The Islanders signed two free agents on Sunday, forward Brad Boyes and defenseman Matt Carkner.
The Rangers missed out on free agent defenseman Justin Schultz who is set to join the Edmonton Oilers.
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.
Henrik Lundqvist, the man that Rangers fans call ‘King Henrik,’ is faced with the task of not only keeping goals out of his net, but not allowing the tremendous pressure placed upon him to seep into his consciousness.
John Tortorella will light a fire under the Rangers and make sure they’re ready for Game 3 after giving away Game 2 to the Capitals.
Brian Boyle practiced for the third straight day on Sunday and is closer to returning to the Rangers’ lineup.
Rangers youngsters Derek Stepan, Chris Kreider and Carl Hagelin have found success under the playoff spotlight.
The goal for the Rangers is to be playing through mid-June. That would not have been possible without last night’s 7th game survival exercise against Ottawa. Now that the first round is in the past, at least some of the weight has been lifted.
Thursday night’s Game 7 was exactly what everyone thought it would be: low-scoring and stressful.
Despite a Rangers win, Boomer still found a few things to complain about this morning. One such thing is actually a person, and goes by the name of Tom Green.
It took a full seven games, but the New York Rangers will not be the second #1 seed to lose in the opening round of the NHL playoffs.
“There’s no better feeling than to win at home,” said goalie Henrik Lundqvist, “so we’re going to do whatever we can to win this game.”
The opening round of the NHL playoffs hasn’t been kind to the Rangers in recent years. But Game 7s at Madison Square Garden? That’s a different matter entirely.
After a late and controversial goal by the Senators that almost lead to a comeback, Henrik Lundqvist was furious at the officiating. The final game of the series is Thursday night at the Garden.
Kreider’s first career goal came at a vital time for the Rangers. Heck, everything this kid does is atypical of a rookie.