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From Both Sides - Rangers/Penguins

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

... Igor Shesterkin returned, too. He returned to the form that earned the 26-year-old finalist designations for both the Hart and Vezina trophies, putting those nightmares from Games 3 and 4 to bed for good. Shesterkin returned and so did the Rangers return to the template they rode to a 110-point season, that, by the way, has been fully validated.

This is their way. They lean on Shesterkin to the same degree as their forebearers once leaned on Henrik Lundqvist. They rely on their marquee forwards and their power play to make the difference. They do not surrender. They do not give up.

They are far greater than the sum of their parts.

“That’s our team,” head coach Gerard Gallant said. “We compete, we battle and we find ways to win games that maybe we shouldn’t have.”

Shesterkin was not the only Ranger to finish this series stronger than he had begun it. He grew. So did the indomitable Mika Zibanejad, whose right-wing rifle tied the contest 3-3 with 5:45 remaining in regulation. I have said this before, and it is true. There is no one you would rather have with the puck on his stick with the game on the line than No. 93.

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from Mike DeFabo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

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The New York Rangers Advance To Round 2 Of The Stanley Cup Playffs

They'll face the Carolina Hurricanes in round 2 after beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in OT.

Sam Rosen with the call on the OT winner.

 

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There Will Be A Game 7 For The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Sidney Crosby did not play, the Penguins had their third-string goaltender back in net, Rickard Rakell and Brian Dumoulin remained sidelined and then Brian Boyle left the game for good early in the first period.

But do you know what? There will be no asterisk attached to this 5-3 Game 6 victory the Rangers achieved after overcoming a 2-0 first-period deficit. There will be no asterisk attached to Game 7 of this first-round series, which will be contested at the Garden on Sunday.

The Blueshirts earned this one just as they earned the Game 5 victory at home on Wednesday, also after climbing out of a 2-0 hole following Crosby’s exit from the match midway through the second period in the wake of Jacob Trouba’s endlessly dissected hit.

Of course, the absence of Crosby — who was playing at his highest level in perhaps more than a decade — has had a profound effect on the direction of this series. But it’s not as if the Rangers were handed anything.

On the contrary, the Rangers were in the position where they needed to take advantage of this development in the way they had not been able to take advantage of facing Louis Domingue in nets.

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The New York Rangers Suffer An Embarrassing Loss

from Larry Brooks of the New York Rangers,

The Rangers dishonored themselves and their season with a total eclipse of the heart in Monday’s 7-2 debacle of a Game 4 defeat to the Penguins that leaves the club one loss away from ignominious extinction.

There is no excuse, none whatsoever, for the manner in which the team’s marquee players were swept away like so much refuse in this one. They were overwhelmed in their matchups to such an extent that you wanted to turn your eyes away from the carnage, especially during Pittsburgh’s five-goal second period.

What was Mika Zibanejad doing? What about Artemi Panarin and Ryan Strome? What about Adam Fox? Jacob Trouba? This one — and this series — is not on the young’uns. This series is on the team leaders.

“We played soft. We were soft all over the ice,” said head coach Gerard Gallant, whose team was beaten in one-on-ones all night long. “That’s the biggest difference. We were soft all over the ice.”

There is no greater indictment from this coach. But it is not as if he and his staff have been innocent bystanders through this series as the Blueshirts structure has generally been flimsier than paper-mache. Gallant called 7-2, “a team effort.” That includes the guys behind the bench.

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The New York Rangers Need A Win

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Ferris Bueller said that life comes at you fast in the playoffs and even faster when Sidney Crosby is on the other side playing some of the most compelling hockey of his fabled career. Yogi Berra said that it gets late early in the playoffs and especially so when down 2-1 and on the road for Game 4 in a best-of-seven.

These truths are self-evident, presumably even to the Supreme Court, as the Blueshirts await Monday’s Game 4 against a Penguins team that has dismantled their structure for large swatches of each of the first three contests of this first-round series. The games are being played at a million miles an hour. The Rangers just can’t seem to calm things down for more than a shift or two at a time.

The Blueshirts are in a tight spot but not an impossible one. Just over 37 percent of teams trailing 2-1 in a best-of-seven with the next one on the road have prevailed. The lowercase cup is either one-third full or two-thirds empty.

That is all that counts now. It is a fine thing for the organization that the team’s high-end youngsters have competed without an ounce of fear and have stood toe-to-toe with their more experienced opponents.

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New York Rangers Compete And Win But Need More From Their Stars

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

There was some dazzle and a dose of looking-good hockey from Artemi Panarin and his teammates Thursday night, but if you think that the Rangers got up off the floor in their 5-2 Game 2 victory over the Penguins at the Garden on skill and finesse, that would be incorrect.

That’s because the Blueshirts evened this first round at one-all by prevailing in just the street-fight kind of game that becomes prevalent in the playoffs. No one dropped the gloves, that’s not what this was about. Not at all.

But it was very much about the Rangers competing in tight corners and in the contested areas of the ice. It was about puck support and retrieval. It was about taking the body and taking a hit to make a play while working along the walls and in the hockey trenches.

It was responding to the numerous times the Penguins got a piece of Igor Shesterkin, sensational once again with 38 saves — nine of them in the first 6:51 of the third period while protecting a 3-2 lead.

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Video- Jeff Carter/Igor Shesterkin Collision

The Sportsnet panel including Kelly Hrudey put the blame on Jeff Carter.

Whar do you say?

 

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The New York Rangers Had A Difficult Time With Pittsburgh’s Top Line

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Gerard Gallant said he didn’t want the Rangers to focus on Sidney Crosby, and by golly, his team followed the head coach’s instructions to a tee.

Unfortunately, the Blueshirts seemed to interpret Gallant’s message literally, with No. 87 and linemates Jake Guentzel and Bryan Rust turning in a dazzling and dominating performance in the Penguins’ 4-3 triple overtime victory at the Garden on Tuesday to grab a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven.

Crosby did not get the winner. That belonged to Evgeni Malkin, who scored on a deflection that counted as the 83rd shot against a gallant Igor Shesterkin after 105:58 of pulsating hockey. The Rangers had their chances, oh they had their chances throughout this contest — in which Casey DeSmith equaled Shesterkin’s work before leaving with an undefined ailment 9:18 into the second overtime. Relief netminder Louis Domingue pitched shutout ball the rest of the way while facing 16 shots.

So though Shesterkin was superlative in this one, the Penguins found that he was not impregnable. Who would be? The fact though is that DeSmith and Domingue canceled the Blueshirts’ perceived edge in nets right off the bat.

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Alexis Lafreniere Was Rested Last Night

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Rangers found a productive third-line connection between Filip Chytil and Kaapo Kakko on Wednesday in a 4-0 victory over the depleted and dreadful Flyers, but Alexis Lafreniere was not with them, serving as a healthy scratch for the first time in his two-season NHL career — if not for the first time in his hockey life.

After the triumph, which created a seven-point cushion for second-place and home-ice advantage in the first round while also moving the Rangers to within two points of the first-place Hurricanes (who hold a game in hand), head coach Gerard Gallant attempted to immediately defuse the situation.

“Alexis is not out from bad play, it has nothing to do with that,” Gallant said of the 20-year-old winger, who had gone eight straight games without a point while his effectiveness has declined. “He’s a young guy and he looks a little bit tired lately.

“He hasn’t played an 82-game schedule before, so it’s nothing to jump the ship about. He’ll be back in the next game.”

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Video- Tyler Motte Injury Update

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