Ranking the greatest Game 7s in NY/NJ sports history | Politi

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Game 7s have been kind to the Rangers over the years. Will it be again?

Oh sure, it doesn't seem like a great thing now if you're a Rangers fan, because you know that one bad bounce could send you into a funk that might well last straight into the summer.

This is the bad side of the Game 7, of course. But here's something for Rangers fans to remember as they pour themselves a Maalox on the rocks and settle in for their latest three hours of agita:

Game 7s? They've been kind to your team.

Tonight, when the Rangers host the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Finals, it will be the 15th Game 7 in team history — and that's more than every pro sports team current in our market. The Devils (14) are in second, followed by the Knicks (13), the Yankees (12), the Islanders (eight), the Nets (five) and the Mets (four).

It gets better. The Rangers have won 9 of their last 10 Game 7s, dating back to a division semifinals victory over the Devils and including a Cup clincher and a moment that can be summed up in three words:

"MATTEAU! MATTEAU! MATTEAU!"


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So while Rangers fans might grumble that they only win a Stanley Cup ever 54 years or so, they should have no complaints when it comes to Game 7s. Other teams are not so fortunate. Only the Yankees have a winning record in Game 7s, and just barely. The breakdown:

Rangers: 9-6

Yankees: 7-5

Devils: 7-7

Knicks: 6-7

Islanders: 3-5

Nets: 2-3

Mets: 1-3

Will the Rangers add another Game 7 win to their growing total at Madison Square Garden on Friday night? And if they do, will it rank among the greatest in NY/NJ history? Scroll through the gallery above to see the all-time top 10, and if you're a Rangers fan, remember to breathe.

Steve Politi may be reached at spoliti@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @StevePoliti. Find Steve on Facebook.

 



What channel is Game 7 of New York Rangers-Tampa Bay Lightning playoff series on?

May 29, 2015 - The Star Ledger - View Full Article

Rangers looking for a return trip to Stanley Cup finals.

Here is everything that you need to know about how you can watch the game:

Matchup: New York Rangers at Tampa Bay Lightning

What: Eastern Conference finals, Game 7 (Series tied 3-3)


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When: Friday, 8 p.m. EST

Where: Madison Square Garden; New York

American TV: NBC Sports Network (Doc Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire)

Canadian TV: CBC, TVA Sports

Rangers radio: ESPN 98.7 FM (Kenny Albert, Dave Maloney)

National radio: SiriusXM 219 (Lightning feed: Dave Mishkin, Phil Esposito); SiriusXM 218 (Rangers feed: Kenny Albert, Dave Maloney);

Here are the projected lineups:

RANGERS
Forward lines
13 Kevin Hayes, 16 Derick Brassard, 61 Rick Nash
20 Chris Kreider, 21 Derek Stepan, 19 Jesper Fast
62 Carl Hagelin, 28 Dominic Moore, 26 Martin St. Louis
15 Tanner Glass, 45 James Sheppard, 10 J.T. Miller

Defense pairs
27 Ryan McDonagh, 5 Dan Girardi
18 Marc Staal, 8 Kevin Klein
93 Keith Yandle, 22 Dan Boyle

Goaltender
30 Henrik Lundqvist

LIGHTNING
Forward lines
17 Alex Killorn, 51 Valtteri Filppula 91 Steven Stamkos
18 Ondrej Palat, 9 Tyler Johnson, 86 Nikita Kucherov
23 J.T. Brown, 11 Brian Boyle, 24 Ryan Callahan
10 Brenden Morrow, 13 Cedric Paquette

Defense pairs
77 Victor Hedman, 6 Anton Stralman
5 Jason Garrison, 55 Braydon Coburn
62 Andrej Sustr, 25 Matt Carle
89 Nikita Nesterov

Goaltender
30 Ben Bishop

Here are 3 stories you need to read before the opening faceoff:

1. Cheap Rangers fans are watching NHL playoffs run on pirated sites

2. WATCH: All 3 of Derick Brassard's goals that lifted Rangers in Game 6 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

3. 2015 Stanley Cup Final schedule

Randy Miller may be reached at rmiller@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @RandyJMiller. Find NJ.com Philadelphia Sports on Facebook.