May 17, 2013 |
BRAD MARCHAND scored with 4:20 left in the first overtime and the Bruins beat the New York Rangers last night in Boston, 3-2, in the first playoff game in 40 years between the Original Six teams. Marchand, Boston's top goal scorer in the regular season, got his first of the postseason on a pass from Patrice Bergeron. Marchand had carried the puck up the right side, passed it to Bergeron and kept going toward the net. Bergeron passed across the slot and Marchand tipped it past goalie Henrik Lundqvist from the left side of the crease.
May 17, 2013
Brad Marchand scored with 4:20 left in overtime and the host Boston Bruins beat the New York Rangers, 3-2, in the first playoff game in 40 years between the Original Six teams. Marchand, Boston's top goal scorer in the regular season, got his first of the postseason on a pass from Patrice Bergeron. Marchand had carried the puck up the right side, passed it to Bergeron and kept going toward the net. Bergeron passed across the slot and Marchand tipped it past goalie Henrik Lundqvist from the left side of the crease.
May 9, 2013 |
THE KEY MOMENT of the New York Rangers' Game 4 win over the visiting Washington Capitals might have occurred off ice between the second and third periods. New York had squandered a two-goal lead and the momentum in the second. But a fortuitous power play after the buzzer set up the Rangers to grab it all back. And they did. Dan Girardi made the most of Jason Chimera's interference penalty, scoring the go-ahead goal 59 seconds into the third. That led to New York's 4-3 victory last night that tied the best-of-seven series, 2-2. "We've done better as the series has gone on," Rangers coach John Tortorella said.
May 7, 2013 |
THE BOSTON BRUINS spoiled the return of playoff hockey to Toronto, scoring two quick goals in the second period in a 5-2 victory over the Maple Leafs on Monday night. Adam McQuaid, Rich Peverley, Nathan Horton, Daniel Paille and David Krejci, with an empty-net goal with 1:17 remaining, scored for Boston The win came in front of 19,746 fans inside the Air Canada Centre. Outside, a blue-and-white throng watched on a big screen in Maple Leaf Square as playoff hockey returned to Toronto for the first time since 2004.
April 26, 2013
Ryan Callahan's goal 2 minutes, 55 seconds into overtime gave the New York Rangers a 4-3 victory over the host Carolina Hurricanes Thursday night, locking up a playoff berth for the Rangers. Derek Stepan, Derick Brassard, and Brad Richards scored the other New York goals, Richards' tally coming at 17:03 of the third period to force OT. Jiri Tlusty scored twice and Tuomo Ruutu added a goal for Carolina. Senators clinch spot Sergei Gonchar scored 47 seconds into overtime, Erik Karlsson set up Ottawa's first goal in his sooner-than-anticipated return from a torn Achilles tendon, and the Senators clinched a playoff berth by beating the Washington Capitals, 2-1. Craig Anderson made 19 saves.
April 26, 2013 |
WITH TIME slipping away, the New York Rangers appeared destined for a long night by the television, hoping some other team would put them into the postseason. Then came one timely bounce off the boards, and another off a post. Just like that, the Rangers pushed themselves back into the Eastern Conference playoffs. Captain Ryan Callahan scored 2:55 into overtime, and visiting New York rallied to clinch a third straight playoff berth by beating the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-3, last night.
April 22, 2013 |
THE RANGERS insist they are focused much more on their drive toward the playoffs than ending the New Jersey Devils' postseason hopes. With a thorough 4-1 victory Sunday, the Broadway Blueshirts took care of both. Ryan Callahan scored a goal in the opening minute and another in the third period, and Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves as the Rangers eliminated the Devils from the East playoff race. Callahan provided the lead 34 seconds in, Derek Stepan added a goal in the first period, and Taylor Pyatt snapped a long drought in the second for the eighth-place Rangers, who are inching closer to a playoff berth.
April 3, 2013 |
FRANS NIELSEN set up two early goals and Evgeni Nabokov made 24 saves and the New York Islanders continued their playoff push with a 3-1 victory over the host New Jersey Devils on Monday night. Josh Bailey and Travis Hamonic were the beneficiaries of Nielsen's passes and John Tavares added his 22nd goal of the season as the Islanders won for the fourth time in five games. New York's only loss was a 2-0 setback to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the winners of 15 straight. Alexei Ponikarovsky scored for the Devils, who are 0-1-3 since forward Ilya Kovalchuk was sidelined with a shoulder injury more than a week ago. Martin Brodeur finished with 18 saves.
April 3, 2013
Frans Nielsen set up two early goals and Evgeni Nabokov made 24 saves and the New York Islanders continued their playoff push with a 3-1 victory over the host New Jersey Devils on Monday night. John Tavares added his 22d goal of the season as the Islanders won for the fourth time in five games. Also in the East: Derek Stepan scored twice to lead the host New York Rangers to a 4-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets, picking up two vital points in their fight to hold onto a playoff spot.
March 27, 2013 |
The Flyers took a big step Tuesday night toward playing a meaningless final month of the season. They dropped a 5-2 decision to the New York Rangers and fell seven points behind the eighth-place Blueshirts in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt. Defensemen Kimmo Timonen, winger Jake Voracek, and goalie Ilya Bryzgalov said the Flyers weren't ready to play, a stunning statement when you consider they could have climbed to within three points of the Rangers with a victory. "We've got to find a better effort across the board," Timonen said.