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Posted On Wednesday, 06.11.2014 / 2:18 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

Vigneault conjures humor in Rangers' dire situation

NEW YORK -- With his team trailing the Los Angeles Kings 3-0 in the best-of-7 Stanley Cup Final and on the brink of elimination, New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault found some time for levity following what may be his team's final practice of the season.

Entering Game 4 of the Cup Final on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS), Vigneault closed his media availability by referencing, of all things, a humorous commercial for Netflix.

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Posted On Wednesday, 06.11.2014 / 1:20 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

Desperate Rangers plan to stay the course vs. Kings

NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers trail the Los Angeles Kings 3-0 in the best-of-7 Stanley Cup Final entering Game 4 Wednesday at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS). But the Rangers aren't looking to change much as they begin the long road back from a very deep hole.

"I think we just need to keep doing what we're doing," forward Carl Hagelin said after practice Wednesday. "There are a few mistakes in our own end that we can fix. Other than that it's just a matter of scoring timely goals. That's what they've been good at all series. It's time for us to do that [Wednesday]."

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Posted On Tuesday, 06.10.2014 / 2:56 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

Rangers forward Carcillo eligible to return to lineup

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers forward Daniel Carcillo has completed his six-game suspension and is excited to be eligible to play again. But with the Rangers trailing the Los Angeles Kings 3-0 in the best-of-7 Stanley Cup Final, he had no word regarding his place in the lineup for Game 4 on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

"We haven't really talked about it," Carcillo said after participating in New York's optional skate Tuesday at MSG. "It feels good to be back around the guys in the room. As far as the lineup goes, I have no idea what's going to happen."

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Posted On Monday, 06.09.2014 / 3:47 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

Rangers excited to play historic game at Garden

NEW YORK -- Trailing the Los Angeles Kings 2-0 in the Stanley Cup Final after dropping Games 1 and 2 in overtime, the New York Rangers are understandably excited to bring the best-of-7 series back to Madison Square Garden. They're expecting a boisterous home crowd for Game 3 on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS), which should be even more raucous considering the Garden will be hosting its first Cup Final game in 20 years.

MSG last played host to the Cup Final in 1994, when the Rangers hoisted hockey's grandest prize for the first time in 54 years with a Game 7 victory against the Vancouver Canucks. The shadow of that historic 1994 team looms large over this edition of the Rangers.

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Posted On Monday, 06.09.2014 / 2:04 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

Kings far from satisfied despite 2-0 series lead

NEW YORK -- The Los Angeles Kings appear to have a stranglehold on the Stanley Cup Final against the New York Rangers heading into Game 3 on Monday at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

But despite holding a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series after winning 5-4 in overtime Saturday, the Kings aren't satisfied with their overall performance.

They're hoping to improve on their mistakes in Game 3 and take a commanding 3-0 series lead in the process.

"There's plenty of room for improvement. We are well aware of the circumstances coming into the game," forward Justin Williams said. "Could we be coming in here 0-2? Yes. Could it be tied? Absolutely. But we found a way to get it done. We're proud of that, but we know you don't want to give any life to this team."

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Posted On Sunday, 06.08.2014 / 8:17 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

Rangers confident despite 2-0 deficit in Cup Final

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- The New York Rangers' cross-country flight on Sunday may have felt much longer than five-and-a-half hours, especially after the Los Angeles Kings rallied for a 5-4 double-overtime victory in Game 2 on Saturday to take a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Final.

But despite losing Games 1 and 2 at Staples Center, the Rangers sounded confident, some may say defiant, heading into Game 3 of the best-of-7 series Monday at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

"In the last game, I thought we were the best team. Even in the first game, we had more quality chances than them," forward Mats Zuccarello said shortly after the Rangers arrived at Westchester County Airport. "We all do mistakes and sometimes it's going to cost us goals. But as a team we're confident and we all stick together. We have to win two at home to even the series."


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Posted On Monday, 06.02.2014 / 3:46 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

Talbot, Miller remain day-to-day for Rangers

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Goaltender Cam Talbot and forward J.T. Miller did not skate for the New York Rangers on Monday and are considered day-to-day, according to coach Alain Vigneault.

Miller skated on his own before the Rangers practiced Monday and is expected to participate in practice Tuesday. He has been out with an upper-body injury since falling shoulder-first into the goal post during the second period in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Montreal Canadiens. He has two assists in four playoff games after totaling three goals and six points in 30 regular-season games.

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Posted On Friday, 05.30.2014 / 1:06 AM

By Tal Pinchevsky -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Canadiens-Rangers series blog

Rangers' Stepan forgives Canadiens' Prust for late hit

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers forward Derek Stepan still can't eat solid foods. After a hit early in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final from Montreal Canadiens forward and former teammate Brandon Prust fractured his jaw, Stepan had surgery and will be eating through a straw for roughly the next six weeks.

He hopes he will be able to eat properly at his wedding this summer. But with the Rangers now moving on to the Stanley Cup Final after a 1-0 victory in Game 6 on Thursday gave them a 4-2 series win against the Canadiens, Stepan has looked past the late hit that earned Prust a two-game suspension.

"I'm not going to hold it against [Prust]. He finished his check," Stepan said after the series-clinching win. "He feels bad about it. He knows it was late. We move on from there."


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Posted On Thursday, 05.29.2014 / 12:58 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Canadiens-Rangers series blog

Diaz set to step in for Moore on Rangers defense

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers defenseman Raphael Diaz will replace John Moore against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final on Thursday at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

The Rangers lead the best-of-7 series 3-2.

Diaz confirmed after the Rangers' morning skate that he would be in for Moore, who was suspended two games Wednesday by the NHL's Department of Player Safety for an illegal hit to the head of Canadiens' forward Dale Weise in the third period of Game 5 on Tuesday.

"I'm fresh and I didn't play for a couple of weeks. Now I've got the opportunity," Diaz said. "I have fresh legs, but it's important to find the rhythm right away from the start. This is really important."

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.28.2014 / 7:45 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Canadiens-Rangers series blog

Canadiens: 2-game ban for Rangers' John Moore 'fair'

NEW YORK -- The Montreal Canadiens chose their words carefully after the NHL Department of Player Safety announced Wednesday that New York Rangers defenseman John Moore was suspended for two games.

Moore received the two-game ban for an illegal hit on Canadiens forward Dale Weise with 9:19 remaining in the third period of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final. He was assessed a match penalty on the play.

"If you talk to us, we're probably thinking more [games]. If you talk to the Rangers, they're thinking less. I guess it's kind of a middle ground," Montreal forward Daniel Briere said moments after the suspension was announced. "I think the biggest thing is hopefully seeing that Dale is OK. That's what matters the most for us."


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