Penguins GM – ‘In a perfect world,’ Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang would stay in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ron Hextall says he wants to find a way to have Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang stay with the club for the rest of their careers. “In a perfect world, [Malkin] retires a Penguin, “Hextall said Monday.” And I think Tanger’s the same. “ In a perfect world, anyway. … Read more

NHL playoff predictions 2022: Second-round winners, Stanley Cup champion, MVP and more

The second round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs is here, with the Tampa Bay Lightning – Florida Panthers and St. Louis Blues – Colorado Avalanche series opening Tuesday, and the New York Rangers – Carolina Hurricanes and Edmonton Oilers – Calgary Flames series opening Wednesday. What do we expect to happen when the games … 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 on it one more time on Sunday under the bright lights of Broadway. … Read more

3 Keys: Penguins at Rangers, Game 5 of Eastern First Round

(3M) Penguins at (2M) Rangers 7 pm ET; ESPN, CBC, SN, TVAS, MSG, ATTSN-PT Pittsburgh leads best-of-7 series 3-1 The New York Rangers return home after two road losses facing elimination from the Stanley Cup Playoffs in a must-win Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden. … Read more

Rangers look to rediscover game facing elimination in Game 5 vs. Penguins

GREENBURGH, NY – The New York Rangers huddled in a corner of the ice following a short yet intense practice at MSG Training Center on Tuesday that at the end had forward lines and defense pairs doing gassers. What coach Gerard Gallant told them was inaudible, so the first question he faced Tuesday was if … Read more

Igor Shesterkin yanked as Penguins put Rangers on brink

PITTSBURGH – All the Rangers could do was tap goalie Igor Shesterkin’s pads as he slumped off the PPG Paints Arena ice to echo taunts of his name after he gave up six goals to the Penguins before the second intermission of Game 4 on Monday night. The team in front of him had just … Read more

Everything still ahead of Rangers despite trailing Penguins

PITTSBURGH – Ferris Bueller said that life comes at you fast in the playoffs and even faster when Sidney Crosby is on the other side playing some of the most compelling hockey of his fabled career. Yogi Berra said it gets late early in the playoffs and especially so when down 2-1 and on the … Read more

3 Keys: Rangers at Penguins, Game 3 of Eastern First Round

(2M) Rangers at (3M) Penguins 7 pm ET; TNT, CBC, SN, TVAS, ATTSN-PT, MSG Best-of-7 series tied 1-1 The New York Rangers will try to win back home-ice advantage from the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference First Round when they play Game 3 at PPG Paints Arena on Saturday. The Penguins won Game 1 … 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: Gerard Gallant is not a slave to matchups and has never 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 … Read more