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New York Rangers’ History of Game 7′s

May 28th, 2015 at 8:56 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The New York Rangers are getting ready to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in a deciding Eastern Conference Final Game 7 Friday night at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m., ET, NBCSN, CBC, TVA).

The Rangers and Lightning both are no strangers to Game 7's, making their second appearance in a Game 7 this postseason. The Rangers eliminated the Washington Capitals in Round 2 with a 2-1 overtime victory at Madison Square Garden and the Lightning shutout the Detroit Red Wings 2-0 at Amalie Arena in Round 1.

The Rangers have posted six consecutive Game 7 wins, tied for the longest such streak in NHL history with the Red Wings and Boston Bruins. The Rangers also have won seven all-time Game 7’s at the Madison Square Garden, dating to 1992.

Rangers’ goaltender Henrik Lundqvist's active six-game winning streak in Game 7s is a NHL record amongst goaltenders, as is his goals-against average (0.97) and allowing one or fewer goals in each of those contests. His six career victories are tied with Martin Brodeur and Patrick Roy.

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Stanley Cup Final Schedule Released by NHL

May 28th, 2015 at 4:18 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The National Hockey League announced the schedule of dates for the 2015 Stanley Cup Final, which will begin on Wednesday, June 3.

The Stanley Cup Final will match the winner of the Eastern Conference Final, either the New York Rangers or Tampa Bay Lightning, against the winner of the Western Conference Final between the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks. Both best-of-seven series are tied, 3-3 and Game 7 will take place this week.

The club which earned the greater number of standings points during the 2014-15 regular season will have home-ice advantage in the Stanley Cup Final. They will host Games 1, 2 and, if necessary, Games 5 and 7. The other club will host Games 3, 4 and, if necessary, Game 6. The Rangers collected a League-high 113 points, followed by the Ducks (109), Lightning (108) and Blackhawks (102).

The start time for all Stanley Cup Final games will be 8 p.m., ET. National broadcast information will be released when available.

2015 STANLEY CUP FINAL SCHEDULE

Game 1 Wednesday, June 3
Game 2 Saturday, June 6
Game 3 Monday, June 8
Game 4 Wednesday, June 10
*Game 5 Saturday, June 13
*Game 6 Monday, June 15
*Game 7 Wednesday, June 17
* if necessary

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New York Rangers Thursday Morning Practice Report

May 28th, 2015 at 4:04 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

New York Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh did not practice Thursday at the MSG Training Center as the team prepared for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning, that will take place on Friday at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault, said he was not concerned about McDonagh’s health, that the captain just took a maintenance day.

McDonagh has played in every game (18) in the postseason recording three goals, nine points and a plus-3 rating while averaging a Rangers-high 23:50 of ice time per game.

However, injured forward Mats Zuccarello (upper body) was on the ice in a yellow, non-contact jersey until practice started. Once practice started Zuccarello left the ice to go the Rangers’ dressing room. He’s still considered day-to-day, Vigneault said.

Zuccarello has missed the past 13 games since he was hit in the head by McDonagh’s shot late in the first period of Game 5 against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round.

His teammates were happy to see him.

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New York Rangers Force a Game 7

May 27th, 2015 at 2:41 AM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The New York Rangers’ confidence and experience helped them rise when facing elimination for the 15th time in 18 games since the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Rangers got a 7-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning during Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final at Amalie Arena on Tuesday. The best-of-seven series now tied will head to a Game 7, Friday in New York.

The Rangers were outshot 39-34, but with Henrik Lundqvist making 36 saves, and Derick Brassard recording a hat trick with three goals and two assists, helping the Rangers stay in the race to get to the Stanley Cup Final.

"Honestly I just go out there and I try to just make a difference," Brassard said. "When I feel like the team needs some support offensively or I feel I need to step up, I just try to do it. I don't really put any pressure on myself. The disappointment from losing last year I think really hit me from losing the last game at home and facing elimination tonight. We're not far away to be in the Final again. I just play."

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New York Rangers Successful When Facing Elimination

May 26th, 2015 at 8:05 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

Since the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs the New York Rangers have faced elimination 17 times. Of those 17 games the Rangers have won 14 of them. Twice in the last two post seasons they have bounced back from 3-1 series deficits; against the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2014 and the Washington Capitals in round two this year.

"You have to enjoy it, you have to embrace it, play confident and play your best game," explained alternate captain Marc Staal following the Rangers morning skate Tuesday at Amalie Arena. "When it's a situation where you win or you go home you have to play your best game, be confident in what you've done all year long. It's how we've always approached it."

The Rangers have the experience and confidence they need to enter into Game 6 tonight at Amalie Arena against the Tampa Bay Lightning who lead the Eastern Conference Final 3-2.

"The bottom line is we're a good hockey team," offered Staal. "When we get in these situations we have guys that have stepped up and played big games. A lot of times it's a big moment or two that wins these games and we've been able to step up and get it done."

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