As Carp said earlier today, I was at the Garden for today’s practice. Much of the talk focused on the Rangers’ struggles in overtime. They are 0-7 in their last seven playoff forays into OT, including 0-2 this series.
Somehow, someway, they have managed to not trail for a single solitary second through four games yet find this Eastern Conference quarterfinal deadlocked 2-2.
You’ll find much of that in the audio files below. Henrik Lundqvist also shared some interesting thoughts on whether or not the Rangers remain in control of the series. (Short version: Not really.)
Perhaps the biggest news came out of Ottawa, where Daniel Alfredsson and Jesse Winchester have both been ruled out for Game 5. They won’t even accompany the team to New York. But the Sens will be joined by Canadian junior star Mark Stone. He had 123 points this year skating for the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings and led Canada’s U-20 team in scoring at the 2012 World Juniors.
According to the link, Stone skated with the club’s top power-play line at Friday’s practice. Of course, Paul MacLean voiced no actual hints as to whether or not Stone will play tomorrow night.
The Rangers split Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik up in today’s practice after the pair were separated late in Game 4. Today, Richards skated between Ryan Callahan and Brandon Dubinsky and Gaborik was alongside Artem Anisimov and across from Derek Stepan.
Also, Steve Eminger continued to skate at practice as he recovers from an ankle injury. He told me he would benefit from a couple more practices but believed he could play if called upon in Game 5.
On to the interviews…