Kevin Hayes is big get for the Rangers, who have done a fine job of stockpiling highly coveted college free agents, including Union defenseman Mat Bodie, RPI winger Ryan Haggerty and University of Vermont forward Chris McCarthy.
The Rangers took their fans on an incredible ride that was equally unexpected and unforgettable. Now the page immediately turns to preparations for next season.
Now that the Canadiens have staved off elimination once in Game 5, the Rangers are wary of giving them any more hope they can turn the tables.
Canadiens winger Rene Bourque made some rather pointed remarks in an obvious attempt to rattle Lundqvist ahead of Game 6. He may have picked the wrong guy to mess with.
New York Rangers defenseman John Moore was suspended for two games by the NHL on Wednesday for an illegal check to Montreal Canadiens forward Dale Weise’s head in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.
The Rangers need to leave the odor — and the brutal hockey — in Montreal after completely falling flat at Bell Center in a 7-4 defeat Tuesday.
The Blueshirts may have to play the remainder of the Eastern Conference finals against Montreal without defenseman John Moore.
The Rangers announced on Friday that winger Rick Nash will travel with the team to Montreal. Nash has not played since suffering a concussion on October 8 in San Jose.
A number of prospects including Marek Hrivik, Danny Kristo and Connor Allen could crack the Rangers’ opening-night roster.
While Tortorella didn’t want to use injuries as an excuse, the Rangers were severely hampered by a number of key injuries.
Brian Boyle and the Rangers are in a confident mood ahead of Game 5 at TD Garden.
“We’ll meet (Wednesday), practice, and we’re going to try to win a game,” Tortorella said. “That’s all you can do. Down 3-0, it’s a very tough situation, but I have full faith in our athletes. They will be ready to play another game.”
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.
“I think it solidified our team,” Rangers coach John Tortorella said of the deadline dealing. “We have kind of grown since then … I thought it changed our team a little bit, and we took off.”
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