Player News - Rangers

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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

Daniel Girardi (mouth) said that he will be in the Rangers lineup for Game 2.

Girardi was struck in the mouth by the puck during Game 1 Thursday and went to the dentist to make sure he did not lose any teeth. He did not and took part in practice Friday despite a jaw that was swollen a tad. "They just checked to make sure all the teeth were still there," Girardi said. "Everything is fine. I’m ready to go."
Source: NY Post
Apr 18 - 7:51 AM

The New York Rangers will need to protect netminder Henrik Lundqvist once again in Game 2.

The Penguins will be crashing the net once again and Chris Kunitz actually took a goaltender interference penalty for hitting the Rangers netminder. Lundqvist gave up only one goal on 25 shots Thursday in the 2-1 win over Pittsburgh and will be back between the pipes for New York in Game 2.
Apr 18 - 7:46 AM

Do not expect to see Kevin Klein (arm) on the Rangers blueline for Game 2 Saturday.

Klein has been practicing by himself of late, including Friday, but he has yet to be cleared to practice with the team, so his inclusion in the lineup for Game 2 is likely non-existent. Klein suffered a broken arm on March 11 and has not played since. He ended the season with nine goals and 26 points in 65 games.
Apr 18 - 7:41 AM

Daniel Girardi (mouth) was able to take part in Friday's practice.

Girardi's jaw is a little swollen, but it sounds like he otherwise feels okay after being struck by the puck during Thursday's game. Look for him to remain in the lineup for Saturday's contest against the Penguins.
Apr 17 - 2:27 PM

Daniel Girardi was struck in the mouth by the puck during the Rangers' 2-1 win over Pittsburgh on Thursday.

Girardi needed to see a dentist as a result, but beyond that not much was known about his condition following the game. It would certainly be a big loss for the Rangers if they lost Girardi, who ranked second on the team with 22:41 minutes of ice time per game in the regular season.
Apr 17 - 11:06 AM

Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves and allowed just one goal in the Rangers' Game 1 win over Pittsburgh on Thursday night.

King Henrik finished the regular season with five wins in his final six games, and is coming into these playoffs well-rested and hot after sitting out with an injury between Feb. 2 and March 28. Ryan McDonagh scored the winner for the Rangers in the first period and Lundqvist improves to 4-0-1 against Pittsburgh this season.
Apr 16 - 11:01 PM

Ryan McDonagh slapped home a power play marker late in the first period in Thursday night's Game 1 versus the Pittsburgh Penguins, which stood as the winning goal.

One-timing a pass from Keith Yandle at the point, McDonagh's goal gave New York a 2-0 lead over Pittsburgh and the Rangers held on to win 2-1. McDonagh had 17 points in 25 games during last year's run to the Cup final.
Apr 16 - 10:30 PM

James Sheppard and Chris Summers will be healthy scratches in game one of their first round series against Pittsburgh.

Kevin Klein (arm) still isn't ready to return to New York's lineup. Summers was acquired from Arizona in the Keith Yandle trade, but played sparingly for his new team. Sheppard skated in 71 games this season and he finished with seven goals and 18 points.
Apr 16 - 7:04 PM

Henrik Lundqvist will be between the pipes for Game 1 of the Rangers' series against Pittsburgh.

Backup Cam Talbot played extremely well when Lundqvist was out because of an injury, but there was never any doubt as to who would start if both were healthy. Lundqvist has a career playoff record of 43-48 with a 2.24 goals-against-average and a .922 save percentage.
Apr 16 - 5:49 PM

Marc Staal will play in game one of New York's first round playoff series against Pittsburgh on Thursday.

The 28-year-old missed the Rangers' last two games of the regular season because of an undisclosed injury. Staal doesn't bring much to the table offensively, but the stability he brings in his own zone is valuable. He finished the season with five goals, 20 points and a plus-18 rating in 80 games this season.
Apr 16 - 5:46 PM

Rick Nash (flu) will be in the lineup for Game 1 versus Pittsburgh.

"I felt pretty strong out there [during Thursday's morning skate]," he said. "I just caught some 24-hour bug, or some sort of flu. I couldn't keep anything down. You never know how long those things are going to last." Nash amassed 42 goals and 69 points in 79 games during the regular season.
Apr 16 - 3:49 PM

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