Hurricanes break power play ‘funk’ as pivotal goal sinks Rangers

RALEIGH, N.C. — Throughout the Rangers’ second-round playoff series, their penalty kill had kept the Hurricanes vexed.  Maybe that had to end at some point. And maybe, no matter when that was, it would not have been particularly convenient for the Rangers. But that does not make it much easier to swallow Teuvo Teravainen’s second-period … Read more

Rangers’ deadline acquisitions make big impact in victory

The Rangers opened up the scoring in their eventual 4-1 win over the Hurricanes on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, which evened this second-round series at two-all heading back to Raleigh, N.C., with a sequence that may as well have been sponsored by president and general manager Chris Drury. While on the power play, … Read more

Rangers dominate Hurricanes for impressive Game 4 win to even series

Underdogs or not, the Rangers have reinserted themselves into this second-round series against the Hurricanes in convincing fashion. After dropping the first two games of Round 2 on the road, the Rangers effectively protected home ice and evened the series at two-all with a win in Game 3 and then an inspiring 4-1 victory over … Read more

Hurricanes ready for Rangers’ Max Domi response: ‘I would expect nothing less’

Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour seemed to find the Rangers’ reaction to what happened at the end of Sunday’s Game 3 a bit over the top. “I didn’t listen to any of that stuff,” Brind’Amour said when comments from the Rangers were relayed to him on Monday. “I don’t know what he’s talking about. It’s not … Read more

Josh Donaldson’s latest run-in raises difficult questions about just what kind of teammate he is

Maybe you interpreted the fighting this weekend at Yankee Stadium as a direct result of a racist comment by Josh Donaldson to Tim Anderson. Or maybe you believe that Donaldson was simply poking fun at Anderson by calling the Black player “Jackie,” which Donaldson said stemmed from the White Sox standout once telling Sports Illustrated … Read more

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 strike confident tone heading into key Game 3 vs. Hurricanes

The Rangers have been here before, nearly two weeks ago, trailing by two games in a playoff series and on their heels heading home to Madison Square Garden. This team made coming back their hallmark during the regular season, so why not in the playoffs? It would save everyone some stress if the Rangers did … Read more

Hurricanes’ Antti Raanta using Henrik Lundqvist lessons to stifle Rangers

Sitting at the podium and facing a question about Carolina backup goaltender Antti Raanta following the Hurricanes’ victory over the Rangers in Game 2 of their second-round playoff series, Brendan Smith’s mind drifted to Henrik Lundqvist.  Smith, who joined the Rangers during the 2016-17 season, was not in New York at Lundqvist’s peak. But the … Read more

Max Scherzer injury injects dose of reality into Mets’ magical start

The Mets entered this year with the best pitching tandem in baseball. Now they don’t know when either of their aces will take the mound again. Shortly before Pete Alonso brought joy to Queens with an extra-inning, walk-off home run to beat the Cardinals, the Mets announced yesterday that Max Scherzer will join Jacob deGrom … Read more

Rangers must finally eliminate costly mid-game lulls from DNA

RALEIGH, N.C. — 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