New York Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh didn’t take his first shift of Game 7 until almost 13 minutes had already ticked off the clock.
It will be interesting to hear an explanation following the game as to why this was the case.
McDonagh was seen on the Rangers bench during the national anthem, but he went to the dressing room with head athletic trainer Jim Ramsay, according to Dan Rosen of NHL.com. He later emerged from the locker room before playing a 53-second shift that started at the 12:41 mark of the opening period.
He played only three shifts in the first 20 minutes, so that’s a development to keep an eye on for the remainder of the game.
The Rangers decided to go with seven defensemen, putting Matt Hunwick into the lineup, despite having not played since April 24.
In Game 6 of the series, McDonagh was on the receiving end of a heavy Steven Stamkos hit into the boards.
Updated: McDonagh played 12 shifts in the second period, for a total of 8:23 of ice time.
Cedric Paquette is back in the Tampa Bay Lightning lineup for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers, as per Bryan Burns of the Lightning website.
Paquette didn’t play Game 6, after leaving early in the fifth game of this series following a blocked shot.
Meanwhile, the Rangers also made one lineup change. Defenseman Matt Hunwick will play, while James Sheppard has been scratched, as per Dan Rosen of NHL.com.
It’s Game 7 between the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden tonight (8 p.m. ET), with the winner advancing to the Stanley Cup Final. Do the Rangers have more Game 7 magic in them, or can the Lightning overcome a loss in Game 6 to clinch a spot in the championship series for the first time in 11 years?
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The Arizona Coyotes have reinstated radio color analyst Nick Boynton, who earlier this month plead guilty to disorderly conduct stemming from an incident at a Buffalo casino in March.
“I’ve met with Nick several times and he knows he made a terrible mistake,” Coyotes co-owner, president and CEO Anthony LeBlanc said in a statement on Friday.
“Nick is a good person and everyone deserves a second chance. He recently completed his alcohol counseling program and will now be reinstated as our radio color analyst.”
Boynton was placed on a leave of absence from the Coyotes following the incident, which was described as a “drunken rampage.”
He also entered into a treatment facility shortly after his suspension from the club.
An ideal start is what the New York Rangers got off to on Tuesday, in a game they needed to win, on the shoulders of Henrik Lundqvist.
Sure, the Rangers converted a pair of goals, including one of Derick Brassard’s three on the night, to take the lead. Those two goals came on seven shots, while the Tampa Bay Lightning, with a chance to earn a berth in the Stanley Cup Final, fired 16 toward Lundqvist.
He made 28 saves through two periods, including this left-pad stop on Steven Stamkos.
Former Ranger Ryan Callahan was the only Tampa Bay player to get a puck by Lundqvist until the third period.
Tampa bay was in chase mode by the time they solved Lundqvist. The Rangers have, once again, forced a Game 7.
“It’s really the best feeling,” Lundqvist told the Toronto Sun.
“It’s a lot of adrenalin and pressure and you’re nervous going into these games. You have to enjoy it. Everything on the line again, playing in front of our fans, there is not a better feeling than to have a big game at home.”