bantering points: 4/25/24

here are today's news and links:

rangers news:

mollie walker points to new york's special teams units as difference makers through the first two games of the playoffs (ny post)

walker also argues that even with a 2-0 lead in the series, the blueshirts cannot afford to ease up as the scene shifts to washington for games 3 and 4 (ny post)

larry brooks writes that mika zibanejad appears to have saved his best efforts for the postseason (ny post)

colin stephenson highlights how jack roslovic was a key factor in new york's game 2 win after not being much of a factor down the stretch of the regular season (newsday)

vincent mercogliano relays word concerning filip chytil's game status moving forward and why the rangers will look for the right moment to re-insert their prized young forward into the lineup (lohud)

peter baugh break$ down how the blue$hirt$ have made alex ovechkin a non-factor for wa$hington'$ offen$e thu$ far (the athletic)

around the nhl:

the san jose sharks fired head coach david quinn, freeing themselves from the shackles of one of the worst coaches to ever lead an nhl team (nbc sports)

the pittsburgh penguins are expected to begin contract extension talks with sidney crosby shortly after he becomes eligible for a new deal on july 1st (tsn)

new york islanders head coach patrick roy announced a goaltending change ahead of game 3 of his team's series against the carolina hurricanes, as ilya sorokin will get the start as the isles trail in the series 2-0 (sportsnet)

the boston bruins won a back and forth affair in game 3 against the toronto maple leafs by a score of 4-2 to take a 2-1 series lead (espn)