The Rangers played like a group of brainless zombies Thursday night, only lacking a lust for flesh — or in their case a lust for goals.
Oates isn’t happy with John Tortorella for calling the Capitals a bunch of whiners after the Rangers beat Washington in the first round of the NHL playoffs.
Bruins fans may not be able or willing to put Game 7 in the past and move on just yet, but the Bruins themselves have no choice.
Putting the puck past Henrik Lundqvist is a huge challenge for the Bruins. Of course, they have to get it to him first and that’s a tough task against the Rangers.
This series is going to be won in the corners and the dirty areas of the ice. It will be a grind-it-out kind of series that will have John Tortorella’s men licking their chops.
“I don’t know whether the refs were predisposed against us or the league,” Ovechkin said. “But to not give obvious penalties (to the Rangers), while for us any little thing was immediately penalized…”
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.”
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.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 shots in earning his seventh NHL playoff shutout, and Derick Brassard scored a second-period goal for the New York Rangers, who stayed alive with a 1-0 victory.
The Rangers’ woeful 2-for-21 power play can be pinpointed to the underwhelming play of Brad Richards and Rick Nash, their two highest paid players.
Brooks Orpik scored 7:49 into overtime, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Islanders in Game 6, 4-3 and won the series 4-2.
Rangers will host Game 6 of their first-round series against the Washington Capitals on Sunday, and they will need to win to force a deciding contest in the nation’s capital on Monday.
Marc Staal is unsure when he’ll return to the Rangers’ lineup after suffering another setback.
Tune in to WFAN at 7 p.m. on Saturday as the Islanders take the ice at Nassau Coliseum for a critical Game 6 against the Penguins.