New York Rangers coach Gerard Gallant upset with Game 3 ‘cheap shot’ from Carolina Hurricanes

New York Rangers coach Gerard Gallant upset with Game 3 'cheap shot' from Carolina Hurricanes

NEW YORK — If the Carolina Hurricanes were looking to send a message after their Game 3 loss, New York Rangers coach Gerard Gallant cautioned that they might not like the response. “I wasn’t happy with the bulls— at the end of the game that they initiated,” Gallant said after the Rangers’ 3-1 win on … Read more

Rangers-Penguins further proof that seven games right length for series

Rangers-Penguins further proof that seven games right length for series

Somehow, the people who invented and designed our favorite sports seemed to get just about everything right. In baseball, 90 feet between the basepaths is perfect geometry. In hoops, it is impossible to even conjure a 17-foot free throw, or a 13-footer; 15 is just right. Football fields were supposed to be 100 yards long … Read more

NBA and Stanley Cup playoffs to deliver record-breaking weekend action

NBA and Stanley Cup playoffs to deliver record-breaking weekend action

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — the postseason. In most cases, nothing beats a series going to Game 7 for sports fans, players and coaches. The NBA and Stanley Cup playoffs are set to deliver a record-breaking amount of games this weekend with seven winner-take-all matchups on the docket. Five was the … Read more

Sidney Crosby forced from Game 5 after high hit

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

Rangers topple Penguins after Sidney Crosby exit to stay alive

Rangers topple Penguins after Sidney Crosby exit to stay alive

The Resilient Rangers are still here. They staved off elimination Wednesday night in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series with a 5-3 win over the Penguins — who were without star Sidney Crosby from the end of the second period on — in front of a sold-out crowd of 18.006 at Madison Square Garden. … Read more

Rangers confidential: Anonymous NHL insiders break down the Penguins series

Rangers confidential: Anonymous NHL insiders break down the Penguins series

You’ve seen the opinions. You’ve seen the models. It’s a mixed bag as far as media and data views go on Rangers-Penguins. We asked some real insiders what they think, and … well, see for yourself. Our panel consists of two scouts, both of whom cover the Metro Division, one Eastern Conference coach and two … Read more

NHL playoff watch standings update

NHL playoff watch standings update

8:00 AM ET Tim KavanaghESPN.com Close Tim Kavanagh is a senior NHL editor for ESPN. He’s a native of upstate New York. Although the game Saturday between the Florida Panthers and Toronto Maple Leafs won’t make much of an impact on the playoff races — the Panthers have clinched the division title as well as … Read more

Rangers snare key win over potential playoff foe Penguins

Rangers snare key win over potential playoff foe Penguins

Facing goalie Igor Shesterkin is one thing, but facing a frustrated Igor Shesterkin is another. The Penguins learned that lesson at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night, when Shesterkin dropped the iron curtain and made 30 saves to propel the Rangers to a 3-0 victory and cap an intense regular-season series with Pittsburgh. Time will … Read more