New York Rangers’ Chris Kreider skates off MSG ice yesterday as the victorious Ottawa Senators celebrate in the background.
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In mid-January, New York Rangers owner James Dolan was speaking to the media about the Stanley Cup. His coach, John Tortorella, responded by suggesting his boss’ comments were “a bunch of bull—-.”
Presumably, Torts might like another word with Dolan to talk about premature fertilizer use, with the Ottawa Senators’ 2-0 win in New York yesterday putting the regular-season dominant Rangers on the brink of a first-round playoff exit.
• In St. Louis: The Blues are back in the Western semis for the first time in a decade, their 3-1 Game 5 win bouncing the San Jose Sharks.
• In Boston: Bruins goalie Tim Thomas was less than his Conn Smythe form in his team’s 3-2 loss to the visiting Washington Capitals, the Caps in a position to eliminate the defending Stanley Cup champions in Game 6 on home ice Sunday afternoon.
• In Glendale, AZ: Chicago’s Jonathan Toews’s overtime goal gave the Blackhawks a 2-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes to force Game 6. This is first series since the 1951 Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Canadiens for the Stanley Cup that a series has seen five games go to overtime.
• In Sunrise, FL: Goalie José Theodore posted the shutout and the Florida Panthers’ 3-0 win over New Jersey has the Devils one game from elimination.
• TODAY: A look at Sunday’s action.