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.
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.
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.
Rangers coach John Tortorella certainly wasn’t going to wait any longer to get Staal right back into the heart of the action.
Brian Boyle and Derek Dorsett were inserted into the Rangers’ lineup for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
What would playoff hockey be without the Rangers playing the Capitals?
After quickly dismissing a question regarding the health and status of key defenseman Marc Staal, by saying there was no update regarding his eye injury, Tortorella became engaged when asked about rising star Derek Stepan.
I ask Rangers fans to carefully examine which side of the fence they’re on. Ridding of Tortorella before season’s end or in the summer would probably set the Rangers back a decade.
What made the Rangers great last season was their ability to protect third-period leads. It’s up to them to follow that blueprint in order to replicate the success of 2011-12.
Sean Hartnett hands out his grades for the Rangers at the midway point of the season. Would you give John Tortorella and his boys a pass or fail?
The 26-year-old defenseman will be sidelined indefinitely, but was already showing improvement on Wednesday, the Rangers said in a statement.
New York claimed the 38-year-old Hamrlik off waivers from the Washington Capitals on Wednesday, one day after Marc Staal was struck in the eye by a deflected puck in the third period of the Rangers’ 4-2 win over Philadelphia.
Madison Square Garden was rocking Tuesday night — and then a frightening scene unfolded on the ice.
“No need for it,” Richards said of the hit after New York’s 3-2 shootout win. “That’s not a hit that was ever in the game, I don’t think. That’s a little different than (a) headshot. That’s just stupidity.”
Ryan Callahan can look in the mirror and know that he gives everything for the entire 60 minutes. The same can’t be said about the majority of his teammates.