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.
Led by Henrik Lundqvist’s 35 saves in a second consecutive shutout, and goals from some unlikely sources, the New York Rangers beat the Washington Capitals 5-0 in Game 7 Monday night to reach the Eastern Conference semifinals.
While Henrik Lundqvist was superman between the pipes, Derek Dorsett threw the Caps off their game with his agitation and intimidation.
Let’s face it, the Rangers have a lot of positives going for them right now. And they’re playing the sort of gritty hockey typical of a John Tortorella-coached team.
If the Blueshirts are going to come all the way back and knock out Washington, they need to figure out how to transport their Madison Square Garden offense to the nation’s capital.
Hope never dies with the New York Rangers. Surviving and advancing in the postseason may seem like a desperate wish, but it’s also realistic. That’s primarily because of Henrik Lundqvist.
The Rangers did a lot of good things and struggled in other areas. Here are three things I took from Monday night — good and bad.
Henrik Lundqvist is standing on his head in net and not getting any reward as the Rangers slumping scorers aren’t pulling their weight.
A broken power play, too much time spent in the penalty box and a bizarre off-night from elite netminder Henrik Lundqvist. These trends can’t continue if the Blueshirts wish to march into the Eastern Conference semifinals.
What would playoff hockey be without the Rangers playing the Capitals?
After quickly dismissing a question regarding the health and status of key defenseman Marc Staal, by saying there was no update regarding his eye injury, Tortorella became engaged when asked about rising star Derek Stepan.
The Rangers shut out the Devils 4-0 in their final regular season game and avoid the Penguins in the first round of the NHL Playoffs.
Callahan always seems to be the man who thrives in moments when the pressure is cranked to the highest. It’s not a coincidence if you perform under pressure time and time again.
The Rangers are headed back to the playoffs, thanks to some all-important bounces. “Funny how the hockey gods work in these type of situations,” said coach John Tortorella.
Captain Ryan Callahan scored in overtime and the Rangers punched playoff their ticket by beating the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 on Thursday night.
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