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Mats Zuccarello Out Indefinitely Due to Upper-Body Injury

April 27th, 2015 at 4:46 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

Mats Zuccarello of the New York Rangers is sidelined indefinitely due to an upper body injury.

Zuccarello was hit on the left side of his head by defenseman Ryan McDonagh’s slap shot late in the first period during Game 5 of the first-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday. He left the game with 3:58 remaining in the first period and did not return.

“It’s a tough play to watch for sure,” McDonagh said to NHL.com. “You see him take it off the head, that’s a scary play.”

Coach Alain Vigneault said that Martin St. Louis would likely take Zuccarello’s spot on a line with Derick Brassard and Rick Nash, and Jesper Fast would move up into St. Louis’ spot alongside Kevin Hayes and Carl Hagelin.

James Sheppard, who has appeared in 14 games with the Rangers since being acquired before the trade deadline from the San Jose Sharks, will likely make his playoff debut on the fourth line with Dominic Moore and Tanner Glass.

The Rangers will recall a forward from Hartford of the American Hockey League, said Vigneault, prior to the second-round series starting so the team has 13 healthy forwards.

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New York Rangers Eliminate the Pittsburgh Penguins

April 25th, 2015 at 3:18 AM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The New York Rangers advanced to the second round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, eliminating the Pittsburgh Penguins with a 2-1 overtime victory, Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers were up 3-1 in the series and needed this win in Game 5 to shut down the Penguins and move onto round two. All four of the Rangers victories in the series were 2-1 score.

“It’s a huge relief, first and foremost,” stated team captain Ryan McDonagh to blueshirtsunited.com. “Obviously you’re excited that you have an opportunity to advance into the second round. It was a hard-fought series. They are a great team with a lot of skill. It took everything we had to take them down.”

Henrik Lundqvist and Marc-Andre Fleury were both incredible in the net. Lundqvist made 37 saves, including 14 he faced in the third period from desperate Penguins attempting a lead. Fleury made 34 saves, and was extremely on top of his game in the first two periods.

Derek Stepan scored a power play goal 4:23 into the game, Dan Boyle and Derick Brassard assisted on the goal, to give the Rangers an early lead.

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History Repeats Itself in Round 1 of the Eastern Conference Playoffs

April 24th, 2015 at 3:38 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

Last year the New York Rangers were down 3-1 in the second round series of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs to the Pittsburgh Penguins. They had to three straight wins to avoid being eliminated and move up in the playoffs.

This year the roles are reversed as the Rangers have the 3-1 series lead and must do what the Penguins were unable to do last year; eliminate them early to prevent the series from turning around.

Both teams are well aware.

“We know from last year. We’re a team that always came back from those series,” said Derick Brassard to blueshirtsunited.com yesterday.

“It was pretty remarkable last year, especially for (the Penguins) thinking (they) had the series,” said Rangers Tanner Glass, who was on the Penguins team last year. “Certainly both sides realize (a comeback) can be done. We just have to make sure that doesn’t happen (this year).”

Glass said that the fourth game being the most difficult to win is indeed the case.

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New York Rangers Right Wing Kevin Hayes Being Praised

April 23rd, 2015 at 6:08 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

Kevin Hayes’ overtime goal last night at the CONSOL Energy Center marked the first playoff goal of his NHL career. The rookie’s memorable goal that gave the Rangers a 3-1 series lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins is still being talked about today.

"It will be a memorable one for sure," said Hayes last night after the win.

It’s been a big year for the 22-year old right wing, who signed with the Rangers out of Boston College in August and made the team out of camp in October.

Hayes finished the regular season recording 45 points (17G-28A), a plus-15 rating, 22 penalty minutes, one powerplay, short-handed and game winning goal in 79 games.

“I think [he’s] been huge for our team,” Derick Brassard said of Hayes to blueshirtsunited.com. “He’s been a big part of our success this year. No one knew what he was capable of doing before the season. I didn’t know about him before this season. He came here and I think he opened a lot of eyes. For him to get that goal, I think it’s going to be a big confidence booster for him for the rest of the playoffs.”

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New York Rangers Take a 3-1 Series Lead

April 23rd, 2015 at 12:45 AM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The New York Rangers rookie Kevin Hayes’ first career playoff goal is most certainly going to be a memorable one.

The overtime goal at the CONSOL Energy center Wednesday night gave the Rangers a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins and a 3-1 series lead. It was the third time in the series the Rangers won 2-1.

"It will be a memorable one for sure," said Hayes, while wearing the Broadway Hat after the game to blueshirtsunited.com. "I thought my two linemates worked hard and got the puck to the net, and it was lucky it ended up on my stick. I was on the other side there, and I was just fortunate."

Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves in the victory and did not face a single shot in the overtime period.

"He played great tonight," Hayes said of Lundqvist. "At the start we kind of left him out to dry, but he bailed us out. Hank's an elite player. That's what he does."

The Penguins dominated the first period outshooting the Rangers 8-2 and scoring their one and only goal of the night, but the second period the Rangers turned the game around.

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