Rangers RW Marian Gaborik was able to net two goals in the third period and lead New York past Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals 4-3 yesterday at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. The Rangers were down a goal until 8:09 into the 3rd when Gaborik tacked one on the board (assisted by Vaclav Prospal). Three minutes later it was Gaborik again, this time on a power play effort in favor of the Rangers. “It’s why players like him are so special,” said New York’s Chris Drury of Gaborik. “They can change the game on one play – and on one shot.”
After last year’s post-season when the Capitals came back from a 3-1 deficit on New York to further advance, the Rangers showed up for revenge today and certainly proved themselves as major contenders for 2009-10. The Atlantic Division is jam packed with talent between New York, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia. The Rangers are now scheduled to play on Sunday against the Anaheim Ducks, a team that just handled the highly favored Boston Bruins 6-1.
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Although there would be no scoring left through most of the third period in last night’s Washington Capitals 4-1 win over the Boston Bruins, there was still plenty of action left to be seen. Sparked by a scuffle in the corner against the boards, Shawn Thornton and John Erskine threw some heavy blows before heading to the box. The high volume fight certainly won the crowd over, but Capitals LW Alex Ovechkin took the majority of the recognition for Washington’s victory.
The two-time defending NHL MVP notched two goals, one assist and a Boston Bruins team left in awe of his talents. “If you give him too much time to shoot, he will make you look bad,” Bruins defenseman Dennis Wideman said. “He is the hardest-working and hardest-hitting superstar in the league. He is the Rafael Nadal of hockey, and (Sidney) Crosby is (Roger) Federer.”
Bruins goalie Tim Thomas allowed four plus goals in just nine of his last 54 games over the course of the 2008-2009 season. Patrice Bergeron avoided the shutout with a goal assisted by Steve Begin and Mark Stuart with 12:04 left in the third. The B’s will next host the Carolina Hurricanes at the TD Garden this Saturday at 7:00 pm.
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The 2009-2010 NHL season is just around the corner. Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien was eager to get his boys going and was already very pleased in regards to their condition. “It’s good. I think somebody asked me a question yesterday about the condition of the team and our guys are in pretty good shape,” said Julien. “We got the things that we wanted to accomplish done and hopefully we’ll keep moving forward tomorrow.”
Phil Kessel has been the real center of conversation around the locker room and front office. So far the Toronto Maple Leafs are looking to acquire Bostons Right winger for two possible first round draft picks and a second round pick. The New York Rangers and Nashville Predators have also shown interest.
With Blake Wheeler, Milan Lucic, and Captain Zdeno Chara already being assessed at midseason form, there is certainly some major excitement brewing in Boston. Chara has been emphasizing the importance of work ethic to his team, saying “Obviously, I want to do my best, just like in every training camp. There is a lot of…competition and it’s always involved and you want to set a example. So that should, pretty much, be the same mindset for everybody else.” The Bruins are scheduled to take on the Washington Capitals for their home opener at the TD Banknorth Garden Thursday, October 1st.
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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundgvist came up with 38 saves to help the Rangers notch the win against the Washington Capitals last night at Madison Square Garden. “He’s amazing, he’s our heartbeat, and he gives everyone confidence that is playing in front of him,” said defenseman Paul Mara, who took the initial lead for New York with a goal 13:55 into the first. “He’s awesome. We love him. He’s the king.”
Chris Drury scored early in the second period to give the Rangers a two goal advantage. From there they were able to shut the Capitals offense down, aside from Alex Ovechkin who scored 2:13 into the 3rd. This marked his first goal of the series, despite leading the NHL with 56 goals this season.
The Rangers will try to close the series at 5 games with a win in Washington this Friday at 7:00 pm. New York Rangers Playoff tickets are available here at Aceticket.com.
Alex Ovechkin conrtibuted two assists for the Washington Capitals as they went on to dominate the New York Rangers 4-0, cutting the series deficit to 2-1. “It was an important game, but it’s over,” said Ovechkin. “It?s done. It’s history. And we have to battle next game.”
The Capitals had a lot of help from their 20 year old goal-keeper Simeon Varlamov, who came up with 33 saves. Rangers coach John Tororella was very displeased with his team, saying “They played very well defensively and I thought we stunk defensively. That was the key to the game. They defended very well in front of their net and we were chasing our tail all night long ? spinning and watching the puck.”
The series will stay in New York for one more game before they move back to Washington for game 5. Game 4 will be played Wednesday, April 22nd at 7:00 pm. NHL playoff tickets are still available.
The New York Rangers shutout the Washington Capitals today in D.C. to take a commanding 2-0 series lead. The Rangers won on a first period goal by Ryan Callahan on the 2nd shot of the game for New York. Callahan’s goal was all the Rangers would need as Henrik Lunqvist completed a 35 save shutout, his 3rd career playoff shutout. The Capitals changed things up in net on their end, going with the 20 year old Simeon Varlamov. Varlamov was impressive, stopping 23 of 24 shots in his first playoff appearance.
The #7 seed New York Rangers were not expected to get past the 1st round but under the guidance of new coach John Tortorella, New York seems to have found an identity. With their mediocre regular season behind the Rangers could be a threat in these Stanley Cup playoffs. If so they will have to get past some tough times including a possible 2nd round matchup with a very tough Boston Bruins team.
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Brandon Dubinsky scored the go ahead goal with 8:17 left in regulation for the New York Rangers to beat out the Washington Capitals 4-3. This marks the first game of the quarterfinals, giving the Rangers the early 1-0 advantage. The Capitals offense seemed to be dominant for the majority of the game as they lead in shots taken, hits, and face-offs.
Rangers goalie Henrik Lundgvist was able to calm the storm, coming up with 32 saves for the game. Coach John Tortorella was more than pleased with the win. “I thought we were a nervous club, but that we rebounded well in the second period,” he said. “We found a way to get our legs underneath us. We had big plays at big times. We were fortunate to get a win.”
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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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Forget about summer, it’s free-agent signing season in the NHL. Over the past few days, rumors have been flying around about what market will land the big names out there like Jaromir Jagr and Mats Sundin.
Sundin was reportedly offered a 2-year, $20 million dollar contract from the Vancouver Canucks, a deal that would make him the leagues highest paid player.
“We put a major offer together to try and attract the player we felt was the best center iceman on the market,” said Canucks GM Mark Gillis. “It’s an indication we are prepared to do what it takes to attract the best players here.”
The big signing of today was by far the Detroit Red Wings landing Marian Hossa to a one-year deal worth reportedly $7.45 million dollars. The high-scoring wingman was one of the top players who propelled the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Stanley Cup finals, which they lost to Detroit in six games. Hossa is 29 years old.
The Chicago Blackhawks made two big signings landing probably the top defensemen on the market in Brian Campbell as well as goalie Cristobal Huet. Campbell signed an eight-year $57.12 million dollar deal and Huet inked a four-year contract worth $22.5 million.
The two other big defensemen to reach deals Tuesday were Michal Rozsival and Wade Redden, who both signed with the New York Rangers.
Rozsival re-signed with the Rangers for a four-year contract worth $20 million while Redden signs a six-year, $39 million dollar deal after skating with Ottawa last season.
Defensemen Jeff Finger, formerly of the Colorado Avalanche, signed a four-year $14 million dollar deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Dallas landed forward Sean Avery to a four-year, $15.5 million dollar deal.
“We are excited about the opportunity to add a player like Sean Avery to our group,” Stars co-general manager Brett Hull said. “His ability to play the game with skill and tenacity makes us a better team and is a great complement to the players we have here.”
The Washington Capitals will say goodbye to longtime goalie Olie Kolzig after he signed a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning after spending 16 seasons in Washington.
The New Jersey Devils got their hands in the mix of the free agent pool by signing Brian Rolston and Bobby Holik to contracts. Rolston agreed to a four-year, $20 million dollar deal while Holik signed a one-year contract worth $2.5 million dollars.
The New York Islanders made a little noise by singing Montreal’s former defensemen Mark Streit to a five-year $20.5 million dollar contract while the Boston Bruins also signed a former Canadien in Michael Ryder to a multi-year deal.
With the NHL salary cap rising up this season, teams have not been shy about dishing out the money to lure top free-agents to their squads. Over the next two weeks, look for almost every free agent out there to receive offers from teams trying to help the players find a new place they can call home.
The NHL Playoff Matchups are set. The eight top teams in the Eastern Conference are ready to fight for the chance to raise Lord Stanley’s Cup.
1. Montreal Canadiens vs 8. Boston Bruins
The Canadiens have owned the Bruins recently, sweeping the 8-game season series by a margin of 44-16, and winning the last 11 total games. The B’s will be getting Patrice Bergeron back in time for game one, which comes at the same time as the Canadiens suffering some pre-playoff injuries. This may be the edge they need to keep this series competitive.
2. Pittsburgh Penguins vs 7. Ottawa Senators
The tag team of Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby face off against the faltering Senators. The former Eastern Conference 1st place team has come up lame recently, but is still nearly the same team that made it to the Stanley Cup final a year ago, and went 15-2 to start the year. The Pens are still the heavy favorites in this series.
3. Washington Capitals vs 6. Philadelphia Flyers
The Washington Capitals were essentially dead in the water at midseason. Alexander Ovechkin led the Caps back into playoff contention, winning nine of the last ten games and locking up the number three seed in the Eastern Conference. The Flyers finished dead last in the East least year. This year they have been consistent throughoutall season, gaining a number six seed. The Flyers’ chances looked a bit better against the Hurricanes, who blew their playoff spot in the waning days of the season. The Caps are the early favorites in this matchup.
4. New Jersey Devils vs 5. New York Rangers
Formidable goaltenders Martin Brodeur and Henrik Lundqvist meet up in this Tri-State series. The Rangers have had more offensive firepower as of late, but the Devils’ D has been solid in the stretch. Look for low scores and exhausted top lines in this series. The Rangers hope that Chris Drury will provide some playoff magic, while the Devils look to season finale hero Patrik Elias to provide an advantage in the shootout.
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