If the Rangers are to return to the Stanley Cup Final, head coach Alain Vigneault will have to work some more magic.
Following Thursday’s informal skate, Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh reiterated the belief that he’s ready to take on a key leadership role ahead of the upcoming season.
New York is the biggest sports market in the United States, and it’s a magnet for superstars. The Rangers, Islanders and Devils boast a plethora of talented players.
McDonagh appears to be a captain in waiting. He has become a more vocal leader with age and experience.
Jonathan Quick looked right at home on the road inside MSG. One more night like this, and the Connecticut native will be able to skate with the Cup under the bright lights of Broadway.
The coach had formed a few impressions after Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals, and they made him even more wary of the Los Angeles Kings.
The Kings have more brute strength, bite and snarl to their game than the Rangers. They’re loaded with scorers and possess an electric power play.
Everything about Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh is old-school. At 24, McDonagh is only in the infancy of his career, but he’s always emitted a veteran aura.
Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh will continue to serve as a constant reminder of one of the worst trades in Canadiens’ history.
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.
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.