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The New York Rangers Need To Get Bigger And Tougher

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

To a man, following exit interviews with president and GM Chris Drury, the Rangers talked of “unfinished business” on Monday in their final interactions with the press. They expressed the strong opinion that the team doesn’t necessarily need to add ingredients but instead can take that next step by applying the lessons learned this time around. That’s exactly what you’d expect from this group whose self-belief was a significant component in the club’s success.

But even though it seemed as if the Rangers were close when they held a 2-0 lead midway through Game 3 in Tampa Bay after having won the opening two contests of the series at the Garden, the longer the series evolved, the farther away the Cup became.

Because let’s face it, the Blueshirts were ultimately physically dominated by a Tampa Bay team that did not relent for so much as a single shift. Borrowing a precept of Freddie Shero’s almost a half a century old, the Lightning arrived on time and with malice. They hit with purpose. The Rangers could not win battles. The Rangers could not get to the inside. For the only time in the playoffs, the Rangers looked small.

And so as it was Drury’s responsibility last summer to add grit, sandpaper, mental and physical toughness and leadership pedigree to supplement the considerable talent that had been amassed under Jeff Gorton’s tenure as GM, it will now be on him to add size, bulk and a meaner edge up front.

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An Empty Feeling For The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

There was no telling Chris Kreider or Mika Zibanejad that the young Rangers had overachieved by advancing as far as the conference final. There was no telling them that the future appears bright.

Because the 31-year-old Kreider had waited seven years to get back to this very spot. Because the 29-year-old Zibanejad had never been here before. The future is never guaranteed.

There was no consoling the disconsolate pair following the Rangers’ 2-1 defeat to the Lightning in Saturday’s Game 6 that ended the ride that had begun in October. The pain Zibanejad and Kreider shared at the dais was palpable.

Think back to the shattered room in Los Angeles in the immediate aftermath of the 2014 defeat in the Stanley Cup Final to the Kings and you’ve got the picture.

“Empty,” said Kreider.

“I’m just denying it,” said Zibanejad.

There is no denying that the Rangers took a quantum leap this year, even though much of the progress was built on the brilliance of Igor Shesterkin. The 26-year-netminder honored his Hart- and Vezina-finalist season throughout this series and throughout this game in which the Blueshirts would have been blown out if not for his work. Let’s face it. This was a 5-1 or 6-1 game.

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Open Post- Game 6 Of The Eastern Conference Final

A win tonight by the Tampa Bay Lightning would mean the Bolts drive for three continues in Colorado on Wednesday.

A win by the New York Rangers would force a game 7 in NYC on Monday.

The first game of the Stanley Cup Final would then start in Colorado a week from tonight.

Discuss and enjoy.

 

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The New York Rangers Need Their ‘A’ Game

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Rangers need a hero Saturday night. More than one, in fact. They need their best game in order to keep the dream alive. They are going to need more than they’ve shown since the middle of Game 3 in order to send this series back to the Garden for a potential showdown Game 7 on Tuesday. A lot more.

If it is all about will and determination, the Rangers will be fine. If it is all about self-belief, the Blueshirts have no worries. But there’s more to it than that. It is going to take more than will and belief to knock the two-time champs off their pedestal. The Blueshirts need to get on the attack and make life much more difficult both for Tampa Bay’s physically imposing defense corps and goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy.

The Rangers need to assert themselves as if they’re playing Pittsburgh, as if they’re playing Carolina. Enough of being respectful of their opponent.

The Blueshirts need to bring it. They need to nudge the Lightning out of the mental comfort zone into which they have settled since escaping with their crucial Game 3 victory. In order to do that, the Blueshirts are going to need to change the dynamic and the look they throw at Tampa Bay after having scored four goals total — and one at five-on-five — over the last 198:39 of hockey.

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Start Date Scenarios For The Stanley Cup Final

NEW YORK (June 10, 2022) – The National Hockey League today announced the schedule scenarios for the 2022 Stanley Cup Final, which will match the Colorado Avalanche against the winner of the Eastern Conference Final series between the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers.

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Videos- From Both Sides - Tampa Bay Lightning/New York Rangers

from Joe Smith of The Athletic,

These guys just refuse to die.

You can try to bury the Tampa Bay Lightning, sure. The Rangers had a chance with a two-goal lead in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final, but it didn’t matter. The Lightning pulled out the win in the final minute. The Maple Leafs were 20 minutes away from eliminating the Cup champs in Game 6 of the first round. There was no panic. The Lightning just found a way in OT. With Brayden Point on the verge of missing his second straight series, Tampa Bay has given up just seven total goals in their last seven wins.

Want to beat this team? Good luck. Because when the season gets deeper and the stakes get higher, they don’t know how to lose.

“They just ooze gamesmanship,” coach Jon Cooper said.

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Below find Larry Brooks of the New York Post plus the game highlghts.and the battles at the end of the game.

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Open Post- Game 5 Of The Eastern Conference Final

If the Tampa Bay Lightning can pull off a road win tonight, they will be playing on Saturday at home for a chance to advance to the Stanley Cup Final.

Same holds true for the New York Rangers, win tonight and play to advance on Saturday.

 

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Before The Puck Drops Tonight

from Greg Wyshynski of ESPN,

The New York Rangers return to Madison Square Garden for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals on Thursday following two straight wins by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Sunshine State that evened the series at 2-2.

"We're one of three teams left here. You expect their best. You want their best. And we want to show we can beat the best," Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba said. "We feel we're an up-and-coming team. We've arrived. We want to play these games."

What's the greater force: The Rangers' home winning streak, which stands at eight playoff games, or the Lightning's momentum in the series?

Here's our breakdown of Game 5:

Key non-goalie for each team
Rangers: Adam Fox. The Rangers defenseman had his most pedestrian performance of the playoffs in Game 4. He was a minus-3 on the scoresheet and didn't register a shot attempt in 23:44 of ice time. To put that in perspective: This was the only postseason game in which Fox failed to register a shot, and just the third game in which he didn't tally a point -- the other two coming on the road against the Carolina Hurricanes.

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Fixing The Rangers And The Lightning Are Back

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Listen, we all understood how arduous the task would be for the Rangers to dethrone the two-time defending Lightning in the Eastern Conference Final, even when the Blueshirts took the first two games of the series at the Garden.

But the caliber of the opposition and the degree of difficulty of this challenge does not line up with the Rangers’ response here in Games 3 and 4. It isn’t that they lost twice, it isn’t even that they failed to score a five-on-five goal in 120:00 after recording eight in the first 101:21 of the series.

It is that the club’s level of desperation did not seem close to matching Tampa Bay’s. And if the Rangers are going to be able to do this, their level of commitment and desire needs an exponential increase.

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from John Romano of the Tampa Bay Times,

This is what patience looks like. This is what trust looks like.

It is unhappy, but never exasperated. It is frustrated, but never panics. It is a hockey team that can look slow and befuddled at the start of a series, and then calmly reverse its fortunes in 48 hours.

Say hello to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

They weren’t quite facing the abyss in the Eastern Conference final against the New York Rangers, but they were close enough to feel a cool breeze at their backs. They responded by winning a thriller in Game 3, and then romping to a 4-1 victory in Game 4 on Tuesday night.

Just like that, the series is tied and is now a best-of-three affair.

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From Both Sides - Rangers/Lightning

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Listen, we all understood how arduous the task would be for the Rangers to dethrone the two-time defending Lightning in the Eastern Conference Final, even when the Blueshirts took the first two games of the series at the Garden.

But the caliber of the opposition and the degree of difficulty of this challenge does not line up with the Rangers’ response here in Games 3 and 4. It isn’t that they lost twice, it isn’t even that they failed to score a five-on-five goal in 120:00 after recording eight in the first 101:21 of the series.

It is that the club’s level of desperation did not seem close to matching Tampa Bay’s. And if the Rangers are going to be able to do this, their level of commitment and desire needs an exponential increase.

And yes, it is easy for me to say and easy for me to chastise this club that has played 18 games in 36 days and has defied expectations just the way they did throughout the season. But here they are, two victories away from the final, six victories away from lifting the chalice, and if this is representative of what the Blueshirts have left, it won’t be good enough.

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from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

They were not themselves.

Maybe they were banged up and exhausted. That would be understandable after slogging through more playoff games (63 and counting) in a 22-month span than most NHLers get in a career.

Maybe they were too rusty, too rested. That, too, would be understandable after sitting outside the ring and watching the fight for nine days while their opponent, the New York Rangers, arrived high off Game 7 desperation.

Whatever the cause, the mighty Tampa Bay Lightning tiptoed into this Eastern Conference final — their sixth in eight years — resembling a group that might finally be ready to pass the torch.

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