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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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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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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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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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306 Rangers-Avalanches in review

Thoughts: 1) Mucho confusion in the immediate post-game about what has to happen for the Rangers to clinch a playoff berth. It cannot happen tonight, no matter what goes on in Washington-New Jersey. The Rangers can clinch with two more points, or a combo of points the bottom teams fail…

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9 Avalanche 3, Rangers 2 (shootout) … post-game notes

Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR: Avalanche 3, Rangers 2 (shootout). Click here for boxscore. Team notes: –        The Rangers were defeated by the Colorado Avalanche, 3-2, in a shootout tonight at Pepsi Center to conclude a four-game road trip. New York posted a 2-1-1 record during the road trip,…

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812 Rangers at Avalanches … It’s Go Time!

Game 78. Rangers at Avalanches. Ya boys have won two in a row and seven of the last eight (even if the loss in that stretch caused the predictable mass hysteria here). The Rangers enter action with a three-point lead on third-place Philadelphia (the Flyers have two games in…

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752 Rangers at Canucks … It’s Go Time!

Game 77. Rangers at Canucks. Alain Vigneault returns to Vancouver for his first regular-season game there as Canucks’ ex-head coach. The preseason game last fall, though, kind of takes some of the luster off the return, as do the previous meetings between the Rangers and John (Hot Seat) Tortorella.…

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503 Rangers at Oilers … It’s Go Time!

Game 76. Rangers at Oilers. Ya boys play the second of this four-game, oddly-timed Western trip, which goes through Vancouver Tuesday and Colorado Thursday before a three-game homestand. Rangers lost a five-game winning streak with a sloppy loss in Calgary Friday, and are now tied in points with the…

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676 Flyers at Rangers … It’s Go Time!

Game 74. Flyers at Rangers. Light up the Empire State Building in orange and black, Mr. Snider’s Flyers are in town for what could be a first-round playoff preview. The Rangers, who have won four in a row, lead the Flyers by a point for second in the Lesstropolitan…

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228 Rangers-Coyotes in review

Thoughts: 1) Sometimes you get what you deserve, sometimes you don’t. The way the Rangers started, the way they played the first half of the game — and it was a dreadful game for both sides until it got really interesting late — they probably didn’t deserve the pair of…

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561 Coyotes at Rangers … It’s Go Time!

Game 73. Coyotes at Rangers. Another huge game will be preceded by a ceremony honoring Henrik Lundqvist for breaking the franchise’s career wins record of Mike Richter and the career shutout record of Eddie Giacomin. Both Richter and Giacomin will be in attendance for the ceremony, as will Lundqvist’s…

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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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423 Rangers at Devils … It’s Go Time!

Game 72. Rangers at Devils. The Rangers follow up arguably their most impressive effort of the season with a back-to-back against an old and desperate rival. Too bad they can’t play this game at Yankee Stadium on this beautiful night. The nasty win in Columbus came with a price. …

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211 Rangers-Blue Jackets in review

Thoughts: 1) This was an onions game. A big boy pants game. And a lot of Rangers showed up, played with onions, put their big boy pants on. A lot of them battled more than they had all season. Rick Nash was obviously the leader, right from the start, targeted,…

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483 Rangers-Red Wings in review

Thoughts: 1) The formula with this team is pretty simple, as it is with any team. We’ve seen good and bad from the Rangers through 65 games now. When they’ve been good, their top skill players have played well, their goaltenders have been sharp and they’ve defended. That has to…

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