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

Avalanche center Nazem Kadri got last laugh on St. Louis Blues haters. But if the NHL does not suspend David Perron, somebody’s going to get hurt.

The NHL is awfully quick to throw the book at Nazem Kadri. But where the heck are they when some idiot throws an elbow at him? Or a water bottle? Or something worse? David Perron, Blues forward by day and tactless goon by night, should be suspended. Now. If not for Game 5 of Avs-Blues … Read more

Rangers have a Ryan Reaves plan to deal with Hurricanes

Gerard Gallant was fuming. The Rangers head coach had jawed with former Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo as the teams left the ice Sunday, following a scrum started by a Domi-family-special late cross-check from Max Domi on Ryan Lindgren moments after the final horn ended the Rangers’ Game 3 win over the Hurricanes. He made it … Read more

The case for Rangers to break up the Kid Line in Game 3

The words are the same, but the meaning of the question is entirely different. Because now when you ask, “Where should the Rangers play Alexis Lafreniere?” it is about which combination of forwards needs him the most as opposed to which combination could help him the most. That is not a subtle difference. I’d venture … 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

Rangers drop overtime heartbreaker to Hurricanes in Game 1

RALEIGH, NC – The Rangers had the Hurricanes right where they wanted them. They were commanding every inch of the ice, actively taking away what made their opponents so effective and holding the lead. After not building on a one-goal lead when they had a chance, however, the Rangers gave up the game-tying goal with … Read more

Rangers using underdog status as fuel

RALEIGH, NC – A young-leaning, inexperienced and untested playoff team becomes an experienced group the minute it passes the test. That is what the Rangers became in the interim between eliminating the Penguins in overtime of Game 7 of their first-round playoff series at the Garden on Sunday and Game 1 of the conference semis … 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 will not 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? … Read more