Rangers tap into proven power-play formula for key Game 3 win

The Rangers had a formula during the regular season that worked: special teams and goaltending. On Sunday afternoon at the Garden, they went back to it. The two biggest sequences of the 3-1 win came on the power play and the penalty kill, respectively, with the former accounting for the game’s opening goal after a … Read more

Rangers’ most-important stars riding into Hurricanes series red-hot

Mika Zibanejad gave a small shrug of his shoulder, then grinned.  The Rangers center had just been asked about his production in Games 6 and 7 against the Penguins, in which he combined for seven points including the game-tying goal late in the series-deciding contest.  “The pucks went in,” he said after the 4-3 win … Read more

Rangers’ power play finally erupts after series-long struggles

Through the first five games of their first-round playoff series, the Rangers’ power play had scored three times on 12 opportunities. They nearly produced as many goals on Friday night alone.  Of their three opportunities, the Rangers scored twice, keying a come-from-behind, 5-3 Game 6 victory over the Penguins at PPG Paints Arena.  It’s safe … Read more

Rangers need to get back to what got them to the playoffs to even series vs. Penguins

Goaltending and special teams, all year, were the calling cards of this Rangers team. And on that basis, they should have walked away from Game 3 of their first-round series against the Penguins having taken home ice back instead of with a 7-4 loss. At five-on-five by just about any metric you pick, the Rangers … Read more