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Rangers In Trouble

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

There is no shame in losing to a better club or losing a first-round playoff series. But the Rangers’ lack of work ethic and absence of visible pride throughout this beat-down that began with a goal 69 seconds into the match and in which Henrik Lundqvist suffered the quickest hook of his 115-game playoff career heaped dishonor onto the sweater.

Lundqvist, yanked after allowing four goals on 18 shots in 26:04, was no innocent bystander here. The netminder, beaten on the first one after allowing a bad rebound and on the third one on a short-side breakaway after he had been done in on a double deflection for the second one, didn’t come up with a big stop until the early moments of the second period when it was already 3-0.

One goal and a couple of minutes after that, The King was lifted, his robes in tatters, his crown askew.

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from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

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The New York Rangers Now Face Elimination

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

No, it’s not over. But damn if this didn’t feel like a funeral.

The Rangers were absolutely blown off the Garden ice Thursday night, losing Game 4 of their first-round playoff series to the Penguins by a score of 5-0 that hardly indicated how badly they were outplayed.

The loss put the Blueshirts on the brink of elimination, down 3-1 in this best-of-seven contest with a do-or-die Game 5 in Pittsburgh on Saturday.

The scene was summarized well by the image of Henrik Lundqvist sitting, sulking, shaking his head in disgust at the end of the Rangers’ bench, the franchise netminder having been pulled 6:04 into the second period after giving up four goals on 18 shots.

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Report- Why No Suspension For Kris Letang’s Stick Incident

via Matt Larkin tweets,

Per a source close to the DOPS, perception was Kris Letang slash was more accidental, that stanchion made stick twist.

Right hand did not aim, and stick caught Stalberg with shaft, not blade, which suggests not aimed/intentional. Hence no suspension.

You can watch the swing below if you wish.

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Calm Down Nick Mangold

 

from Zach Braziller of the New York Post,

Nick Mangold roots for the Rangers like he’s playing center for the Jets. He goes after the opposition, only verbally.

For the second time this year, the Jets center attended a Rangers game, and harassed the opposing team like a diehard sitting in the upper deck six beers deep....

Mangold, 32, was specifically going at Penguins assistant coach Rick Tocchet and star center Sidney Crosby, pointing at them, a source said, and was seen leaning over the railing to talk trash. When approached by The Post afterward and asked about it, Mangold walked away, waved his hand and said: “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

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Mike Sullivan Pushes The Right Button Again

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Mike Sullivan has done just about everything right since taking over as Penguins coach in mid-December, turning a middling hockey club into a legitimate Stanley Cup contender.

Tuesday night, after the Penguins beat the New York Rangers, 3-1, in Game 3 in their Stanley Cup playoff series, Sullivan seemed smarter than ever.

Sullivan can thank Matt Murray and one of the Penguins’ best defensive efforts of the season.

You say you saw this coming? You had Murray — the youngest goaltender to start a playoff game in Penguins history — outplaying Rangers great Henrik Lundqvist with his 113 games of postseason experience? You had the Penguins’ defense smothering the Rangers from one end of Madison Square Garden to the other, holding them to 17 shots on net and blocking 15 more? You had the Penguins’ penalty-killers stopping all four of the Rangers’ power plays?

You should buy a lottery ticket.

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Video- Your Call On The Kris Letang Stick Incident

via Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

As the Blueshirts went down 2-1 in the best-of-seven contest, they watched as forward Viktor Stalberg was nailed with a stick to his face from Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang with 12:45 remaining in the third period. Letang was circling around his own net, battling against the forechecking Dominic Moore, when he saw Stalberg in front of him and swung his stick right into Stalberg’s face.

Stalberg went to the bench and had the trainer look for missing teeth, but no penalty was called and Stalberg didn’t miss a shift.

 

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GIF- Good Goal New York Rangers

Penguins challenged, good goal.

Rangers are up 2-1 late in the 2nd period.

Good view of the new blue line camera too.

 

 

added 5:52pm, Video is below...

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The Latest Update On The Health Of Henrik Lundqvist

 

Earlier today the Rangers recalled goaltender Magnus Hellberg.

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The New York Rangers Can’t Get It Done In Game 1 Against The Pittsburgh Penguins

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Sometimes — most of the time, really — Game 1 is just one game of a best-of-seven with minimal enduring consequence.

But not this Game 1 of Rangers-Penguins, on Wednesday night. And not this Period 1 of Round 1.

Because in this period, the Rangers not only failed to take advantage of the fact the Penguins were forced to start third-string goaltender Jeff Zatkoff in the wake of head injuries to Marc-Andre Fleury and Matt Murray, but also the Blueshirts lost Henrik Lundqvist to a right-eye injury.

And, poof, just like that, the singular advantage the Blueshirts brought into this series had evaporated into the night that ended in a 5-2 defeat in their worst Game 1 performance of any playoff series since facing Buffalo in the second round in 2007.

The injury to Lundqvist, sustained when Marc Staal’s stick blade somehow snaked through an opening in the King’s mask and caught the goaltender around the right eye with 48.2 seconds remaining in the first period, is not believed to be serious, though it is unknown whether he will be fit for Game 2 duty when the series resumes Saturday afternoon.

But even if there is no lasting damage to Lundqvist, the cause was surely damaged by the Rangers’ failure to inflict hockey damage on Zatkoff, a 28-year-old journeyman who began the night having played 200 games in the AHL and 35 in the NHL.

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One More Shot For The Rangers Core

The Rangers start their series with the Penguins tonight.

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

And so it starts against the team the Blueshirts beat in seven of their last eight playoff games the last two springs, it starts against the team the Rangers eliminated the last two years. But at the same time it starts against the team that beat the Blueshirts three times in March to leapfrog them in the standings while going 14-1 to clinch first-round home ice.

“Everything we’ve done against them in the playoffs doesn’t count anymore,” Derick Brassard said following Tuesday’s practice. “But what they did against us the last few games doesn’t count either.

“They’re the team that’s getting the love and they deserve it. But we’re a pretty good team, too.”

It is a pretty good team whose core is mounting up for its Last Ride. Six of these guys — Henrik Lundqvist, Dan Girardi, Marc Staal, Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan and Chris Kreider — have been together for all of the last four go-’rounds in which the Rangers won eight rounds while playing 76 games. Three more essentials — Brassard, Rick Nash and Mats Zuccarello — joined the party in 2013. Four more — Kevin Klein, J.T. Miller, Dominic Moore and Jesper Fast — made the trek to L.A. for the 2014 Cup final.

Cap issues aside, there necessarily will be changes this offseason, for there are only so many times a team can try it with the same cast that is aging. The Rangers are only the second team in NHL history to win as many as eight rounds in a four-year period without a Cup to show for it — the 1988-91 Bruins won nine and the overlapping 1989-92 B’s took eight, and look what it got them when Boston won two rounds over the next 15 tournaments — and even if the window isn’t necessarily closing on the franchise or on its coach, it is surely closing on this core group.

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