Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist has been fined $5,000 for emptying his water bottle onto Sidney Crosby while the Pittsburgh Penguins’ captain was involved in a scrum in front of the New York net.
Looking overmatched and overwhelmed while falling behind 3-1 to the Penguins four games into the Eastern Conference semis, it’s the Rangers who head to Game 7 on Tuesday night looking like the team ready to move on.
“I always squirt it when I go off the ice,” Lundqvist told reporters. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
St. Louis has affected his new Rangers teammates with a no-quit attitude following the death of his mother. These guys would run through a wall for him on any night.
New York has never won a series it trailed 3-1 and has never beaten the Penguins in the playoffs. That trend might be changing, largely due to the emotional lift St. Louis brought to the Rangers this weekend.
When the New York Rangers last left Madison Square Garden they were embarrassed, disappointed, and unsure if they would get another chance this season to erase the haunting memories of a playoff meltdown.
“When your season is on the line, it’s a given that you’re going to come in with every ounce that you have — mentally and physically — and put it all on the line,” forward Brad Richards said Saturday.
In Game 5, the Rangers transformed into a confident, cohesive unit. They put away the bad habits that plagued them 48 hours earlier.
Derick Brassard scored twice, including New York’s first power-play goal in 10 games, and the Rangers assayed alive with a 5-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Friday night.
“They’re a good team and I don’t want to take any credit away from how well they’re playing right now,” Vigneault said. “They’re making it real hard on us.”
Every person inside the Garden deserves a full refund for being subjected to the sloppy, out-of-sync, uninspired hockey produced by the Rangers.
That series-opening overtime win against the Penguins less than a week ago is now a distant memory as the Rangers have dropped three straight since — including back-to-back losses at MSG.
The Pittsburgh Penguins moved within one win of the Eastern Conference finals with a 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Wednesday night.
After being shut out in consecutive games by Marc-Andre Fleury and the Penguins, the Rangers are in desperate need of a spark to ignite their slumping offense. It may come in the form of Chris Kreider.
The King has been good for three games, but Penguins counterpart Marc-Andre Fleury has gone from shaky question mark to star of the series with shutouts on consecutive days.