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Wednesday - April 13th

According to Larry Brooks in the New York Post, Vitali Kravtsov and the Rangers have patched things over and that plans are being made for Kravtsov to come to New York over the Summer to prepare for next season's training camp.

The picture painted in the article presents a very different story from the ones that came out after the young Russian departed North America following his demotion from training camp last September.

It's hard to believe that things have been mended so well on both sides of the argument at this point, so we'll have to wait and see where this goes. It would still seem likely that a trade could be made at or around the Entry Draft (July 7th an 8th), or ahead of the July 13th free agency period.

If Kravtsov is still a Ranger at that point, then I think chances are much higher that he'll be coming to camp, but I remain skeptical at this point.

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Filip Chytil 6/7
Took a hard check from Hedman and left the game late in the second period and did not return
 
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Skated for the first time, but is still probably at least a couple of weeks away. Could return if the NYR make it to the next round
 
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August 19th, 2021

Earlier this year the Rangers won by a margin of nine goals as they beat the Flyers 9-0. How many times has the margin been bigger?

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Artemi Panarin scores the OT game winner in game seven


No Quit In New York - For Sure
Posted by Toby Ivey ≡ 3:01:20 PM - May 16, 2022

On the surface, the Rangers had one of the most successful regular seasons in franchise history.  They recorded the second most wins - 52 and third most points - 110, of any Ranger team to play over the course of their 93 season history.   Their goalie was nominated for both the Hart Trophy and Vezina, the team finished second for the William Jennings - awarded to the team with the lowest goals against, and Gerard Gallant had consideration to be among the best for the coach in the NHL.

Throw in a career year for Chris Kreider, who set new franchise records for single season totals in Power Play Goals - 26 and Game Winning Goals - 11, as well as career highs in points for the likes of Mika Zibanejad, Artemi Panarin and Adam Fox, and you have a team that really has exceeded most expectations.

But under the surface, the Rangers haven't looked as good as their stats might suggest.  They don't control games for the most part, and are more an opportunistic team that just seems to find a way.  Their slogan for this season: No Quit in New York - is probably the best way to describe them, because it's been their ability to find a way despite what's going on in the actual game.

Whether it's being dominated in the face off circle, or on the shot clock.  The overreliance on their power play or Shesterkin, the Rangers probably won't intimidate anyone, and yet he we are.

A series that saw the Rangers fall into a 3-1 series deficit following two ugly losses in Pittsburgh, which saw Igor Shesterkin give up 10 goals in 60 minutes of playing time across the two games.  Then to come back to MSG and fall behind 2-0 in the second period of an elimination game, take a lead, and then give it almost instantaneously back before the period was over, only to win on a shot that bounced fortuitously to Filip Chytil for his first career playoff goal to keep the Rangers alive.

And then to almost repeat the blueprint in Game 6 back in Pittsburgh.  Again falling behind 2-0, and then a matter of minutes, turn the game around again....though letting Pittsburgh back in once again immediately after the Rangers took the lead.  Then to finish the game off with a goal that really should have been saved with less than 90 seconds left, a goal that gave Kreider a franchise leading 8th playoff game winner.

It seems unfathomable really.  Over half the Rangers wins in the regular season came after the team fell behind.  27 of 52 wins to be precise, so perhaps it's not surprising that the Rangers seemed to follow that same pattern in the playoffs.  Even Game 3 - which they ultimately lost 7-4 after a couple of empty net goals, saw the Rangers come storming back from 4-1 down to tie the game 4-4.  In fact the only dud in the series was really Game 4 where the Penguins crowd seemed to get a bit inside of Shesterkin, and the Rangers heads.

This resilience though kept the Rangers in games, and ultimately gave them a shot last night to become just the third Rangers team to come back after trailing in a best of seven series 3-1.

Unlike the previous three games in the series, the Rangers managed to score first this time round only to see the lead erased by the end of the period on a careless double-minor by Jacob Trouba for high sticking Penguins defenseman Mike Matheson as they both drove to the Pittsburgh net.

It was an odd sort of goal, and one that was typical in this series of odd goals.  Danton Heinen's shot was initially waved off, only for the horn to sound mid-play as the game continued.  Toronto had reviewed and clearly the puck had crossed the line before Adam Fox had gotten to it.

The next Penguins goal also had to be reviewed by Toronto, after Jake Guentzel kicked the puck into the air and then tapped it in with a stick that was close to or above crossbar height.  The referees initially ruled it as a goal, and Toronto ultimately concurred after they were unable to find a good angle that showed clearly whether the stick was too high.  It was a 50-50 call, something that seemed to fall more to the Penguins in the series than to the Rangers.

At this point it would have been easy to get caught up in the frustration of a borderline call going the wrong way, but instead the Rangers got some fortune of their own, K'Andre Miller's pass to the goal mouth deflecting in off of Matheson's skate and sliding over the crease before Tristan Jarry could move across.

Pittsburgh would regain the lead though later in the second, when Evan Rodrigues picked off a soft pass from Chytil at the Penguins blueline and would make a smart move to delay his backhanded shot just a moment, foiling Miller's valiant defensive attempt to make it 3-2 Pittsburgh, a score that would carry into the final period of regulation.

Getting anything done in the third period was proving to be difficult, with the Penguins making it difficult to complete passes, and even harder to get shots on goal.  Not until the final six minutes or so did the Rangers finally get a chance, and it was Zibanejad again stepping to the fore.  With Alexis Lafreniere and Marcus Petterson grappling behind the net, Lafreniere's headlock dislodged Petterson's helmet, causing the blueliner to make the decision to leave the ice.

It was a play that both Penguins coach Mike Sullivan and their captain Sidney Crosby both complained about after the game, but it was also similar to a situation that had happened to them just one year before against the Islanders, in which Sullivan actively sought clarification from the league on the rule.  Clearly the Penguins leadership was aware of the rules, even if they didn't like the outcome here.

With the Penguins briefly down a man, John Marino was forced into a turnover, the puck finding Zibanejad open for a rifle up high and the third tied score of the game.

Both teams played out the remaining time in regulation, and headed to their second overtime of the series. While Game 1 took almost an additional 46 minutes to resolve, it would take far less this time round.

Miller was again involved, this time drawing a penalty as he pounced on a loose puck and got position on Brock McGinn to drive to the net.  Maginn was forced to get his stick in on Miller to prevent a clean breakaway, taking a penalty in the process.

Gerard Gallant took the team timeout, and the top unit went to work to try and reverse an 0 for 3 night on the power play.  As it turned out, they needed all but 9 seconds of their two minutes to finally send the Garden into a cacophony of cheers.  Artemi Panarin, who had struggled all night, including taking two penalties, got a shot to go past/through two defenders and by Jarry for the winning tally.

The Rangers had come back twice in the game, and in three consecutive games, to win the series 4-3.  It was the fourth time that the Penguins had given up a 3-1 series lead, the third time that the Rangers had recovered, and it also handed the Penguins their first Game 7 road loss in franchise history, having gone a perfect 6-0 in the previous six attempts.

It was a game the Rangers could easily have lost, and yet like they've done so many times this year, they found a way.  It seems far from compatible with long-term success, but that's something I've been saying all year.

Clearly the Rangers will have to be better if they hope to survive Carolina, but if there's one thing I've learned about this team this year.  It ain't over 'til it's over.



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Has been an active follower of the New York Rangers since the 1996-97 season. Began OutsideTheGarden.com in 2001, and has continued to collect data and provide analysis on the team through to the current day.

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