2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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25 Rangers Playoff Reflections Now That the Ice Has Cleared

The Rangers music has stopped, but the melody lingers on and, despite the Blueshirts’ playoff defeat, there are sweet choruses to sing about 2014-15. I’ve always felt that the top point-getting team never gets enough credit for slogging through a challenging 82-game schedule to finish Number One out of 30 clubs. Yes, there’s the Presidents’ […]

It Wasn’t Supposed to End This Way for the Rangers

  The bugler was not supposed to blow Taps for the Rangers. No way. Confetti and cheers for the Blueshirts were to cascade down at The Garden on Friday night and plans for the Stanley Cup Final were to be studied. Playing golf was to be only an afterthought for the Blueshirts at this point in time. […]

Rangers Unsung Heroes Must Get a Song

  As the Rangers prepare to vanquish Tampa Bay Friday night at The Garden, kudos are being well-distributed on Seventh Avenue. The recipients are the usual suspects and — in this case — well-deserving of thank you bows. That’s because each of the center-stage heroes valiantly contributed to the Rangers rebound in the Eastern Conference […]

The Rangers-Bolts Melodrama Moves Back to the Garden for Its Finale

  The Rangers’ comeback script never changes; and this time it could catapult them into the Stanley Cup Final for a second spring in a row. Only one Friday night win will be necessary in this seven-act melodrama that’s thrilling enough to even give a robot the heebie-jeebies, if not the reeling Lightning skaters. The […]

There’s No Time Like the Present for the Rangers

It’s a war; a battle. – Lightning forward Brenden Morrow The Rangers — at this most critical moment in their season — remind me of an army general addressing the soldiers. Standing before his troops, the commander shouts, PRESENT ARMS. And then: FIRE! Supposedly, the GIs hit their targets; otherwise known as bullseyes; or in […]

Rangers Theme — We Did It Before, We Can Do It Again!

  The smell of Stanley Cup champagne remains six wins away for the Rangers. And that ain’t good. The other indisputable fact is that to reach that playoff plateau, there’s a matter of beating the Lightning two more times. And that ain’t good either. While the Blueshirts have proven to be comeback kids before, their […]

Rangers Should Tighten the Bolts Tonight

I felt pretty good, but obviously I’ve got to make a save here and there. — Lightning goalie Ben Bishop after Game 4. We’ve got a lot to clean up.– Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman after Game 4 As the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers prepare for the most important game of the tied-at-two Eastern Conference […]

Rangers Regain Home-Ice Advantage — But Will It Be?

  Like a playground see-saw, the Eastern Conference Final is swinging back and forth. Now, it’s swung in the Rangers’  favor, thanks to Friday night’s 5-1 win in Florida, tying this thrilling series at two wins apiece. The Blueshirts can thank Henrik Lundqvist, who rebounded with a 38-save masterpiece worthy of a King; which he […]

Rangers: There’s No Time Like the Present, For A Win

What’s the fuss all about? The Rangers only trail Tampa Bay by one game. One game. There should not be any panic in Rangerville. Coming from behind is as natural to the Blueshirts as exhaling and that’s what the New Yorkers should do after a win tonight in Tampa Bay. A win? After successively allowing […]