line. The Blueshirts will do their best to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Brad Richards and Dominic Moore scored second-period goals, and Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves as the New York Rangers pushed the Philadelphia Flyers to the brink of elimination with a 4-2 victory in Game 5 on Sunday.
Calling himself a Band-Aid, backup goalie Ray Emery has held the Flyers together nicely. But the Blueshirts hope to get under his skin in Tuesday night’s Game 3.
The Rangers can’t allow themselves to be dragged into playing the Flyers’ brand of hockey.
Expect Richards to continue putting in spirited performances and chipping in key goals and assists. At 33, Richards has turned back the clock.
One down, three to go. The Blueshirts haven’t lost to Philadelphia at Madison Square Garden since March 6, 2011, outscoring the Flyers 35-10 in that span.
The New York Rangers beat Philadelphia 4-1 in the playoff opener on Thursday night to stretch their home-winning streak over the rival Flyers to nine games.
The big fear among the Rangers’ fan base is whether the Blueshirts are built to handle the possibility of essential defenseman Ryan McDonagh and emerging winger Chris Kreider missing the start of the playoffs. As I see it, have no fear.
Brad Richards scored two power-play goals, and the playoff-bound New York Rangers improved their chances for home-ice advantage in the first round with a 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.