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Rangers Prepare for "Frustrating" Senators Structure

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

The Rangers dealt with a physical brand of hockey in their six-game win in round one over the Montreal Canadiens. And while Ottawa is sure to not back down from finishing their checks, the battle between the two clubs in the second round appears to be one more focused on puck possession.

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Zibanejad on Ottawa: "It's Like Any Other Team Now"

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Mika Zibanejad knew a postseason meeting with his former team, the Ottawa Senators, could happen when the Rangers moved into the Atlantic Division bracket.

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Rangers vs Senators: What To Know About Ottawa

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

When the Rangers finished off the Montreal Canadiens Saturday in Game 6, their next opponent was not yet known. That changed Sunday when the Ottawa Senators edged the Boston Bruins in overtime in Game 6 to take the series, 4-2.

With the series set to begin Thursday night in Ottawa, let's take a closer look at just who the 2017 Senators are.

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2017 Second Round Preview: Rangers vs. Senators

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

PLAYOFF HISTORY

  • The Rangers are facing the Senators in a playoff series for the second time in franchise history*.
  • The two teams played against each other in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in 2012, and New York defeated Ottawa, four games to three.
  • The Rangers rallied from a three-games-to-two deficit in the series to win Game 6 in Ottawa and close out the series with a 2-1 win in Game 7 at MSG, which was the Rangers' first win in a Game 7 since the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals against Vancouver.
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Questions Answered About Rangers' Physicality

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

If there was any uncertainty that the makeup and style of play deployed by the Rangers throughout the regular season would have difficulty transitioning to the vigor and tightness of the postseason, it was put to rest in their six-game victory over the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Rangers vs. Canadiens (Game 6): Postgame Notes

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

Team Notes

  • HIGH FIVE - For the second time in franchise history, the Rangers have earned at least one playoff series win in a best-of-seven series in five years over a six-year span (2012 - 2015; 2017). Prior to the current six-year stretch, the only time in franchise history when the Blueshirts earned at least one playoff series win in a best-of-seven series in five years over a six-year span was from 1992-1997 (1992; 1994 - 1997). In addition, the Rangers have now won at least one playoff series in five years during a six-year span for the third time since the NHL adopted a four-round playoff format in 1974-75 (five consecutive years from 1979 - 1983; five years over a six-year span from 1992 - 1997).
  • CLOSING THE DOOR - Following tonight's win, the Rangers have now won 15 of their last 18 playoff games at MSG in which they have had a chance to close out a series, dating back to the Patrick Division Finals against Washington in 1986. New York has also won seven of eight such contests at MSG since the start of the 2012 Playoffs, as well as eight of 10 such games at MSG since the start of the 2007 Playoffs.
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Rangers Close Out Canadiens in Game 6 at The Garden

Zuccarello Scores Twice, Lundqvist With 27 Saves

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Head coach Alain Vigneault said this morning that big game players have a "knack" for making the big play at the big moment. That was Mats Zuccarello Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.

The Norwegian winger scored twice to lift the Blueshirts to a 3-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens in Game 6, clinching the series 4-2.

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Rangers 'Urgent' to Close Out Habs at Home

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

The Rangers may not be facing elimination tonight in Game 6 against the Montreal Canadiens, but head coach Alain Vigneault fully expects his team to match the Habs' desperation come puck drop.

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Rangers vs. Canadiens (Game 6): Pregame Notes

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. MONTREAL CANADIENS
Saturday, Apr. 22, 2017, 8:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden - New York, NY
 
Rangers: 3-2
Canadiens: 2-3
 
TONIGHT'S GAME
The Rangers play Game 6 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Montreal Canadiens tonight, Apr. 22, at Madison Square Garden (8:00 p.m. ET - TV: NBC Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts lead the best-of-seven series, three games to two, following their 3-2 win in overtime in Game 5 of the series at Bell Centre.

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Rangers Look to Finish Canadiens at Home in Game 6

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Game 6 Saturday night at Madison Square Garden may only be an elimination game for the Montreal Canadiens, but the Rangers are approaching it as if their playoff lives are on the line as well.

New York can close out the Canadiens and advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a win at Madison Square Garden, and certainly don't want to roll the dice with another game in Montreal.

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