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2014 NHL playoffs preview: New York Rangers vs. Philadelphia Flyers

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Goalie Steve Mason of the Philadelphia Flyers vs. the New York Rangers

If it’s spring, there must be questions about the quality of the Flyers’ playoff goaltending. (Scott Levy/Getty Images)

By Sarah Kwak

Regular season recaps

Oct. 24: Flyers 2, Rangers 1

Jan. 12: Rangers 4. Flyers 1

March 1: Flyers 4, Rangers 2

March 26: Rangers 3, Flyers 1

Notable injuries

Rangers: D Ryan McDonagh (shoulder, day-to-day), LW Chris Kreider (hand, day-to-day)
Flyers: G Steve Mason (upper body, day-to-day)

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  • Published On Apr 15, 2014
  • WATCH: Brian Gionta scores in OT on penalty shot

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    Montreal Canadiens captain Brian Gionta sealed the win in the Habs regular season finale scoring on quite the penalty shot in OT. Gionta beat New York Rangers goalie Cam Talbot on a triple-deke that would have made Gordon Bombay proud.

    The first three periods were scoreless and Raphael Diaz was called for a tripping penalty in OT when Gionta got out on a breakaway.

    Gionta wraps up the regular season with 40 points (18 goals, 22 assists).

    Montreal finishes the season with 100 points and will face Tampa Bay in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.


  • Published On Apr 12, 2014
  • Wild on verge of playoff berth; Rangers clinch thanks to Devils’ loss

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    The Wild are on the verge of a playoff berth after a 1-0 win over the Jets. (Jonathan Kozub/Getty Images)

    The Wild are on the verge of a wild card playoff berth after a 1-0 win over the Jets. (Jonathan Kozub/Getty Images)

    By Mike McMahon

    The NHL is one night closer to figuring out who will earn the right to gut it out for Lord Stanley’s Cup. All three games on Monday night carried playoff implications as some teams had their hopes of playing for the hardware all but confirmed, while others were officially crossed off the list of contenders.

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  • Published On Apr 08, 2014
  • Rangers forward Chris Kreider out indefinitely after hand surgery

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    Chris Kreider's 37 points ranked sixth on the Rangers at the time of his injury. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

    Chris Kreider’s 37 points ranked sixth on the Rangers at the time of his injury. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

    By Darian Somers

    Chris Kreider’s season is likely over.

    The Rangers’ winger underwent surgery on his broken left hand on Friday, the team announced on Twitter.

    Kreider had played in 66 games, recording 37 points this season for the Rangers, including 17 goals. He suffered the injury in a game against Columbus, playing two more games after hurting the hand.

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  • Published On Mar 28, 2014
  • Rangers honor Henrik Lundqvist as the new franchise wins leader

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    Henrik Lundqvist (right) smiles alongside his wife Therese and daughter Charlise during his pregame ceremony. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    Henrik Lundqvist (right) smiles alongside his wife, Therese, and daughter, Charlise. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    By Mike McMahon

    Before tonight’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes, the New York Rangers honored goaltender Henrik Lundqvist after the 32-year-old became the franchise leader in wins and shutouts last week.

    On March 18, Lundqvist passed Mike Richter on the Rangers all-time wins list with his 302nd coming against the Ottawa Senators, four days later he passed NHL Hall of Famer Ed Giacomin on the Rangers all-time shutout list with his 50th after he blanked the New Jersey Devils.

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  • Published On Mar 24, 2014
  • Henrik Lundqvist becomes New York Rangers’ all-time shutout leader

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    Henrik Lundqvist continues to certify himself as the King, staking claim to more Rangers' franchise records. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    King Henrik Lundqvist continues stake his claim to Rangers franchise records. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    By Mike McMahon

    New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist recorded his 50th career shutout in a 2-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils, moving him ahead of Ed Giacomin on the franchise’s all-time shutout list.

    The record-setting whitewash was also the third of the season for Lundqvist, who made 10 of his 21 saves against Devils in the third period.

    Just four days ago, Lundqvist surpassed Mike Richter on New York’s all-time wins list with 302.
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  • Published On Mar 22, 2014
  • Mixed emotions in Columbus for Rick Nash’s return to Nationwide Arena

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    Rick Nash found himself at the bottom of this pile in a game that was as physical as it was emotional. (Mike Munden/AP)

    Rick Nash found himself at the bottom of this pile in a game that was as physical as it was emotional. (Mike Munden/AP)

    By Nick Stoico

    The big question heading into Friday night’s game between the Rangers and the Blue Jackets was whether Rick Nash would be welcomed warmly or booed in his first game back in Columbus since being traded in 2012.

    Just a day after Zach Parise received a not-so-warm welcome back to New Jersey, who would have thought Nash would get both?

    The initial reception was a little icy, as the Rangers winger was booed after being introduced in the starting lineup:

    It didn’t get much better when the game started, either.
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  • Published On Mar 21, 2014
  • Henrik Lundqvist sets Rangers franchise record with 302nd win

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    Henrik Lundqvist got his 302nd win as a Ranger to pass Mike Richter's wins record. (Andre Ringuette/Getty Images)

    Henrik Lundqvist passed Rangers legend Mike Richter on the franchise wins list. (Andre Ringuette/Getty Images)

    By Nick Stoico

    The New York Rangers’ struggling offense exploded in an 8-4 win over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night, but the big story was Henrik Lundqvist becoming the winningest goalie in the 90-plus year history of the storied franchise with his 302nd career win.

    Not bad for a seventh-round draft pick.

    The 32-year-old Lundqvist, who is in his ninth year with the Rangers, broke Mike Richter’s mark that was set during the U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer’s 14-year tenure with New York (1989-2003).

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  • Published On Mar 19, 2014
  • VIDEO: Rangers score two shorthanded goals on the same penalty kill vs. Leafs

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    By Mike McMahon

    The short-handed effort was in full effect for the New York Rangers on Wednesday night as Ryan McDonough and Dominic Moore each found the back of the net on the same penalty kill against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Madison Square Garden.

    At 5:18 of the third period, Rangers center Brad Richards went to the box for a trip on Toronto’s Nazem Kadri with New York trailing the Maple Leafs 2-0, and 16 seconds later,  the Rangers were on the board.

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  • Published On Mar 05, 2014
  • Steve Yzerman pays price, trades Martin St. Louis to New York Rangers

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    Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning was traded to the New York Rangers

    Pouting his way out of Tampa Bay after his Sochi snub has stained Martin St. Louis’s reputation. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Steve Yzerman demonstrated his character and integrity when he decided not to overrule the management group decision to exclude Martin St. Louis on Team Canada’s original Sochi Olympic roster. And it cost him.

    The Lightning GM’s relationship with Tampa Bay’s captain turned toxic in the wake of that perceived snub, so much so that even the eventual inclusion of St. Louis as an injury replacement couldn’t soothe the raw feelings.

    And so Yzerman was forced on Wednesday to do the unthinkable. Faced with a star who no longer wanted to play for him, he traded the NHL’s fifth-leading scorer to the Rangers for winger Ryan Callahan and a pair of draft picks.

    DEADLINE DAY BLOG: Trade rumors and analysis | TRADE TRACKER

    It’s easy to argue that Yzerman made the best deal he could under the circumstances. St. Louis wasn’t just in full pout. He only wanted to go to one team and, having a no trade clause in his back pocket, he had the power to ensure that New York was exactly where he went.

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  • Published On Mar 05, 2014


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