May 14, 2015

Michael Clifford


Rangers move on to Eastern Conference Final, Henrik Lundqvist shines, Anaheim-Chicago starts Sunday, and more.


As I do every Thursday, I'll have an open forum thread for readers to post any fantasy hockey questions they might have (click here). Anything from keeper decisions, outlooks, either/or, and anything else that comes to mind, just look for the thread under one year leagues. I’ll be opening it around lunch time in the East. 

Well, it was always going to overtime, wasn't it. The New York Rangers and the Washington Capitals not only managed another low-scoring game, but predictably it went to overtime as an evenly-matched series ended the only way it could. Derek Stepan put a rebound in the Washington cage in the middle of the first overtime, past a down-and-out Braden Holtby to seal the game and the series for the Rangers, sending them back to the Eastern Conference Final for the second year in a row. It also marked a comeback in the series from a 3-1 deficit. Winning three elimination games in a row is nothing short of very impressive.

Henrik Lundqvist was big in net for the Rangers again, saving 35 of the 36 shots he faced for the win. He's been all-world these playoffs for the Rangers. In this series alone, he managed a .951 save percentage in New York's four wins, and even more impressively, a .938 in the three losses. The Rangers are in the third round, and for them, it starts in net.


New York moves on but it's odd to see Martin St. Louis such a non-factor so far these playoffs. With no goals and four assists, if St Louis has had an impact, it hasn't really been on the score sheet.