The puck is dropped in Ottawa. Both teams spend a bit of time feeling each other out early on, playing safe and making sure to always have two men back. Shots are being kept to the perimeter, and the teams’ aren’t generating many “grade A” chances. I noticed quickly that Lundqvist was tracking the puck really well; not just on shots on goal, but on shots that miss the net and passes as well. That theory is put to the test quickly, as a weak slashing call on Kevin Hayes (it was a tap on the hip), grants Ottawa the first power play. Almost immediately, Lundqvist is standing on his head, making ten-bell save after ten-bell save. There were two saves in this period that are goals well over 90% of the time. On this power play, he robbed Mark Stone with an incredible left arm save on the goal line. Read more
Here is my recap of the Rangers 2-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators
Rangers advance (Getty)
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.
Overjoyed Lundqvist celebrates (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Well, tonight was quite exciting, with the Rangers eliminating the Canadiens, and sending Price and his cronies back to Montreal. Henrik Lundqvist was on his game and Mats Zuccarello showed everyone why he’s a fan (and teammate) favorite. 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
The Rangers have come to terms with 23 year old defenseman, Alexei Bereglazov. Read more
The Bell Centre is a madhouse at puck drop. After a first shift of Montreal applying some pressure, the Rangers second shift sees Nick Holden work a slick pass play on a 2 on 1 with Mats Zuccarello. Read more
Hank doing what he does best (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
There was a very palpable and nervous energy at Madison Square Garden preceding game 4. The fans hoping to see a home playoff win, which hadn’t happened at MSG since May 16, 2015. The puck is dropped. Read more
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After an abysmal Game 3, I wasn’t sure what to expect coming into Game 4. Visions of last year’s slump in the first round kept clouding my vision, but I kept a positive outlook. The Rangers stepped it up from the moment the puck dropped in period one, and despite a few gaffes, played a good 60-minute game.