Home-ice advantage has held up for six games between Washington and New York. The Rangers hope to snap the trend in Monday’s do-or-die series finale.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 shots in earning his seventh NHL playoff shutout, and Derick Brassard scored a second-period goal for the New York Rangers, who stayed alive with a 1-0 victory.
The Rangers’ woeful 2-for-21 power play can be pinpointed to the underwhelming play of Brad Richards and Rick Nash, their two highest paid players.
Rangers will host Game 6 of their first-round series against the Washington Capitals on Sunday, and they will need to win to force a deciding contest in the nation’s capital on Monday.
Marc Staal is unsure when he’ll return to the Rangers’ lineup after suffering another setback.
Tavares is among the three finalists for the NHL’s prestigious Hart Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the player “adjudged to be the most valuable to his team.”
Nobody collapses in the postseason quite like the Capitals. 1985. 1987. 1992. 1995. 1996. 2003. 2009. 2010. All series that Washington led either 2-0 or 3-1 — and went on to lose.
Let’s face it, the Rangers have a lot of positives going for them right now. And they’re playing the sort of gritty hockey typical of a John Tortorella-coached team.
If the Blueshirts are going to come all the way back and knock out Washington, they need to figure out how to transport their Madison Square Garden offense to the nation’s capital.
Dan Girardi and Derek Stepan scored third-period goals for the New York Rangers, who squandered a two-goal lead and then held on to get even in the best-of-seven playoff series with a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night.
While the Capitals stayed off the ice on Tuesday to recover, the Rangers held a full practice. They were without forward Rick Nash, who was given a “maintenance day,” and Darroll Powe, who was injured on Monday and is unlikely to play in Game 4.
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 did a lot of good things and struggled in other areas. Here are three things I took from Monday night — good and bad.
In Game 3, the Rangers finally resembled the team that finished the regular season strongly, a team that no division-winner wants any part of.
Rangers coach John Tortorella certainly wasn’t going to wait any longer to get Staal right back into the heart of the action.