rss

Category: New York Rangers

0

Former No 1 pick retires from NHL citing ‘unresolved’ concussion symptoms

Two-time Olympic gold medalist and six-time All-Star retiresNash, third among active players in goals, played 15 seasonsFormer No 1 overall NHL draft pick and six-time All-Star Rick Nash has retired because of concussion-related symptoms, his agent sai…

0

NHL trade deadline: the winners and losers

The Rangers and Panthers are stronger after the trade period but Penguins fans may well be scratching their heads after acquiring Justin Schultz

If you’re into marathon live TV events, Sunday night’s endless Oscars broadcast may have proven a lovely segue into Monday morning/afternoon’s National Hockey League trade deadline coverage – for those of us in Canada, anyway. Due to some big moves earlier in the week, we limped our way toward Monday’s 3pm ET deadline on NHL trades, making for empty, empty hours of TV programming. The most captivating moment Monday might have been when TSN’s hockey broadcast team took to firing a t-shirt cannon at a number of staff members gathered off-camera. It ended poorly for SportsCentre co-host Jennifer Hedger.

Still, those few major moves might allow us to guess at some possible winners and losers out of all this. Let’s review them.

Continue reading…

0

NHL trade deadline: the big deals can end up costing ambitious teams

Bringing in an experienced and skilled player before a Stanley Cup push makes sense but it can end up costing teams in the long run

The days leading up to Monday’s NHL trade deadline have produced a rash of deals that have drawn a clear line in the sand between the franchises going all-in at the deadline in the hopes of a Stanley Cup and those only interested in adding a few small pieces.

The perennial Cup favourite Chicago Blackhawks made the most brazen deal of trading season on Friday night, snagging two-time Stanley Cup winner Andrew Ladd. Ladd was one of the most coveted players available and there were groans throughout the hockey world about the rich getting richer. But Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman wasn’t finished, quickly adding depth forwards Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann from the Montreal Canadiens. Bowman also ensured the Canadiens retained 30% of Weise’s salary and the Jets retain 36% of Ladd’s salary, partly because the Blackhawks are up against the salary cap but also because if you’re going to order dessert, why not add some whipped cream on top?

Continue reading…

0

New York Rangers’ robotic thrillers approach Game 7 with dead calm

The twin pillars of Henrik Lundqvist and Alain Vigneault have given the Rangers a huge advantage in series deciders

Like the villain in an 80s horror flick, the Rangers are nearly impossible to kill. No amount of adversity, mental or physical resistance will deter them (this postseason, at least) from their goal of taking home the franchise’s fifth Stanley Cup in the past 90 years. The Tampa Bay Lightning, will be the latest team to try, for a second time on Friday night.

Since Alain Vigneault took the reins as the head coach of the New York Rangers two years ago, the team has twice come back from a 3-1 deficit to win a series. They’re the only team to pull off that impressive and improbable feat.

Continue reading…

0

Sport picture of the day: Lightning hits Rangers’ Stanley Cup hopes

Steven Stamkos scored this goal to help the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 2-0 victory in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final, they now lead the best-of-7 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs series 3-2 Continue reading…

0

Sport picture of the day: Lightning hits Rangers’ Stanley Cup hopes

Steven Stamkos scored this goal to help the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 2-0 victory in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final, they now lead the best-of-7 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs series 3-2 Continue reading…

0

NHL playoffs: Lightning push Rangers to brink of elimination

  • Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 New York Rangers

Steven Stamkos set up Valtteri Filppula’s go-ahead goal and scored another as the Tampa Bay Lightning pushed the New York Rangers to the brink of playoff elimination with a 2-0 victory in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals on Sunday night.

Ben Bishop, who gave up 10 goals in the previous two games, had 26 saves in posting his second shutout and getting Tampa Bay within a victory of reaching the Stanley Cup finals for the second time in franchise history. They won the Cup in 2004. Tampa Bay’s special teams played a major role. They killed off four power plays in clinical fashion in the opening 31 minutes of a scoreless game, limiting New York to four shots, and then Stamkos added a power-play goal after Filppula opened the scoring.

Continue reading…

0

Derek Stepan the hero as Rangers beat Capitals in Game 7

  • New York Rangers 2-1 Washington Capitals
  • Rangers face Tampa bay for place in Stanley Cup finals

Derek Stepan scored 11:24 in overtime of Game 7, lifting New York past the Washington Capitals 2-1 and into the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night. The Rangers had been 3-1 down in the series.

“We have a good group that keeps their wits about them and keeps calm,” said Stepan, who was mobbed by his team-mates along the glass as Madison Square Garden shook from the cheers. “There is no real panic. We just go out and play. We just see what happens and we just play hockey.”

Continue reading…

0

Alex Ovechkin, Rick Nash battle perceptions in second-round slugfest

The small sample size of the Stanley Cup playoffs can alter the perception of star players in extremely myopic ways – as Alex Ovechkin and Rick Nash know well

It’s often, especially in the playoffs, that a superstar player’s narrative is driven by their luck. It’s the ugliest word in sports, something out of the athlete’s control. By definition, a player does not create his or her own luck but luck certainly influences his or her reputation, often more than anything.

In the second-round playoff series between the New York Rangers and the Washington Capitals, there’s no lack of so-called superstars. In Washington, Alexander Ovechkin is a Hall-of-Fame-bound scorer with a penchant for burying pucks. New York has Henrik Lundqvist, an expert at protecting goal and also assuredly headed for the Hall of Fame

Related: Alex Ovechkin’s regular-season success has yet to translate to playoffs

Continue reading…

0

New York Rangers, bridesmaids in 2014, have bounced back admirably

It’s rare for a team to lose in the Stanley Cup finals and make it back the next year, but the surging New York Rangers seem poised to break the trend

As the puck softly caressed the net, blue-shirted players piled on top of one another, lost in a moment of celebration. But it was just that – a moment, to pass all too soon.

On Friday, the New York Rangers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in overtime. That win, in turn, clinched a victory for New York in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series, winning it in five games. In doing so, they became just the third team in Stanley Cup playoffs series to win four games in a series while scoring two or fewer goals in each of those wins.

Continue reading…

0

NHL playoffs: each of the 16 teams ranked

The race for the Stanley Cup has never been tighter. Except, perhaps, for the presence of the New York Rangers

The 2015 NHL playoffs will start Wednesday, and the race has never been tighter. One would like to predict these things, but in this age of hockey parity, even fewer sure things can be found than in years past. Except for perhaps the New York Rangers – they are as close as we get. Otherwise: ¯_(ツ)_/¯

Continue reading…

0

The forgotten story of … Herbert Carnegie’s attempt to break ice hockey’s color barrier

High scoring with blistering speed, Herbert Carnegie had everything needed in an NHL player – except the right skin color

There is only one Jackie Robinson, of course. A player who didn’t just break a color line but broke the color line. Perhaps because baseball dominated the sporting landscape in 1947, and the impact that Robinson’s Brooklyn Dodgers debut would have on the civil rights movement, No42 was, and continues to be, the unchallenged flag-bearer for the integration of North American sports. Others, including Earl Lloyd, who recently died at age 86, and broke the National Basketball Association’s color line in 1950, are footnotes in their respective sports – far less celebrated, with no sign of a coming Hollywood biopic.

Even lesser known are the players born too early to realize their own sporting dreams – ultra-skilled athletes who had the talent, but lacked the appropriate the skin tone. Herbert H Carnegie was one of legions of sportsmen bound behind the color line and made to suffer through such institutional racism.

Continue reading…

0

Five years after freak accident, a rookie goalie cherishes his shot with Rangers

Mackenzie Skapski’s early success in relief of the injured Henrik Lundqvist is all the more amazing given the obstacles he’s overcome along the way

Mackenzie Skapski was standing outside the visitor’s locker room at Buffalo’s First Niagara Center getting ready for a post-game interview with MSG, the New York Rangers’ regional cable network.

He had just blanked the Buffalo Sabres in a 2-0 victory, and at 20 years old become one of the youngest goaltenders in team history to record a shutout. Interviewer John Giannone didn’t get halfway through his first question before Rangers forward Chris Kreider snuck up behind Skapski and shoved a towel full of shaving cream in his face.

Continue reading…

0

Five years after freak accident, a rookie goalie cherishes his shot with Rangers

Mackenzie Skapski’s early success in relief of the injured Henrik Lundqvist is all the more amazing given the obstacles he’s overcome along the way

Mackenzie Skapski was standing outside the visitor’s locker room at Buffalo’s First Niagara Center getting ready for a post-game interview with MSG, the New York Rangers’ regional cable network.

He had just blanked the Buffalo Sabres in a 2-0 victory, and at 20 years old become one of the youngest goaltenders in team history to record a shutout. Interviewer John Giannone didn’t get halfway through his first question before Rangers forward Chris Kreider snuck up behind Skapski and shoved a towel full of shaving cream in his face.

Continue reading…

0

Five years after freak accident, a rookie goalie cherishes his shot with Rangers

Mackenzie Skapski’s early success in relief of the injured Henrik Lundqvist is all the more amazing given the obstacles he’s overcome along the way

Mackenzie Skapski was standing outside the visitor’s locker room at Buffalo’s First Niagara Center getting ready for a post-game interview with MSG, the New York Rangers’ regional cable network.

He had just blanked the Buffalo Sabres in a 2-0 victory, and at 20 years old become one of the youngest goaltenders in team history to record a shutout. Interviewer John Giannone didn’t get halfway through his first question before Rangers forward Chris Kreider snuck up behind Skapski and shoved a towel full of shaving cream in his face.

Continue reading…

0

NHL playoffs: Lightning push Rangers to brink of elimination

  • Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 New York Rangers

Steven Stamkos set up Valtteri Filppula’s go-ahead goal and scored another as the Tampa Bay Lightning pushed the New York Rangers to the brink of playoff elimination with a 2-0 victory in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals on Sunday night.

Ben Bishop, who gave up 10 goals in the previous two games, had 26 saves in posting his second shutout and getting Tampa Bay within a victory of reaching the Stanley Cup finals for the second time in franchise history. They won the Cup in 2004. Tampa Bay’s special teams played a major role. They killed off four power plays in clinical fashion in the opening 31 minutes of a scoreless game, limiting New York to four shots, and then Stamkos added a power-play goal after Filppula opened the scoring.

Continue reading…

0

NHL playoffs: Lightning push Rangers to brink of elimination

  • Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 New York Rangers

Steven Stamkos set up Valtteri Filppula’s go-ahead goal and scored another as the Tampa Bay Lightning pushed the New York Rangers to the brink of playoff elimination with a 2-0 victory in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals on Sunday night.

Ben Bishop, who gave up 10 goals in the previous two games, had 26 saves in posting his second shutout and getting Tampa Bay within a victory of reaching the Stanley Cup finals for the second time in franchise history. They won the Cup in 2004. Tampa Bay’s special teams played a major role. They killed off four power plays in clinical fashion in the opening 31 minutes of a scoreless game, limiting New York to four shots, and then Stamkos added a power-play goal after Filppula opened the scoring.

Continue reading…

0

Rangers thrash Lightning to turn around Stanley Cup hopes

New York Rangers 7-3 Tampa Bay LightningSeries tied at 3-3Derek Brassard had a hat-trick and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 36 shots in another season-saving performance as the New York Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-3 Tuesday night to force Game 7 i…

0

Rangers thrash Lightning to turn around Stanley Cup hopes

New York Rangers 7-3 Tampa Bay LightningSeries tied at 3-3Derek Brassard had a hat-trick and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 36 shots in another season-saving performance as the New York Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-3 Tuesday night to force Game 7 i…

0

New York Rangers beat Islanders in final regular-season clash at Nassau Coliseum

The Islanders are moving from Uniondale this summer. Can one of the more intense rivalries in North America survive the trip to Brooklyn?

The exchange of chants began in the packed parking lot before moving steadily inside the narrow, people-choked passageways of old Nassau Coliseum. Fans of the suburban Long Island-based New York Islanders were on the defensive, seeking to drown out the screaming voices of the invaders – New York Rangers fans. The puck had yet to drop, but the gamesmanship between old enemies had already begun.

“I was here the first season when they first opened here,” said Islanders fan Rich Hessel. It’s been great over the years. You’re an Islander fan or you’re a Rangers fan, there’s a lot of animosity but there’s a lot of camaraderie too.”

Continue reading…