The New York Rangers traded rugged forward Mike Rupp to the Minnesota Wild on Monday for forwards Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri.
It wasn’t a memorable debut for Rich Nash and the new-look Rangers who were defeated in their season opener by the Bruins 3-1.
The lockout was a disaster. Everyone knows it, and we blogged and tweeted about it. But now we move forward and start talking about actual hockey. I don’t know about you, but I am fired up. Now it’s time to look at the Rangers and how they stack up this season.
The Devils stayed remarkably cool against the chippy Flyers in their last series. But head coach Peter DeBoer broke his team’s stoic demeanor on Monday.
For the third straight series, the Eastern Conference’s top-seeded team is all even through four games, and each time New York has headed into Game 5 off the disappointment of a loss that would have given the Rangers a commanding 3-1 edge.
The Senators and Capitals knew the Rangers were the better team when they played. The Devils don’t have to make any such admissionr. They know they are as good or better than the Rangers because of the way this series has played out.
When the puck drops in Game 5, the Rangers need to be the dominant team. They haven’t done it all series. It’s time for the entire squad to step up.
If you have any doubt this series is becoming a classic, just look at Game 4.
Martin Brodeur made 27 saves and survived a third-period punch to the chest by old buddy Mike Rupp as the New Jersey Devils defeated the New York Rangers, 4-1, Monday night, evening the Eastern Conference Finals, 2-2.
For the third straight series, the New York Rangers are basking in the glow of a 1-0 lead earned in the confines of “The World’s Most Famous Arena.”
The ‘Hudson River Rivalry’ resumes on Monday as the Rangers and Devils will begin Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Ryan Callahan’s effort and willingness to do anything and everything for the Blueshirts’ cause is unquestionable.
The physical price paid by the Rangers to win Game 3 was there for all to see: Dan Girardi and Brian Boyle’s jerseys were covered in blood stains.
Sean Hartnett breaks down the positives and negatives of Chris Kreider’s Rangers debut.
The feud between Rangers’ head coach John Tortorella and Devils’ head coach Peter DeBoer has reached new heights. The two have engaged in a war of words through the media.
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