I mean, where do you even start with this?
In an attempt at Canadian camaraderie, the Vancouver Canucks tweeted well wishes to the Toronto Blue Jays in the playoffs. They also pissed off a bunch of their fans.
The Blackhawks went all out to commemorate the start of their championship defense—and why not? How often do you win a Cup? But last night’s ceremony went on forever. There was a red carpet walk. Every player got an introduction. Videos played. The Stanley Cup came out. Gary Bettman was booed. Finally, the banner was…
The Rangers season might have gone very differently if they hadn’t lost fifth-leading scorer Mats Zuccarello in the last game of the opening round against Pittsburgh. The Rangers winger was struck in the head with a slapshot, left the game, and never returned.
Henrik Lundqvist isn’t supposed to lose Game 7. And to be fair, New York’s 2-0 loss to Tampa Bay last night was in no way Lundqvist’s fault. For two periods New York’s attack was ineffectual, and its defense allowed the Lightning to get off a number of quality shots. Lundqvist saved them all. Even though they had been…
For the first half of this series, it was all about the Lightning’s “Triplets” line. Last night, as Ben Bishop was chased and Henrik Lundqvist withstood a barrage long enough to ensure this series would go seven, it was the Rangers’ turn to ice a line that was categorically dominant.
Derick Brassard made sure that the Rangers’ season didn’t end tonight. He scored three and assisted two of New York’s seven goals, as they blew out the Lightning 7-3 to force a Game 7, which will be played Friday at Madison Square Garden.
Ben Bishop made 26 saves and the Tampa Bay Lightning rode their goalie to a 2-0 win over the New York Rangers on Sunday night.
Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop briefly left the ice before his biggest game of the season after absorbing a warmup shot right in the nuts.
Rick Nash isn’t scoring, but you can’t say he’s not contributing. Nash set up a private screening of the Entourage movie for the Rangers last night, so go ahead and root against them now.
The Lightning appear to own Henrik Lundqvist. The Rangers goalie has now given up six goals in back-to-back games, and of six games this season in which he’s allowed five or more goals, the last four have come against Tampa Bay. This is not to suggest that the usually dependable Lundqvist has some psychological hangup…
So rarely does a four-goal game have such an obviously pivotal moment as did last night’s 6-2 Lightning win to even their series with the Rangers at a game apiece. Rather than the laugher the score suggests, it was, for most of its runtime, a tense, thrilling game: maybe the fastest and most wide-open of these…
Hockey fans watching tonight’s Eastern Conference Final Game 2 got a very rare treat: a three-on-five double shorthanded goal by Tampa Bay’s Tyler Johnson, whose breakaway score came only after video replay overturned the on-ice “no goal” call.
Again it came down to one game, one goal, and again the Rangers escaped by the skin of their teeth. When Derek Stepan slotted home a traffic-stopped puck that landed right at his feet, the Rangers had won their sixth consecutive Game 7, all in the last four seasons, tying an NHL record
It’s the fifth time in seven years the Capitals and Rangers have met in the playoffs, but they’ve apparently still got some new tricks. A closely played Game 1 will be almost totally forgotten in favor of the drama, and controversy, of the final five seconds.
They’re calling it an upper-body injury, but the Rangers have announced that Mats Zuccarello is out “indefinitely” with what’s obviously a concussion suffered when he was hit in the head with a puck. It’s a big blow to the secondary scoring of a legit Cup contender.
A reader sent along some photos from a meeting room in a Pittsburgh hotel, taken earlier this week, that appear to contain notes from the NHL officials’ meeting before Game 4 of the Rangers-Penguins series.
"Violent, deliberate," is how Rangers coach Alain Vigneault described Dustin Byfuglien's cross-check to a prone J.T. Miller. "Could have broken his neck. It was one of the most vicious cross-checks I've seen this year."
Nicklas Backstrom, on the right, received a pass from Joel Ward across the goal. He had the puck at this moment. Look at where Rangers goalie Cam Talbot is, and all the wide-open net available. Backstrom shot; Talbot made the save.