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Glen Sather is a General Manager of the Year Award Finalist

May 23rd, 2015 at 1:15 AM
By Suzanna Bezyan

Glen Sather of the New York Rangers, Steve Yzerman of the Tampa Bay Lightning, and Bob Murray of the Anaheim Ducks are the three finalists for the 2014-15 NHL General Manager of the Year Award.

Per the NHL, voting for this award was conducted among the 30 club general managers and a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media at the conclusion of the Second Round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 24, during the 2015 NHL Awards from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Per the NHL, Glen Sather, New York Rangers:

Sather assembled a roster that went 53-22-7 (113 points) during the regular season to set franchise records for wins and points in capturing the third Presidents' Trophy in franchise history. The Rangers also led the NHL and set club records for road wins (28) and points (58). With a successful mix of 25-and-under standouts (Kevin Hayes, Chris Kreider, Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan), veteran draft picks (Carl Hagelin, Henrik Lundqvist, Marc Staal), trade acquisitions (Derick Brassard, Kevin Klein, Rick Nash, Martin St. Louis, Keith Yandle) and free agents (Dan Boyle, Dan Girardi), the Rangers have advanced to the Conference Finals for the third time in the past four seasons. Sather is a finalist for the first time since the award was introduced in 2009-10.

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New York Rangers Get Even with the Tampa Bay Lightning

May 23rd, 2015 at 12:32 AM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The New York Rangers top players gave their all Friday night at Amalie Arena and it paid off. The Rangers had a 5-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final. The best-of-seven series is now tied 2-2.

It was the Rangers first win by more than one goal in this postseason.

After allowing six goals each in Game 2 and 3, Henrik Lundqvist bounced back to his phenomenal performance, making 38 saves.

“We just had to stay the course,” Keith Yandle said. “We have the best goalie in the game, and he makes those saves, They got lots of shots, but not second and third opportunities. After they scored we found a way to get momentum back on our side.”

Offensively, Rick Nash scored twice breaking his scoreless streak, Martin St. Louis scored his first postseason goal, Chris Kreider scored, and Keith Yandle had a goal and two assists.

“For the past while they’ve been answering questions about their offensive production,” head coach Alain Vigneault said of Nash and St. Louis. “For them to score a couple tonight, and for us to have a little bit of breathing room here tonight, was obviously very positive.”

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New York Rangers are Confident Going into Game 4

May 22nd, 2015 at 4:34 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The Tampa Bay Lightning leads the Eastern Conference Final 2-1 against the New York Rangers.

“It’s Game Four and obviously we’re down by one (game) and just like we knew the importance of Games One, Two and Three, we know the importance of this game,” said head coach Alain Vigneault. “We’ll be ready for it.”

The Rangers know how important Game Four is tonight at Amalie Arena.

“It’s absolutely a huge game,” stated team captain Ryan McDonagh. “Either we’re down 3-1 or it’s 2-2 and we’re going home to play at The Garden. We don’t want to look too far ahead, we just want to prepare the right way for (Friday); but we know it’s a big game.”

The Rangers have the confidence and resilience to bounce back from a loss as they’ve shown all season.

“We are as confident as ever in here,” stated alternate captain Marc Staal after the team’s morning skate on Friday. “We know what it takes to win big games. It’s about going in tonight and winning one game. We’re fine. We are a very confident and resilient group in here.”

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Alain Vigneault Says Henrik Lundqvist is “Our Guy”

May 21st, 2015 at 8:25 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

After the New York Rangers lost two games back-to-back giving up 12 goals against the Tampa Bay Lightning, it was questioned whether goaltender Henrik Lundqvist would start in net on Friday in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final at Amalie Arena.

Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault laughed and quick answered “Hank’s our guy.”

“I do know Hank is very accountable, very demanding on himself,” explained Vigneault. “He is going to do what any good goaltender does–put last night’s game behind him and get ready for tomorrow.”

“There’s no other way [to respond] than moving on,” Lundqvist said. “You have to be better. You have to mentally prepare to not get stuck here. You try to learn from it and analyze it, then move on.”

During Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final Lundqvist made 23 saves and since then he has allowed 12 goals on 66 shots. On Wednesday he became the first Rangers goalie to allow six goals in back-to-back playoffs contests since Gump Worsley in 1958, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

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Mats Zuccarello not Yet Ready to Practice with His Teammates

May 21st, 2015 at 7:55 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The New York Rangers took the day off in Tampa on Thursday following Wednesday nights 6-5 overtime loss in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Lightning.

Injured forward Mats Zuccarello however did skate with the other extras and backup goalie Cam Talbot at Amalie Arena in the afternoon.

Head coach Alain Vigneault told reporters that Zuccarello is taking "normal steps" in his recovery "and this is one of them."

Zuccarello has been sidelined indefinitely due to an upper body injury. Zuccarello was hit on the left side of his head by Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh’s slap shot late in the first period during Game 5 of the first-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

A team spokesman told reporters that Zuccarello is not yet ready to practice with his teammates and until then, he will not speak with the media.

Zuccarello scored 15 goals and had 34 assists in the regular season and two assists in the first round series against the Penguins.

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