nhl playoffs 2022

Russell Wilson, Ciara watch Avalanche win during date night

Russell Wilson, Ciara watch Avalanche win during date night

Russell Wilson and Ciara’s night out at Ball Arena included an Avalanche win. On Thursday, the NFL power couple took in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between Colorado and Tampa Bay, with the home team defeating the Lightning in overtime, 4-3. Ciara and Wilson, who was traded to the Denver Broncos by the …

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Nathan MacKinnon gets shot at Stanley Cup vs. Lightning

Nathan MacKinnon gets shot at Stanley Cup vs.  Lightning

Nathan MacKinnon netted the most breathtaking goal of this year’s NHL playoffs — an end-to-end rush to complete a hat trick and put his team ahead late against the Blues, one that put his wondrous skill and speed on full display. The Avalanche dropped Game 5 of the second-round series in overtime, however, making what …

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Rangers must add bulk to close challenger-to-champion divide

Rangers must add bulk to close challenger-to-champion divide

Everyone inside and outside the organization should be able to appreciate both the quantum leap the Rangers were able to take this season and the notable distance they have come since the mandate to reset was established in February of 2018. But the truth is that it is going to be much more challenging for …

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Emotional Chris Kreider still feeling ‘sting’ of Rangers exit

Emotional Chris Kreider still feeling 'sting' of Rangers exit

Mika Zibanejad was leaning against the door as Chris Kreider spoke, for emotional support, he said. If it sounded like a joke in the moment, it wasn’t. When Kreider was asked about Zibanejad — his linemate and close friend — he finally broke. “It’s a challenge and it’s difficult, but it’s hard to get frustrated …

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Rangers’ Gerard Gallant finally explains Kaapo Kakko scratch

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 …

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Rangers’ Mika Zibanejad shut down by Lightning’s checking line

Rangers' Mika Zibanejad shut down by Lightning's checking line

TAMPA, Fla. — After it had all ended, Mika Zibanejad sat at a podium alongside Chris Kreider, holding back tears. “It’s just denial,” he said. “I’m empty right now. I don’t know what to say.” A day before the unceremonious and season-ending 2-1 loss to the Lightning, Zibanejad had cast an upbeat tone, describing the …

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Kaapo Kakko’s Rangers future in doubt after puzzling scratch

Kaapo Kakko's Rangers future in doubt after puzzling scratch

First, a history refresher: A year ago, the Canadians scratched pending restricted free agent Jesperi Kotkaniemi, the Finn whom they had selected third overall in 2018, for Games 4 and 5 — the final two games — of the Cup final against Tampa Bay. Kotkaniemi, who had recorded 62 points (22-40) in 171 career games, …

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Rangers’ bright future doesn’t ease sting of this loss

Rangers' bright future doesn't ease sting of this loss

TAMPA, Fla. — There was no telling Chris Kreider or Mika Zibanejad that the young Rangers had overachieved by advancing as far as the conference final. There was no telling them that the future appears bright. Because the 31-year-old Kreider had waited seven years to get back to this very spot. Because the 29-year-old Zibanejad …

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Rangers eliminated by Lightning as Stanley Cup dream ends

Rangers eliminated by Lightning as Stanley Cup dream ends

TAMPA, Fla. — A treacherous lightning and thunder storm engulfed the Tampa Bay area all day on Saturday, and it made its way onto the Amalie Arena ice to wash away the Rangers. The Lightning struck the Rangers down the same way they have their past 10 straight playoff opponents, drowning the visitor’s in all …

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Facing elimination has become routine for Rangers

Facing elimination has become routine for Rangers

TAMPA, Fla. — The Rangers reported to the rink and went through their game-day routine, not that facing the Lightning on the cusp of elimination was necessarily routine. “We’ve been through it before, five elimination games, but we can’t be comfortable with that, either,” Andrew Copp said hours before he and his teammates attempted to …

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