While Henrik Lundqvist was superman between the pipes, Derek Dorsett threw the Caps off their game with his agitation and intimidation.
The Rangers’ woeful 2-for-21 power play can be pinpointed to the underwhelming play of Brad Richards and Rick Nash, their two highest paid players.
Mike Ribeiro scored 9:24 into overtime, and the Washington Capitals beat the New York Rangers 2-1 Friday night to regain the momentum – and the lead – in their first-round playoff series.
Let’s face it, the Rangers have a lot of positives going for them right now. And they’re playing the sort of gritty hockey typical of a John Tortorella-coached team.
If the Blueshirts are going to come all the way back and knock out Washington, they need to figure out how to transport their Madison Square Garden offense to the nation’s capital.
Less-heralded Braden Holtby is looking to continue outperforming Henrik Lundqvist as the series shifts to Madison Square Garden.
Mike Green scored the Game 2 overtime winner. The Rangers have slumped to an 2-0 series deficit due to an absent power play.
Ilya Kovalchuk and the determined Devils have the fortitude needed to win the Atlantic and perhaps make another visit to the Stanley Cup finals.
From the drop of the puck to the final buzzer, Carl Hagelin’s legs are constantly churning.
The Rangers’ mental toughness was the difference between winning and losing Game 7.
The Rangers advanced in a thrilling Game 7 and will face the Devils in the Eastern Conference Finals.
John Tortorella’s ability to get his team to perform at its best will be tested again, but he has done it time and time again this year.
It makes perfect sense that the Rangers and Washington Capitals are heading to a Game 7. In many ways, these teams are mirror images of each other.
The Rangers will have the momentum when they step on the ice Wednesday night. That will last until the puck is dropped.
The Rangers kept their focus under the most intense pressure to deliver a Game 5 victory. There isn’t an off-switch inside these Rangers who never quit.
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