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Video- Wow Alex Ovechkin

The Rangers did win 3-2 today to even the series at one, but what a goal from Alex Ovechkin to make the game close.

 

 

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The New York Rangers Need A Win Today

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

You could feel the heat rising with every word that came out of Alain Vigneault’s mouth during the coach’s press briefing following the Rangers’ practice on Friday.

Fourteen hours after his team’s last 1.3-seconds Game 1 defeat to the Capitals, Vigneault’s anger was palpable, his normally calm, light, buttoned-down demeanor escalating into a series of verbal challenges thrown at his team to be better, sharper and more aware for Saturday’s Game 2.

Play to the end, urged the coach, whose constant message of whistle-to-whistle did not translate on Thursday, when the Rangers fatally decided to play whistle-to-red light on the winning/losing sequence.

Be better against the Nicklas Backstrom-Alex Ovechkin-Joel Ward line, demanded Vigneault, who called the number of “good looks” generated by that unit “unreal.”

Get more involved in the offense, the coach instructed his defense. Finish your scoring chances, he prodded his team, which has recorded two goals or fewer in five of six playoff games, getting one in the first 60 minutes of each of the last three matches, a number Vigneault said “Won’t cut it.”

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Note the game starts just after 12:30pm ET today and is the only game on the NHL schedule today.

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Alain Vigneault After Practice Today

from Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants,

So here is what Vigneault had to say today:

On whether it’s harder to move on from that type of loss:

“For us a loss is a loss in the playoffs. To tell you the truth, none of them, whether they be in the playoffs or the regular season are easy to digest.  What you’ve got to do is you’ve got to learn from the games that we’ve played and there’s definitely things we can learn from last night. You can’t stop playing on a play, that’s what happened on that last play.

The standards have been set for what’s allowed as far as hitting from behind.  Ovechkin on Hickey.  Last night on Boyle.  We know what the standards are, play up to those standards.  What else did we learn from last night?  Their top line,  I mean, I could say they had their way with us. 

They probably had more than two thirds of their scoring chances.  We need to do a better job against that line without a doubt. We need to, offensively, even though I thought we spent a lot of quality time, we created some good looks.  One goal won’t cut it. We know we need to be better. There are some areas from last night’s game that we’re going to work from and we’re going to move forward. We had a good meeting this morning, practice and we’re going to move forward.”

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The New York Rangers Were Not Ready To Play

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

There couldn’t be a more sudden hockey death than the one the Rangers suffered at the Garden in Thursday’s stunning 2-1 defeat to the Capitals on Joel Ward’s goal from in front with 1.3 seconds remaining in regulation.

After all, it was just about that time to kick back and wait for overtime in Game 1, but the Rangers kicked back too early and the Caps had no interest in waiting, which could be why Nicklas Backstrom showed no compunction at all in leveling Dan Boyle into the right corner wall from behind to trigger the sequence that ended with the puck in Henrik Lundqvist’s net.

The Blueshirts have a kick, all right, on the non-call against Backstrom, but this has been a playoff tournament replete with referees swallowing their whistles, presumably under an NHL dictate. The act of hitting from behind has largely been codified.

But that doesn’t get the Rangers off the hook for this one. That doesn’t get the team off the hook for an ordinary effort that might not have been good enough in December or January and wasn’t even close to good enough on the final night of April.

There should have been a penalty called against Backstrom, but the greater misfeasance belonged to the Blueshirts, who seemed to freeze at the lack of a whistle, and presented no opposition to the ensuing winning play on which Alex Ovechkin’s beauty of a centering feed against the grain found Ward all alone to the goaltender’s left.

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Video- Caps’ Last-Second Goal Is The Game Winner

Joel Ward with the goal and the Rangers were not happy with the hit on Dan Boyle.

 

 

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The Washington Capitals Are Ready For The New York Rangers

from Zach Braziller of the New York Post,

The Capitals aren’t talking like heavy underdogs. They enter the Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Thursday night at the Garden saying this is just as much their series to win as the favored Rangers.

“Statistically, media-wise, obviously we’re the underdog, but I don’t believe anyone in here looks at it as far as being overmatched,” Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby said. “The league now is so close. You look at the last playoffs, it really doesn’t matter where you finish. It’s how you play, how you prepare. It’s something that doesn’t really cross your mind.

“We believe we can beat any team in the league. I’m sure everyone does, every team. We know that chances were we had to go through the Rangers to accomplish our goal. It’s not a shock to us. It’s not like we’re intimidated by any teams. We respect them a lot, but if you’re going to win, you have to beat the best regular season-wise. They were the best. We’re ready for the challenge.”

Capitals forward Tom Wilson, who drew the ire of the Islanders for his controversial hit on defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky that resulted in a concussion in the opening round, expects the series to be heated, with plenty of trash talking and physical play.

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Mats Zuccarello May Be Out Long-Term

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Rangers are being honest with their report Mats Zuccarello will be sidelined “indefinitely” in the wake of the injury the winger suffered last Friday.

But The Post has learned from several sources Zuccarello definitely will not be available for Round Two against the Capitals, which commences Thursday night at the Garden.

Beyond that, Zuccarello’s availability for a hypothetical Eastern Conference final, and indeed, the Stanley Cup final itself, is in doubt.

Zuccarello, the club’s first-line right wing, is suspected to have sustained a concussion when he was struck on the left side of the head by Ryan McDonagh’s drive at 15:30 of the first period of Game 5 against the Penguins. After the play, he skated slowly to the Rangers’ bench before heading to the locker room.

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The New York Rangers Have A Plan To Keep Alex Ovechkin In Check

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

There was a fascinating technical breakdown on how to defend Ovechkin from Rangers’ captain Ryan McDonagh, who knows what to expect from the Russian winger whom he and partner Dan Girardi will see a lot this series.

Ovechkin led the league with 53 regular-season goals — 10 more than second-place finisher Steven Stamkos — and lining up on the left wing, he primarily will square off against the right-sided (and right-handed) Girardi. But that doesn’t mean Girardi is left alone to try and shut him down.

“He likes to make that move where he carries it in and makes a move to his forehand,” McDonagh said. “If anything, you want to try and support Dan in the aspect of maybe trying to take that ice away from him. If there’s a two-on-two situation or a one-on-two situation, he likes to get ahead of his guy sometimes. So if I can recognize that and it’s kind of them two on an island, hopefully I can come over and kind of cut that ice out for him so maybe he’s forced to go to his backhand or shoot it before he makes that move.”

Ovechkin may have his go-to moves, but McDonagh also is fully aware that is not the limit of his repertoire.

“He’s a world-class talent,” McDonagh said. “He’s got plenty of ways to be effective out there.”

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On To Round 2 For The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

And so the Rangers are now 5-0 in potential series clinchers at the Garden over the last four years, and the common denominator to the team’s success is the uncommon goaltender named Henrik Lundqvist.

It’s on to the second round for the Blueshirts following Friday’s Game 5, 2-1 overtime triumph over the Penguins on Carl Hagelin’s goal from the right at 10:52. It’s on to the second round for the fourth straight season, a perhaps modest achievement, but not really, not in this NHL, not when the Rangers are the only team in the league to win at least one round every year beginning in 2012.

“It’s not a new feeling, but it’s not like you shrug your shoulders,” said Lundqvist, who turned in a sterling 37-save performance in withstanding the Penguins’ most stern challenge of this first round. “You don’t get too far in front of yourself, but you really appreciate the moment.”

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A Must Win Game For The Pittsburgh Penguins

from Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

It’s not hopeless when you’re down, 3-1, in one of these NHL best-of-sevens, but the unfortunate thing for the Penguins is that they are not playing the Penguins, who have demonstrated a kind of ingrained readiness to give series away from that very vantage point.

The Penguins’ last best hope for the moment is, in fact, the venue tonight. At least they have a chance at beating the Rangers in Madison Square Garden, where they’ve won three of their past five playoff appointments.

“This game, going into New York, we win, the series changes completely,” Penguins coach Mike Johnston said Thursday. “And it heads in our favor, for sure.”

Whoa, whoa, whoa.

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