In the midst of the final week of the regular season, teams are preparing for the tough playoff road ahead in a tight Eastern Conference. The Boston Bruins hold the best record in the league at 51-18 with three games to go before the opening rounds. After making an early exit in the quarterfinals last season, the Bruins are eager to go back and make a better run for the Stanley Cup.
The Bruins might run into the Pittsburg Penguins later in the playoffs, which would make for an outstanding series. Pittsburg went all the way to the Stanley Cup finals last year but failed to beat out the Detroit Redwings. Team GM Ray Shero has made moves within the last month to assure his team is back in contention. He recently acquired forwards Bill Guerin and Chris Kunitz, who have been able to fit right into the lineup along with Sidney Crosby.
The Atlantic Division is packed this season with contenders who have goals to make it far in the playoffs. Along with the Penguins the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers are teams to watch out for. The Devils are known for their high power offense lead by Zach Parise and Patrick Elias. The Rangers are on a roll as of late with Sean Avery, Nik Antropov, and Derek Morris taking control. New York is still fighting to make the playoffs but if they do clinch, they can compete with any team.
Eastern Conference Playoffs – 1st Round Matchups
(1) Boston Bruins vs (8) Montreal Canadiens
(2) Washington Capitals vs (7) New York Rangers
(3) New Jersey Devils vs (6) Carolina Hurricanes
(4) Pittsburgh Penguins vs (5) Philadelphia Flyers
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The reeling New York Rangers, losers of 10 of 12 games fired heach coach, Tom Renney on Monday and hired former Rangers Assistant Coach John Tortorella. The move by GM Glen Sather is an attempt to save what was once a promising season for the Rangers. New York jumped out of the gate with a 10-2-1 record only to flounder leading up to and into the second half of the year. The Rangers have failed to score points, relying heavily on the goaltending of Henrik Lundqvist and nine shootout wins.
Although the coach is often the victim in these scenarios, few doubt that this recent slump is Renney’s doing. The Rangers lack a serious first Center and have no standout Defenseman. While the power play could certainly be better with the talent they have, the Rangers weren’t built for a serious cup run. You have to wonder if Sather should ultimately take the fall here.
For his part John Tortorella should bring some intensity to the team. His style contrasts that of Tom Renney’s laid back approach. The Rangers are still in a playoff spot and Tortorella should be able to keep them there and even improve their position but don’t expect the Rangers to get past the 2nd round of the playoffs this year.
Tortorella’s first shot comes on Wednesday 2/25 at Toronto. The Rangers will return home on 2/26 to host the Florida Panthers. Rangers tickets are available for this and all home games.
The New York Rangers head into the 2009 All Star Break in first place with a one point lead over the New Jersey Devils in the Atlantic Division. The Rangers are 4-1-1 in their last six games getting them valuable points in their tight division. The Rangers defeated the Anaheim Ducks last night by a score of 4-2 thanks to two power play goals. Scott Gomez got his first power play goal on the year in the third period breaking the 2-2 tie. Despite scoring the power play goals the Rangers were anything but sharp with the man advantage. Goalie Henrik Lunqvist noted:
“We really struggled on the power play, but two goals went in. It felt like they were not really sharp, but that’s what happens sometimes.”
The Rangers got a first period goal from Markus Naslund and a short handed goal from Fredrik Sjostrom in the second period. Blair Betts added an empty net goal to close out the scoring.
The NHL All-Star game takes place on 1/25 at the Bell Centre in Montreal. After the All-Star break the Rangers will host the Carolina Hurricanes on 1/27 at MSG. Rangers tickets are available for all remaining 2009 games. Info on Rangers playoff tickets will be available soon.
New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist got his 20th win and 1st shutout of the year last night stopping 27 Penguins shots en route to a 4-0 Rangers win. It was Lundqvist’s 18th career shutout. The Rangers who have struggled of late especially on the power play got off to a good start with 2 power play goals in the 1st two periods. Nigel Dawes got the 1st period pp goal while Paul Mara added the 2nd in period 2. Chris Drury and Scott Gomez added 3rd period insurance goals as the Rangers regained their lead in the Atlantic Division. The Rangers will host the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday 1/7 at Madison Square Garden before hitting the road for games against the Sabres, Senators, Islanders, Blackhawks, and Penguins. New York Rangers tickets are available for all remaining 2009 games.
The New York Rangers won in dramatic fashion at Madison Square Garden on Monday night. Down 4-1 in the third period, the Rangers battled back to drop 4 points on the Islanders, and help hold on to their lead in the Atlantic Division. Petr Prucha, who has not seen much ice time this year, scored one of the key goals jst 49 seconds into the final period. “I got lucky,” Prucha told AP writer Ira Podell. “It’s tough being out of the lineup for so long, and it was frustrating. I got the chance to play again and scored, so hopefully I will be in the lineup for the next game.” Left wing Nigel Dawes put the nail in the coffin on a shot assisted by Chris Drury and Ryan Callahan with just 19 seconds to go in the game. On January 3rd the Rangers will face the Capitals in Washington at 7:00pm.
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The New York Rangers improved to 22-11-2 last night with a 3-2 overtime win over the Los Angeles Kings. The Rangers win was their 6th OT win out of their last 7 victories. New York held a 2-1 lead before a Kings goal by Dustin Brown sent the game to OT.
Michael Rozsival gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead in the second period and would eventually net the game winner in OT as well. Chris Drury opened the scoring for the Rangers with a first period goal.
The Rangers will travel to San Jose to face the Sharks on Saturday 12/20 before returning home to host the Washington Capitals on 12/23 and the New Jersey Devils on 12/27. Rangers tickets are available for all games.
The Boston Bruins looked like they were on their way to their 11th win of the year in New York vs the Rangers last night. The Bruins entered the third period up 2-0 having shut down the Rangers for 40 minutes. Boston did it’s damage in the second period on goals by Zdeno Chara and Dennis Wideman. Wideman’s goal was shorthanded.
The Rangers who lead the Eastern Conference in points finally got on the board at the 13:55 mark of the third period. Nigel Dawes beat Thomas for the Rangers first goal. Just over five minutes later the Rangers got the equalizer on a goal by Markus Naslund. After a scoreless OT the game went to a shootout where Chris Drury sealed the win for the New York Rangers.
The Bruins who remain in first place in the Northeast Division will play at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday 11/17 before returning home to face the rival Buffalo Sabres on 11/19 and the Florida Panthers on 11/21. Bruins tickets are available for all games.
The New York Rangers will host the Ottawa Senators on Monday 11/17 and the Vancouver Canucks on 11/19. Buy Rangers tickets for these games now.
Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers continued to their sharp play against the New Jersey Devils last night. The Rangers came away with a 5-2 win and Henrik kept his streak of 18 games of 2 or fewer goals against the Devils intact. Kevin Weekes, filling in for an injured Martin Brodeur, couldn’t keep the flood gates closed in the second period against New York. The Rangers scored four times in the second and twice on the power play.
The Devils took an early 1-0 lead on a goal by Travis Zajac and outshot the Rangers 13-5. The second period was drastically different. The Rangers peppered Weekes with 20 shots in the second, getting goals from Rozsival, Drury, Korpikoski and Zherdev.
The Rangers will play their next three at home against the Bruins on 11/15, the Senators on 11/17 and the Canucks on 11/19. New York Rangers tickets are available for all remaining 2008-2009 games.
Where did this New York Rangers power play come from? The Rangers were sharp with the man advantage last night against Tampa netting three power play goals, two by Chris Drury, en route to a 5-2 win. Despite their very strong start the Rangers have struggled on the power play, ranking second to last in the NHL. Drury credits Rangers assistant coach with the improvements on the power play; “I have to give a lot of credit to Perry Pearn. He made some adjustments”, said Drury according to ESPN.com.
Ryan Callahan had the first power play goal of the night for the Rangers, while Chris Drury added a shorthanded goal into the mix, getting him his second career hat trick. Henrik Lundqvist had 36 saves on the night for another solid performance in net. The Rangers’ 23 points is good for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Rangers tickets are available for all games including their next home game at Madison Square Garden on 11/10 vs the Oilers.
The New York Rangers are currently the best team in the NHL in the early going of the 2008-2009 season. With a 2-0 lead halfway through the 3rd period on Saturday it looked as if they would cruise to their 11 win. How quickly things changed for them and the Maple Leafs. The Leafs exploded with five goals in the 3rd period shocking the Rangers and backup goaltender Steve Valiquette.
The Rangers got goals from Blair Betts and Ryan Callahan while the Maple Leafs had goals from John Mitchell, Jason Blake, Pavel Kubina and Dominic Moore.
The Rangers will play the rival New York Islanders on Tuesday 11/4 at Madison Square Garden. New York Rangers tickets are still available for this and all Rangers games.