New York Rangers' Best Hits in 2014 NHL Playoffs So Far
The New York Rangers are down 2-1 in their second-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2014 NHL playoffs. They're in a fight and need to start scoring some goals in order to reach the Eastern Conference Final.
But looking back, the Rangers have done some really good things—especially against the Philadelphia Flyers.
One of the things the Rangers do really well is hit. They're physical, take the body and intimidate opponents.
Which of the Rangers' hits this postseason were the best?
Read on to find out.
Dan Girardi on Jason Akeson
Dan Girardi has a reputation as a steady defenseman. He's not flashy and won't put up the biggest numbers.
However, he gets the job done by doing the little things, whether that's getting in lanes, blocking shots or sometimes laying down the boom.
In the first round against the Philadelphia Flyers, Girardi struggled at times, but never so badly that it really affected his team.
In this sequence, Girardi absolutely lays out Jason Akeson, who was a thorn in the Rangers' side all series long. This hit is all about being in the right position and not getting his arms too high.
Kevin Klein on Michael Raffl
I think the Rangers could probably get away with playing Kevin Klein more than the nearly 14 minutes he gets per game in the playoffs. He's plus-four in the postseason and plays a sturdy, dependable game.
On this play, Klein does a good job of stepping up in the offensive zone and absolutely laying out Michael Raffl.
Klein is not flashy—this was probably Klein's flashiest play as a Ranger—but you don't always need to be flashy to be good. Making the right play, like this hit, keeps him in the lineup.
Brian Boyle on Kimmo Timonen
Brian Boyle has had a really good postseason, blocking shots, killing penalties and playing physically.
He does a good job here of using his size to flatten Kimmo Timonen.
This happens while the Flyers are on the power play, so Boyle does a good job of finishing his check to make sure Timomen can't get the puck.
Boyle elevates his game during the postseason. His size is a real advantage when the games become tighter and he's done a good job of using that size.