When they have a lead, the Blueshirts knuckle down. They are the masters of closing out victories. The Penguins got a taste of it in Game 1 on Thursday night.
With the series opener upon us, here are the keys to what should be a highly charged, emotional series.
Since the first of training camp, Rangers center Kevin Hayes never acted like an ordinary 22-year-old.
The Presidents’ Trophy-winning Rangers were kings of the regular season, but will this finally be the year that King Henrik raises Lord Stanley?
Should he come away with a victory, the Rangers will clinch the top seed in the Eastern Conference and capture their first Presidents’ Trophy since their Stanley Cup-winning season of 1993-94.
It’s only taken Henrik Lundqvist four games to shake off the rust following his return from a scary vascular injury that forced him to miss 25 consecutive games.
Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault is the man with the Midas touch. The Rangers have taken tremendous leaps forward in each of Vigneault’s first two seasons behind the bench.
That was as bad of a cross-checking incident as you’re going to see in an 82-game season. It’s time to get tough, NHL. Throw the book at Byfuglien.
What Rangers fans have seen over the past two games is probably a blip. This team has shown an ability to self-correct all season long.
The Rangers have done all of this without Lundqvist, St. Louis and Klein. Imagine what this team is capable of doing when its at full strength.
During Sunday’s victory, Yandle became the only defenseman to record three 40-assist seasons since 2010-11.
Just like an old Western where one man stays and the other gets out of Dodge, this town isn’t big enough for two top goaltenders.
Scorching-hot goaltender Cam Talbot continued his mastery between the pipes. Talbot made 38 saves, including 20 during a one-sided second period controlled by the visitors.
Since Feb. 4, Rangers goaltender Cam Talbot has surpassed expectations while franchise netminder Henrik Lundqvist remains sidelined indefinitely due to a vascular injury.
Tuesday night will mark the final Rangers-Islanders regular-season epic at Nassau Coliseum. And with everything that’s at stake, it’s sure to be a good one.