Player News - Rangers

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Chris Kreider tapped in his first tally of playoffs in what proved to be the eventual game-winner in Mondays' 2-1 win over the Penguins.

Kreider was in the right place at the right time to tap in Marc Staal's wide shot past Marc-Andre Fleury. You know what they say though, better to be lucky than good. Well, Kreider is both. He now has 12 goals and 23 points in 44 career playoff games.
Apr 20 - 10:48 PM

Carl Hagelin ripped his first goal of playoffs to open Monday's scoring in the Rangers' 2-1 win over the Penguins.

Hagelin took Keith Yandle's long feed to catch everybody on a shoddy line change, and ripped a slapper from the slot through Marc-Andre Fleury mid way through the first period. Hagelin also contributed another shot with four hits in 17:17 of work. He now has 11 goals and 22 points in 57 career playoff games.
Apr 20 - 10:44 PM

Henrik Lundqvist was nearly perfect, making 23 saves in Monday's Game Three 2-1 win over Pittsburgh.

The one puck to beat him? Off the stick of Patric Hornqvist after a wild scramble in front of the net mid way through the third period with the Rangers up 2-0 already. Lunqvist has now stopped 65 of 71 shots through the first three games, he's also allowed just a single goal in both victories.
Apr 20 - 10:32 PM

Dan Girardi recorded his second and third assists of the playoffs during the Rangers' 2-1 win over the Penguins on Monday night.

Girardi also contributed two shots, four hits, six blocks, including one big one as time was expiring, during his game-leading 26:06 of work. Giradi now owns 23 assists and 29 points in 92 career playoff games.
Apr 20 - 10:28 PM

James Sheppard will once again be a healthy scratch for Game 3 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Head Coach Alain Vigneault was considering inserting Sheppard in place of Tanner Glass but will instead keep the same lineup from Games 1 and 2. After being acquired from the Sharks earlier in the year at the NHL trade deadline, Sheppard has had a hard time cracking the Rangers lineup on a regular basis, playing in only 14 games while scoring just two goals. Chris Summers will also remain a scratch for the Rangers Monday night.
Apr 20 - 7:03 PM

Henrik Lundqvist will start in net for Game 3 Monday night in Pittsburgh.

After splitting Games 1 and 2 with the Pens, Lundqvist and the Rangers will look to grab the series lead at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh for Game 3. The King was only able to stop 18 of 22 shots in a 4-3 loss in Game 2 but Lundqvist has an impressive 16-10 career record with a 1.81 goals-against-average and .935 save percentage with four shutouts in 26 playoff games that have followed a Rangers loss. Look for him to continue that success Monday night in a pivotal Game 3.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 20 - 5:04 PM

Coach Alain Vigneault says that he's happy with five of the six periods his Rangers have played against the Penguins thus far.

The one he didn't like? Saturday's second period where Pittsburgh put up three unanswered goals in 8:45 of play, two by Sidney Crosby no less. "Do I think as I team we need to play better? There’s no doubt," Vigneault finished. The series continues on Monday night with both teams looking to take a 2-1 series lead.
Apr 19 - 8:37 PM

Updating a previous blurb, it appears that Kevin Klein (arm) will be unavailable for Game 3 Monday.

The Rangers want Klein to get in at least one full practice as he has been out of action since March 11 and with the Rangers cancelling their Sunday practice, it seems unlikely that the defenseman will get that practice in.
Apr 19 - 8:15 AM

The New York Rangers are not at all happy with their power play in the playoffs.

The Rangers scored once in seven chances on Saturday when Derick Brassard found the back of the net but other than that, they have been weak with the man-advantage. "My comment on the power play is we have a group of guys that have frustrated themselves, and we just have to go out and get some good mojo going and find a way to pop a couple in a relax a little bit on it," Derek Stepan said. "We've got a lot of guys who are gripping the stick, and there’s no need for that, especially now. We need to get some positive energy on it, zip it around, and make some plays."
Source: NY Post
Apr 19 - 8:11 AM

Kevin Klein (arm) skated once again on Saturday.

The Rangers need Klein to skate in one full practice before they will feel comfortable in putting him in the lineup. When coach Alain Vigneault was asked if Sunday would be the day that Klein practiced with the team he said: "Do I think Klein will practice? I know he skated. We’re waiting to see how the pain will be for the rest of the day." Stay tuned.
Apr 19 - 7:50 AM

Henrik Lundqvist played in his 94th playoff game to set an all-time team record.

Lundqvist passed Walt Tkaczuk who played from the late 1960's to the early 80's. Lundqvist stopped only 18 of 22 shots on Saturday as the Rangers dropped a 4-3 decision to the Penguins.
Apr 19 - 7:47 AM

Derick Brassard potted a goal in the Rangers’ 4-3 loss against the Penguins in Game 2 of their first-round series Saturday night.

Brassard was one of the Rangers’ better forwards, which actually doesn’t say much considering they really didn’t sustain much offense until the third period. Brassard’s goal came on the power play early in that frame, the only time in seven tries the Rangers converted with the man advantage. Derek Stepan, who also had an assist, and Martin St. Louis picked up the other markers.
Apr 18 - 11:13 PM

Henrik Lundqvist blocked 18 of 22 shots in the Rangers’ 4-3 loss in Game 2 of their first-round series with the Penguins on Saturday night.

The final line makes it look like it was all on Lundqvist. It was not. The Rangers did not do a very good job at limiting the high-scoring-area opportunities in this game. Lundqvist sported a 2.25 goals-against average and .922 save percentage during the regular season. The series is tied at one heading to Pittsburgh.
Apr 18 - 11:12 PM

Henrik Lundqvist, the Rangers' veteran goalie, will be back in net Saturday night when the Pittsburgh Penguins visit New York for Game 2 of this first-round playoff series.

Lundqvist gave up only goal on 25 shots Thursday night, when the Rangers opened the series with a 2-1 victory. Lundqvist has won six of his past seven regular-season and playoff games. He has a 1.85 goals-against average and a.937 save percentage over that span. About his win Thursday, Lundqvist said: "You start with one and you try to feel good about yourself and your performance and when you win you definitely feel a lot better. But it's just one game."
Apr 18 - 5:19 PM

Both the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins will boast the same lineups in Game 2 as they did in Game 1.

Probably most noteworthy for Game 1's losing team the Penguins, but a good JFYI if anyone's worried about starting a fringe player.
Apr 18 - 2:39 PM


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