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Are the New York Rangers locked and loaded for another run at the Stanley Cup this season? They took a giant step by locking up key defenseman Anton Stralman.

Stralman took some time to warm up to his new surroundings last season, but really turned it on in the postseason.

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Just win. That was the Rangers only objective heading into Game 6. It didn’t matter how they got it done…they needed a win or their season would be finished. More importantly, the Rangers franchise was 5-0 in Game 7s at Madison Square Graden, leading to some added motivation. However, it was not meant to be.

After battling back from 2-0 deficit, the Rangers rallied to tie the game, but fell in overtime. Adam Henrique netted the game winner for the Devils, who will play Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals Wednesday night against the red hot LA Kings.

For the Rangers, it has been apparent that they seriously lack depth on their third and fourth lines. Their two top lines feature many great players, but their lack of the depth stoppped a pivotal Game 7. Ryan Callahan netted the first two Blue Shirt goals, but the rest of the Rangers couldn’t get the puck behind Marty Brodeur.

As the Rangers enter the off-season, they’ll hang their hats on their deep playoff run, $15 million in cap room, and youth on their roster. For the Devils, winning the Cup could mark the end of Brodeur’s tenure as Devils goalie and allow Zach Parise to chase a big contract in free agency. However, the LA Kings, led by goalie Jon Quick, have been sensational.

Overall, it was a nice season and Ranger fans have to be encouraged about the future of their team.

After a meltdown in Game 4, the Rangers will be looking to forget about that performance and head back to Madison Square Garden for Game 5. The Rangers are the favorites from NHL betting shops, and with the series tied at 2-2; there can be no more mistakes. Can the Rangers protect home ice and force the Devil’s hand, or will Ilya Kovakchuk and the Devils take control of this series?

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As they entered the post-season, the Devils had only two goals in mind–winning the Stanley Cup and building a case to keep star winger, Zach Parise.

Parise, 27, will enter the open market as an unrestricted free agent this off-season. In 502 career games with the Devils, Parise has tallied 410 points including 194 goals. During Monday’s Game 4, Parise made his presence felt, netting two goals and adding another assist. These three points were Parise’s first points of this Eastern Conference Finals. His Eastern Conference Finals opponent, the NY Rangers, have never been shy about chasing and signing free agents. In recent memory, the Rangers have inked forwards, Brad Richards and Marion Gaborik. With some cap flexibility heading into next season, will the Rangers sign the talented left wing?

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The Rangers are taking a 2-1 series lead into Newark this evening, in hopes of taking a commanding lead in the series, after their shutout victory in Game 3 of this series. Game 3 was Henrik Lendqvist’s fourth shutout of the playoffs, and second in this series. He stopped every one of the 36 shots that came his way throughout the game. If his hot goaltending can continue, the number one seeded Rangers could be on their way to the Stanley Cup.

In tonight’s game, the NHL Odds Makers have the Rangers as underdogs at +110, and a huge -355 on the puck line. Will the Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist be able to take both games in New Jersey, or will the Devils be able to regain their poise, and rebound from their Game 3 defeat?

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Sometimes, you just have to scratch your head and wonder why. Delta Airlines, the official airline of the Rangers, will fly 80 Ranger fans from Laguardia to Newark Liberty before Game 3. The flight will last approximately 17 minutes. The selected fans will fly for free. 

A few things about this promotion. First off all, the train ride from NY Penn Station to Newark Penn Station takes about 17 minutes. From there, fans can take about a five minute walk to The Rock. Instead, Delta wants to fly these fans to Newark Liberty? Isn’t there some sort of law about low flying planes in the NY Metro area? Plus, the fans taking this flight will need to take the train from Newark Liberty to Newark Penn Station. Can’t avoid the good old NJ Transit. 

Why would any fan want to do this? Not only will they need to go through security, but they’ll have to get on the train anyway. I guess Delta really want some press, but this is honestly one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard. Based on the stupidity of this promotion, I hope the Devils win Game 3.

The Rangers landed a convincing first punch in their Eastern Conference Finals showdown. The Rangers blanked their rivals, 3-0 behind goals from Dan Girardi, Chris Kreider, and an empty net special from Artem Anisimov. Henrik Lundqvist bested Marty Brodeur in the battle of the goalies. The Rangers out shot the Devs, 28-21, holding the Devils to just four shots in the third period. The Rangers have won with stifling third period defense thus far so expect that to continue. 

We all know that this series will come down to goal tending and defensive play. The Rangers have superior talent in both facets and should advance to their first Stanley Cup Final since 1994. 

For the second time this post-season, the Rangers rose to the occasion and won a decisive Game 7. Brad Richards wasted little time in the first period, netting the game’s first goal at the 1:14 mark. For the next forty minutes, the two teams failed to register a goal before Michael Del Zotto gave the Blue Shirts a 2-0 lead. The Caps wasted little time, scoring their own goal two minutes later. However, the Ranger defense and Henrik Lundqvist really locked down on the Caps, as they held onto a 2-1 Game 7 victory.

To put it in perspective, the Capitals only managed four shots in the third period. Compared to Ottawa’s 15 shots in their last Game 7, the Rangers third period defense was stellar and they are moving on to face the NJ Devils in the NJ Transit Series.

As a regular commuter on the NJ Transit train lines, I’m not happy at all about this pairing. These two teams are separated by a mere 13 minute train ride from MSG to The Rock in Newark. Fans from both sides will be giving me a headache all week long. However, I expect well-played hockey, so I’ll deal with it.

On the surface, both teams have yet to face a top goaltender this post-season. You could make the argument that Capitals goalie, Brandon Holtby has had his coming out party, but realistically, neither team has faced a proven, veteran goal tender…until now. Marty Brodeur and Henrik Lundqvist are still two of league’s very best. This series will likely come down to goal tending and defensive play. Luckily for the Rangers, their back line has been pretty good and will likely slow down the attack of Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk. Remember, there is a lot of bad blood between these teams so expect a lot of rough play and fights. 

As for the Western Conference, I really don’t know too much about the skill position players. However, I do know that Kings’ goalie, Jon Quick, and Coyote goalie, Mike Smith have been dominant this post-season. As the #8 seed in the West, the Kings have won 8 of 9 post-season games rather easily against the conference’s top two teams. ESPN’s Barry Melrose is picking the Kings in six and Rangers in six, so that’s good enough for me. 

As a whole, the NHL would like a Rangers-Kings Stanley Cup Final. The two largest markets in the country squaring off for the Cup. The Rangers are starved for the Cup while the Kings have never won it. The Kings made it in 1992-93 when they had The Great One, but fell to the Canadiens. 

Playoff hockey will be really exciting in the NY Metro area for the next two, three weeks. Buckle up, it’ll be a bumpy ride. 

I’ll be honest–I thought the Rangers were finished. Choked away another pivotal Game 5 at home. However, a Cam Ward high stick on Carl Hagelin with 20 seconds to go made the difference. Brad Richards knotted it at all at two with only six seconds left. I have no idea how Richards scored the goal. Holtby and a Capital defenseman were clearly in the goal crease and Richards went top shelf off the post to net the equalizer. Given the penalty on Ward, the Rangers started OT on the Power Play and wasted little time scoring the game winner. A Marc Staal laser beam gave the Rangers a 3-2 series lead as this series heads back to Washington.

Crazy, crazy game. That last second goal reignited the Garden and Ranger hockey fans everywhere. At worst, the Rangers will have a Game 7 back at home. A Conference Final match-up with the Devils likely awaits if the Rangers can win one of their next two games. 

From the opening face-off of last night’s Game 3 between the Rangers and Capitals, there was a feeling that this was going to be a special hockey game. Both teams were firing on all cylinders, skating up and down the ice, creating scoring chance after scoring chance. It was such an exciting brand of hockey that both teams decided to treat the fans to an extra 55 minutes of it.

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