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Below are the Rangers leaders in penalties drawn per game in the regular season and their number of penalties drawn per game in the playoffs. (NHL.com)

  • Chris Kreider: 1.19 (Regular Season) 0.37 (Playoffs)
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    This past season, Derek Stepan led the Rangers in primary assists with 26. (NHL)

    66.7% of Stepan's assists this past season were primary assists. 3 of Stepan's 7 assists in the playoffs were primary assists.

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    7/29/15 | 8:39AM: According to Hockey's Cap, the Rangers currently have 11 players on their projected roster who are under contract for the 2016-17 season.

    Marc Staal, Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, Kevin Klein, Henrik Lundqvist, Rick Nash, Derek Stepan, Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello, Tanner Glass and Jesper Fast are all under contract with a combined cap hit of $53.5 million.

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    Craig Custance graded the Rangers "summer of housekeeping" with a "B."(ESPN Insider)

    He said that this past offseason will be judged on how Stepan's six-year extension worth $6.5 million works out for the team. (ESPN Insider)

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    Ryan McDonagh said that the biggest change that the Rangers have undergone since Alain Vigneault took over as head coach is that the team uses everybody and often doesn't shorten the bench. (NY Post)

    McDonagh said that the coaching staff uses everyone and allows all the players to have a chance to contribute on the ice. (NY Post)

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    6/16/15 | 4:28PM: Jeff Beukeboom said on the Rangers Blue Line Podcast that guys like Lindberg, McIlrath, Bodie and Klingberg have put themselves on the radar for NHL jobs.

    He said that Lindberg is a player that "everyone will be expecting to play in the NHL and New York next year."

    6/7/15 | 12:34PM: While on with Mike Francesa this week, Alain Vigneault said that the Rangers have young players like JT Miller, Jesper Fast and Kevin Hayes who are in the process of "becoming solid NHLers."

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    Brian Compton, Adam Rotter, and Nick Licalzi discuss the ongoing Cam Talbot and Rick Nash trade rumors, Dan Boyle?s return and Martin St. Louis? departure. Plus, Brian chats with Hartford Wolf Pack assistant coach Jeff Beukeboom (7:45) about Dylan McIlrath, Oscar Lindberg, and his own aspirations behind the bench.

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    PlayerEven StrengthAverage time per game
    Mats Zuccarello14:5417:15
    Marty St. Louis14:3417:33
    Derick Brassard14:2417:23
    Derek Stepan13:5518:10
    Chris Kreider13:4915:42
    Rick Nash13:2517:27
    Carl Hagelin13:1115:13
    Kevin Hayes11:5913:02
    JT Miller11:4712:41
    Dominic Moore11:3913:48
    Tanner Glass10:3911:48
    Jesper Fast9:1110:14
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    Teams can begin speaking with potential unrestricted free agents on June 25th but can not officially sign with another team until July 1. (LeBrun)

    During the window:

    • Teams are permitted to discuss the ?potential interest? as well as ?general parameters? of a future contract with another team?s pending RFAs or UFAs.
    • Teams can?t enter into any ?agreements or make any binding offers, promises, oral or written, concerning a potential standard player contract.
    • Teams are allowed to get a gauge of what players are looking for heading into July 1. (Star Tribune)
    Glen Sather said last year that he wasn't a big fan of this window.

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    6/7/15 | 8:39AM: While meeting with the media on breakup day, Alain Vigneault said that the Rangers goal was "the Stanley Cup" and that it's very disappointing that they didn't get there.

    He said though that there were "so many other positives" from the organization this year and he is still trying to sort things out in his mind.

    Vigneault said on the Michael Kay Show this week ?well, if you look at it from the standpoint of the ultimate goal and that is to win the Stanley Cup and we didn?t get there and if you don?t achieve your goal it?s a failure.

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    At the GM Meetings in mid-March, the General Managers recommended that the league adopt some version of 3 on 3 OT.

    The NHLPA as well as the competition committee have to approve the idea and decide on whether they would go directly from regulation to 3 on 3 or start OT 4 on 4 and then drop to 3 on 3.

    Yesterday the competition committee met and came to "no consensus" on a change to OT but discussions on the topic will continue. (Friedman)

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    It was announced on Monday that in addition to the broken foot that Ryan McDonagh suffered and played through, Marc Staal had been playing on a fractured ankle since before the regular season ended and that Dan Girardi suffered a knee sprain in Game 4 against Tampa Bay.

    Alain Vigneault said on The Michael Kay Show this week that all three guys were playing with "injuries that at any other point in the year would have kept them out for a couple of weeks.

    He said that a combination of a banged up defense and speedy/transition team like Tampa made it challenging for the Rangers.

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    6/3/15 | 6:05PM: Darren Dreger says that the salary cap is still projected to be around $71.5 million.

    5/30/15 | 4:34PM:? Gary Bettman has routinely said that he expects the salary cap for next season to be $71.5 million.

    The cap this past season was $69 million.

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    6/2/15 | 5:22PM: Alain Vigneault said on ESPN Radio, I believe and sort of agree that we probably could use a big more physicality in a 7 game series. When you can wear down the opposition through speed and check it makes it tough on them and it's one area that we will look at during the summer and see if we can deal with it internally and if not maybe we will go on the outside." "

    5/30/15 | 10:07PM: Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers are too much of a finesse and skill team and "need to add a measure of size, strength and malevolence" on the wing. (NY Post)

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    The Rangers spent Saturday evening at the Sunset Saturdays party at PHD at the Dream Downtown to "toast their season." (Page Six)

    The guests at the party chanted for the players and the venue had a "mascot with a Rangers jersey dancing to the team song." (Page Six)

    Page Six says that Derick Brassard and his teammates were recognized while Henrik Lundqvist "posed for photos" and Mats Zuccarello "threw confetti from a DJ booth." (Page Six)

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    The following is a list of the Rangers unrestricted free agents this season and the price range that the Hockey News offseason preview thinks they will fall into:

    Other UFAs include Joey Crabb and Jason Missiaen

    To see the list of RFAs, click HERE.

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    Henrik Lundqvist said after the Rangers Game 7 loss that he told his teammates that "we are a great group and right there the last 3-4 years." (MSG)

    Lundqvist added, "a great group to be part of and we worked extremely hard but this year wasn't enough. We were so close and that is what makes it special to go through this but it's also extremely tough when you don't come up with the result."

    Derek Stepan said that he is "nothing but proud of this group. We?ve got a really special group in here, a really good group of guys.? (Rangers Game Notes)

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    Don la Greca noted that the Rangers could look to the Detroit Red Wings of the mid 90's as a model they could follow.

    • In 1994-95 the Red Wings lost in the Stanley Cup Final to the Devils.
    • In 1995-96 the Red Wings won the Presidents' Trophy and then lost in the Western Conference Final to the Avalanche.
    • In 1996-97 the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup and won again in 1997-98.
    The 1995-96 Red Wings finished with 131 point, 27 points ahead of second place Colorado.? In 1996-97 the Red Wings finished 5th in the league with 94 points.

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    Dan Girardi said after Game 7 that he is 'getting older and the window might be closing." (NY Post)

    Girardi said that the Rangers have "such a good group" that it's "really disappointing" to not get another shot at the Stanley Cup. (NY Post)

    He said that it's "just tough" to deal with after finishing first in the league and feeling good about their game heading into Game 7. (NY Post)

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    The following is a list of the Rangers restricted free agents this summer and the price range that The Hockey News offseason preview thinks they will fall into:

    Other RFAs include Mat Bodie, Danny Kristo and Marek Hrivik.

    Kristo is a Group 6 UFA this summer.

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    The New York Rangers failed to advance to the Stanley Cup Final, losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-0, Friday in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Madison Square Garden.

    Alex Killorn and Ondrej Palat scored, while Ben Bishop made 22 saves for the Lightning, who will play in their first Stanley Cup Final since winning it in 2004.

    Henrik Lundqvist made 23?saves for the Rangers, who had previously been 7-0 in Game 7s at home.

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    Pierre McGurie was on TSN1050 this morning and spoke about tonight's Game 7 between the Rangers and Tampa Bay:

    • "For the Rangers, I have been there where I saw Tyler Johnson score a 3 on 5 shorthanded goal and get a Natural Hat Trick in the same game and blow the Rangers out at MSG and the Rangers were never comfortable. I was there in Game 5 where the Rangers had a half hearted effort and had a lot of shots blocked. I have seen them lose twice at MSG. Tampa is comfortable playing at MSG. It's a little different. Everyone is pointing at the numbers and Lundqvist this and Lundqvist that and I respect that and think that he does have an edge, clearly he has an advantage but don't blow this Tampa team off because they are a lethal team."
    • He said that Tampa needs to stress that they have beaten the Rangers twice at MSG in the playoffs and go over the things that they have done well, "quick strike offense, shot blocking, no odd-man rushes against, faceoff wins, really good PP. Stress the positives but also have the caveat that we don't panic. We went into Montreal, we beat Detroit in Game 7. You need to stress all the points you have gone through in the playoffs so far."
    • On Henrik, "he can block out all the white noise. He is amazing in terms of focus and intensity. If you were to take a video recorder and just follow him around before a game and during the warm up, just have an ISO on him for about 45 minutes, he doesn't communicate with anyone but the trainer who works with his sticks on the bench. He doesn't talk to his teammates, the refs, the opposition, doesn't talk to the security guards, doesn't talk to anyone. He is in his own little world and has the way to create a bubble wrap around himself. He is so intense and focused and into his own thought process that he never gets off his game. That is the one thing that stands out about him that I have seen from very few players in the league."
    • Which player could step up tonight, "I don't think there has been one player in this series that you can call a gross underachiever. That is the one thing that has stood out about this series. One guy that broke through was Ryan Callahan, people are saying where is the offense, how about that he had surgery on his appendix and is just starting to feel better about himself."
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    Pierre McGuire was on TSN1050 this morning and spoke about the Rangers Game 6 win in Tampa Bay:

    • On the Rangers as a team, "They definitely have some form of intensity and being able to rise to the moment that is unique. That said they are playing with fire and it's not an easy way to go about your business. They found a way so far but I am not sure they want to continue to do things this way. They are lucky they have a goalie in Henrik Lundqvist and they are fortunate that Stepan and Brassard responded from a challenge Alain Vigneault presented. Those guys were tremendous and if not they probably are eliminated. It's a hard team with a lot of experience and guys who have been around but with Game 7 and the extra day that is positive for the Rangers."
    • The Rangers cycle game broke down the end zone coverage of Tampa Bay.
    • On Derick Brassard's game last night, "it was a tremendous performance. JT Miller was tremendous, Rick Nash was outstanding. Brassard could have had more points because he missed a few chances. He needed to do that, is it a Messier type performance? I don't know, I didn't see that. It was a great performance and something that will go down as a key performance in Rangers history."
    • On Brassard being a number one center, "he is getting close. Part of the problem was that he had terrible shoulder situations when he was in Columbus, felt terrible for the kid. He was a real good player with Drummondville, international for Canada at the under 18. The biggest problem for his was his shoulders and being in the NHL as an 18 year old and already dealing with major shoulder situations. He has a chance to be a legit top 1-2 guy, in a perfect world he is a two but in the Rangers situation he is a good 1A/1B with Derek Stepan and Kevin Hayes coming along. It's a good situation for the Rangers because both Stepan and Brassard are young players who still have growing to do in their game."
    • On Keith Yandle, "He was solid and a couple of times where it was a little scary. Yandle at the end of a PP shot it high and wide and on the far side so it goes around the boards and creates an odd-man rush...That was a big time goal that he scored and it was probably as well as he has played since he has been with the Rangers."
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    The New York Rangers?lost Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals to the Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-0, Sunday at Madison Square Garden and now face a 3-2 series deficit.


    Henrik Lundqvist made 20?saves for the Rangers, who were unable to convert on any of their four power plays in the game.

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    The Rangers evened up their Eastern Conference Finals series vs. the Lightning to two games apiece thanks to goals from four?different players.

    Rich Nash scored twice, Chris Kreider,?Keith Yandle?and Martin St. Louis?added?goals and Henrik Lundqvist made 38 saves, as the Rangers beat Tampa Bay, 5-1, in Game 4 Friday at Amalie Arena.


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    Pierre McGuire was on TSN1050 this morning and spoke about tonight's Game 4 against Tampa Bay:

    Pierre said that the Rangers need to take away Tampa's neutral zone speed over "the series will be over on Sunday night."

    He said that while it's very tough to do on the road the Rangers need to get back to establishing matchups with Marc Staal and Dan Boyle against Steven Stamkos and Ryan McDOnagh and Dan Girardi against the Triplets "all the time."

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    Pierre McGuire pointed to a combination of the Rangers being fatigued and the Lightning coming out quick that have New York trailing Tampa Bay 2-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals.

    McGuire?spoke on TSN 1050 early Thursday morning to recap the Rangers Game 3 loss to Tampa Bay.

    He said the Rangers were successful shutting down the Capitals power play, the best in the regular season, last series, but are now running into trouble vs. the Lightning. Tampa Bay was 4 for 8 on the power play in Games 2 and 3.

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    Pierre McGuire spoke on TSN 1050 earlier Wednesday?morning to talk about the?triple-overtime thriller between Chicago and Anaheim Tuesday night?and to preview Wednesday's Game 3 between the Rangers and Lightning.

    After the Lightning blew out the Rangers 6-2 on Monday, the teams head to Tampa Bay for Game 3 at 8 p.m. McGuire alluded to the Rangers' resiliency after tough losses at home.

    "I?ve seen this movie before from the Rangers more times than not," McGuire said. "I saw them lose Game 2 to the Pittsburgh Penguins and have a tremendous Games 3 and 4 in Pittsburgh."

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    Pierre McGuire was on TSN1050 this morning and spoke about game 2 between the Rangers and Lightning:

    • He said last night's dominant victory by the Lighting was due to?their performance and not a lack of effort on the Rangers part.
    • On the Rangers mistakes, Tampa "forced a lot those mistakes" and drew them?into "silly and selfish penalties."
    • Tampa "made adjustments" including going to a seven defenseman and 11 forwards lineup with quick hard and off shifts that had different combinations throughout the game that worked for them.
    • On the Lightning power play, they had really good spacing and excellent balance on both sides of the ice with left and right handed shots. They have "a lot of different weapons that can make the power play work."
    • Lightning head coach Jon Cooper is "pretty reserved, calm, cool and collective" on the bench during the game.
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    Pierre McGuire was on TSN1050 this morning and spoke about the Rangers and Lightning:

    • He said that the first period of Game 1 "was as fast as any game" he's seen so far this postseason.
    • On the goalies, he said Ben Bishop was a huge difference maker and the reason the score was so close. McGuire believes that's the least duress Henrik Lundqvist has been under this postseason.
    • The Lightning need to find a way to keep Steven Stamkos away from matchups with Marc Staal and Dan Boyle, and decide whether or not they want to play Stamkos on the wing or at center.
    • On the one thing that stands out for the Rangers: "They?re comfortable, and I think their experience last year going to the Stanley Cup finals really helped them. They?re comfortable in a lot of different environments, two years in a row coming from behind in a 3-1 deficit series?I think they?ve learned a lot about themselves as a group. They really trust one another."
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    Pierre McGuire was on TSN1200 this morning in Ottawa and said that he isn't expecting much OT in this series.

    Pierre said, "I'm not sure this will have OT in any game. No, this will be high octane offense and whoever blinks first will lose. This will be a drag race. This will be one of the fastest paced offensive series we have seen in a while and the goalies will really need to stand tall."

    He added that he thinks the Rangers top four defense will put a lot of focus on stopping Steven Stamkos' line and the Tyler Johnson line.

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    Pierre McGuire was on TSN1050 this morning and spoke about the Rangers and Caps:

    • He said that based on how the goalies are playing no one should be shocked that this is going to seven games.
    • "Chris Kreider is really starting to elevate for the Rangers."
    • "everything saws off, that is why we have a game seven."
    • On Rick Nash scoring, "that was a real smart play. Rick scoring is really good but the biggest thing, when I look at Nash, the biggest thing is the way he plays. He plays with so much pace and energy and people are ripping him because he doesn't score a lot but he does so much in terms of the PK and PP but the Caps have the number one PP and they went 0 for the game and I think that a big reason why is how Rick Nash influenced that entire PK for the Rangers."
    • On Chris Kreider, "He could be one of the more dominant power forwards in the NHL, he really could. His size and strength and skating, there are a very few people in the league. I compared him to Brandon Saad yesterday. When you look at his strength, how he shoots the puck. He can overwhelm people physically. This is a guy who has the potential to be one of the more dominant big men in the game."
    • The Rangers have been able to establish matchups against Ovechkin and the Rangers have taken away his one-timer. He thinks that the Rangers learned from watching Johnny Boychuk and how he defended him in the first round.
    • The extra day off should make for a better game.
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    Pierre McGuire was on TSN1050 this morning and spoke about the Rangers/Caps series.

    Pierre said "They are playing very well, the Washington Capitals and that is not to say that the Rangers are playing poorly because they are playing pretty darn well too. It's a goalie series. There have been chances for both sides but the goalies have been elite and it's been fun to watch. Last night was like an old 1990s Patrick Division game, it was nasty, it was smash mouth, the refs let them play which was interesting. What may have been a penalty in the regular season was not a penalty last night. A lot of physical, nasty play, skill. Burakovsky had a great game playing on the Killer Bs line with Brouwer and Beagle. Really entertaining night."

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    Brian Compton, Adam Rotter, and Nick Licalzi break down the Rangers? Game 3 loss to Washington, and preview a pivotal Game 4 at the Verizon Center. Plus, Brian chats with Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post (10:25) about Rick Nash?s playoff struggles and the Blueshirts? inability to win a faceoff.

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    Pierre McGuire was on TSN1050 this morning and said that he expects to see the Rangers increase their hitting tonight against the Capitals.

    Pierre said that the Rangers were "extremely physical" in game three but he expects more tonight.

    The Caps out hit the Rangers 39-31 in game three, 38-30 in game two and the Rangers out hit the Caps in game One 34-32

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    Pierre McGuire was on TSN1050 this morning and spoke about the Rangers and Caps series.

    Pierre said, "The Caps allowed the Rangers to dictate the terms in the first and you gotta give Holtby a lot of credit, he played very, very well and the stability he has provided them in goal has been phenomenal. Washington, after they got the coaches message, started to play more physical and this series is going to be tough and grinding on whomever wins but it's been delightful to watch, the caliber of play has been very high."

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    Alain Vigneault was asked about Alexander Ovechkin on Thursday night and said that he played a great game. (MSG)

    He added that one of his main focuses is getting his top players to play at a top level. Vigneault said, "Washington's top players played a real strong game and we are going to need to be better."

    Dave Maloney said on Thursday that the Capitals "catalyst" "got it done and the Rangers guys who are looking to lead offensively didn't."

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    Pierre McGurie was on TSN1050 this morning and spoke about the Rangers loss to the Capitals in game one last night.

    Pierre said, "The Rangers started fantastically well so their rest didn't bother them at all but Alexander Ovechkin decided to take the game over and he did. He was just omnipresent the entire game, shooting the puck, passing, hitting people, backing defensemen off. He was phenomenal. His coach double shifted him, started playing with different combinations and it was a huge swing moment in the game. I felt that Barry Trotz really took that game over along with Alex Ovechkin. Braden Holtby in the third was really good for Washington."

     

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    Pierre McGuire was on TSN1050 this morning and was asked about the injury to Mats Zuccarello.

    Pierre said, "I was doing the game and saw the play and knew right away he was in trouble and reported it on air. The puck came with serious velocity and hit him clean, it never stopped or touched anything before it hit him. I know he was reaching for his face as he was going off the ice and that isn't a good sign."

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    Pierre McGuire was on TSN1050 this morning and spoke about the Rangers Game 3 win over the Penguins:

    Pierre said, "give the Rangers a lot of credit, especially their defensemen. Marc Staal, Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi, Dan Boyle, those guys played extremely well, extremely, extremely well. The depth players for the Rangers, Dominic Moore, Carl Hagelin, their speed was omnipresent."

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    Brian Compton, Adam Rotter, and Nick Licalzi discuss the Rangers? Game Two loss to Pittsburgh, and the team?s continuing struggles on the power play. Plus, Brian chats with ESPN.com?s Scott Burnside (13:00) about the Pens' injury issues and the play of goaltenders - Henrik Lundqvist and Marc-Andre Fleury.

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    The Rangers had 26 shots on goal last night but only 10 came at 5 on 5. (Hockey Stats)

    The Rangers had:

    • First Period: 3 shots on goal and 2 at 5 on 5
    • Second Period: 10 shots on goal and 5 at 5 on 5
    • Third Period: 13 shots on goal and 3 at 5 on 5.
    The Rangers had 62 shot attempts in the game but only 30 attempts at 5 on 5.

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    Following the Rangers win over the Penguins on Thursday, Alain Vigneault said "whistle to whistle" four times in reference to some of the tactics that Pittsburgh were trying to employ.

     

    Vigneault said that the Penguins are trying to get under the Rangers skin and "get some stuff going" after a play but the Rangers won't get involved.

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    12:23PM: Dave Maloney said that the Rangers are not a dump and chase team unless they can dump it with speed. The Rangers are more possession and quickness oriented.

    12:17PM: Sam Rosen said that the Rangers are using the same lines in practice that they ended the season with. (MSG)

    Brassard, Nash Zucc | Kreider, Stepan, Miller | Hagelin, Hayes, St. Louis | Glass, Moore, Fast

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    Following Saturday's win, Alain Vigneault said that he was proud of how the Rangers played in the regular season but now "our focus shifts to the playoffs."

    Derick Brassasrd said that everything the Rangers have accomplished up to this point is "gone." (NY Post)

    Brassard said that the regular season is in the past and that as the number one seed in the East, everyone is going to be gunning for the Rangers. (NY Post)

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    4/11/15 | 2:57PM: Sam Rosen mentioned multiple times on MSG that game one will be Thursday night on MSG.

    4/1/15 | 7:25AM | Game one of the first round of the playoffs is likely to be April 16th for the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. (NY Post)

    The playoffs begin on April 15th but the Knicks host the Detroit Pistons at MSG at 8PM that night.

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