NHL Eastern Conference Finals
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 38 shots to rebound from two subpar performances and help the New York Rangers shut down the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 on Friday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.
It hasn’t been the smoothest ride for the Rangers in these playoffs, though it rarely is for any team. But New York remains the best the Eastern Conference has to offer.
Though he skated Thursday and practiced without limitations Friday, Lightning forward Ryan Callahan is officially day-to-day for the opener of the Eastern Conference finals against the Rangers.
Michel Therrien just took the Eastern Conference finals to a new level of intensity.
Price won the gold medal over Lundqvist at the Sochi Olympics. This time, Lundqvist will get the better of Price and lead the Blueshirts to their first Stanley Cup finals appearance since that magical year of 1994.
Following the Rangers’ highly successful — yet highly disappointing — 2011-12 campaign, the Blueshirts will have their work cut out for them at the start of the 2012-2013 season. It won’t be easy by any stretch of the imagination.
The season was one of redemption and guts for the Devils after missing the playoffs a season ago. They have the stomach to win a game and extend the series, but any more than that seems way out of their reach.
The unforeseen success of the Devils’ fourth line has given New Jersey newfound energy — and belief — as they look to close out the Eastern Conference finals.
There are two major concerts in New Jersey this weekend, not to mention Game 3 of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals. So, of course, this is the perfect weekend to start a big road-construction project that will snarl NJ Transit bus routes.
There were three things that stood out to me more than anything last night, and they were the play of Michael Del Zotto, Ryan McDonagh and Carl Hagelin.