Tampa Bay Lightning
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.
Ilya Kovalchuk and Marek Zidlicky scored in a 1:11 span to cap a four-goal second period and the New Jersey Devils put themselves on the doorstep of a playoff berth with a 6-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.
New York Islanders had a 3-2 lead at the beginning of the third period, but Tampa Bay rallied to beat the Islanders 4-3.
Richards has ignited the Rangers’ top line. And any doubts that he wasn’t capable of living up to his monster contract are long gone.
Alexei Ponikarovsky, Petr Sykora and Zach Parise scored for the Devils, who dropped their second straight game after going 9-1-1 since the All-Star break.
The Rangers’ unified spirit has pulled them through tough stretches and setbacks. Inside their locker room, a group of players genuinely pull for one another.
It may cause chest pain, but Rangers fans are going to have to get used to late ties and tight-scoring games — especially in the playoffs.