2017 NHL Playoffs: New York Rangers Advance To Second Round

Apr 22, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) celebrates scoring a goal against Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) during the second period in game six of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

On a night that began rather slowly, the New York Rangers came storming back to end the Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup hopes. They now await the winner of the Ottawa Senators-Boston Bruins series.

The first 20 minutes weren’t top-notch, with the Canadiens controlling play. There was no doubt who the desperate team was. It shouldn’t be surprising then that they scored first, Alexei Emelin beating Henrik Lundqvist about six minutes in.

For those who follow the Rangers though that is no problem. These guys have made a living out of being resilient. Whether it’s a one or two goal deficit, they’re never out. Not by a long shot.

Quiet for much of this series, Mats Zuccarello broke the ice for the Rangers. His power play goal early in the middle frame tied the score, giving the Blueshirt faithful life.

As if that wasn’t enough, Zuccarello came through once again. That goal ended up as the game winner, sending Madison Square Garden into total pandemonium. In fact, I’m fairly certain screams of “Let’s Go Rangers” and “Round 2, here we come!” can be heard throughout Manhattan tonight.

Why wouldn’t they be? A rabid fanbase that hadn’t won a round since May of 2015 can taste victory once again. Zuccarello and Lundqvist made sure of that.

Moving forward, it’s clear the Rangers are in for another battle. Under new bench boss Guy Boucher, the Senators feature a stingy defense and an offense capable of scoring goals. The Bruins, meanwhile, have battled injuries but still remain dangerous. That’s thanks in large part to netminder Tuukka Rask and the scoring prowess of uber pest Brad Marchand.

Do the Rangers have what it takes to make it past the second round? While unknown, it’s impossible to bet against a team with so much heart, determination and resiliency.

 




2017 NHL Playoffs Guide For Those On The Outside Looking In

It’s the wonderful time of the year. The NHL Playoffs have everything, from hard hits to clutch goals and some of the best goaltending seen all year. Sometimes there’s even a Cinderella story. You know those no matter which sport you follow.

Not every team makes the playoffs though. In the NHL, 14 teams (and their fans) are forced to watch from the sidelines. While the rest can be good, there’s usually a feeling of what could have been. The opportunities that slipped through their fingers at key junctures can be haunting. Alas, we move on.

There’s always someone to root for if you’re a passionate fan of the sport. Is it a former player who got traded? A previous coach who has a tendency to get his teams far? Do you enjoy watching stars shine and clutch performers come up big again? Or is it all about loyalty-cheering for a team you’ve always enjoyed watching play?

For me, it’s about cheering for a team I’ve always liked. That would be the New York Rangers. My fandom of the Rangers goes back to 2014. Martin St. Louis demanded a trade to one team. That was those Broadway Blueshirts. The trade netted my absolute favorite team Ryan Callahan.

While a trade that didn’t sit well with some fans, I believe it helped both teams in the long run. The Rangers rode the emotional wave of St. Louis losing his mother to the 2014 Cup finals. The Lightning, meanwhile, received breakout campaigns from young guys during the 2015 playoffs. That culminated in them beating New York and advancing to the 2015 Stanley Cup finals.

Let me make one thing clear here. I’m a Tampa Bay Lightning fan through and through. I bleed Bolts blue and will root for them before anyone else. In saying that, I enjoy watching the sport of hockey as a whole. There’s something about playoff hockey that grabs one by the horns and sucks them in. As much as I attempted to not care, the constant dramatics of hockey in late April drew me in.

Have you felt that way before? Do you feel that way currently? If you’re an avid fan of a team that didn’t make the dance, the answer is likely yes. Even if your team got eliminated early, you might be rooting for someone else to go far. That’s OK. It proves your loyalty lies with the sport first, then your team.

Round One is close to wrapping up, meaning we’ll see a few more teams fans join those of us already on the sidelines. Will they pick another team to cheer on or focus on something else? For me, the choice is easy. How about you?




2017 NHL Playoffs: New York Rangers On Verge Of Advancing

In a physical back and forth affair, the New York Rangers prevailed on a late overtime goal by forward Mika Zibanejad. They now head back to Madison Square Garden with a chance to close out the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.

The first 40 minutes weren’t pretty, with the Rangers allowing the Canadiens to take it to them in nearly every aspect of the game. From hits to shots on goal, there was a sizable advantage for the home team. Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was far and away the best player wearing blue and white. Thus, he was the main reason why this game wasn’t over long before the third period began.

Lundqvist gave his mates confidence. Hence, they rewarded him. Eventually, with Brady Skjei tying the score at two apiece late in the middle frame. That was enough to kickstart the New York Rangers and it showed down the stretch.

Period 3 and overtime were all New York. They won puck battles, made heads up defensive plays and physically wore down a gritty Canadiens team on their home ice. Zibanejad’s game winner epitomized this, with Chris Kreider taking a sloppy play by Montreal and sending a beautiful pass up ice to his linemate who sealed the deal.

A few players I highlighted earlier in this series as needing to step up did so. The result has Ranger fans everywhere ready to celebrate if and when the time comes.

Can the New York Rangers overcome the demons? The ones that have haunted them at the world’s most famous arena (MSG) for much of 2017. While unknown, I wouldn’t bet against a team that’s shown more resiliency than any other during this still young postseason.

 




2017 NHL Playoffs: New York Rangers Even Series With Rare Win At MSG

The New York Rangers entered Tuesday’s Game 4 with the Montreal Canadiens in an all too familiar position. One that saw them blow a lead late in Game 2, followed by a lackluster performance in front of a sold-out Madison Square Garden crowd on Easter Sunday. Those losses made this game pivotal. Win and you head back to the Bell Centre all knotted up. Lose and you’re in a hole so deep it may not be possible to dig out of.

If that wasn’t enough, the Rangers had to defeat not only the Canadiens but their own demons. A six-game playoff losing streak at what was once the hardest arena to win in didn’t make the task any easier. They needed a top-notch effort from top to bottom, matching the bigger and tougher Habs blow for blow.

Mission accomplished.

While still not generating much of the offensive firepower they possess, the Rangers eked out a 2-1 win to send this series back north of the border on even terms.

Hated by Rangers fans for his past postseason disappearing acts, Rick Nash was the hero on this night. His second-period goal put the Blueshirts ahead. Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist then continued to shut the door, making 23 saves on 24 shots. That included a few 5-bell ones late in the game.

Going forward, the Rangers need contributions from everyone. Mats Zuccarello has one goal and is a minus-1. Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad have one point combined. Nash, minus his game winner on Tuesday, had a single goal and was a minus-2 in three games. Even captain Ryan McDonagh has only one point. That has to change.

It’s only one win, but the Rangers proved they’re in this series for the long haul. Whether that’s two more games or six more games, there’s no questioning the heart of this team. They took a series greatly favoring the Canadiens and made it even once more. In doing so, they gave themselves a fighting chance. One that guarantees ‘Lets Go Rangers!’  chants will fill Madison Square Garden at least one more time.

 




Edmonton Oilers vs San Jose Sharks live stream: Where to Watch NHL Playoffs online

Welcome back my Edmonton Oilers vs San Jose Sharks fans. The NHL Playoffs are finally here. Who will come out on top and win the 2016-17 Stanley Cup? Check below for the official links to see all the games live.

Every day from now until the end of the season I will do my best to provide links to either watch or listen live to all NHL games. If you’re like me then you’re always on the go. I work in a restaurant, mostly nights during game times and usually have to search all over the web to see who’s streaming games just so I am able to watch while at work.

What happens is, a person like me who does Live Streams articles every day will give you a link to a game or TV show. You will click on the link and be taken to the main site where it will ask you for a username and password. All that is- is your cable provider info so that they know that you have a valid subscription with Time Warner or whoever your provider is. Hit enter and boom, you have your live stream. It’s that easy.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please remember that some stations may offer a stream or regular telecast. It all depends on your regional coverage. Some teams will offer streams but if the game is not sold out thy may also decide to blackout said game. I know, I hate it too. It’s all about money but I will still do my best to offer you the best LEGAL way to watch your favorite team. Please remember to try both streams.

We have the Edmonton Oilers vs San Jose Sharks. The game is televised on NBC Sports.

Here is where you can watch or listen to the Edmonton Oilers vs San Jose Sharks live stream.

Date: Tuesday, April 18

Start Time: 10:00 p.m. (EST)

Online Stream: NBC Sports




Pittsburgh Penguins vs Columbus Blue Jackets live stream: Where to Watch NHL Playoffs online

Welcome back my Pittsburgh Penguins vs Columbus Blue Jackets fans. The NHL Playoffs are finally here. Who will come out on top and win the 2016-17 Stanley Cup? Check below for the official links to see all the games live.

Every day from now until the end of the season I will do my best to provide links to either watch or listen live to all NHL games. If you’re like me then you’re always on the go. I work in a restaurant, mostly nights during game times and usually have to search all over the web to see who’s streaming games just so I am able to watch while at work.

What happens is, a person like me who does Live Streams articles every day will give you a link to a game or TV show. You will click on the link and be taken to the main site where it will ask you for a username and password. All that is- is your cable provider info so that they know that you have a valid subscription with Time Warner or whoever your provider is. Hit enter and boom, you have your live stream. It’s that easy.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please remember that some stations may offer a stream or regular telecast. It all depends on your regional coverage. Some teams will offer streams but if the game is not sold out thy may also decide to blackout said game. I know, I hate it too. It’s all about money but I will still do my best to offer you the best LEGAL way to watch your favorite team. Please remember to try both streams.

We have the Pittsburgh Penguins vs Columbus Blue Jackets. The game is televised on NBC Sports.

Here is where you can watch or listen to the Pittsburgh Penguins vs Columbus Blue Jackets live stream.

Date: Tuesday, April 18

Start Time: 7:30 p.m. (EST)

Online Stream: NBC Sports




New York Islanders: Gary Bettman downplays the Nassau Coliseum as being an long term option

The New York Islanders are watching the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs from their couches after failing to reach the playoffs since the 2013-2014 season. Their future as far as where they are going to be playing is the topic of conversation quite frequently.

Many have known for some time that the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York is contemplating whether they still want to be the home of the Islanders. Since there has been a possibility that the Islanders could be looking for a new home.

There have been Islander fans who are hoping that their team will return to the place they called home for over forty years, the Nassau Coliseum. It has gotten to the point that local politicians are even pushing for the Islanders to come home. However, it seems that the NHL commissioner, Gary Bettman, is not on the same page as the Islanders fans.

Bettman was recently a guest on Mike Francesca show on WFAN in New York City. To begin with, he had a few comments on the future of the Islanders. The first one was that the Nassau Coliseum is “not a long-term option” for the Islanders. He followed that by saying how the Islanders owner Scott Malkin “didn’t buy the New York Islanders to move them somewhere else. He is committed to this area.”

The New Nassau Coliseum was one of many possible arenas that could be the home to the Islanders. In addition, there has been the talk of possibly the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut. Additionally, an arena across the street from Citi Field and an arena in Elmont, Queens by the racetrack are in the talks. The arena by Elmont has had the most legs as of late. Thus, there have been reports that the Islanders feel that would be the best spot.

They have this feeling because it would be in the middle of Nassau County and New York City. Therefore, they would not lose any fanbase they had from either the Barclays center or the Nassau Coliseum. It will be interesting to see if the Barclays Center evicts the New York Islanders. As a result, where would their next home be?