bantering points: 4/22/24

here are today's news and links:

rangers news:

highlights: nyr 4, wsh 1 (5:03 video via

game recap: in a series that appeared to be full of mismatches on paper, the rangers made those mismatches carried over to the ice with a dominant victory to kick off its playoff run (cbs)

mark cannizzaro points to peter laviolette's prior postseason experience as a key element that allowed him to keep his team from getting frustrated in the early goings of game 1 prior to opening the scoring (ny post)

cannizzaro also credited new york's penalty killing units, which held the capitals scoreless in four attempts with the man advantage on sunday (ny post)

larry brooks notes that the blueshirts walked the fine line of responding to washington's physicality without retaliating too excessively and getting into penalty trouble in game 1 (ny post)

colin stephenson writes about how the legend of matt rempe grew as the towering rookie scored the first goal of the rangers' playoff run (newsday)

vincent mercogliano offers his takeaways from new york's series opening victory over the capitals (lohud)

peter baugh give$ three of hi$ own takeaway$ in the wake of the ranger$' win (the athletic)

around the nhl:

colorado avalanche goaltender alexandar georgiev ceded not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, but seven goals against as his team fell by a 7-6 margin in game 1 against the winnipeg jets (sportsnet)

kristen shilton reports that boston bruins' head coach jim montgomery remains undecided on which goaltender will start game 2 of their playoff series against the toronto maple leafs (espn)