If Tortorella had wanted to take home-ice advantage away from the Bruins, he could have attacked the defense with an extra forechecker and forced the action. Instead, he stuck with his usual plan of attack.
Silverman: The Rangers have an opportunity in Game 1 to set the tone of the series. The Bruins are still in the clouds after their seventh-game miracle comeback vs. Toronto.
The Rangers have an opportunity in Game 1 to set the tone of the series. The Bruins are still in the clouds after their seventh-game miracle comeback vs. Toronto.
This series is about resuming hostilities. With so much on the line, how can they possibly be avoided? The Rangers and Bruins. New York and Boston. John Tortorella and Claude Julien. Waiting for the explosion.
The New York Islanders have put the fear of God in the Pittsburgh Penguins. They can change that fear into a full-fledged panic if they can beat the Penguins in Game 5 on Thursday night and take a 3-2 lead in the series.
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 may be able to push the Caps, but this is Washington’s series to win. The Rangers may get two games, but it’s Oates, Ovechkin and the Capitals who will go on to the second round.
Collins is ready for his journey and has taken the important first step. It’s important for him. It’s important for sports. It’s important for humanity.
No, this team will not bring back the echoes of the great Islanders dynasty of 30-plus years ago. They are not going to win the Stanley Cup this year. But this team is young, hungry and improving. They have become the team that nobody wants to play.
Terrorist activities don’t work against us. Blast us and we blast back. Punch us and we punch back. We are brothers and sisters and we band together. That will never change.
Lundqvist is the Rangers’ best asset, and if they are going to hold off the Winnipeg Jets or Buffalo Sabres — and they probably will — they have to continue to lean on Lundqvist.
The New York Rangers are one of the luckiest teams in all of sports. That may not sit right with Rangers fans, but in the unfair world of the NHL it’s the Rangers who are getting the major break.
Woods believes that this is his tournament to win. However, the competition is formidable and the task is intimidating. The spectacle and the theater should be dramatic this weekend.
There may be Rangers fans who want to look at Wednesday’s 6-1 victory over the Penguins and say everything has been fixed. Don’t believe it for a minute.
They are still the Yankees, so expectations are high. But those expectations will quickly dissolve into disaster. Baseball in the Bronx will be memorable this year, but for all the wrong reasons.