Bantering Points: 5/25/24

Here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

Highlights: NYR 2, FLA 1 (5:03 video via

Game Recap: Peter Laviolette made some controversial lineup decisions coming into the game, but just as the head coach has done all year, the right buttons were pushed as the Rangers tied the series up with an overtime victory (CBS Sports)

Mollie Walker notes that Laviolette's biggest decision was one that saw Matt Rempe draw back into the lineup while Kaapo Kakko sat as a healthy scratch (NY Post)

Larry Brooks sees New York's Game 2 effort that ended in an overtime victory as a complete turnaround from the lackluster Game 1 showing (NY Post)

Ethan Sears points to the strong play from the trio of Alexis Lafreniere, Artemiy Panarin, and Vincent Trocheck as a key factor in the Rangers series-tying victory (NY Post)

Mark Cannizzaro thinks the Blueshirts set the tone of increased physicality in the early goings of the game that ended in their dramatic win (NY Post)

Andrew Gross heard from Rempe about being featured more in Friday's contest than any previous postseason game, as the towering rookie eclipsed his highest single game TOI in the playoffs (Newsday)

Neil Best relays word from members of the team about Barclay Goodrow emerging as the unlikely hero to get the Rangers back into the series (Newsday)

Vincent Mercogliano offers his takeaways from New York's thrilling Game 2 victory (LoHud)

Brian Abate suggests that more offensive production from the Rangers' defensemen would go a long way towards winning more games (The Hockey Writers)

Arthur $taple gave five takeaway$ of hi$ own following the Blue$hirt$ win (The Athletic)

Around the NHL:

The Chicago Blackhawks acquired the 18th and 50th overall selections in the 2024 Entry Draft from the New York Islanders in exchange for the 20th, 54th, and 61st overall selections (TSN)

The Winnipeg Jets announced the promotion of former associate coach Scott Arniel to head coach following Rick Bowness' retirement (NBC Sports)

Don Waddell stepped down from his positions as president and general manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, with assistant GM Eric Tulsky being named as the interim replacement (Sportsnet)