Browsing: Anton Stralman

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329 Game 2: Rangers-Canadiens in review

Thoughts: 1) Just please, please, please don’t expect that this is going to be easy. First of all, remember in ’96, the last time these teams played, Montreal won the first two at MSG, then the Rangers won four in a row, three in Montreal. Never saw that coming. But…

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749 Game 7: Rangers-Penguins in review

Thoughts: 1) Big as the building. Pretty much the same core group of guys, five Game 7 wins in the last seven series, 10-2 in elimination games. This is a team that never, in 16 opportunities, had come back from 3-1 to win a series, never, in four tries, had…

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506 Game 4: Rangers-Penguins in review

Thoughts: 1) Haven’t said this much this year, but I don’t even know where to begin. It was going to take a monumental effort to beat Pittsburgh, a much better team, in this series. The way the Rangers played in Game 4, they wouldn’t have beaten anybody. I thought a…

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422 Game 2: Rangers-Penguins in review

Thoughts: 1) Are you really surprised that this series is 1-1? Seriously? I’m not at all. I’m never, ever surprised that any series is 1-1 after two. Heck, maybe you should be surprised it isn’t 2-0 Penguins. 2) So let’s get this streak thing right out of the way. Ya…

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911 Game 2: Rangers at Penguins … It’s Go Time!

Game 2. Rangers at Penguins. Ya boys play the fifth of what will have been an absurd six games in nine nights after tomorrow’s Game 3 in New York. The Rangers look to snap all their negative strings tonight: As you are well aware, the Rangers have failed, nine…

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536 Game 1: Rangers-Penguins in review

Thoughts: 1) Not declaring anything yet. But if the Rangers can go into that building against that team, not have a 60-minute effort, and still come out of there with the win, well, maybe they’re going to be fine after all in this series. Because during this game, when they…

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112 Rangers-Penguins matchups & predictions

Here’s a look at how the Rangers and Penguins match up: Forwards The Flyers had an edge on the Rangers in this department, even though the Rangers had more depth. With Pittsburgh, it’s more than an edge. The Penguins have a ton more skill, and depth, and their forwards are…

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516 Game 7: Rangers-Flyers in review

In case you missed it overnight, click here for the entire second-round playoff schedule. Click here for my column on the Rangers winning the series the hard way, smoking in the dynamite shed, as usual. I will post the links to Josh Thomson, 26’s game story and my notebook from…

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188 Game 7: Rangers 2, Flyers 1 … post-game notes & quotes

Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the NYR: Game 7: Rangers 2, Flyers 1. Click here for boxscore. Team notes: –        The Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 2-1, tonight in Game 7 of the Metropolitan Division Semifinals at Madison Square Garden. The Blueshirts won the best-of-seven series, four games to…

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201 Game 1: Rangers-Flyers in review

Thoughts: 1) I wrote a whole column about the power play (click here to see it) and the type of weapon and deterrent it can be. You know, we always hear about teams that win Stanley Cups without a good power play — Boston most recently. But how many teams…

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345 Rangers-Flyers matchups: position by position

Here are my first-round position-by-position matchups: FORWARDS: Let’s face it. Up front, the Flyers are going to be able to thump the Rangers, who don’t possess the physical element the Flyers, or most teams, have. The Rangers rely on speed and pressure. And, if the Rangers’ top guys don’t play…

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554 Rangers-Hurricanes in review

Thoughts: 1) That’s a good win for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is that Philly and Columbus won and that collar would be getting a little tight if the Rangers lost. Also given the poor start against yet another — God, how many are there? –…

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35 Rangers 4, Hurricanes 1… post-game notes & quotes

Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the NYR: Rangers 4, Hurricanes 1. Click here for boxscore. Team notes: –      The Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-1, tonight at Madison Square Garden in the second game of a three-game homestand. The Blueshirts are now 9-3-1 in their last 13 games, including…

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478 Rangers-Senators in review

Thoughts: 1) The playoff picture. Not much changed Saturday, other than the Rangers’ failure to clinch a berth. That is virtually inevitable, given that the Rangers need one point out of their last three, or for the Devils to not run the table. New Jersey is home for Calgary Monday,…

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238 Rangers-Flames in review

Thoughts: 1) When you score three in this league, you have to win. When you allow four, you deserve to lose. 2) I thought the Rangers were the better team throughout. But a few brain-freezes got them in trouble. Couple of bad turnovers. Couple of bad coverages. And too many…

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313 Rangers-Devils in review

Before we start on last night’s game, I wrote a column about a relationship Ryan McDonagh has forged with a local kid and former high school hockey player, Gino Mangiafridda of Pelham, who was paralyzed in a motorcycle accident. Click here to see it. Thoughts: 1) I honestly would not…

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193 Rangers 3, Blue Jackets 1 … post-game notes

Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR: Rangers 3, Blue Jackets 1. Click here for boxscore. Team notes: –        The Rangers began their final back-to-back set of the season with a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight at Nationwide Arena. After two scoreless periods, the Blueshirts tallied three unanswered…

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506 Rangers-Jets in review

Thoughts: 1) Henrik Lundqvist ties Mike Richter’s franchise record of 301 career wins. He will probably break it in the next seven-plus years. Seriously, this was the kind of win Richter (and Lundqvist) appreciated. One where you had to battle, to hang in, to have a short memory and worry…

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140 Rangers-Hurricanes in review

Thoughts: 1) Holy shishkebob. I’ve been watching NHL games for a long time, and I’ve watched a lot of bad games by bad teams and good teams and I’ve learned this: A classic indication of a team taking a team lightly, of showing an opponent zero respect, is playing Harlem…

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