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NHL Eastern Conference Finals Preview – Rangers vs. Canadiens

by Dan Mount, Contributing Writer The Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers are a lot alike. Both teams are steeped in tradition. Both teams are in the midst of long Stanley Cup droughts. Both teams have slain the giants of their respective divisions. Both have great goaltenders and both have tremendous depth. The similarities between the two clubs are eerie. ... Read More »

King Henrik Reigns Supreme

Lundqvist Keeps Penning Chapters in Storied Career By Gordon Tepper, Contributing Writer In May of 2000, Glen Sather was named the general manager the Rangers organization after spending decades with the Edmonton Oilers. Three years before taking the job in New York, “Slats” was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame for his role in building the dynasty that won ... Read More »

NY Rangers Win Game 7 – Reaction to the Memorable Victory

By Dan Mount, Contributing Writer The pregame trends were all pointing to the Rangers completing a first for their storied franchise. Henrik Lundqvist and Brad Richards made sure of that. New York completed the first-ever rally from a three games to one series deficit in the franchise’s 88-year history as it beat Pittsburgh, 2-1, to win the best-of-seven series four ... Read More »

Rangers Force Game 7 Against Penguins

By Dan Mount, Contributing Writer After a week filled with emotion, Martin St. Louis injected some into the New York Rangers. St. Louis scored the game-opening goal three minutes, 34 seconds into the first period as the Rangers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-1, to avoid elimination for the second time in the series and force a winner-take-all game seven at ... Read More »

Islanders on the Brink after Losing the Keys in Game 5

As expected, Pittsburgh’s Marc Andre Fleury was sent to the pine, replaced by journeyman Tomas Vokoun. Hot goalies can kill a team, and Fleury was anything but that. So in a way, this was not especially good news for the Islanders as they clearly had found a way to match the offensive firepower of the Penguins thanks in no small ... Read More »

Islanders Even Up Series In Wild Coliseum Shootout

Championship teams – and emerging ones – respond to adversities and challenges by playing like champions. Much to the dismay of diehard Islander fans everywhere, it is more likely the next NY Islanders Stanley Cup Champion banner will be raised in Brooklyn rather than on Long Island. That is not to say, however, that this group of up and comers ... Read More »

Islanders Steal One in Pittsburgh to Even Up Series

Calling the second game of a best of seven series a “must win” might be considered a bit dramatic. The Islanders certainly thought so. Skating loose and relaxed in pre-game practice, the team collectively acknowledged that having fun and playing pressure free hockey is when they are at their best. Entering Game 2 at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, ... Read More »

Islanders Need to Keep the Firsts Coming

Game 2 saw a night of many firsts for the NY Islanders as they fought their way to a 4-3 victory over the mighty Penguins on the road in Pittsburgh, knotting this best of seven series at one game apiece. Matt Moulson, Colin McDonald, Matt Martin, and Kyle Okposo all scored their first career playoff goals. And when Okposo dropped ... Read More »

Goaltending Is the Key the Rest of the Way

Now that the exhilaration and delirium of last night’s dramatic Game 4 win has somewhat subsided, it is time to consider what will be the key for both Pittsburgh and New York going into Game 5 and beyond. Goaltending. It has often been said that goalies win championships and that could not be more true – or obvious – as ... Read More »