This series is about resuming hostilities. With so much on the line, how can they possibly be avoided? The Rangers and Bruins. New York and Boston. John Tortorella and Claude Julien. Waiting for the explosion.
It’s only the second round, but the Rangers have to be feeding off the momentum provided by Lundqvist’s turn. If he keeps it up, I could be put in position to admit that Lundqvist did indeed earn his crown.
There is one key explanation, above all others, for why the Rangers are heading to the Eastern Conference semifinals. “Henrik Lundqvist,” Capitals forward Troy Brouwer said. “Plain and simple.”
Led by Henrik Lundqvist’s 35 saves in a second consecutive shutout, and goals from some unlikely sources, the New York Rangers beat the Washington Capitals 5-0 in Game 7 Monday night to reach the Eastern Conference semifinals.
While Henrik Lundqvist was superman between the pipes, Derek Dorsett threw the Caps off their game with his agitation and intimidation.
Home-ice advantage has held up for six games between Washington and New York. The Rangers hope to snap the trend in Monday’s do-or-die series finale.
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.
Dan Girardi and Derek Stepan scored third-period goals for the New York Rangers, who squandered a two-goal lead and then held on to get even in the best-of-seven playoff series with a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night.
King Henrik was named as one of three finalists for the Vezina Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL’s top player between the pipes.
While the Capitals stayed off the ice on Tuesday to recover, the Rangers held a full practice. They were without forward Rick Nash, who was given a “maintenance day,” and Darroll Powe, who was injured on Monday and is unlikely to play in Game 4.
Hope never dies with the New York Rangers. Surviving and advancing in the postseason may seem like a desperate wish, but it’s also realistic. That’s primarily because of Henrik Lundqvist.
The Rangers did a lot of good things and struggled in other areas. Here are three things I took from Monday night — good and bad.
In Game 3, the Rangers finally resembled the team that finished the regular season strongly, a team that no division-winner wants any part of.
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