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The Battle Of The Broads

The Battle Of The Broads

If one of the goals of the NHL’s restructuring of the Stanley Cup playoff structure was to have more rivals go head-to-head, Gary Bettman and company must have been dancing down the Avenue Of The Americas when the Philadelphia Flyers secured the third seed in the Metro Division and a first-round date with the second-seeded [...]

Freezing Bronx Gives Rangers A Warm Welcome

Freezing Bronx Gives Rangers A Warm Welcome

Fans pouring out of the 161st Street subway station and heading into Yankee Stadium to support their team is not an uncommon sight. However, when it’s the end of January and it’s a sea of Rangers blue and Devils red, it certainly is. Over 50,000 people showed up in the Bronx to witness the first [...]

Predators Stop Streak, Romp Over the Rangers 4-1

Predators Stop Streak, Romp Over the Rangers 4-1

The New York Rangers left the ice to boos from the home crowd at Madison Square Garden at the end of the first period of their game against the Nashville Predators. The crowd was agitated because the Predators had a 2-0 lead against the home team. Henrik Lundqvist had given up two goals on 6 [...]

Not only was Henrik Lundqvist sporting a new mask at practice Wednesday, but a new contract extension as well. (photo: @nyrangers)

It’s Good To Be The King

Any to-do about a goaltender controversy was  put to bed Wednesday when the New York Rangers announced an agreement with Henrik Lundqvist on a 7-year  contract extension worth $59.5 million that also features a full no-move clause. The contract will keep “The King” in a Rangers uniform until he is 39, essentially making him a [...]

Chris Kreider and Cam Talbot during Saturday's 5-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks. (photo: NHL.com)

The Ghosts of Rangers Past, Present And Future

Saturday was Kids’ Day at Madison Square Garden, so it seemed apropos that two rookies – Chris Kreider (first career hat trick) and Cam Talbot (35 saves) – led the way in the New York Rangers 5-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks. The present and the future closed the books on the  past. Those two [...]

Rangers Search For New Net Results In Roster Shakeup

Rangers Search For New Net Results In Roster Shakeup

With the way the three games that followed went, it’s almost hard to believe that one week ago, Jonathan Quick’s gift goal to Ryan McDonagh was the talk of the hockey world. A 9-2 demolishing the next night at the hands of rookie Tomas Hertl and the San Jose Sharks, followed by a 6-0 blanking [...]

Will some of the NHL's most important silverware stay with their current owners, or fine new homes in 2013-14?

Hockey Independent Roundtable: 2013-14 Season Predictions Part III – The Big Winners, Surprises And Disappointments

In the third installment of Hockey Independent’s predictions roundtable,  Cris Cohen, Seth Levin, Christopher Triantafilis and Benjamin Woodward  dust off their crystal balls one final time to predict which teams will surprise, disappoint and win it all. They also guess who will take home some of the major hardware at the end of the season. Biggest Surprise Cohen (@CC_927) Columbus Blue [...]

Hockey Independent Roundtable: 2013-14 Season Predictions Part I – The Eastern Conference

Hockey Independent Roundtable: 2013-14 Season Predictions Part I – The Eastern Conference

The NHL ushered in major changes for the 2013-14 season. Realignment, new divisions and a new playoff format could have major repercussions on how the playoff picture shakes out when all is said and done. In this first of three parts, members of Hockey Independent’s writing staff – Cris Cohen, Seth Levin, Christopher Triantafilis and [...]

The Rangers'  training camp motto, emblazoned on shirts handed out day one. (@NYRangers)

Backup Battle

The last thing that would have been expected in New York Rangers training camp was a battle for the backup goaltending position. With Martin Biron under contract for a final season and no other goaltender in the system ready to make the jump, why would there be? Enter 40-year-old Johan Hedberg, whom the Rangers invited to [...]

Bruins Keep Foot on the Gas, Eliminate Rangers in Game 5

Bruins Keep Foot on the Gas, Eliminate Rangers in Game 5

BOSTON, MA – Following Thursday’s 4-3 overtime defeat at Madison Square Garden in Game 4 against the Rangers, the Boston Bruins were once again looking to close out their second round series on Saturday evening; this time on home-ice at TD Garden. Fortunately for the 17, 565 Black and Gold supporters that packed into the building, [...]

MSG was again a sea of blue prior to what might have been the Rangers' penultimate home game.

Still Looking For Answers, Rangers On The Brink

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist knew he needed to be better for game 3 than he was in game 2 for his team to have any chance to get back into this Eastern Conference Semifinal against the Boston Bruins. Despite a sore shoulder he was, turning in a 32-save performance that gave his team [...]

Bruins Put Five Past Lundqvist to Capture 2-0 Series Lead

Bruins Put Five Past Lundqvist to Capture 2-0 Series Lead

BOSTON, MA – After Brad Marchand’s overtime heroics led the team to a 3-2 series-opening victory on Thursday, the Boston Bruins were back on the ice at TD Garden on Sunday afternoon for Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Semi-Final series against the New York Rangers. Backed by 35 saves from goaltender Tuukka Rask and offensive [...]

Marchand’s Overtime Goal Gives Boston 3-2 Win in Game 1

Marchand’s Overtime Goal Gives Boston 3-2 Win in Game 1

BOSTON, MA – Just three nights after successfully completing a miraculous three-goal comeback in Game 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Boston Bruins were back on the ice on Thursday evening for the opening contest of their Eastern Conference Semi-Final series against the New York Rangers. In what was an exciting, back-and-forth contest, the Bruins [...]

GameDay: Boston, New York Set to Kick-Off Second Round Series

GameDay: Boston, New York Set to Kick-Off Second Round Series

Teams: New York Rangers at Boston Bruins Series: Series tied, 0-0. Location: TD Garden – Boston, MA Face-Off:  7:30 P.M. (EST) TV/Radio Info:  NBC Sports Network – 98.5 The Sports Hub (Goucher, Beers) Last Game:  N/A Tonight’s Lineups (Subject To Change): BOSTON: Marchand–Bergeron–Jagr Lucic–Krejci–Horton Peverley–Kelly–Seguin Paille–Campbell–Thornton — Chara–Hamilton Bartkowski–Boychuk Krug–McQuaid —  Rask Scratches– ….. Carl Soderberg, Kaspars Daugavins, Jay Pandolfo, Aaron Johnson NEW YORK:  [...]

The Rangers celebrate a 1-0 win in game 6 to even the series at 3 games apiece.

Uneasy Lies The Head That Wears A Crown

The New York Rangers gave themselves one mother of a task Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden after dropping a 2-1 overtime decision to the Washington Capitals Friday night. Fend off elimination. And fend it off they did in what was a 3-hour emotional roller coaster, holding on to dear life for a 1-0 game [...]

Showdown On Seventh Avenue

Showdown On Seventh Avenue

After two disappointing performances in the nation’s capital, the New York Rangers returned to Madison Square Garden down 2-0 in their Stanley Cup Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series with the Washington Capitals. In desperate need of a win, how would the Blueshirts respond in front of their home crowd? Outside the Garden, there was no aura [...]

Henrik Lundqvist's stellar performance wasn't enough to keep the Rangers from being in an 0-2 hole.

Capital Gridlock

The Rangers opened up their 2013 Stanley Cup playoff debut by failing to stay out of the penalty box, keep Alex Ovechkin off the scoreboard and get quality goaltending, and dropped game 1 to the Washington Capitals, 3-1. Saturday afternoon brought a chance to return to Madison Square Garden either all even at one game [...]

The Rangers salute the fans at MSG after their 4-0 win over the Devils.

If It’s The Playoffs, Then It Must Be Washington

Heading into Saturday afternoon’s season finale with the New Jersey Devils, the New York Rangers knew what they had to do to ensure bypassing a first-round meeting with the top-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins. They did just that and then some, picking up 2 points against  the team they eliminated from playoff contention a week earlier with [...]

Falling To Pieces

Falling To Pieces

The Rangers’ woes at the Bell Centre continued Saturday night, as Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens shut them out 3-0. All the Habs needed was Michael Ryder’s goal 47 seconds into the first period. The loss extends their winless streak in Montreal to four straight seasons, but the immediate crisis is far greater as [...]

OK, so maybe it's not this bad yet.

March Sadness

As the calendar moved from February into March, it looked like the New York Rangers had finally found their way, rattling off four straight wins. What followed was the reemergence of a team that can’t get out of its own way and is now in a dogfight to merely make the playoffs, never mind finishing first in [...]