bantering points: 4/24/24

here are today's news and links:

rangers news:

highlights: nyr 4, wsh 3 (8:57 video via youtube)

game recap: the rangers played a tad sloppier in game 2 than they did to open the series, and the pace of the game was once again impacted by questionable officiating, but new york did just enough to hang on for another victory and take a 2-0 series lead (cbs sports)

mollie walker ponders how peter laviolette will juggle his team's lineup if and when filip chytil gets the green light to return to game action (ny post)

mark cannizarro points to chris kreider's consistency as one quality that stands out about new york's longest tenured player (ny post)

christian arnold made note of the heartwarming interaction between igor shesterkin and his one year old son during warmups prior to game 2 (ny post)

neil best talks about artemiy panarin's decision to shoot the puck more and how that trait should allow the superstar forward to put forth a better postseason performance than last year's effort (newsday)

vincent mercogliano offers his takeaways from the blueshirts' game 2 victory (lohud)

lucas standel lists three players that will need to step up if the rangers want to enjoy a parade down the canyon of heroes following the playoffs (the hockey writers)

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around the nhl:

the philadelphia flyers agreed to a two year, $6.5 million contract extension with goaltender ivan fedotov (nbc sports)

ryan smith, co-owner of the utah nhl franchise, discussed preliminary plans for how the organization will rebrand from the arizona coyotes in time for the 2024-25 campaign (sportsnet)

the first overtime game of the 2024 playoffs occurred in the battle of florida as carter verhaeghe scored the overtime winner and the florida panthers defeated the tampa bay lightning by a 3-2 score to a take a 2-0 series lead (tsn)