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.
Losing in the second round would be really bad, but how the Blueshirts have gotten themselves into this predicament has been a lot worse.
Rick Nash is an easy target. That will happen when you’ve scored five goals in 45 playoff games with the Rangers. But fans need to begin appreciating his all-around game.
When the puck drops Thursday night for the opener of their seven-game Eastern Conference playoff series, the Rangers will have been on a tear that began when they made the Stanley Cup finals in 2014.
The Islanders can also clinch a spot Thursday night with some help from other teams, including the Rangers. It just doesn’t look like the Blueshirts feel all that inclined to help their long-time rivals out.
The Rangers may have to wait until Saturday to find out who they will play in the first round.
What Rangers fans have seen over the past two games is probably a blip. This team has shown an ability to self-correct all season long.
Taking a look at who’s hot and who’s not on the local sports landscape.
Here they come, thundering down the stretch.
In a season already filled with plenty of good fortune, Rick Nash and the Rangers found a little bit of luck in their last regular-season visit to Nassau Coliseum.
Tuesday night will mark the final Rangers-Islanders regular-season epic at Nassau Coliseum. And with everything that’s at stake, it’s sure to be a good one.
With about one-quarter of the season remaining, the Rangers are in the thick of the fight for first place in the Eastern Conference.
Here’s a statistic that should put a scare into the rest of the NHL: The Rangers have gone 8-1-2 without all-world goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.
Rick Nash had a goal and assist, and Mackenzie Skapski stopped 24 shots in his NHL debut in the New York Rangers’ 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night.
Rick Nash scored his NHL-best 35th goal early in a four-goal third period, and the New York Rangers beat the Arizona Coyotes 5-1 on Saturday night to give coach Alain Vigneault his 500th career win.