Throughout Game 1, Sidney Crosby had little space to operate as Staal, Stralman, McDonagh and Girardi smothered him at every turn.
To lift Lord Stanley’s Cup, there can be no passengers. It takes a full-on commitment from the entire team — and the Blueshirts had it going on Wednesday night.
With the way the Flyers have played against the Rangers, the locale might not matter much. NY has dominated through five games en route to a 3-2 lead and can close out the series Tuesday night.
If the Blueshirts can win again in Philadelphia on Friday, they will come back home with a chance to advance to the second round with a victory on Sunday.
In danger of facing elimination heading back to Madison Square Garden, the Philadelphia Flyers are making a change between the pipes for Friday’s Game 4 of their first-round series with the Rangers. It’s Steve Mason’s net, again.
This could be Nash’s chance to truly endear himself to Blueshirts fans by putting in some dominant performances against the hated Flyers, starting tonight.
It’s been 17 years since the Rangers and Flyers met in the playoffs. There’s a sense of enormity brewing ahead of what should be a memorable, tightly fought, blood-and-guts kind of series.
He probably won’t win the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy again, nor will he “freight train” opponents for the entirety of 60 minutes — but there’s no doubting the unmistakable game-changing value that Rick Nash brings to the Rangers.
The big fear among the Rangers’ fan base is whether the Blueshirts are built to handle the possibility of essential defenseman Ryan McDonagh and emerging winger Chris Kreider missing the start of the playoffs. As I see it, have no fear.
Come in off the ledge, Rangers fans. It appears your stud defenseman will be just fine.
If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime. At least that’s how Rangers fans apparently feel about Alexandre Burrows.
Without any prodding, Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault described 24-year-old defenseman Ryan McDonagh as a genuine Norris Trophy candidate.
With Martin St. Louis and Derek Stepan both sick as a dog, the Rangers collectively embraced the challenge of finding a way to come back from a 2-0 first-period deficit to secure a vital, late-season victory over the hungry Coyotes.
Ryan McDonagh scored off a rebound of Dan Girardi’s shot 1:56 into overtime to complete the New York Rangers’ stunning rally in a 4-3 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday night.
The “Fire Sather” chants that were once commonplace have gone all but silent in recent years. Perhaps, Rangers fans are finally realizing that his successes far outweigh his blunders.