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Posted On Saturday, 05.23.2015 / 1:12 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Rangers-Lightning series blog

Rangers' Yandle thriving as play opens up

TAMPA -- Keith Yandle scored his first goal of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Friday. It might have been a stress reliever for the New York Rangers defenseman, but he didn't need it to justify how effective he's been in the offensive part of the game in the Eastern Conference Final.

"It's the best I've seen him play so far with the puck," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said Saturday morning.

Yandle is doing the things the Rangers thought he'd be doing from the moment they acquired him from the Arizona Coyotes in a blockbuster trade on March 1 that came at a significant price for New York.

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.20.2015 / 1:39 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Rangers-Lightning series blog

Rangers' Brassard tried to steal Stamkos' stick

TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos thought having an elbow pad thrown at him earlier in the Stanley Cup Playoffs was one of the oddest things to happen to him in a hockey game until New York Rangers center Derick Brassard upped the ante Monday.

By his own admission, Brassard tried to take Stamkos' stick to the Rangers' dressing room following the second period of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Brassard said he saw Stamkos' stick lying on the ice in front of the Rangers' bench after the buzzer signaling the end of the period. He also thought he saw Stamkos heading for the door leading to the Lightning's dressing room, so he figured why not take the stick.

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Posted On Tuesday, 05.19.2015 / 8:30 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Rangers-Lightning series blog

St. Louis focused on Rangers, not return to Tampa

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- New York Rangers right wing Martin St. Louis is trying to treat Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final at Amalie Arena on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports) with the same single-minded focus as the rest of his teammates.

Even if it's harder for him to do that considering the ties he has to this area and the Tampa Bay Lightning, St. Louis was all business after arriving here with the Rangers on Tuesday.

"Coming back here [in the] regular season, it was definitely a tough thing, I think, just being here for so long, but I think we're well past that now," St. Louis said. "Tampa's always going to be a special place for me and my family, but I'm coming here as a New York Ranger and trying to get through this conference final and get to the Stanley Cup Final."


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Posted On Sunday, 05.17.2015 / 4:24 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Rangers-Lightning series blog

Rangers' Glass takes 'maintenance day' at practice

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers left wing Tanner Glass did not practice Sunday after playing in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday. Glass was the only Rangers' player missing from practice who played in Game 1.

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said he didn't have any concern about Glass' availability for Game 2 on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

"Another maintenance day," Vigneault said.

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Posted On Saturday, 05.16.2015 / 5:48 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Rangers-Lightning series blog

Lightning miss center Brian Boyle in Game 1

NEW YORK -- The Tampa Bay Lightning felt the sting of not having center Brian Boyle in the lineup for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers on Saturday.

Boyle is day-to-day with an unspecified injury. The Lightning lost 2-1 and trail the best-of-7 series 1-0.

"He's a big part of our team," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "He kills penalties for us. He's a big body. He can wear on teams. Of course we missed him."


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Posted On Saturday, 05.16.2015 / 11:28 AM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Rangers-Lightning series blog

Rangers forward Glass in lineup for series opener

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers left wing Tanner Glass will play in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports) after missing practice Friday.

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault confirmed Glass will play during his pregame press conference.

The Rangers never gave a specific reason why Glass missed practice Friday other than to say he was having a maintenance day. Vigneault said Friday he expected Glass would be able to play if nothing changed.

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Posted On Friday, 05.15.2015 / 1:56 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Rangers-Lightning series blog

Rangers' Dan Boyle practices, 'all good' for Game 1

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- New York Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle practiced Friday, less than 48 hours after he was injured in the third period of Game 7 against the Washington Capitals, and is expected to play Saturday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning (1 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

"All good," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said when asked about Boyle's status.

Boyle left Game 7 with 9:26 remaining in the third period after he was hit hard in the head area by Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik. Boyle tried to get up twice but couldn't. He was able to skate off the ice but did not return to the game.

Boyle was skating with usual defense partner Marc Staal in practice Friday. Boyle did not speak to the media.

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.13.2015 / 12:55 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Rangers-Capitals series blog

Capitals forward Fehr a possibility for Game 7

NEW YORK -- Washington Capitals center Eric Fehr might be able to play in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the New York Rangers on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports), coach Barry Trotz said.

Fehr, who has been skating with the team, has not played since he sustained an upper-body injury early in Game 3 against the New York Islanders.

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Posted On Monday, 05.11.2015 / 2:46 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Rangers-Capitals series blog

Rangers coach Vigneault won't respond to Ovechkin

Given the opportunity to respond to Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin's "we're going to come back and win this series" statement from Sunday, New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault pleaded ignorance and wouldn't bite when he was essentially bated for bulletin-board material Monday.

"To tell you the truth I haven't heard about the comment, but at the end of the day I would expect players from both teams to want to come in and win," Vigneault said. "For us, our focus and our preparation is going to be on what we need to do for this Game 7. We've had some experience in the past. We know we need to stay in the moment and focus on the process, and that's what we're going to concentrate on doing on Wednesday."

Ovechkin and the Capitals exuded confidence after their 4-3 loss in Game 6 on Sunday that evened the best-of-7 Eastern Conference Second Round series at 3-3 heading into Game 7 on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports). Washington's captain twice said the Capitals are going to win and the second time added that they will play the Montreal Canadiens or Tampa Bay Lightning, which obviously will happen if the Capitals win.

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Posted On Monday, 05.11.2015 / 2:27 AM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Rangers-Capitals series blog

Ovechkin says Capitals will win series vs. Rangers

WASHINGTON -- Despite losing back-to-back potential series-clinching games, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin expressed his optimism in a matter-of-fact way following a 4-3 loss in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the New York Rangers on Sunday.

"We're going to come back and win this series," Ovechkin said.

He stressed that belief later in his postgame comments to the media when talking about Game 7 on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

The winner will play either the Montreal Canadiens or the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Final.

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Quote of the Day

We have no doubt how he can play. You don't, with four teams that are left, you're not getting here without good goaltending. All great goalies left, and [Bishop] is a top-tier goaltender in this league and he's shown it.

— Lightning coach Jon Cooper on goalie Ben Bishop, who shut out the Rangers in Game 5