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McDonagh putting up Leetch-like numbers for Rangers

May 30, 2014, 12:09 PM EDT

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From the NHL’s morning email:

* Ryan McDonagh registered the secondary assist on Moore’s goal and finished the series with eight helpers and 10 points, tops among both teams. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he became the first defenseman in Rangers history to collect eight assists in a playoff series and only the second to record at least 10 points. The other: Brian Leetch, who posted 5-6—11 in the 1994 Stanley Cup Final vs. VAN en route to capturing the Conn Smythe Trophy.

We’ve written a lot about McDonagh in these playoffs. The 24-year-old didn’t have a great start to the postseason, perhaps still feeling the effects of a late-season shoulder injury (courtesy Vancouver’s Alex Burrows).

McDonagh is back in form now though; he outplayed Montreal’s PK Subban in the Eastern Conference Final, and he’ll need to stay in form in the Stanley Cup Final against either the Kings or Blackhawks, each of whom boast elite d-men in Drew Doughty and Duncan Keith, respectively.

PS — Good trip down memory lane here, Rangers fans. (“I’ve been sitting here alone in the White House watching this, cheering for you, biting my fingernails, screaming and yelling. It’s been great, it was a wonderful game.”)

  1. mactruck27 - May 30, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    Return of the Mac. Revenge against the idiots who traded him for Gomez. Bwahahahahahahahaha

    • joey4id - May 30, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      You should actually thank those that traded him to NY, but I suppose that is beneath you.

  2. djshnooks - May 30, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Comparing Ryan McDonaugh to Brian Leetch? That is a travesty.

    Don’t forget Brian Leetch did that at the height of the game, when the competition was probably the best it has ever been.

    That’s like people saying Lundqvist is better than Hasek, Roy an Marty…which is the funniest thing I have ever heard.

    (Don’t forget this team almost lost to Philly.)

    • mactruck27 - May 30, 2014 at 12:38 PM

      This was also a time when the best goalies had a SV% of like .910; now that’s below league average. Points are harder to come by these days.

      Also despite the fact that I despise them, the Flyers (along with the Rangers) were one of the best teams in hockey since December. Not sure it’s an insult to say they took us to 7 games.

    • bstar28 - May 30, 2014 at 3:29 PM

      Not sure if you read the article, but if you even just read the headline it says “McDonagh putting up Leetch like numbers for Rangers”, which he did. It doesn’t say “McDonagh as good as Leetch.”

  3. montrealknowledge - May 30, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    Technically the dudes that traded him for Gomez lost their job in Montreal a while ago. So he is not really getting revenge in anyone… And everybody knew how good he was… The HABS had depth, and the belief was Gomez was decent. The only ones suffering from his departure is the fans. And we liked him, so no revenge getting here at all, just a player playing very well.

  4. billiam55 - May 30, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    The next captain of the New York Rangers :)

  5. bmy0913 - May 30, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    I would back putting a C on his sweater for sure. To be honest, new to the blue shirts or not, I wouldn’t mind seeing an A on St. Louis moving forward.

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