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Rangers Will Move On

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

INTANGIBLES: Crosby will be under extreme media pressure and that alone could enervate The Kid. If Avery succeeds in luring Pitt into a headhunting expedition, that, too, could hurt the Pens. Opening on the road won’t scare the Blueshirts; they took all three games in Newark. Motivation is high on both sides and each club is well-rested, but the Penguins will be more rusty from the longer layoff.

CONCLUSION: I picked the Rangers in seven over New Jersey never thinking that Brodeur would have such a mediocre five games. I pick the Blueshirts in six as much on a hunch as the fact that New York has been in an impressive crescendo. Add The Avery Effect to that, and ‘nuff said!

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Official Conference Semifinals Guides

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NHL.com has preview pages set up for every series going into the second round.  Each one of the links below has its own selection of related multimedia archives (photos and video), the official media guides for each team and stories from various NHL.com writers.

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Sean Who?

from Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The Rangers profess to be glad to have him as a teammate; one was quoted recently as saying he would “take a bullet” for Avery.

Not surprisingly, players on other clubs view him a bit differently. Characterize their feelings about him as mixed, because some think he’s a jerk and a blight on the sport; others aren’t nearly as charitable.

Earlier this month, when asked about Avery’s celebrated face-guarding stunt against New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur in a first-round game, Penguins left winger Gary Roberts responded by labeling Avery an “idiot.”

It was the kind of remark Avery isn’t likely to forget. After all, it might be the nicest thing an opponent ever says about him.

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Stop The Comparisons

from Jay Greenberg of the NY Post,

“With all due respect for [Sidney] Crosby and [Evgeni] Malkin, I don’t think they are Mario Lemieux,” said Jagr, preparing to go to Pittsburgh, his first NHL home, for tomorrow’s night second-round opener between the Rangers New York Rangers and Penguins.

“I say that with all due respect because the game has changed.

“The gap between the best and worst players on a team [today] is very small. The gap between Mario and the rest of the guys when I was in Pittsburgh was so huge he was able to score 20 points in one series. I don’t think those kids are able to do it. If I am wrong I am going to apologize and [say], ‘Great job.’

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Tough Season for Lundqvist

From Lynn Zinser at the New York Times,

In late December, the Rangers were in a midseason swoon and Lundqvist, their normally rock-solid goalie, was dealing with his father’s operation for a brain aneurysm in Sweden. The stress showed in his play.

“It was definitely a tough time,” Lundqvist said Monday after the N.H.L. named him one of three Vezina finalists. “You don’t really think when it happens that it affects you, but afterwards, when he started to recover, I thought back about those weeks after it happened and it was a really tough time. I think it affected me a little bit.”

While his father, Peter, has gone through a slow recovery, Lundqvist has bounced back to form on the ice. He finished the season strong, with 37 victories and a league-high 10 shutouts.

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Spending The Day With The NY Rangers

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Evening Line

from the New Yorker,

(Mick) McGeough, an appreciator, generally, of agitators and their in-game chatter, found himself giggling. “I wasn’t fond of it,” he said a few days later. “But it’s done. Are people talking about it? Sure. Was it bush league? That’s crap. It’s good for the game.” As he talked, a call came in from another retired N.H.L. referee, Paul Stewart. Stewy, who was at an Applebee’s in Walpole, Massachusetts, watching the Yankees play the Sox, left a message: “Sean Avery is like a case of jock rash. It’s there, it bothers you, and eventually you have to just play through it.”

more about Avery…

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Rangers On Letterman

New York Rangers Brendan Shanahan, Sean Avery, Scott Gomez, Fredrik Sjostrom and goalie Henrik Lundqvist will be featured in tonight’s “Late Show with David Letterman” along with comedians Billy Crystal and Chris Elliott. The Late Show airs at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

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Jagr Expects Booing Anywhere

from Newsday,

Jaromir Jagr said a little while ago that it doesn’t matter much to him, even though he’s sure to be booed lustily in Pittsburgh, where he played his first 11 NHL seasons, or in Washington, where he played the following two and change.

“I get booed everywhere,” he said, flashing that squinty-eyed, devilish grin he puts on when it’s time to have a laugh with his questioners. “Heck, maybe I get booed at home too.”

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Vezina Finalists Announced

From Dan Rosen at NHL.com,

In one corner is the mainstay, the ol’ reliable in New Jersey Devils’ dynamo Martin Brodeur. Last season, Brodeur captured his third Vezina Trophy in the last four seasons after setting an NHL record with 48 victories. This season he won 44 games.

In another corner, we have the element of surprise, the unlikely candidate in San Jose Sharks veteran Evgeni Nabokov. He has never been a Vezina finalist and had previously never played in more than 67 games in one season. Nabokov played in 77 this time around.

And finally, we have the rising star, the current and future “King” of New York in Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist. This is Lundqvist’s third-straight season as a Vezina finalist, meaning he’s been in the final three in each of his three NHL seasons.

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