Tampa Bay Lightning
Do the Rangers have a complete team? Could they turn it around at the right time? It’s unlikely, but they still have a chance. They are almost certainly playing for their coach’s future employment.
Evgeni Nabokov made 18 saves for second shutout this season and 54th overall in the NHL, John Tavares scored his 17th goal, and the New York Islanders beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 on Thursday night.
Nate Thompson scored twice and Martin St. Louis and rookie Alexander Killorn each had a goal and an assist as the Tampa Bay Lightning snapped a five-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the struggling New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.
Pretty soon, Nash will capture the hearts of New Yorkers — not in a brief Jeremy Lin way, but instead in a Mark Messier way.
Rick Nash’s mere presence in the New York Rangers’ lineup indicated he was over the injury woes that sidelined him for four games. His play on the ice proved it.
Ryan Callahan can look in the mirror and know that he gives everything for the entire 60 minutes. The same can’t be said about the majority of his teammates.
It’s no wonder why New Yorkers adore Henrik Lundqvist.
The Rangers put up back-to-back dominant home victories, and they did it mostly without the power of their top three forwards.
New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer never worries when Ilya Kovalchuk goes into a goal-scoring drought. Kovalchuk gets his chances every game, and sooner or later the puck starts going in the net.
Backup goalie Martin Biron shut down the free-scoring Lightning as the Rangers won 3-1 in Tampa.
The Rangers must prove an identity exists without injured captain Ryan Callahan available.
The Isles jumped out to a 4-0 lead, before giving up three goals to Tampa. They hung on and won 4-3 on Martin Luther King Day.
Martin Brodeur’s off-season has taken a strange twist as he’s hired agent Pat Brisson and is ready to test free agent waters.
In July, Brad Richards was the most coveted of free agents. His decision to join the Rangers has paid off for the player, team and Blueshirts fans.
Improved scoring depth is a key reason why the overlooked New Jersey Devils could sneak up and surprise everyone during the playoffs.