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310 Rangers player evaluations — Henrik Lundqvist

When it came time to vote for Rangers’ 2015-16 MVP, I was really torn. I mean, I didn’t think this was Henrik Lundqvist’s best season overall, and I thought he stumbled a bit down the stretch. But there really were no other candidates, and I voted for him partially by…

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636 Game 5: Rangers-Penguins in review

Game 5: Penguins 6, Rangers 3. Click here for the boxscore with links to the official game summary, etc. Thoughts: 1) Well, that was fairly predictable. I know a lot of you guys held out hope, and with good reason. You counted on the core of this team that had…

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327 Game 4: Rangers-Penguins in review

Game 4: Penguins 5, Rangers 0. Click here for the boxscore with links to the official game summary, etc. Thoughts: 1) Heave Ho, three in a row? As in three straight wins? As in three straight years coming back from 3-1 down? 2) Not bloody likely, especially since this is…

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212 Game 3: Rangers-Penguins in review

Game 3: Penguins 3, Rangers 1. Click here to read my game story from lohud.com. Click here for the boxscore with links to the official game summary, etc. Click here for Alain Vigneault’s post-game press conference video. Thoughts: 1) After so many games this season, in which I didn’t think…

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145 Game 3: McDonagh could play tonight; pre-game notes

Ryan McDonagh skated with the extras this morning, and will have his injured right hand examined by a doctor this afternoon. If he gets the OK, he could play tonight. Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said that if McDonagh does not play, he still hasn’t decided whether to use Dylan McIlrath…

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320 Game 2: Rangers-Penguins in review

Game 2: Rangers 4, Penguins 2. Click here for the boxscore with links to the official game summary, etc. Thoughts: 1) Hey, all year long, we knew – or thought — that game was in there. It’s just that the Rangers didn’t let it out nearly enough. But in an…

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

[polldaddy poll=9387563 align=”left”] Game 2. Rangers at Penguins. The Rangers play the 500th Stanley Cup playoff game in franchise history today, looking to even their series against the Penguins at 1-1. Pittsburgh won Game 1, 5-2 on Wednesday. And thanks to NBC, today’s game is the only one in…

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82 Rangers need more than Lundqvist in Game 2

The Rangers’ best and most important player is expected to be available for Game 2 of their first-round playoff series against the Penguins Saturday afternoon in Pittsburgh. But a lot more than that has to happen for the Rangers to make a series of it, after dropping the opener in…

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149 Expect news on Rangers’ Lundqvist today

The Rangers practice in Pittsburgh today at 12:30, so we’ll get a better idea about Henrik Lundqvist’s availability for Game 2 against the Penguins at that point. If Lundqvist is on the ice for practice, you’d have to figure he will play Game 2 Saturday afternoon. If he’s not practicing,…

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330 Game 1: Rangers-Penguins in review

Game 1: Penguins 5, Rangers 2. Click here for the boxscore with links to the official game summary, etc. Thoughts: 1) This is like shootin’ fish in a barrel. It’s almost too easy. There’s not a lot of analysis required, because A) you all saw it and it sure wasn’t…

It's Go Time!
792 Game 1: Rangers at Penguins … It’s Go Time!

[polldaddy poll=9384788 align=”left”] Game 1. Rangers at Penguins. So now we find out about this Rangers team, after spending 82 games learning almost nothing about it. For the third year in a row they take on the Penguins in a playoff series, having won the last two, and having…

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267 Rangers-Penguins matchups, first-round predictions

Here are my first-round series matchups, and below my series-by-series predictions. As always, I’d love to see your picks today. Maybe, if we can get a volunteer from our regulars to do the accounting, I can award a prize or two or three to the best selectors. No promises. Rangers-Penguins…

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445 Rangers-Red Wings in review

Rangers 3, Red Wings 2. Click here to read my game story from lohud.com. Click here for the boxscore with links to the official game summary, etc. Click here for Alain Vigneault’s post-game press conference video. Thoughts: 1) Through an entire regular season now, 82 games worth, we know very…

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172 Rangers-Islanders in review

Islanders 4, Rangers 1. Click here to read my game story from lohud.com. Click here for the boxscore with links to the official game summary, etc. Thoughts: 1) In a results-oriented business, I continue to be surprised at how the Rangers brush off the results and insist they played well.…

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245 Rangers-Blue Jackets in review

Rangers 4, Blue Jackets 2. Click here for the boxscore with links to the official game summary, etc. Thoughts: 1) They’re in. That’s the best thing you can say about the Rangers right now. We have no idea who they’re going to play, or when. More importantly, we have no…

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