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Rangers are tired of being the underdog

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Rangers are tired of being the underdog

Rangers are tired of being the underdog

The New York Rangers’ season ended in a 2-1 loss to the Chargers on Saturday night, and it’s only natural that they felt they missed something. They won the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals while playing hockey of the year, then went 2-0 in the third before Tampa Bay took over and never let up. There are a few moments fans will be watching all summer: Ryan Strome whistling with the open net in Game 5, Jacob Trouba in Game 3 Four minutes of power play was interrupted in the third quarter, or Steven Stamkos’ long-range shot beat Igor Shesterkin for the Chargers’ first goal of Game 6 – more than many shots Shesterkin managed to parry weak. Tampa Bay has won four games in a row and has won each; by the end of the series, they were a big step ahead of the Rangers. (Two steps, maybe.) But it doesn’t take much to flip the series another way, or at least bring it back to Madison Square Garden for Game 7 on Tuesday night.

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However, in terms of end-of-season losses, it’s easy to absorb. There’s no question that Tampa beat the Rangers in decisive games, and as has often been the case this season, Shestkin has put his team in a situation that could easily break out. But in the eyes of many experts, the Rangers shouldn’t even make the playoffs this season. They shouldn’t have recovered from the 3-1 hole in the first round against Pittsburgh. They shouldn’t play Carolina again after losing the first two games of the series, especially since it means having to beat a team that hasn’t lost the playoffs at home as of Game 7 of the year. Rangers are playing. Overall, Tampa Bay, they seem to have any realistic hope of ending the Chargers’ incredible ten-game winning streak, which is a remarkable achievement for any team, let alone four years. The former team nearly tore up their roster. In short, this year’s Rangers shouldn’t be all that interesting.

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Part of the reason the team has such a good vibe is the satisfaction of a plan that has come to fruition sooner than anyone expected. Seeing a team exceed expectations is one of the joys of sports fans. In this context, the term “house money gambling” is widely used, but it’s the correct idea here. After surviving the first round (and maybe even just getting there), the Rangers have had a season to celebrate. There are countless games in this postseason with no logical reason to think they’ll win, other than the fact that they’ve overcame the odds and proved their critics wrong everywhere. Even after some ugly losses, they allowed fans to hope for hope and did so again a few days later.

But the thing about a season like this is you can only get one of them. The Rangers will go into next season with a load of expectations for the first time in years. They should do what they just did, or at least something close. With their roster so young, expect a year older to mean a good year for them. The organization has a few decisions about next season’s roster, but the core that drove this year’s run could be more or less back. And because they’ve shown how inflated their forecasts can be, next year no one will take it lightly, no matter what flaws those numbers may indicate.

Exactly, it’s not a bad thing. It comes with a competitive field. But part of the fun for the team was the feeling that none of this should have happened—the rebuilding process came to fruition early. It’s a rare season freebie where everything is turned upside down and there’s little way to really disappoint. This makes the playoffs incredibly interesting: Usually playoff hockey is horrible overall, and wins are more comforting than anything else. But the relative lack of pressure allowed fans to enjoy all that has made this team great all season: Shesterkin’s terrific goalkeeping. The single hitter fires Mika Zibanejad’s bat from his favorite power play position. Chris Kreider’s presence is, in all but name, captain. The playoffs gave fans a Game 7 thrill and a Game 7 loss. They also showed fans some flashes of growth from young players who will go a long way in determining how this team ultimately fares.

That’s what I’ll think about the most when the page goes to the off-season.

The Rangers have played more than 1,200 minutes this postseason, but the only crucial minute came in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Chargers. That might not sound like much to the average observer of the sport, but in that moment, the Rangers locked Lightning in their zone with a series of hold balls and loose pucks. The crowd in the Garden grew louder with each game, and finally exploded when relentless pressure led to a Philip Chitier goal to give Rangers a 4-2 lead.

There’s been a lot of talk in recent weeks about what Chytil, Alexis Lafrenière and Kaapo Kakko call their “Kids Series.” All three are former first-round picks, and while all are young, none of them are star-level players. In the playoffs, they were the Rangers’ best lineup at times, though at other times they were either separated or rarely used. (Kakko didn’t even make the lineup for Game 6 on Saturday.) But with the core of the team largely in place and the salary cap limiting their options, much of the Rangers’ advantage lies in those three players — or either Who brought them to their knees If team president Chris Drury decides to test the trading market, it can be brought in. Did that incredible minute – which fans quickly nicknamed “The Shift” – herald a brighter future? See the key to this team taking a bigger step next year? We won’t know the answer just yet. But we already know that next season will feel very different either way.

He is the editor of River C Sports. Previously, he was editor-in-chief at other news sites . Rodrigo Baião has spent most of his career as editor-in-chief of various websites and has more than 7 years of experience in the industry.

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Hurricanes beat Blackhawks to make it nine wins in a row

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Hurricanes beat Blackhawks to make it nine wins in a row

Hurricanes beat Blackhawks to make it nine wins in a row

The Christmas break didn’t take away the Carolina Hurricanes’ momentum from the 22-23 NHL season. On Tuesday night, the team received the Chicago Blackhawks at the PNC Arena and won by the score of 3-0, reaching the ninth straight win of the season. The highlight was goalie Antii Raanta, who recorded a shutout with 24 saves, his first of the year and number 16 of his career.

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“We actually look little at these sequences, winning nine or losing nine. The most important thing is what is in front of you, we can even look back and reflect on it, but it matters little. Maybe it will matter more when the season ends and we remember that good time in December. But we want those days to last longer,” said Canes coach Rod Brind’Amour. The win kept the team on top of the Metropolitan division with 52 points, six more than the New Jersey Devils.

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On the Chicago side, the highlight was goalie Petr Mrazek, who, despite the loss, avoided a bigger loss with 46 saves in the game, his best record in the NHL. It was the sixth game where the team didn’t score a goal this season, three of them in the last 10 performances. The team remains at the bottom of the Central division with only 20 points in 33 games. “The Hawks’ coach Luke Richardson said: “Frustrating that we couldn’t generate any scoring chances to help Petr’s great performance, we suffered a lot, especially in the first period, we have to control the puck more and not give away so many counter-attacks.

The game started a little warm and the home team was lucky to open the scoring. In the third minute, Brent Burns shot from distance and Mrazek’s shot was rebounded. Martin Necas took advantage of the rebound to make it 1-0 Hurricanes. The goal excited Carolina, which went ahead five minutes later, after Brett Pesce scored, Mrazek had another rebound that was stopped by Jesper Fast. The player tried to pass to Jordan Staal, but the puck deflected to Connor Murphy, fooling the Blackhawks goalie, extending the advantage of the Canes to 2-0. There were 23 shots in the first period alone for the Hurricanes, the highest total in a game this season.

The second period showed a more alert and faster Chicago, seeking to balance the game. And early on, the team had a great chance with a 5-on-3 powerplay, but the offense was unable to get past Raanta. Despite finishing more than the Canes in the period, 10 to 7, the Blackhawks were unable to put the puck in the net.

In the last 20 minutes, the home team did not want to give the visitors a chance to react and started pressing to extend the lead. And in the fourth minute, after a big mix-up in front of the Hawks’ goalie, Jordan Martinook managed to hit a backhand and closed the score 3-0 for the Canes. For the remainder of the NHL season 22-23, the Blackhawks will look to rebound on Thursday, away from home, against the St. Louis Blues. The Hurricanes won’t be back on the ice until Friday, when they host the Florida Panthers.

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Kings defeat Golden Knights and sharpen Pacific tussle

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Kings defeat Golden Knights and sharpen Pacific tussle

A battle between first and second place heated up the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on Tuesday night. The Kings beat the Vegas Golden Knights 4-2 and put them back in contention for the Pacific Division. With the two points earned, the California team stands at 46 on the season, just three behind Vegas, who leads the division.

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For the home team, the highlights were Viktor Arvidsson and Phillip Danault, each with three points in the game, and goalkeeper Pheonix Copley, who, with 23 saves, earned his seventh win in eight games this season. “Division rivals, we have to win these games, especially at home. We did a great job, we came ready straight from the locker room. It’s hard to come back from a break with the family and regain focus, so I believe we did a great job today,” added Arvidsson, who has reached 24 points (9 goals, 15 assists) in 33 games in the 22-23 NHL season.

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On the Golden Knights’ side, regret for the missed chance. “The opportunity to win the game was there. We ended up giving away a counter-attack and they capitalized. That was the story of the third period and the game as a whole,” said Vegas coach Bruce Cassidy. It was only the third loss in regular time in 18 away games for the team.

The start of the match was high-speed, with both teams building opportunities. In the 11th minute, Blake Lizotte found Gabriel Vilardi, who fired a shot past Logan Thompson, 1-0 Kings. With the goal, Vilardi reached 23 points on the season, which is already his highest mark within the NHL.

But the fans in L.A. had no time to celebrate as two minutes later, with the Golden Knights on the powerplay, Michael Amadio evened the score. It was the team’s seventh goal on the powerplay in the last eight games. And the visitors’ comeback came halfway through the second period, when Reilly Smith made a nice individual move and with a beautiful pass, left Brayden McNabb free to score his first goal of the season, making it 2-1 Vegas.

It was the Kings’ turn to respond quickly. At 13, Arvidsson passed to Danault who tied the game once again, to the delight of the fans at Crypto.com Arena. With 2-2 on the scoreboard, both teams tried to defend rather than try to score, and in the few chances they created, Copley and Thompson kept the score unchanged.

In the third period, the home team came back. In the 8th period, Alex Iafallo pulled a counterattack and beat Thompson to put the Kings back in front. And at the end, with the Golden Knights in the empty net, Arvidsson left his own, closing the score 4-2 for Los Angeles, which reaches the fifth victory in its last six games.

The Golden Knights head to California to face the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday. The Kings travel to Denver and will face the defending champions, the Colorado Avalanche, on Thursday. Check out the best moments of the great victory of Los Angeles in this duel in the Pacific Division.

Check out the other results from Tuesday’s NHL season 22-23:

  • Chicago Blackhawks 0 @ 3 Carolina Hurricanes
  • Boston Bruins 2 @ 3 Ottawa Senators (OS)
  • Washington Capitals 4 @ 0 New York Rangers
  • Pittsburgh Penguins 1 @ 5 New York Islanders
  • Dallas Stars 3 @ 2 Nashville Predators
  • Minnesota Wild 4 @ 1 Winnipeg Jets
  • Toronto Maple Leafs 5 @ 4 St. Louis Blues (OT)
  • Colorado Avalanche 3 @ 6 Arizona Coyotes
  • Edmonton Oilers 2 @ 1 Calgary Flames

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Kris Letang’s health status has been updated: the Penguins defenseman is out indefinitely after suffering a stroke.

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Kris Letang's health status has been updated: the Penguins defenseman is out indefinitely after suffering a stroke.

Kris Letang’s health status has been updated: the Penguins defenseman is out indefinitely after suffering a stroke.

Kris Letang will be out indefinitely after suffering a leg injury on Tuesday, the Penguins announced on Thursday.

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The team stated that the 35-year-old player “is not experiencing any long-term effects from the injury and will continue to undergo a series of tests in the next week.” It is not expected that you will finish your career.
“Kris reported symptoms to the training staff on Tuesday and was immediately sent to the hospital for tests,” Hextall said in a Penguins press release. “The test results were shocking to hear, but we are grateful that Kris is doing well.” We thank the medical team and the doctors at UPMC.

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Kris Letang’s health status

The team’s long-time defenceman was a late scratch for Tuesday night’s game against the Hurricanes and was reported as out due to sickness.

“I am lucky to know my body well enough to identify when anything is wrong,” Letang said in a statement released by the squad. “While navigating this subject publicly is challenging, I am hoping that it will increase awareness. It is critical for me that my teammates, family, and fans know I am OK. I am hopeful that I will be able to return on the ice shortly.”

When Penguins coach Mike Sullivan went to inform the team of Letang’s status, the defenseman was with him in the locker room, according to GM Ron Hextall.

“When Sully walked into the locker room last night to let the players know,” Hextall explained. “He wants to reassure everyone that he is doing his best… So far, everything appears to be going in the right direction.”

Hextall added that the team would not provide any more information until all of Letang’s testing is completed.

“We’ll do as many tests as we need,” Hextall stated. “This is first and foremost about the individual, the parent, and the family member. Secondary is the hockey player and Pittsburgh Penguin. He’s a wonderful person as well as a fierce SOB.”

Kris Letang’s medical history

Letang is not the first person to have a stroke. He suffered a stroke in January 2014, which sidelined him for more than two months throughout the 2014-15 season.

He has appeared in 543 regular-season games and 69 postseason games for Pittsburgh since then. Hextall added that the stroke he suffered Monday is “much less severe” than his previous one, which should serve as a good sign that he was able to recover from the 2014 episode.

“I’m astounded by how well he’s doing emotionally and how well he appears to be handling it,” Hextall said. “This is far less serious than what occurred eight years ago. There’s a lot of comfort in that.”

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