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The FullTilt writers give you their thoughts on round one, and what to expect in round two.
The New York Rangers, if you haven’t heard by now, are heading to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. After six intense and hard fought games against the Montreal Canadiens and their star goaltender Carey Price, the Rangers closed the series out and will now face the Ottawa Senators and star defensemen Erik Karlsson in the second round. You can view our second round preview here
. There are three storylines that make this Rangers/Senators matchup extremely intriguing. This is going to be a fun one.
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With the Rangers and Senators both winning their first round matchups, the two teams will do battle in round two of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Here is my preview of all the coming action, and five key factors that will play to who moves on to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Zuccarello scores 2 (Getty)
Whether it was by luck or design, the Rangers finishing in the 1st wild card spot might have been the break they needed this season. By taking the path of least resistance so to speak through the Atlantic, the Blueshirts could find themselves in the Stanley Cup Final. Read more
Rangers line shake (Getty)
The Rangers are on their way to round 2 of these NHL playoffs by taking Atlantic Division winner, Montreal. They did so by being physical and using their speed in perfect balance. When there were breakdowns, Henrik Lundqvist was simply phenomenal. Read more
Lundqvist triumphant in GM 4(Getty)
The New York Rangers are just one MSG win away from closing out the first round of the playoffs and awaiting the winner of the Ottawa vs. Boston series (currently 3-2 Ottawa). Tonight the Rangers will put together their best game of the playoffs and close out the Canadiens. Read more
McDonagh battles in gm 2 (Bernard Brault)
Now I’ve heard it all…the Rangers lost game 3 because they were too focused on hitting and not on out skating the Canadiens. What? Really!!! Read more
NYR readying for game 4 (NYR)
Last night the Rangers put forth a performance that ranks among the worst by any team playing their first home game of the playoffs. Aside from Henrik Lundqvist who has been by a country mile, the Rangers best player in every game, no one was beyond criticism. That also goes for the head coach. Read more
Lundqvist robs Weber in game 1 (Getty)
The Rangers went into Montreal and got a split. When you step back and look at the 2 games as a whole, there were a lot more positives than negatives. Read more
Mtl ties it late
The Rangers fell in OT to the Canadiens in a game they were 17.3 seconds away from taking a 2-0 lead in the series. Read more