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Expect Changes For The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

And so it ends.

It ends for the 2016-17 Rangers with Tuesday’s second-round, Game 6, 4-2 defeat to Ottawa at the Garden through which, almost unforgivably, the Senators were the ones to exhibit the desperation of a team facing elimination.

It ends for this group that exceeded expectations throughout a 102-point regular season and the six-game, first-round victory over the Canadiens but did not live up to them against Ottawa, and not by a long shot.

It ends with a thud.

Ends with a dud.

And as this 22nd straight season without a Stanley Cup championship ends, this least defensible playoff series defeat of the Henrik Lundqvist Era all but certainly will mark the end of the core group featuring the King, Dan Girardi, Marc Staal, Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan that has been intact since midway through 2010-11 and was augmented by Chris Kreider, Rick Nash and Mats Zuccarello by 2012-13.

Changes will be made.

Everything will be on the table.


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2018 Winter Classic Announced

NEW YORK (May 9, 2017) – The 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will feature the Buffalo Sabres® and New York Rangers® on Jan. 1, 2018 at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, the National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today. The New Year’s Day game will be broadcast live on NBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports at 1 p.m. ET.

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The Ottawa Senators Are One Win Away From The Eastern Conference Final

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

As the Ottawa Senators gathered around the boards to start their first drill in an optional skate Monday morning at Madison Square Garden, a bunch of kids who were likely on a tour started heckling the players.

“Let’s go Rangers. Let’s go Rangers,” they chanted from the stands.

“Kids, don’t chant or we’re going to get kicked out,” someone told the group.

If only it were that easy for the Senators to silence the Garden faithful.

Sitting one win away from the a trip to the East final for the first time in 10 years with a 3-2 lead in this Round 2 series against the New York Rangers, the Senators need to find a way to do it themselves Tuesday night on Broadway.

Trying desperately to avoid a Game 7 showdown at the Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday, the Senators will be trying to turn their fortunes around in New York after back-to-back 4-1 losses in Game 3 last Tuesday and Game 4 last Thursday. The best bet for Ottawa is to get this series over with and get rested up for Round 3.

They’re well aware that’s going to be a difficult task and if it’s going to change then the Senators need a way better start than the last two games held here.


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Sometimes Experience Doesn’t Matter

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

They have won nine playoff series and 46 postseason games since the start of the 2012 tournament, more series than anyone other than Chicago and Los Angeles and more games than anyone other than the Blackhawks. I respect the hell out of the Rangers for what they’ve done and how they’ve carried themselves over the last six years.

But enough.

Enough of playing the experience card.

Better to play with urgency, discipline and attention to detail.

Because the truth of the matter is that every single experience has ended the same way.

In defeat.

If experience were determinative, wouldn’t it have been the Blueshirts, and not the Senators, to score a late third-period tie-breaking winner in Game 1? Wouldn’t the Rangers have been able to close out Games 2 and 5 in which they held one-goal leads with under two minutes to play before losing each in overtime?


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The Ottawa Senators Outplayed The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

A bounce or two went against them again, the net-crashing craze that has become a staple of pulled-goaltender-six-on-five hockey cost them again, but make no mistake, the Rangers got what they deserved in Saturday’s 5-4 overtime Game 5 defeat to the Senators on Saturday.

The Blueshirts had way too many players who delivered C-minus efforts throughout this defeat that places them on the brink of second-round playoff extinction heading into Tuesday’s Game 6 at the Garden, when more diligence, commitment and passion would have given them a choke hold on the series.

They did not measure up against an Ottawa team that played as if their lives depended on this after having mailed in a pair of puny performances in Games 3 and 4 in New York. It wasn’t even close, despite how close the Blueshirts came to winning it.


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Video- Kyle Turris With The Game Winner

Ottawa wins 5-4 in OT.


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The Ottawa Senators Need To Regroup Quickly

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

The "Kanata Wall" is in need of some repairs.

As the Ottawa Senators left Madison Square Garden with two humbling losses, they were seeking adjustments in system, personnel and execution – or perhaps some combination of the three. It all depended on who you asked.

Guy Boucher dismissed the notion that the New York Rangers had found a way to exploit his team’s defensive approach while generating a slew of odd-man rushes in back-to-back 4-1 defeats here.

Speaking about Game 4 specifically, he seemed to suggest that the Senators fell victim to bad luck on Thursday night.

"I’m not going to start blaming our guys because pucks were going over their sticks," said Boucher. "It happens, and they capitalized on them, so good for them."

His players didn’t sound quite so sure.

Many of them zeroed in on specific aspects of the game that eluded them.


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A Game To Forget For The Ottawa Senators

from the CP at TSN,

Guy Boucher spoke calmly. His message, though, was anything but serene.

"We were off with everything," Boucher said after the Ottawa Senators' 4-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Tuesday night in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal.

"There's nothing for us to take from this game," Boucher said. "We flush all of it and move on to the next game."...

The Senators appeared overwhelmed by the pressure the Rangers applied early in the game, even though everyone on Ottawa's roster spoke on Monday about the understanding that New York would be desperate to salvage its season.

When the first period ended, Ottawa trailed 2-0, had been outshot 15-5 and out-attempted 26-12. The Senators were outshot 30-27 and out-attempted 56-54 by the end of the game.

"We knew they were going to come hard," Cody Ceci said. "We just didn't manage their push that well."

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Questioning Alain Vigneault’s Ice-Time Management

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

It should not have happened but it did.

Alain Vigneault should not have “lost” Brendan Smith in the third period of Saturday’s stunning second-guess feast of a Game 2, 6-5 double-overtime defeat in Ottawa. But the coach on Sunday admitted that’s just what happened.

“I was looking for certain matchups and sometimes within a game’s flow, certain players get lost for a couple of minutes and that’s what happened,” Vigneault said when asked why No. 42 had gotten so little time in the third period. “It wasn’t performance-related. Brendan played a good game with bite. It just happened that way.”

Again. It should not have happened. Smith, who has played with an edge throughout the playoffs and had sparred repeatedly with Kyle Turris to the Rangers’ advantage throughout Game 2, somehow was on the ice for just two shifts and a combined 35 seconds over the final 12:48 of the third period as the match slipped away in shocking fashion.

Vigneault did not specify the matchups he was seeking — or seeking to avoid — but it’s difficult to figure that eight games into the tournament the coach still regards the Smith-Brady Skjei pair as his weakest tandem and thus the one to shelter. 


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Henrik Lundqvist Must Be Better

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Give Lundqvist five goals, and he is home free — well, except for Game 3 of the 2015 conference finals and the 6-5 overtime defeat to the Lightning.

But not in this Game 2 on Saturday, in which The King was not nearly good enough, and the Rangers could not protect a 5-3 lead they held until 3:19 remained in regulation. That is when a rather unheralded fellow named Jean-Gabriel Pageau morphed into Rocket Richard by scoring twice on deflections to complete a hat trick by the end of the third period, tying the score at 18:58 before recording his fourth goal on a two-on-one left wing screamer to give the Senators a 6-5 victory at 2:54 of the second overtime....

Somehow Lundqvist must elevate his game following an afternoon on which he seemed off balance throughout and was unable to carry the baton over the finish line after his teammates had battled through myriad errors to stake the goaltender to three different two-goal leads at 3-1, 4-2 and 5-3.

“I wasn’t moving as well as in other games,” Lundqvist said. “I wasn’t good enough.”

No, he wasn’t, and if he isn’t at the top of his game when the series resumes with Tuesday’s Game 3 at the Garden, the Rangers won’t have even a prayer of coming back in this Round 2.

Lundqvist still was wearing his pads when he talked to the media after sitting in his stall for up to 15 minutes with his head down and clasped between his hands. The goaltender never quite had a grip on this game. He seemed to acknowledge that when asked if he felt secure with the late lead in a game filled with ebbs and flows each way.


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