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The New York Rangers Are Going To The Stanley Cup Finals For The First Time Since 1994

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Henrik Lundqvist now stands 4 games away from going from the King of New York, to a deity.

The Rangers are going to the Stanley Cup Finals, on the shoulders of their superstar goalie. Continue reading

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Mark Messier, The 20-Year-Old Guarantee, and Finding Leadership On A Captainless Rangers Team Heading Into Game 4 Versus The Canadiens

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The Guarantee.

It is the legendary move of iconic leaders in New York history.

Joe Namath came first, leading the Jets to a Super Bowl III victory.  Then came the Messiah. Continue reading

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Henrik Lundqvist’s Back To Back Shutouts Push The Rangers Past The Washington Capitals To The Second Round Against The Bruins

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Henrik Lundqvist had 35 saves for his second consecutive elimination game shutout and the Rangers scored 5 goals to beat the Washington Capitals in their series ending Game 7.

Arron Asham had the first goal, which led to four more from Taylor Pyatt, Michael Del Zotto, Ryan Callahan, and Mats Zuccarello.

But the story tonight, is the King, who over two games had one of the greatest performances in NHL post-season history. Continue reading

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Rangers Finally Get A Win: Marian Gaborik’s Hat Trick Beats The Bruins

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Marian Gaborik completed the first Hat Trick of the season and Taylor Pyatt added another in a Rangers victory over the Bruins, Thursday night.

After two straight losses, New York found a way to finally break through early – with Gaborik scoring two goals in the first period to stake out an early lead and stop Tuukka Rask’s momentum.

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Locked Out of the Win Column: The Rangers and Tonight’s Rematch With the Bruins

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The New York Rangers, a team many a pundit have picked to go as far as raising Lord Stanley’s Cup this year, are as far as they can be from that today: two games, two losses.

Both losses have come against sure rivals for that cup: the Boston Bruins and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

What has gone wrong with a team believed to be destined for greatness?

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Shutting Out the Nerves: Who is Josh Harding and Why is His Battle To Remain in the NHL So Important?

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Josh Harding is just another hockey player.  He was a second round pick by the Minnesota Wild in 2002, bounced back and forth between the team and its AHL affiliate, bouncing back and forth a few times before settling in as the team’s backup goalie.

Slowly building up a resume, he tore his ACL in 2010 and missed the entire season.  His return in 2011-12 was successful, leading to a long-term commitment to him by the Wild in the form of a 3-year $5.7 million contract.

Coming off a season where he finally won more than he lost, with a 2.62 GAA, Harding looked to build on that season after the NHL lockout, perhaps getting a chance to be the starter if the incumbent, Niklas Backstrom, got traded mid-season.

Last November, his unspectacular story would change forever. Continue reading

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NHL 2013 Season Preview: Part 2 – The Players, The Awards, The Predictions

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Moving on from yesterday’s conference and playoff predictions, now we come to more of an individual area of awards and some random predictions I will make that perhaps one or two can come true.

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NHL 2013 Season Preview: Part 1 – The Route to the Stanley Cup

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The NHL season has finally arrived…only 3 months late.  A short season allows for some crazy things to happen in the standings.  Here are my conference predictions for the East and the West.

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