Rangers’ Alexis Lafreniere enjoys the playoffs as he “elevates” the game

It was impossible to ignore Alexis Lafreniere this postseason. And that’s not just because he was in the middle of the more substantial Rangers line, or because of his annoying under-the-radar presence on ice. The first pick of 2020 has been extraordinarily evident, on and off the ice in these playoffs, because he is undoubtedly … Read more

Rangers overcome hurricanes to force Game 7 in Carolina

Rangers only need to win one win. After Rangers beat the Hurricanes 5-2 Saturday night at Garden in Game 6 of their second-round playoff series – their fourth knockout match this post-season – they will advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in seven years if they will win Game 7 on … Read more

Gerard Gallant must reunite Kid Line to ignite the Rangers’ energy

Line combinations weren’t the main cause of Rangers’ struggles Thursday in their 3-1 Game 5 defeat to the Hurricanes in Raleigh, NC, which wasn’t as close on the ice as it was on the scoreboard. But with head coach Gerard Gallant saying he thought his team looked tired all game, it’s time to reunite the … Read more

Top Line’s brutal night sets the tone for Rangers’ downfall

RALEIGH, NC – Stop. Enough with the obsession with matchups. Every team in the league faces these problems away. So does every coach. And neither Rangers nor Gerard Gallant avoided the problem in Game 5 on Thursday. Indeed, for the first time in the series, the coach sent the line Chris Kreider-Mika Zibanejad-Frank Vatrano for … Read more

Top Line’s brutal night sets the tone for Rangers’ downfall

RALEIGH, NC – Stop. Enough with the obsession with matchups. Every team in the league faces these problems away. So does every coach. And neither Rangers nor Gerard Gallant avoided the problem in Game 5 on Thursday. Indeed, for the first time in the series, the coach sent the line Chris Kreider-Mika Zibanejad-Frank Vatrano for … Read more

Rangers face elimination after a weak Game 5 defeat against the Hurricanes

RALEIGH, NC – The Rangers return home once again in do-or-die mode. After losing 3-1 to the Hurricanes in Game 5 Thursday night at PNC Arena, Rangers will need to avoid elimination for the fourth time this post-season at Madison Square Garden on Saturday and then be the first team in these playoffs to defeat. … Read more

Jacob Trouba at the forefront of Rangers’ newfound determination

RALEIGH, NC – Remember all that talk about how Rangers needed oomph? It was less than a year ago, so it still feels like a new narrative. At the end of last season, the way Rangers have lost five of their last six games – which included three stoppages – against physical teams like the … Read more

Rangers discipline under Gerard Gallant paid off

RALEIGH, NC – Game 6 in Pittsburgh, Rangers down 3-2 in the series and 2-0 in the game at the start of the second period. Ryan Lindgren hits Evan Rodrigues. There is no call on the game. Rodrigues responds by roughing out the n. 55. He called for retaliatory penalty. Five seconds later, Mika Zibanejad … Read more

The Rangers have yet to break the Hurricanes’ home ice domain

A distinct advantage on home ice is often a misnomer in the Stanley Cup playoffs, as a red-hot goalkeeper or high-impact special teams can often nullify any hometown advantage. Having drawn their best-of-seven streak against the Hurricanes with two straight wins at Garden, Rangers must win one of two potential away games to advance to … Read more

Rangers restricting Sebastian Aho of the Hurricanes were not intentional

RALEIGH, NC – As for Rangers, who conceded six goals in total and four out of five to five to the Hurricanes, entering the centerpiece of Game 5 on Thursday. 1. In many ways, Sebastian Aho is Mika Zibanejad’s Carolina equivalent, a top-tier frontline center that’s sometimes an afterthought when the conversation turns to the … Read more