Mika Zibanejad kept the magic alive under Gerard Gallant

RALEIGH, NC — It’s a story that goes back quite early in the season when the Rangers were trying to establish themselves under incoming head coach Gerard Gallant. The record was 10-4-3 and was achieved in large part by the singular brilliance of Igor Shesterkin when the Sabers visited the Garden on November 21. It … Read more

Is this the beginning of the end for Chris Paul, Sidney Crosby?

Title windows often open and close quickly in professional sports. Father Time remains undefeated, and there are no guarantees of lasting success in a world where free agent departures and serious injuries are so prevalent. Amid an exciting and not-so-exciting group of Game 7s in the NBA and NHL over the weekend, we saw a … Read more

Rangers’ refusal to surrender reflects 2015 team’s winning DNA

There were the Rangers celebrating in that same left corner at the end of Seventh Garden Avenue that they had been seven years and two days earlier. There were the Rangers doing it again. Then it was Derek Stepan with a Game 7 winner in overtime to end the rally 3-1 in the series and … Read more

It’s time for Rangers and Artemi Panarin to meet the moment in Game 7

This is the time and this is the place where these bands of Rangers can write their own history and establish themselves as the rightful heirs of the Henrik Lundqvist era. It’s Game 7 night, with the Rangers and Penguins returning to it once again on Sunday under the lights of Broadway. This is the … Read more

Igor Shesterkin saves an assist in Rangers’ Game 6 win

PITTSBURGH — The Rangers have relied on goaltender Igor Shesterkin throughout the season. On Friday night, he even provided an assist at a crucial moment in their 5-3 Game 6 win over the Penguins. With the Rangers power-playing in the second period, Shesterkin skated without hesitation to the bottom of the right face-off circle to … Read more

Rangers’ Igor Shesterkin finally finds Vezina form

Vezina Trophy favorite Igor Shesterkin showed up again Wednesday night with the season on the line. Once again, he was the goalkeeper who led Rangers to a surprising second-place finish in the Metropolitan Division and the difference maker who some believe could lead them on a big playoff run. “He made some real key saves,” … Read more

Why Gerard Gallant is reluctant to change his Rangers happy to pass

In his three years behind the Rangers bench, it drove David Quinn crazy when the elite players shunned glorious opportunities to score sweet spots on the ice in order to try and make one more pass that would make the more perfect play, as if a mere aim of the slot was just too pedestrian … Read more

Rangers suffer crushing triple overtime loss to Penguins in Game 1

Although Penguins guard Casey DeSmith came out with an apparent injury and brought a cold Louis Domingue into the second OT, Pittsburgh still emerged with a 4-3 win and a 1-0 series lead after ‘Evgeni Malkin deflected a shot from the point just under six minutes into the third overtime period. Much earlier, Rangers and … Read more

Rangers can’t rely on perceived advantage against Penguins

There’s a quiet sense of confidence that emanates from Igor Shesterkin that has permeated his team throughout the season, if not from the moment he arrived on Broadway the first week of January 2020. Is there a misuse of a pronoun in the preceding sentence? I do not think so. Are Rangers “his team?” To … Read more