I'm still in complete shock,

The moment that Stoll scored i stood there frozen realizing that our Stanley cup run was over in a matter of minutes. Honestly, it was so hard seeing Canucks with there gloomy faces and seeing LA Kings jumping in excitement! I really thought we could of taken it to game 6 but then again i was reminding myself to keep my hopes low because you never know when something could happen. The way that Canucks started the game really made me think “Yeah we got this” but ugh that LA goal just UGH! But anyways i just want to say that I will stay a Canucks fan for the rest of my life, and i will wait and see what happens! NO they did not let us down whatever happened was just meant to be. But still it just shocks me to think that we won the Presidents Trophy back to back years, number 1 in the league AND THAT WE WERE SUPPOSE TO GO FAR. Winning the Presidents Trophy really made me think “YES, JUST LIKE LAST YEAR, WE WILL HAVE A GREAT RUN” buh oh well! Tell you the truth I am actually really scared to see what will happen to our team, and how it will look next season but for now i just wannah say.. THANK YOU CANUCKS FOR AN AMAZING SEASON , EXCITED TO SEE YOU GUYS BACK ON THE ICE IN OCTOBER! <3 LOVE YOU SO MUCH!

rangers playoff games more like watching ur shitty ass president’s trophy winners actually not be able to fucking score a goal

Bolts and Caps on the verge of upsets

Start of the second round of the Eastern conference playoffs, don’t think a ton of people would have picked DC and Tampa to move on to the 3rd round. The Rangers are the President Trophy winners, and Montreal is a top team with maybe the NHL’s MVP on their roster (cough cough Price). So what has happened?

3-0 games to Tampa, what?!? Last year (given Tampa starter Bishop was our with an injury), Montreal swept Tampa in the first round of the playoffs. O how the tables seemed to have turned. Now it will be Tampa with a chance to sweep in game 4. And game three proves the margins of victory and defeat are so small. Despite being outshot badly, Tampa secured the win with 1.1 (!) seconds left when playoff sensation Tyler Johnson buried the feed from Hedman. When you see the play, my only question is “how do you let the playoffs goal leader stand that alone in front of the net?” Like somebody has to just pull him down and take a penalty in that situation. Better to go into overtime having to kill a penalty then give the guy a tap in with 1 second left. Didn’t they learn anything from the Rangers in game 1? Gotta play to the whistle… This is a hill that I doubt the Habs can climb. Tampa just seems to have their number, and Bishop has been way too solid this series to give up a 3-0 lead. 

Washington 3, Rangers 1: Also a result not many would have predicted. And this man above (Holtby) has been the difference. You can’t even say Lundqvist has been bad for NY, it’s just Holtby has been out of this world! Every game has been close; 1-2, 3-2, 1-0, and 2-1. All games that could have gone either way, and in all but game 2, they’ve gone the way of the Caps. Biggest reason, Mr. Holtby. No where was this more visible than last night, when (leading 2-1 in the third) Holtby robbed Hagelin on a penalty shot attempt to preserve the win. 

The one note on this series is that the games have all been so close. While the Caps can now close out the series, it wouldn’t take much for the Rangers to be right back into it. They’ve done this before, in fact as recently as last year. When in route to a SCF appearance, they came back from being down 1-3 to the Pens, to win the series. Can the Rangers use that experience and get past #70 and the Caps? We’ll see.

Well since my Wings are out, how about we cheer on the Habs. (sees them behind 3-0) NOPE! Uh. Okay…well what about the New York Ra- NOPE. Ugh! Well I don’t want the Ducks OR Hawks to win SO WHO THE FUCK DO I HAVE LEFT. Everyone I thought would come out great is sucking for some reason. WHAT IS HAPPENING. #AnyoneButTheLightningPLEASE

NHL Playoffs 2015: Wednesday Vegas Odds, Schedule and Predictions

The 2015 NHL playoffs skate forward at a bristling pace into Wednesday night’s action, which features a Game 3 in the Eastern Conference Final not short on implications moving forward.  

The Tampa Bay Lightning snatched the momentum away from the New York Rangers in Game 2 with a dominant victory after the Presidents’ Trophy winners took the opener, evening the series at 1-1 before heading south for Games 3 and 4. But all the Rangers need is one victory in Tampa Bay to retake home-ice advantage and put the pressure back on the Lightning.

Let’s take a look at everything to know for Wednesday’s action.

Wednesday, May 20 NHL Playoff Schedule and Odds

Odds courtesy of Odds Shark

Game 3: New York Rangers at Tampa Bay Lightning

A gut-check performance loomed in Game 2 with the Lightning needing to muster up some belief in themselves before heading back to Tampa Bay. That’s exactly what followed, and now they’re in the driver’s seat returning home.

A goal-scoring explosion seemed inevitable for the Lightning at some point, even going up against stud goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. They got it in Game 3, slipping six goals past the netminder in a 6-2 victory.

A hat trick from Tyler Johnson paved the way for Tampa Bay, which has been a familiar sight this postseason—not the hat tricks per se, but the scoring. As ESPN’s John Buccigross noted, he’s just one goal away from tying the franchise’s single postseason record:

As for the Rangers, they can take some pride in knowing they can’t play much worse. Uncharacteristic errors from New York helped the opponents get some of their scoring chances, and a defense that had kept every postseason game to a one-goal affair got considerably exposed.

The players are taking solace in knowing they are still three wins away from returning to the Stanley Cup Final, as the team’s Twitter noted:

The Rangers have endured too much success throughout adversity—even in these playoffs—to press the reset button now, but that’s not to say they aren’t in danger as Wednesday’s pivotal Game 3 looms.

As scary as it seems, Game 2 wasn’t even Tampa Bay at its best. The Lightning were simply at their most opportunistic and built the confidence they will need throughout the rest of the series.

That momentum should materialize in Game 3 with an early lead at home against a goaltender whose number they’ve had lately. And as these playoffs have indicated, the Lightning are unbeatable after notching the first goal, as Yahoo Sports NHL noted:

The Rangers should play much more inspired hockey in Game 3 than they posted the last time out, but that won’t keep the Lightning’s potent attackers at bay. Steven Stamkos and Co. are flying high after scoring at will in Game 2, and that should continue as they open their home slate of the Eastern Conference Final.

Prediction: Lightning 4, Rangers 2

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The Mystery of the Eastern Conference Finals and 3 Essentials for Each Team

Talk about a tough series to predict. The New York Rangers, the Presidents’ Trophy winners of the regular season, against the young on-the-rise Tampa Bay Lightning. The series is so tough to predict because of all the former players on each side, how similar these teams are, and the Rangers 0-3 r…


New York Rangers' Biggest Advantages in Playoffs Are Preparation, Will to Win

“We talked about how the Rangers are a team that run more faceoff plays than any team in the National Hockey League,” NBC hockey analyst Eddie Olczyk said in dissecting how Derek Stepan scored his overtime winner for the New York Rangers Wednesday night in Game 7 against the Washington Capitals. “Offensive zone, neutral zone, defensive zone. And this was one of those plays.”

As always, Eddie O was spot on. It was the Rangers’ preparation to detail on a faceoff between Stepan and the Capitals’ Eric Fehr that made the winning difference in the end for the Presidents’ Trophy winners in a 2-1 victory.

The Rangers looked like a team well-rehearsed for such a key moment. The Capitals, to take nothing away from them as they played a heck of a Game 7, looked just slightly less organized for the action surrounding their defensive zone draw. It doesn’t take much to make the winning difference in a Game 7, but this was it.

That’s why the Rangers, despite being pushed to the limit, down 3-1 in the series, are and will be so tough to beat moving on. They do the fundamentals so well, which at this time of the year is everything.

Stepan might get most of the credit for the play on the faceoff, but in reality, it was a tie between him and Fehr after the puck was dropped by the linesman. Stepan and Fehr muscled each other, with the puck staying uncontrolled at their feet.

The player who really won the faceoff for the Rangers was Swedish right winger Jesper Fast, who outhustled the bigger Andre Burakovsky to the loose puck and backhanded it to teammate Keith Yandle along the half-boards. Yandle then fed the puck out to Dan Girardi at the point for a big slap shot, but it was the ongoing maneuvering of Stepan that made the goal possible.

Stepan squirmed free from Fehr, still chasing the puck after Fast got it out, and was all alone when Caps goalie Braden Holtby allowed a juicy rebound from Girardi’s shot. The Caps were scrambling around, following the puck, while the Rangers seemed already to be knowing where it was going.

Entering Game 7, the Capitals actually had a big edge on the Rangers on faceoffs in these playoffs (55.8 percent to 44.8 percent). The Rangers finished in a tie for 28th in the NHL in the regular season in winning faceoffs, at 46.7 percent. 

But as the winning goal showed, you don’t always have to win the faceoff outright to get control of the puck. Rangers coach Alain Vigneault has his forwards well prepared to crash the area around the dot to regain control in case the guy taking the draw doesn’t win it.

As Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh summed up his team’s play in OT to assembled reporters: “We spent some good quality time in their zone. In overtime there we had to play a few shifts in our end. Ultimately this group found a way, coming back from being down one there early on. It’s a great feeling for sure to come through here on home ice in front of the crowd.”

This was a great series to watch, and a shame one team had to lose, as longtime Edmonton Journal hockey writer Jim Matheson noted: 

So NYR win four games by a goal, and the Caps win 3. Definition of a realclose series, I’d say. No disgrace for Wash. They battled hard.

— Jim Matheson (@NHLbyMatty)

May 14, 2015

Again, the Rangers kept doing the little things just a bit better than Washington in the final three games. They played with better discipline as Game 7 went along (Washington’s three straight penalties late in the first period and into the second were a killer, with one being converted into a Kevin Hayes tying goal).

The Rangers didn’t lose their heads after key defenseman Dan Boyle was taken out on a hard hit by Caps defender Brooks Orpik in the second period, a hit that NBC analyst Mike Milbury feels should be given supplemental discipline. 

And before we end, let’s give proper homage to Henrik Lundqvist for another huge showing in a Game 7. It’s not like he’s never done this before. In fact, check out this amazing coincidental fact, displayed in a tweet by's Andrew Shapiro:

5/13/13: Henrik 35 saves, Rangers win Game 7 5/13/14: Henrik 35 saves, Rangers win Game 7 5/13/15: Henrik 35 saves, Rangers win Game 7

— Andrew Shapiro (@AndrewShapiro10)

May 14, 2015

Three straight years, on the 13th of May, winning a Game 7, each time with 35 saves? Amazing. Maybe Alex Ovechkin should have checked those numbers before guaranteeing a win in Game 7, eh? 

Lundqvist knows all about comebacks, and the Capitals continue to know all about blown series leads. As Sean McIndoe noted before Game 7 for Grantland: 

A loss tomorrow would mark the 10th time in franchise history that the Capitals found a way to lose a series in which they held a two-game lead. That’s not easy to do; historically, teams that lead a series 3-1 go on to win 90 percent of the time, with those that lead 2-0 faring almost as well. And yet the Capitals find a way to do it every few years. That’s almost impressive.

Ovechkin was excellent in Game 7, though. He scored the Caps’ only goal, after all, and played hard. But the Rangers not only played just a bit harder when it mattered, they played a bit smarter.

It’s why they move on and the Caps, once again, go home.

Adrian Dater has covered the NHL since 1995. Follow him @Adater.

Quotes supplied from New York Rangers public relations.

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In fact, Presidents’ Trophy winners have won more playoff series than expected in 41 percent of postseasons since 1986, matching expectations 23 percent of the time and falling short 36 percent of the time.

Statistically, then, there’s no significant difference between how much playoff success you would expect Presidents’ Trophy winners to have based on their regular-season performance and how much they actually wound up having.

In other words, there is no curse of the President’s Trophy.

Rangers avoid elimination from Stanley Cup play-offs with 2-1 overtime win against Capitals

Rangers avoid elimination from Stanley Cup play-offs with 2-1 overtime win against Capitals

Ryan McDonagh was the overtime hero for New York Rangers, after Chris Kreider had earlier equalised to prolong the season of the Presidents’ Trophy winners.

The Washington Capitals headed into game five at Madison Square Garden needing just one win to advance to the Eastern Conference finals, and were on the verge of that victory courtesy of Curtis Glencross’ goal inside the final 10 minutes.


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Stanley Cup Playoffs 2015: TV, Live Stream Info for Capitals vs. Rangers Game 7

The only Game 7 of the conference semifinal round was saved for last, as the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals will battle in a do-or-die affair at Madison Square Garden Wednesday night.

The Presidents’ Trophy winners took quite the unconventional path to get here, going down 3-1 in the series and coming within two minutes of elimination in Game 5. From that point on, the Rangers have willed their way back into the series and have pushed things to one final game.

Awaiting the winner are the Tampa Bay Lightning, who join the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks as the only ones left standing for the Stanley Cup. Without further ado, let’s look at everything to know for Game 7.

Game 7: Capitals at Rangers

Time (ET): 7:30 p.m.

Where: Madison Square Garden, New York

TV: NBC Sports Network

Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra


It’s no secret that the Rangers have the edge entering Game 7, having battled back in resilient fashion from a 3-1 hole and returning to the confines of Madison Square Garden. But that’s not the only thing tilting in New York’s favor.

Just about every number you can find points toward the Rangers taking care of business. They’re 9-0 in elimination games at the Garden dating back to 2008 and have won all six Game 7 contests they have hosted in the building.

As if that’s not enough, the Capitals are historically poor in series-clinching situations. After dropping their last two opportunities (the last of which was at home), the Caps are now 3-11 in series-clinching opportunities.

To say that has Alex Ovechkin and Co. down on their chances, though, would be a straight-up lie. In fact, the Capitals captain went as far as to guarantee victory after the Game 6 defeat, per Katie Strang of

“We’re going to come back and win the series,” Ovechkin told Strang. “We’re going to play our game, and we’re going to come back, and we’re going to play Montreal or Tampa.”

It’s not hard to see why Washington would bring such confidence into Game 7 even after their last two losses. One goal has decided each of the six games in the series, continuing what has been an even rivalry over the last five seasons, per ESPN Stats & Info:

The Rangers have endured plenty of trouble generating goals through much of this series, producing just two goals throughout a nine-period stretch. But the emergence of Chris Kreider—three goals in the last two games, including a game-tying goal late in Game 5—in front of net has helped New York to regain its edge.

Braden Holtby has been the key to stopping the Rangers attack, but Game 6 marked just the first time in the series that his save percentage dropped below .900 in a game. If he’s able to return to his form from earlier in the series, the Capitals should be in good shape.

But with Ovechkin and the Capitals facing another dreaded Game 7 and coming off his guarantee, there’s no doubting that this is about No. 8 on Washington, per ESPN’s John Buccigross:

The Rangers are just one victory away from a meeting with the Lightning in what would produce endless storylines between players that recently switched sides in the Martin St. Louis trade. But before they can worry about that, Ovechkin and crew have to be beaten one last time.

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Rangers No Strangers to Playing From Behind

The Presidents’ Trophy winners are on the brink of elimination. Braden Holtby and the Washington defense have stifled the New York offense, and the Rangers now find themselves needing to win three games in a row in order to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. There’s no question that win…


Daily Fantasy Hockey 2015: NHL DraftKings Picks for May 8

With the New York Rangers and Calgary Flames each desperately in need of a home victory, Friday sets up a tell-all night in the 2015 NHL playoffs. Both will be looking to continue the fight-back response displayed by the Montreal Canadiens Thursday night.

Things haven’t gone according to plan for the once-Stanley Cup-favorite Rangers, who have been put on the brink of elimination by the Washington Capitals entering Game 5. The Presidents’ Trophy winners should be expected to post an inspired performance with their season on the line. 

Such troubles haven’t come the Anaheim Ducks’ way much against the Flames, but that’s being tested after Calgary’s overtime win in Game 3. The underdogs finally got some pucks past Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen, but can they keep it up?

With $50,000 in DraftKings currency to spare, let’s piece together the best lineup for daily fantasy stardom among Friday’s two games.

NHL DraftKings Lineup for Friday, May 8

Centers: Derick Brassard ($5,300) and Evgeny Kuznetsov ($5,200)

If the Rangers are going to show any sort of resilience and ability to put some pucks in the net in a do-or-die Game 5, it’s going to come from the top line. No option among that trio is more affordable than center Derick Brassard, who has two of New York’s five goals in the entire series and two games producing at least four DK points.

High-value options across the ice for the Capitals are few and far between assuming Henrik Lundqvist has his way between the pipes, but one is Evgeny Kuznetsov. He has four goals in the postseason, including one so far against the Rangers.

Wingers: Corey Perry ($9,000), Carl Hagelin ($4,200) and Matt Beleskey ($4,500)

Ducks right winger Corey Perry costs a pretty penny, but he’s worth every cent. Anaheim’s top offensive presence has taken it to another level in the Calgary series, scoring three times and assisting four more. Shying away from Perry due to his massive salary would leave DK players at a disadvantage, as he’s sure to feature in many lineups and put up points.

Carl Hagelin’s Rangers squad faces a more uphill battle, and he’s only notched one assist so far in the Capitals series. But few Rangers forwards are more capable of stepping up when the team needs it most (see: Game 5 against the Penguins), and his five-shots-on-goal performance in Game 4 shows his aggressiveness.

When it comes to dependable goal scorers at an affordable rate, no option is better than Matt Beleskey. The Ducks winger has notched a goal in three games running, with 10 shots on goal in the series.

Defensemen: Kris Russell ($5,600) and Hampus Lindholm ($4,000)

Kris Russell has gladly stepped into a more offensive role with captain defenseman Mark Giordano still out, notching four points in the Flames’ six-game win over Vancouver. He’s added one more helper in the Ducks series, but his incredible affinity for blocking shots—he has a whopping 38 in his last 10 games—makes him a consistent producer.

Hampus Lindholm of the Ducks doesn’t give up the body in the same way, but he produces points at a noticeable level with a goal and two assists in three games against Calgary. Topping five DK points in two games against the Flames, he’s a safe bet at $4,000.

Goalie: Henrik Lundqvist ($8,900)

Taking the highest-salaried goaltender who is down 3-1 in the series seems like suicide, but don’t be ignorant to the power of Lundqvist. Even in the Rangers’ last two defeats, he’s only let up a total of three goals, saving 49 of a possible 52 shots.

The Rangers’ resilient Game 5 effort should start on the defensive side, where they should be expected to close down the slot and keep things relatively tidy for Lundqvist as he leads them to a much-needed victory.

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