Rangers have foundation set for sustained postseason success

Seasons like the one the Rangers just completed don’t happen often. No one had to tell Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad that, after their 2-1 loss to the Lightning in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final on Saturday night in Tampa that ended the Rangers’ astonishing-and captivating-playoff run. It was all over their faces. … Read more

Rangers did the unexpected by humbling Andrei Vasilevskiy

So, finally. After facing a confederation of second- and third-string goaltenders in their seven-game victories over the Penguins and Hurricanes, the Rangers faced a No. 1 goaltender Wednesday in the opener of the conference finals at the Garden. And that wasn’t just a No. 1 goaltender, it was the No. 1 goaltender in the NHL, … Read more

Rangers have shattered idea Hurricanes are superior team

It has taken four games, the last two at the Garden punctuated by exclamation points, for the Rangers to shatter the myth of Carolina superiority. Now the Blueshirts have to win a game in the Hurricanes’ fortress in Raleigh. It would be foolish to bet against them. “I think the never-die mentality has been in … Read more

Rangers’ once-lethal power play suddenly getting outworked

RALEIGH, NC – The power play is the source of the Rangers’ offensive identity. That is so in the good times and that is true in the bad times. Game 2 of their second-round playoff series against the Hurricanes on Friday night, a 2-0 loss, qualifies as one of the bad times. That’s because, locked … Read more

Rangers must finally eliminate costly mid-game lulls from DNA

RALEIGH, NC – Regarding the Rangers, whose best opening 40 minutes of the season were 20 minutes too few to get them over the finish line Wednesday in a Game 1 overtime loss to the Hurricanes. 1. The Rangers have talked all season about the need to play a complete 60 minutes. Rarely have they … Read more

Inside the Rangers-Hurricanes matchup

The Rangers are on to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2017. Their opponent, the Hurricanes, are back here for a second straight season and the third time in the last four years. There’s no doubt the Rangers are the underdogs, but this is a team that made … Read more

Sam Rosen talks key to Rangers-Hurricanes series, future in booth

MSG Rangers play-by-play man Sam Rosen called the Blueshirts’ entire first-round series win over the Penguins. MSG won’t have live games in this round but will have complete pre-and postgame coverage. Rosen takes a shot at some NHL playoffs Q&A with Post columnist Steve Serby. Q: What is the key to the Rangers-Hurricanes series? A: … Read more

Overtime goal lifts Rangers to Game 7 comeback win over Penguins to win series

The resiliency, the no-quit fire and the insatiable desire to be a winning club has been at the heart of the Rangers all season long. And that is why this Rangers team was able to rally from a 3-1 series deficit, stave off elimination twice and then force overtime in Game 7 Sunday night before … Read more

It’s time for Rangers, Artemi Panarin to meet the moment in Game 7

This is the time and this is the place where these band of Rangers can make their own history and establish themselves as rightful heirs to the Henrik Lundqvist Era. This is the night for Game 7, the Rangers and Penguins going at it one more time on Sunday under the bright lights of Broadway. … Read more

New matchups create opportunity for Rangers’ top line

PITTSBURGH-Regarding the Rangers, no longer playoff-untested approaching Games 3 and 4 on the road: 1. Gerard Gallant is not a slave to matchups and never has been throughout his career but it is clear that the coach has done his best to limit the amount of shifts the Alexis Lafreniere-Filip Chytil-Kaapo Kakko Kid Line takes … Read more