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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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601 Game 6: Rangers-Flyers in review

Thoughts: 1) Well, the best part for you guys and for the Rangers is that they don’t lead the series. Because since 2009, while they’ve been lousy when leading a series — a record 12 straight losses with the series lead — they’ve been pretty darn good when tied or…

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184 Game 5: Rangers-Flyers in review

Click here for my column on the Rangers’ pre-series advantages all proving out to be advantages in Game 5. And click here for Josh Thomson, 26’s story about the game. Finally, click here here for my notebook, which touches on J.T. Miller’s playoff debut, and all the stats about how…

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271 Game 5: Rangers 4, Flyers 2 … post-game notes & quotes

Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the NYR: Game 5: Rangers 4, Flyers 2. Click here for boxscore. Team notes: –        The Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-2, today in Game 5 of the Metropolitan Division Semifinals at Madison Square Garden to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.…

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235 Game 3: Rangers-Flyers in review

FYI, our Live Chat with Dave Maloney is scratched today because the Rangers are taking the day off and Dave and I won’t have the opportunity to get together. So we’ll try to do it Thursday, and if that doesn’t work, then later in the series. Thoughts: 1) For a…

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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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173 Game 1: Rangers 4, Flyers 1 … post-game notes & quotes

Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the NYR: Game 1: Rangers 4, Flyers 1. Click here for boxscore. Team notes: –        The Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-1, tonight at Madison Square Garden in Game 1 of the Metropolitan Division Semifinals, to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.…

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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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185 Rangers-Canadiens in review

Thoughts: 1) Happy anniversary! It’s now officially 74 years with one Stanley Cup since the Rangers won it on April 13, 1940. 2) So it’s Rangers-Flyers like the good old days. So light up the Empire State Building in orange and black in honor of Mr. Snider. Sure has been…

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14 Canadiens 1, Rangers 0 (OT) … post-game notes

Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR: Canadiens 1, Rangers 0 (OT). Click here for boxscore. Team notes: –      The Rangers were defeated by the Montreal Canadiens, 1-0, in overtime tonight at Bell Centre in their final game of the regular season. The Blueshirts finished the season with a 45-31-6 record…

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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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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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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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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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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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