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from the Staten Island Advance,
Few people really expect the Rangers to come back and win this best-of-seven series, in which they trail 3-1, so isn’t the pressure off for today’s fifth game at Mellon Arena?
Lundqvist wasn’t buying it.
“We feel pressure because if we lose, we know it’s over,” he said. “They probably feel pressure because if they lose, it goes back to New York and they don’t really know where this is going. I think both teams feel pressure, but in a different way.
“I don’t think a lot of people expect us to pull this off, but we don’t look at the whole picture right now. We’ll try to get back to New York one more time, at least. If we can get this back to New York one more time, we feel really good about it.”
From Steve Zipay at his Blue Notes blog on Newsday,
That’s the word from the Rangers as of a few moments ago. This means the internal bleeding from Avery’s lacerated spleen has stopped. He’s still several days away from leaving hospital, but this is a vast improvement from when he went into St. Vincent’s late on Tuesday night.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
This is where we came in, with the Rangers needing a victory in Pittsburgh, and with the Rangers needing the game officials to allow them to play the kind of game that will translate into a victory.
None of the Rangers will touch the subject now, and why would they following the storm that was whipped up last week when officiating was front and center among topics of conversation?
It is, however, a fact that the Blueshirts New York Rangers must be allowed to knock down Sidney Crosby, Evegni Malkin and Marian Hossa just as they did in Thursday’s playoff deathbed of a 3-0 Game 4 victory at the Garden in order to survive tomorrow afternoon’s Game 5 at the Igloo.
From Sam McCaig at The Hockey News,
Dear Jaromir: Thanks for the memories…or good riddance?
That’s pretty much how it breaks down when fans discuss the possibility that the 2008 playoffs may be the final NHL action for Rangers superstar Jaromir Jagr.
Because when it comes to Jagr, not many people sit on the fence. You either love him or you hate him, and you have a multitude of reasons to back up your stance.
from the AP via Yahoo,
Malkin’s night ended in the final minute when he was assessed a misconduct following a scrum that started when he twice kicked the skate of defenceman Paul Mara.
“It’s a classless act by a superstar and there is no need for that in the game,” Mara said. “It’s not like it was just a little slew foot, it’s actually a full kick. We’ll put that in the back of our minds.
“We got a huge win, and hopefully we’ll carry the momentum over to Sunday.”
more on the Rangers win tonight against Pittsburgh…
added 12:24am on 5/2/08, from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
And so it was that captain Jaromir Jagr, evoking a time when he was the dominant player in the NHL, pulled the New York Rangers one tiny but crucial step back from the abyss.
The big forward broke a 0-0 tie with a virtuoso goal, added a power play assist and an empty-net goal as the Rangers shut out the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-0 Thursday night. They still trail this Eastern Conference semifinal 3-1 but as the Madison Square Garden faithful sent Jagr to the dressing room chanting his name over and over there was at least the hint of something approaching optimism in the building and in the Ranger dressing room for the first time in this series.
From the Globe & Mail:
Chris Drury is in pain with what is thought to be bruised ribs but the New York Rangers centre expects to play Tuesday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
But the Rangers will be missing checking centre Blair Betts and winger Sean Avery when they try to avoid elimination from the NHL playoffs Tuesday night at the hands of the Penguins. The Penguins lead the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semi-final 3-0.
P.S. I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume the writer—David Shoalts, I believe—meant “Thursday night.” Tonight.
Update 2:22pm ET: More help for the Blueshirts. From Larry Brooks at the NY Post,
Lauri Korpikoski (center), the 21-year-old out of Finland who was the 19th overall selection in the 2004 Entry Draft, is expected to make his NHL debut tonight vs. Pittsburgh.
from Lynn Zinser at Slap Shot,
“I’m going to play tomorrow to try to win the series back, not thinking about myself. It’s going to take care of itself. I’m going to try to play to win the hockey game, to have a chance to play the next game. That is my goal.”...
Jagr may still be back if he does not find what he is looking for with another N.H.L. team. All the talk of him returning to Russia is just that, talk. The Rangers probably will not bring back Brendan Shanahan or Martin Straka to a team looking to get younger, but there is little doubt that the Rangers still believe in Jagr. It is a matter of whether he believes back.
more on Jagr…
From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Penguins center Max Talbot is believed to have broken his right foot blocking a shot during the Penguins’ 5-3 victory in Game 3 of their second-round playoff series against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden last night.
Talbot, one of several players hobbled after blocking shots last night, had his foot in a walking boot when he reported to the Garden for practice today.
Team officials declined to discuss the precise nature of Talbot’s injury, or his prognosis. Talbot also declined to talk about it, but when asked if he expects to be able to play again—albeit not at a specific time—he responded simply, “I hope so.”
from the NY Daily News,
Rangers bad boy Sean Avery, unconscious and not breathing, was rushed to a Manhattan hospital Wednesday morning in cardiac arrest just hours after his team’s playoff loss, sources said.
Avery, 28, arrived at St. Vincent’s Medical Center about 3 a.m., according to the hospital source. The Rangers had just lost 5-3 a short time earlier in the Stanley Cup playoffs against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden.
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Update 12:10pm ET: From TSN:
Sean Avery has a lacerated spleen and will be out the remainder of the season, sources tell TSN.
The source went on to say that the laceration was detected with a CT scan after AVery was taken to hospital following the Game 3 with the Panguins (sic).
Update 12:23pm ET: NHL Live is reporting the same information as TSN, consulting their own sources and agreeing that Avery has suffered a lacerated spleen.
Update 12:31pm ET: From the New York Rangers—
Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that forward Sean Avery suffered a lacerated spleen in Tuesday night’s game, and will be sidelined for the remainder of the season.
He was taken to St. Vincent’s hospital after the game, and was admitted following a CT scan. He is expected to make a full recovery during the off-season.
Update 12:50pm ET: From the Globe & Mail‘s David Shoalts:
A report from the New York Daily News claimed he was unconscious, not breathing and in cardiac arrest but a Rangers spokesman said this was not true.
The spokesman said Avery went to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Lower Manahattan after the game with a team doctor in a town car. He walked into the hospital and was not on a stretcher, the spokesman said. “It’s not great but he’s not in any danger.”
Update 4:50pm ET: Lynn Zinser at the NYT: “Avery’s spleen was not removed and the player isn’t expected to need surgery, but he likely will be hospitalized for a few days, a team spokesman said.”
Three teams face elimination from the 2008 NHL Playoffs with their next game.
All three of the San Jose Sharks, the Colorado Avalanche and the New York Rangers being down 3-0 in their series, which team seems most likely to win their next game and extend their playoff hopes?
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