Rangers Rout Capitals to Set Up NHL Meeting With Bruins (1)

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on May 13, 2013. Photographer: Chuck Myers/MCT/Getty Images Bloomberg News Rangers Rout Capitals to Set Up NHL Meeting With Bruins (1) By Dex McLuskey What the Sacramento Kings Vote Reveals About the Business of Basketball The New York Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals 5-0 in a decisive seventh game to advance to the second round of the National Hockey League playoffs. The Rangers next will play the Boston Bruins, who rallied from a 4-1 third-period deficit to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 in overtime in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference series tonight. “It was great to see us score a couple today,” Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh said in a televised interview. “It’s not always pretty and we shoot ourselves in the foot every now and then, but we’re always willing to compete as hard as we can every time we step on the ice.” The win for the Rangers was the first in the series for the visiting team, ending a run of 10 postseason games between the teams in which the host won. Last year, the Rangers ousted the Capitals in seven games to advance to the Eastern Conference finals, where they lost to the New Jersey Devils. Arron Asham got the opening goal for New York at Verizon Center in Washington and Taylor Pyatt and Michael Del Zotto scored in the second period to make it 3-0. Ryan Callahan made it 4-0 after 13 seconds of the third period and Mats Zuccarello added a fifth goal six minutes later. Bruins Comeback At TD Garden in Boston, Patrice Bergeron tied it for Boston with 51 seconds remaining in the third period and got the winning goal six minutes, five seconds into overtime. After Matt Bartkowski put the Bruins ahead in the first period, the Maple Leafs built a 4-1 lead with 14:31 to play in the third as Cody Franson scored twice and Phil Kessel and Nazem Kadri added a goal each. Nathan Horton pulled a goal back for the Bruins midway through the third period and Milan Lucic made it 4-3 with 1:22 to play, 31 seconds before Bergeron made it 4-4. It’s the sixth straight postseason that the Bruins have had to play a decisive seventh game. source: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-05-13/rangers-rout-capitals-to-set-up-nhl-playoff-meeting-with-bruins

New York at Washington

Trailing in the series 2-0 and 3-2, the Rangers storm back to beat the Caps and advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals. (Getty Images)

“He was really good, but the team was also good, too. I have to give the team some credit. They played hard in front of him,” Rangers coach John Tortorella said. Lundqvist, Ovechkin said, did an “unbelievable job; he makes incredible saves.” By winning a Game 7 on the road for the first time in its history, New York completed its comeback after trailing in the series 2-0 and 3-2 – the latest in Washington’s long history of playoff collapses. Now the sixth-seeded Rangers face the No. 4 Bruins, with Game 1 on Thursday at Boston. The Original Six rivals have not met in the playoffs since 1973. New York won that series in five games. “We’ll enjoy this one tonight,” Rangers forward Rick Nash said, “and then get back to work.” Nash was held without a goal by Washington, but New York found other scorers. Asham put New York ahead Monday in the first period, before Taylor Pyatt and Michael Del Zotto made it 3-0 early in the second on goals 2:10 apart. source: http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/gametracker/recap/NHL_20130513_NYR@WAS/rangers-5-capitals-0

Hartford hockey fans choose between Rangers, Bruins or neither

NHL playoff pix: New York Islanders, Pittsburgh Penguins, Rd 1 Gm 6, May 11, 2013

One thing that the Ranger players have that the Bruins do not is a tie to hockey in Hartford . The Ranger minor league affiliate has been in Hartford for 16 seasons and it will be here for at least three more. In that time a large portion of the current Ranger roster is or has played with the Whale/Wolf Pack. Players come in and out of Hartford like bus boys come and go in a restaurant. There should be a revolving door on the XL Center, but that is the nature of being an AHL city. . There are some that stay within the organization and the current Ranger roster has plenty of examples of players that have played in Hartford in the AHL. By staying in Hartford it gave them a shot to play for an original six NHL team. They would be playing in Madison Square Garden and in the largest market in the United States. You can see how that is a pretty big deal for a hockey player and most of the time the players are young and it may even be their first time being in a city that large. Here is a list of guys who have played in Hartford and whom also are currently on the Rangers roster. Kris Newbury Cameron Talbot Christian Thomas Here is a list of guys who have played in Hartford and whom are currently on the Bruins roster. source: http://www.examiner.com/article/hartford-hockey-fans-choose-between-rangers-bruins-or-neither

Washington Capitals routed by New York Rangers in Game 7 of 2013 NHL playoff series

In the past six postseasons, Washington is 2-5 in winner-take-all games, 1-4 when that game is played at home. In that same span, with the core of Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green , the Capitals have never advanced past the conference semifinals; this elimination marks the third time they’ve been booted from the first round. Asked if there was anything the team could take out of this short stay in the postseason, Backstrom was scathing. “Lesson? Maybe learn how to play in the playoffs, I would say,” said Backstrom, who was critical of his own one-goal, three-point effort in the series. “It’s the same thing as previous years, I would say. We came back regular season then playoff came and we’re not good enough. I can just talk for myself and my effort. Not good enough. No excuses. source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/washington-capitals-routed-by-new-york-rangers-in-game-7-of-2013-nhl-playoff-series/2013/05/13/be8925fe-bc2a-11e2-89c9-3be8095fe767_story.html

Derek Boogaard’s Family Files Wrongful Death Suit Against NHL

News Derek Boogaard’s Family Files Wrongful Death Suit Against NHL By SYDNEY LUPKIN | ABC News –  Mon, May 13, 2013 View Photo ABC News – Derek Boogaard’s Family Files Wrongful Death Suit Against NHL (ABC News) The family of former New York Rangers hockey player Derek Boogaard , who died in 2011 of an accidental drug overdose, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the National Hockey League. The family claims that league doctors prescribed Boogaard thousands of painkiller pills for his injuries, and continued to prescribe the painkillers even after learning of Boogaard’s battle with addiction. The family also claims that Boogaard wasn’t informed of the higher risk of injury, and the potential for painkiller addiction, associated with his “enforcer” hockey position. “It appears there was a total system failure on all parts,” Paul Anderson, a Missouri lawyer who blogs on cases about athletes’ rights, told ABCNews.com. “That’s going to beat the heart of this case. Why did they continue to supply him with drugs?” Boogaard, who was 28 at the time, was found dead in his apartment on May 13, 2011, and the family had a two- year statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death case. The lawsuit, filed on May 10, 2013, attributes Boogaard’s death to a combination of brain damage and drug abuse brought on by his time in the NHL. The family did not specify damages to be awarded in the eight-count suit, but asked for “a sum in excess of the minimum jurisdictional limit.” RELATED: CTE, a Degenerative Brain Disease, Found in 34 Pro Football Players The 55-page filing alleges that Minnesota Wild team doctors prescribed Boogaard 150 oxycodone pills in the 16 days following nearly back-to-back nasal and shoulder surgeries in 2009, which, they claim, prompted his addiction. According to the lawsuit, the team’s physicians prescribed 1,021 pills to Boogaard during that season. Two years later, when Boogaard joined the New York Rangers, his team doctors prescribed 366 pills over the course of the season, according to the lawsuit. “The NHL owed a duty to Derek Boogaard to keep him reasonably safe during his NHL career and to refrain from causing an addiction to controlled substances,” the lawsuit states, alleging that the NHL “breached” this duty by failing to warn Boogaard of the possible dangers, and to monitor him.The NHL also lacked a system to prevent multiple doctors from writing duplicate prescriptions, the lawsuit alleges. RELATED: Judge to Decide Fate of NFL Concussion Lawsuits NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement that the NHL had not yet received the complaint. source: http://news.yahoo.com/derek-boogaards-family-files-wrongful-death-suit-against-232738598.html?.tsrc=sun?date=10410101

 

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