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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.

Stealing the Giants’ famous ‘All In’ saying, the 2011-12 Rangers are putting all of their chips on the table for tonight’s Game 7. As we saw last night, home ice advantage has no impact on the outcome of the game. The Boston Bruins were pushed aside as the Washington Capitals shocked the world by eliminating the defending Stanley Cup Champions. A date with Mr. Ovechkin and the Caps awaits the Rangers if they can get by the Ottawa Senators tonight. 

Like I said before Game 6, the Rangers need to keep attacking the net and put the pressure on Senator goalie, Craig Anderson. Carl Hagelin’s return made a huge difference in Game 6 as he was the fastest man on the ice. Brad Richards and Ryan Callahan need to set the tone early. An early Ranger goal will create an absolute frenzy at The Garden. More importantly, an early lead will help Henrik Lundqvist relax and settle in. Lundqvist needs a Game 7 win in the worst way to silence his critics. 

The Ranger season comes down to sixty minutes in Game 7. Will this team spend Friday preparing for Ovechkin and the Caps? Or will this team be ripped to shreds by the New York media as it heads to the golf course? Tensions will be high and that’s the beauty of sudden death, playoff games. It all comes down to tonight. 

The Ottawa Senators have yet to obtain a lead during regulation. Yet, with the series tied at 2-2, a lead in the third period may prove to be the decisive blow that swings this series in their favor.

While the Rangers have lost their last seven overtime playoff games, this team plays extremely well at Madison Square Graden. The Rangers were 27-12-2 at MSG during the regular season, second best in the East. The Rangers have scored only nine goals in the first four games, so more offense will be needed in Game 5. Coach Tortorella has altered the first two lines, having Marian Gaborik skate with Derek Stepan and Artem Anisimov while having Brad Richards skate with Ryan Callahan and Brandon Dubinsky. The trio of Richards-Callahan-Dubinsky, who scored 71 goals this season, could ignite the offensive output for the Rangers.

Luckily for the Rangers, Daniel Alfredsson will not travel to New York for Game 5. Alfredsson missed Games 3 and 4 after suffering an injury a devastating blow from Carl Hagelin in Game 2.  

For the Rangers, success starts and ends with goalie, Henrik Lundqvist. Lundqvist must deliver a huge performance to keep his team in the game. Lundqvist gave up the decisive overtime goal in Game 4, a shot that many believe he should have stopped.

With the series knotted at two, there’s no doubt that the Garden will rocking tonight. The Rangers must play off the crowd and an early lead could be huge to allievate any concerns from Game 4. Game 4 was a bad loss for the Rangers and the loss effectively killed their momentum. A win tonight will put them firmly back into the driver’s seat.

Prediction: Rangers win, 2-0

I’ll be brutally honest–I don’t know anything about hockey. I don’t pretend to know anything, either. Plus, I often defer to Mike, Joe, and the guest writers for the site’s hockey info. But when Mike Francesa is talking hockey and flirts with has Henrik Lundqvist on Mike’s On, I have to get up to speed. 

Ranger-Themed Subway in NYC

Going into this post-season, I couldn’t name more than four current players. (Apparently, Eric Lindros hasn’t been in the league for a few years.)

Anyway, after doing some research and subsequently deciding to play in a playoff pool, the Stanley Cup Playoffs have officially grabbed my attention. Sure, you can say that the Yankees had an off-night and I didn’t have much to watch, but I learned that playoff hockey is pretty sweet. Aside from the Ranger blowout (I’ll get to it), the other two games I watched went into sudden death overtime. I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat, watching the Blues and Sharks battle it out and seeing the Bruins make quick work of the hapless, overrated Capitals. What would make this post-season even better is seeing another New York team bring home a championship. The Rangers took that first step tonight.

I don’t have to write much of a back story about the Rangers. You can read that stuff here and here, but the Rangers are clearly the toast of the town right now. Expectations are huge for this team after finishing first in the Eastern Conference. Lundqvist took the first step in shedding his playoff demons by saving 30 of 32 shots. The Rangers moved the puck pretty well for 2.5 periods before getting a little sloppy at the end, but a 4-2 win is a 4-2 win. Ryan Callahan, Marian Gaborik, and Brad Richards all found the back of the net, so any and all playoff jitters should be gone. 

On the surface, momentum in hockey seems to be predicated by emotion and strong goalie play. The Rangers were successful in both aspects and will look to build on that in Game 2.

P.S. Big ups to the Garden crowd tonight. Place was BUMPIN’.

On his 27th birthday, captain Ryan Callahan scored the OT winner to lift the Rangers over the Detroit Red Wings. The goal was his 27th of the season and a very important one for the Rangers as they jockey for playoff position with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

A few weeks ago it seemed a forgone conclusion that the Rangers would win the Atlantic Division and own the Eastern Conference’s top seed come playoff time. However, the Penguins are surging (12-0-1 in last 13 games) and have tightened both races.

The Rangers became complacent in late February and early March, going 4-4-2 during a stretch that included a 3-game losing streak. Now, with the Penguins creeping up behind them,  the Rangers have stepped up their game and are playing better hockey, winning four of their last six.

The Rangers last two victories were big ones. Defeating the Devils and the Red Wings are a sign that the Rangers are back on track. With only nine games left, they need to stay poised in order to maintain first place and carry momentum in the playoffs.

Ryan Callahan defines the word leadership. The grit and determination he plays with on the ice makes him an outstanding hockey player. The exemplary attitude and demeanor he displays off the ice makes him the kind of player that teams desire as their captain.

It was no surprise when Callahan replaced Chris Drury as the captain of the New York Rangers when Drury retired in the off season. “Cally” was the obvious choice.

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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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The New York Rangers have announced that Ryan Callahan has been named the 26th captain in the team’s history. Callahan will be taking over the captain’s role from Connecticut’s own Chris Drury, who was bought out and subsequently retired this past offseason. Callahan becomes the first “home-grown” prospect to be named captain since Brian Leetch was given the honor back in the 1999-2000 season.

Although there was speculation that newly-acquired center Brad Richards was in the running to be the next captain, to me the correct choice was always Callahan. He does everything you would expect a captain to do, and always has – he plays the game the way a leader should, does whatever is needed to win, and is well respected by his teammates as well as around the NHL.

After the jump, I’ll tell you why Callahan was the right choice to don the “C” on his sweater.

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As of noon today the NHL free agency period is officially open, and it is expected to be a wild spending spree. With the salary cap rising to $64.3 million, seems every team has some money to spend. High payroll teams with not a lot of salary coming off the books (Pittsburgh, for example) suddenly have some extra space to work with, and some teams on the other end of the budget spectrum (Florida, best example) will be forced to sign free agents just to get to the $48.3 million cap floor. With a salary cap the highest it’s ever been, add in the fact that the talent of this year’s free-agent class isn’t nearly as deep as some recent years. Suddenly, this year’s free agency period is one of the more interesting of the last few years.

This year’s class features zero game-changing players, save for one: Dallas Stars center Brad Richards. Richards is the one gem of this year’s unrestricted free agent class, which features some familiar names, but no one close to the elite talent of Richards. By far the most intriguing storyline of this offseason’s free agency period is where Richards will be playing hockey come next October.
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