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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. 

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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Another great guest posting from Dave Thomas. Enjoy.

Will the Rangers Choke or Send the Sens Packing?

While the New York Rangers were not able to secure the President’s Trophy and the overall top seed in this year’s NHL playoffs (Vancouver), they are the frontrunners in the Eastern Conference.

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Just a heads-up. I received a great article on the New York Rangers from Mike Smith. Mike will be contributing on a part-time basis for us. Enjoy…

With all the excitement the Giants have created over the past few weeks, the New York Rangers have flown under our radar, even though they are arguably the best team in the NHL. Now that football season is over, the Rangers deserve our attention.

It has been 18 years since their magical Stanley Cup run in 1994 (exactly one-third their previous Cup drought, but I digress) and for the first time in the post-Gretzky era, the Rangers are legitimate Stanley Cup contenders.

If this is the year that the Rangers make another magical run, it will be four these reasons:

The Rangers Need Henrik to be Henrik

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The New York Rangers opened the 2011-12 NHL season overseas in lovely Scandinavia with games in Stockholm, Sweden, against the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks. While the end result may not have been what we were hoping for, there are plenty of positives as well as things than can be fixed and improved upon.

More after the jump.

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Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves to record his fifth shutout of the season, Brandon Dubinsky added a Gordie Howe hat trick, and the Blueshirts dominated from the opening faceoff to hand Washington its sixth consecutive defeat.

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The Rangers began their 85th season with a hat-trick in a debut and an exposing of Ryan Miller and the Sabres.

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It’s been 126 days since Patrick Kane’s overtime goal in Game Six of the Stanley Cup Finals gave Chicago their first Finals win in 49 years, and as the clock struck midnight on Wednesday, it was finally here: the first day of hockey season.

We’ve been waiting even longer to see the Blueshirts, who – after their almost yearly late March-April surge – lost to eventual Eastern Conference champ Philadelphia…on the last day of the season, with a playoff seed on the line, in a shootout. It was the first time in five years that the Rangers failed to qualify for the postseason. Even though Gaborik performed up to his star label, rookies like Michael Del Zotto stepped up past expectations, and King Henrik was still the King, the Rangers were on the outside of Lord Stanley’s Playoffs looking in and wondering what could have happened. So, with last season in the rearview, what’s possibly in store for the Blueshirts this season?


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