Bantering Points: 4/20/23

Here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

Mollie Walker points to the Blueshirts' penalty kill as one of their biggest strengths in the opening game of the playoffs (NY Post)

Walker also highlighted Adam Fox's rare participation in the morning skate prior to Tuesday's game as a possible reason to his four assist performance (NY Post)

Larry Books notes that although Patrick Kane didn't have much of an impact on Game 1, the three time Stanley Cup winner will make his presence felt eventually (NY Post)

Neil Best saw Igor Shesterkin's strong Game 1 outing as a return to form for last year's Vezina Trophy winner (Newsday)

Colin Stephenson spoke the Rangers' willingness to block any and all possible shots as another sign of their determination to win (Newsday)

Vincent Mercogliano details what Vladimir Tarasenko is doing to help the Blueshirts end their nearly 30 year championship drought (LoHud)

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Around the NHL:

The Florida Panthers defeated the Boston Bruins by a score of 6-3 in Game 2 to tie up their playoff series at one win apiece as the scene shifts to Florida (NBC Sports)

Carolina Hurricanes' forward Teuvo Teravainen will be out indefinitely after braking his hand during his team's 4-3 overtime victory to take a 2-0 series lead over the New York Islanders (Sportsnet)

Columbus Blue Jackets' forward Alexandre Texier will rejoin the team for the 2023-24 campaign after spending this past season with the ZSC Lions of the Swiss league (TSN)

Kristen Shilton reports that Toronto Maple Leafs' forward Michael Bunting has been suspended for Games 2, 3, and 4 of his team's playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning (ESPN)