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Henrik Lundqvist kicked out 28 of 34 shots in a 6-5 double overtime loss to Ottawa in Game 2 on Saturday.

The Rangers were up 3-1, 4-2, and 5-3, but the Senators closed the gap in the final minutes of the third period. Lundqvist surrendered three goals on eight shots in the third frame. This contest also ended his streak of four straight contests where he allowed two or fewer goals.
Apr 29 - 7:34 PM

Brady Skjei scored twice in the Rangers' 6-5 double overtime loss to Ottawa in Game 2 on Saturday.

Skjei is up to four goals in eight playoff games. Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan, and Michael Grabner each found the back of the net for the Rangers. Mika Zibanejad and Ryan McDonagh both assisted on two of New York's five goals. For Zibanejad, that gives him six points in eight postseason contests.
Apr 29 - 7:31 PM

The New York Rangers are not expected to be making any changes to their lineup ahead of Game 2 against the Ottawa Senators this afternoon.

Meaning that Tanner Glass, Adam Clendening, Kevin Klein, Matt Puempel, Steven Kampfer, and Brandon Pirri will all watch the game from the press box. The Rangers are currently down 1-0 in the series but were a few bounces away from taking Game 1. Coach Alain Vigneault is confident in the lineup that got him out of the first round against the Canadiens.
Apr 29 - 1:50 PM

The New York Rangers are not making any lineup changes ahead of Game 2 against the Ottawa Senators.

Henrik Lundqvist will once again be in goal for the Rangers. After an average regular season in goal, King Henrik has been outstanding during the post-season. He has won four of his seven starts, allowing just 13 goals. The Rangers will need more of his big saves if they wish to head back to New York with the series tied at one game apiece.
Apr 29 - 1:45 PM

Chris Kreider has accounted for just one assist in seven playoff contests.

He was in front of the net screening Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson when the Rangers scored their lone goal on Thursday in a 2-1 loss in Game 1 versus the Senators. If he keeps going to the net and parking himself there then he should be rewarded for it eventually. He also had four shots on goal in the contest. Kreider recorded only one assist in six matches in Round 1 versus Montreal.
Apr 29 - 9:46 AM

Jimmy Vesey has contributed two assists in seven playoff games.

The 23-year-old rookie had 16 goals and 27 points in 80 games during the 2016-17 campaign. "We want more quality shots and get that second and third whack and get more bodies to the net. Once we get the first goal, we've got to find a way to get a second. We've got a find a way to get a little hungrier," said Vesey. ". . . The last series [against Montreal] was more up and down. This series might have to be more possess the puck in their end and generate chances from there." He has been credited with 10 shots so far in the postseason.
Apr 29 - 9:42 AM

Derek Stepan isn't happy with his performance so far in the postseason.

"I've stunk since the playoffs started," Stepan said. "I've been not very good with the puck." He certainly has left something to be desired. Through seven contests he's been limited to a goal and an assist. He's also only won 41.8% of his draws, down from 47.0% in the regular season. He'll get a chance to turn things around in Game 2 on Saturday.
Apr 28 - 6:07 PM

Pavel Buchnevich recorded his first career playoff point on Thursday.

Buchnevich assisted on Ryan McDonagh's goal in the Rangers' 2-1 loss to Ottawa in Game 1 of the second round series. Buchnevich was playing in his fourth career postseason contest. He had eight goals and 20 points in 41 games in the regular season.
Source: NY Post
Apr 28 - 10:40 AM

Henrik Lundqvist allowed two goals on 43 shots in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators.

Lundqvist came up with some big saves in this one, but he'll likely want to have the game-winning goal back, as he allowed an Erik Karlsson shot from the corner to bounce off his mask and in the net. Lundqvist has a 4-3 record with a 1.75 goals-against-average and a .948 save percentage this postseason. He's given up two goals or less in four straight playoff games. The Rangers will look to even up the series in Ottawa on Saturday afternoon.
Apr 27 - 10:13 PM

Ryan McDonagh scored a power play goal in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators.

The Rangers are now down 1-0 in the best-of-seven series. McDonagh gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead at the 7:10 mark of the second period, but Sens forward Ryan Dzingel responded just over 11 minutes later to tie the game at one. Unfortunately for New York, Sens defenseman Erik Karlsson scored a goal late in the third period (from a terrible angle) to give Ottawa the lead and the win. McDonagh finished the game with a minus-1 rating, two shots on goal and five hits in 28:21 of ice time. McDonagh has one goal and two assists in seven postseason games in 2017. Game 2 will be played in Ottawa on Saturday afternoon.
Apr 27 - 10:06 PM

Rangers assistant GM Chris Drury won't be interviewed for the Sabres GM vacancy.

The Sabres asked the Rangers for permission to speak to Drury. But after the Rangers consulted him, he decided to pass on the interview because he felt it wasn't his time to become a GM, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.
Apr 27 - 9:46 PM

Kevin Klein will be a healthy scratch in Game 1 against Ottawa on Thursday.

Klein suited up in just one game in his team's first-round series against the Canadiens, but he was less than impressive in that outing. Adam Clendening, Matt Puempel, Steven Kampfer, Brandon Pirri and Tanner Glass will also watch the game from the press box.
Apr 27 - 6:47 PM

Henrik Lundqvist is expected to start in Game 1 Thursday night.

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault doesn't intend to make any changes to the lineup that won him Game 6 against the Montreal Canadiens. Of course, it would have been shocking if Lundqvist wasn't the starter. Not only is he the Rangers' clear number one goaltender, but he's coming off a strong series where he posted a 1.70 GAA and .947 save percentage in six starts.
Apr 27 - 5:38 PM

Rick Nash skipped Tuesday's practice for maintenance.

He is expected to be back on the ice Wednesday, according to coach Alain Vigneault. Nash contributed two goals and one assist in six games against Montreal in Round 1 of the playoffs.
Apr 25 - 1:53 PM

Dan Girardi isn't dwelling on the possibility of a buyout as he puts his energy into trying to push the Rangers to a championship.

Girardi has seen his role with the Rangers diminish over the past couple seasons, but he was strong in the first round series against Montreal. "I’m not worried about what might happen later or what happened before. I’m only thinking about right now," Girardi said. "I’m just playing every game as hard as I can. I’m not doing any speculating about the future. I’m playing to help the team win. I’m not playing for next year. I’m playing to win the Cup." The Rangers next test will be facing the Ottawa Senators in the second round. That series starts on Thursday.
Source: NY Post
Apr 25 - 10:45 AM


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