Rangers’ Gerard Gallant finally explains Kaapo Kakko scratch

Kaapo Kakko’s teammates had already gone down the hall, but he lingered for a moment longer. Staring down at the Amalie Arena ice, he grasped the flesh in front of him, watching the Lightning celebrate victory in a game he had not played. Two days later, Kakko — a surprise scratch for the Rangers in … Read more

Rangers have foundation set for sustained postseason success

Seasons like the one the Rangers just completed don’t happen often. No one had to tell Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad that, after their 2-1 loss to the Lightning in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final on Saturday night in Tampa that ended the Rangers’ astonishing — and captivating — playoff run. It was … Read more

Ryan Strome exits Rangers’ Game 3 loss with lower-body injury

TAMPA, Fla. — The Rangers played a majority of their Game 3 loss to the Lightning on Sunday afternoon without second-line center Ryan Strome, who took a cross-check to the lower back from Lightning winger Ondrej Palat early in the second period. Strome returned later in the period for a single shift, but the 28-year-old … Read more

Rangers have a Ryan Reaves plan to deal with Hurricanes

Gerard Gallant was fuming. The Rangers head coach had jawed with former Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo as the teams left the ice Sunday, following a scrum started by a Domi-family-special late cross-check from Max Domi on Ryan Lindgren moments after the final horn ended the Rangers’ Game 3 win over the Hurricanes. He made it … Read more

Could miss weeks after Nazem Kadri hit

Another controversial play involving the Avalanche’s Nazem Kadri could force Blues goalie Jordan Binnington to miss the rest of the second-round series between the two teams. And Binnington apparently is holding Kadri responsible as he reportedly threw a water bottle at Kadri as the forward conducted a postgame interview on TNT. Binnington left Saturday’s Game … Read more

Rangers must finally eliminate costly mid-game lulls from DNA

RALEIGH, NC — Regarding the Rangers, whose best opening 40 minutes of the season were 20 minutes too few to get them over the finish line Wednesday in a Game 1 overtime loss to the Hurricanes. 1. The Rangers have talked all season about the need to play a complete 60 minutes. Rarely have they … Read more

Sam Rosen talks key to Rangers-Hurricanes series, future in booth

MSG Rangers play-by-play man Sam Rosen called the Blueshirts’ entire first-round series win over the Penguins. MSG won’t have live games in this round but will have complete pre-and postgame coverage. Rosen takes a shot at some NHL playoffs Q&A with Post columnist Steve Serby. Q: What is the key to the Rangers-Hurricanes series? A: … Read more

Hurricanes have edge historically against Rangers

The Rangers lost the regular-season series with the Hurricanes 3-1. And were swept in their lone playoff matchup — albeit in a best-of-five qualifying-round series in the 2020 bubble playoffs. Here’s a look back: Regular season recap Jan. 21 in Raleigh, NC Hurricanes 6, Rangers 3 The Hurricanes dominated the first 40 minutes, scoring five … Read more

Artemi Panarin makes up for off series with Rangers’ winner

When the Rangers were headed into overtime of Game 7 against the Penguins on Sunday night at Madison Square Garden, head coach Gerard Gallant said he knew who was going to score the game-winning goal for his team if it was going to happen. Artemi Panarin proved his coach right when he whipped the puck … Read more

Sidney Crosby forced from Game 5 after high hit

The Rangers-Penguins series may have turned due to an elbow. For sure, Game 5 did. The Rangers’ season seemed all but over deep into the second period Wednesday night, and then Sidney Crosby left the ice a few minutes after he took a Jacob Trouba elbow to the head. Without the services of their superstar … Read more