Rangers offense sparks RISP struggles to spark a comeback in a rare poor start from Martin Perez

CHICAGO -- With the final game over and the comeback complete, Rangers-designated hitter Kole Calhoun walked up to starting pitcher Martín Pérez and put... (Author: Gardener)

RISPCHICAGO -- After the final out and comeback, Rangers designated hitter Kole Calhoun walked up to starting pitcher Martín Pérez, put his arms on his pitcher's shoulders and then patted him on the back. Considering where the Rangers went in Saturday's game against the White Sox, the result was pretty surprising. A team that struggled to find an offensive spark in June found plenty. And a pitcher who was one of the best in the league had his worst start to the season — and yet Rangers found a way to emerge victorious. Finals: Rangers 11, White Sox 9 in 10 innings - a result not necessarily expected when Rangers were eliminated five times in the fifth inning. "It's kind of like how much fight do you have?" said Rangers replacement Matt Moore, who had five strikeouts in two innings and improved to 3-0 in the season. That's the easiest thing: just go home and take your beating, but these guys kept fighting." Nathaniel Lowe recorded his fourth straight multi-hit game, including a go-ahead double in the top of the 10th. innings Brad Miller reached base four times in his second game outside of the IL. Adolis García started it all with a triple home run in the fifth for his 12th of the season and his second in as many games. Saturday's game marked the seventh time Rangers have won in Pérez's last eight starts. Pérez - the AL's ERA leader heading into Saturday - gave up 12 hits against the White Sox, tying a career high and allowing a season-high six earned runs over five innings. He threw 101 pitches, meaning he threw as many pitches as the Rangers were hoping for, especially after a full bullpen day in the game before. "I know they weren't his best numbers, but of course we appreciated what he showed our team - the heart he had out there to just give everything to the end," said Rangers manager Chris woodward . Easier said than done for a team that went 2-7 into Saturday's game in June and rallied in a 0-for-25 series with runners in goal position. They had eight strikeouts against White Sox starting pitcher Lucas Giolito in four innings, trailing 5-0. The Rangers responded quickly by loading the bases. Shortstop Corey Seager almost hit a grand slam, but his ball was caught in left midfield in the warning lane. Then García sent a triple home run 109 miles from his bat and over the left field fence. "Our team needed that energy and that spark," García said through a translator. And while the Rangers offense faltered, the bullpen kept the White Sox at bay. They didn't allow the White Sox to score from the sixth through the ninth innings. Jesus Tinoco hit the side in his one inning, meaning he's hit all four hitters he faces with Rangers since his call-up on Friday. The White Sox scored two runs in 10th place, but Joe Barlow was eventually able to save. "That set the tone and gave our offense a lot of confidence to say, 'Hey, if we get some runs and get back in that thing, they're going to hold them,'" Woodward said. Earlier in this series, Woodward categorized recent struggles as the ups and downs of the season. They needed a bounce back game, especially on offense, and on a day when their ace was struggling, they still found it. "In the end it helps to do what we're used to," Moore said of the team's offensive performance. "If we're used to it, we expect it to happen tomorrow night. I think that's part of the growth that happens when you become a good club. Smith on the mend: Woodward said rookie infielder Josh Smith is doing better after spraining his shoulder and ending up on the IL a week ago. In short, Rangers broke their 0-to-25 streak with runners in goal position in the first inning of Saturday's game. Seager hit a line drive down the middle after Marcus Semien had a lead-off double. It didn't result in a run scored, however... García is now linked with Seager for the team lead on home runs with 12... White Sox fans chanted "Fire Tony" over White Sox manager Tony La Russa in the 10th as the Rangers hit four runs for leadership.


Rangers have unshakable faith in Igor Shesterkin in goal

Shesterkin has been strong in all playoff eliminators, but his Lightning counterpart Andrei Vasilevskiy really defined goalie greatness (Author: Gardener)

Shesterkin— Being great means playing great in the biggest moments and convincing teammates that they can trust that this will be the case. The Russian goaltender did his best all season to stop the Rangers against two-time defending champions Lightning in Game 6 of Saturday night's Eastern Conference Finals at the Amalie Arena as the Blueshirts face a sixth playoff exit in this run. "He's been a big, big part of our team all year," said coach Gerard Gallant. He is a candidate for the Vezina Trophy. So obviously he was a big part of our group. He played really well. He played well. Two pucks he didn't see last night [in Thursday night's 3-1 loss in Game 5 at Madison Square Garden]. The Rangers went 5–0 in the first two rounds in eliminations, bouncing back from a 3–1 series deficit against the Penguins in the first round, and then winning games 6 and 7 against the Hurricanes in the second round. Shesterkin was a big reason for that, of course, as he had a 2.57 goals-against average and a .930 percent save in those five games. But Shesterkin's counterpart in that series, fellow Russian Andrei Vasilevskiy, has truly defined goalkeeping greatness by guiding his team to 10 straight playoff series wins in their cup runs. This is especially true in games where the Lightning had a chance to win a streak. Overall, Vasilevskiy is 12-9 in potential series win games. But he has compiled a 1.65 GAA and a .942 save percentage in those contests with an NHL-record six shutouts. Daily NHL media notes highlighted that Vasilevskiy had conceded just one goal in his last three potential matches with a .33 GAA, .990 save percentage and two shutouts. Curiously, the NHL did not mention Vasilevskiy's 18 saves in a 1-0 win over the Islanders in Game 7 of the 2021 Conference Finals. Of course, in elimination games or series winning games, it never depends on one player, no matter how well a goalkeeper can play. "That's the life of a goalkeeper," Henrik Lundqvist, the former Rangers legend, used to say. "No responsibility other than everyone else," Gallant said. I don't go up to him and say, 'Igor, you have to be the best player on the ice.' He does his job every night." To be fair, Gallant leaves most of day-to-day communication with Shesterkin to goalkeeping coach Benoit Allaire. Either way, Shesterkin understands his importance to the group's efforts. Andrew Copp traded from the Jets to Rangers on March 21 and was immediately impressed by Shesterkin's confidence. "Throughout the season, you kind of heard how well he's playing," Copp said. "I didn't see Rangers play until February. Just a lot of self-confidence. “You see him playing with his puck handling. It just gives the team back there a lot of confidence that they can save us even if mistakes are made. Most notably, the way he plays the puck changes the way teams pre-screen and how easily we can break the puck out sometimes. No doubt his teammates know that Shesterkin is great. But his challenge in this conference final should be bigger than Vasilevskiy. And Vasilevskiy defines greatness for playoff goalies.


How to Watch NHL Playoffs 2022 Online, TV Channel, Start Time, Live Stream

Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals will be held on Saturday, June 11 at 8 p.m. and the Lightning are one win away from a third straight trip to the Stanley Cup Finals. (Author: Gardener)

the Eastern Conference FinalsGame 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals takes place on Saturday, June 11 at 8 p.m. and the Tampa Bay Lightning are one win away from a third straight trip to the Stanley Cup Finals. A run that saw the New York Rangers lead 2-0 could come to an end on Saturday night. Tampa Bay then won Games 3, 4 and 5 to lead the series 3-2. Rangers still have a chance but they need to win Saturday and Game 7 which they proved. They overcame a 3-2 playoff series deficit to eliminate the Pittsburgh Penguins in the opening round and also rebounded from losing the first two games to Carolina in the second round to oust the Hurricanes in seven games . If the Lightning win and advance to the Stanley Cup Finals, they have a chance to win another title and become the first team in 40 years to win three straight NHL titles. Game 6 of the series will take place at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida and will be broadcast on ESPN. Wireless fans who want to stream the game can watch it online via fuboTV or DirecTV Stream. How to Watch Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Rangers (Game 6 | Eastern Conference Finals | NHL Playoffs 2022) - Saturday's NHL Playoff game starts at 8:00 p.m. EST at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY. If you don't have cable, you can watch ESPN coverage on DirecTV and fuboTV, both of which offer a free trial. The Tampa Bay Lightning know what it takes to take down the New York Rangers. The two-time defending champions are just one win away from a third consecutive Stanley Cup Finals appearance, where they would continue their bid to become the first team in 40 years to win three straight NHL titles. Rangers, trailing 3-2 to Lightning in the Eastern Conference Finals, have been particularly resilient this postseason. In addition to overcoming a 3-2 deficit in the playoff series to eliminate the Pittsburgh Penguins in the opening round, New York rebounded from losing their first two games to Carolina in the second round, edging out the Hurricanes in seven games. Game 6 of the East Finals will take place at the Amalie Arena on Saturday night. The Lightning won games 3 and 4 at home after dropping the first two on the road. "We've lost 2-3 in every series so far, so we must have a certain level of desperation," said Rangers forward Andrew Copp. We're playing pretty well and it's a really, really close streak," added Copp. "We just have to make that extra game at the end of the game to make the difference." Since outplaying Tampa Bay 9-4 in their first two games at Madison Square Garden, Tampa Bay has picked up three straight wins to move to the brink of shooting for the NHL's first three-pointer since the New York Islanders have won four championships in a row starting in 1980. 83. Game 7 may take place on Tuesday night in New York. The Lightning, who have won 10 consecutive series since the start of the 2020 postseason, take nothing for granted. “We obviously know fourth in the hardest to win. Our mindset has to be the same as it was in the last three games,” said veteran Lightning forward Pat Maroon. We're not picking up games," added Tampa Bay's Nick Paul. “(New York) is a really good team. Rangers are 5-0 this postseason as they face elimination. They're going 2-7 in the playoffs but won Game 6 in Pittsburgh to level that series before prevailing in Game 7 in Carolina to advance to the East Finals. "We don't care when we win it, we just want to win it," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “We have a great opportunity (Saturday night) to do this. But just because it's an elimination game doesn't mean we're going to knock them out," Cooper added. They're a good hockey team, that's why they're the Stanley Cup champions," Gallant said. "We've got to go in there, play our best a game and give ourselves a chance at a Game 7 at home."


Bolts can take down Rangers on home ice

Tampa Bay has had six straight wins at AMALIE Arena ahead of Saturday's sixth game (Author: Gardener)

RangersThe Bolts are 6-1 at AMALIE Arena this postseason and have won six straight home games, the longest home playoff winning streak in franchise history. The Bolts are 6-1 at AMALIE Arena this postseason and have won six straight home games, the longest home playoff winning streak in franchise history. Overall, Tampa Bay is 24-14 all-time in potential series-win games, including a 17-12 mark under head coach Jon Cooper. Overall, Tampa Bay is 24-14 all-time in potential series-win games, including a 17-12 mark under head coach Jon Cooper. The Tampa Bay Lightning are one win away from advancing to their third straight Stanley Cup final and have a chance to punch their ticket on home ice when they take on the New York Rangers at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday night. The Tampa Bay Lightning are one win away from advancing to their third straight Stanley Cup final and have a chance to punch their ticket on home ice when they take on the New York Rangers at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday night. With a win tonight, the Lightning could become just the third disparate franchise in NHL history to win 11 or more straight playoff series, alongside the New York Islanders (19 from 1980-84) and the Montreal Canadiens (13 from 1976-80). ). Though the Bolts are close to reaching the finals, they know the work with this series isn't over yet. All attention in the dressing room is on Game 6. "We don't think it's going to happen when we show up here today," said Lightning defense attorney Ryan McDonagh. "We've got to wrap our heads and realize it could be back on the wire and we've got to stick to our process." McDonagh left Game 5 in the third period and spent a lot of time in the Tampa Bay locker room but was unable for the latter moments of the game return. When asked about his Game 6 status, McDonagh kept it short and sweet. As one of the most important players in the Bolts roster, McDonagh provides a huge boost to Lightning on the backend. However, there is one other player they would like to see back in their lineup and that is Brayden Point. Point was back on the ice for Saturday's morning skate, but Cooper said the team won't know his status for Game 6 until later today. "If you see him warming up, it's probably a game-time decision," Cooper said. "If you don't see him warming up, that pretty much tells you what's going on with him. Tampa Bay has won three games in a row entering the competition tonight after falling 2-0 to start the series. After a long layoff, the Bolts played somewhat uncharacteristic hockey in the first two games of the series in the second round. Now that they've got their feet firmly on the ground, the Lightning seem to have found a recipe, and they're hoping to execute their game plan against the Rangers one more time on Saturday night. New York trailed 3-2 in both previous series in this year's postseason. Tonight, Tampa Bay can expect their biggest push yet from the Rangers, who once their backs are against the wall New York will play desperately, and it will be up to the Bolts to withstand that desperation. "Playing desperately helps us play better within our structure in our system," said McDonagh. "We've got to keep doing the same thing here and realize, yeah, we pulled it out last game, but it was pretty tight all game. One advantage Tampa Bay will have on home ice is the last substitution. Anthony Cirelli was the Cirelli has been a consistent shutdown center for the Lightning throughout the postseason and will likely serve in the same role tonight whether it's knocking out his opponent, getting on the precheck or playing offensively, Cirelli is something his teammates and coaching staff can rely on: "Just watch him as that first forechecker, he's as good as I've seen him," Cooper said. He knows if he doesn't get the puck he won't let the man past him, but he usually comes out with both of them. "When you have that 'No Quit' in you and that relentless If you have that attitude, that helps, especially in all those off-puck situations." Nick Paul played against Cirelli in their junior hockey days of the Ontario Hockey League. Years later, when Paul looks back on the challenge Cirelli presented then, he sees many of those qualities. "Even back when I played in OHL, just his detail and work ethic is second to none," Paul said. The Bolts have done a good job in recent games, playing disciplined hockey and staying out of the box. If they can keep doing that and manage the puck at the same time, they'll give themselves a great opportunity to go through. Tampa Bay has done extremely well this series in 5v5 play, especially in the last three contests. In Games 3, 4, and 5, the Lightning generated 73.7%, 70%, and 72.2% of high-risk 5v5 chances, respectively. They stayed patient, stuck to their system, eliminated turnovers and played basic hockey, throwing in the puck as soon as they crossed the red line and hitting hard on the precheck. "I think that was a big trademark of the guys not chasing things no matter what the result was," Cooper said after Game 5. "Regardless of whether you're behind in a game like tonight, the game is a draw. You play it to the end and the boys did it. “If the game runs by one clock, there is an end time. You have to play in it. "The decisive goal could have come in the first minute or in the last minute. Tampa Bay will try to play with the same patience and attitude tonight, but there has to be a balance. The Lightning must be sure they don't just sit back on their heels as Rangers will no doubt give their all in a game that is a must-win for their group. said Cooper. “The New York Rangers are a better team today than they were on opening night of the playoffs. "If we say that just because we're going home, it would be naïve to think that we're going to come back here now and just win this game. If those forays come from Rangers, Den Bolts will have to defend hard and Andrei Vasilevskiy will certainly need to make some key saves throughout the competition. Vasilevskiy was at his best in moments like this. When the lights are at their brightest, he ups his game. In the last seven series, Vasilevskiy has a total of 200 goals and conceded just one goal. The "Big Cat" has had six winning streaks in his career, including a 49-saver shutout against the Florida Panthers in Game 4 of the second round. Tampa Bay will be hoping they don't need such a great performance from Vasilevskiy tonight, but at least the Lightning can have some comfort knowing they have the number 88 between their whistles. "It's all about the team," Vasilevskiy said ahead of the start of the Eastern Conference Finals. If we play the same way we did against Florida in the first three games, we'll be fine." With a golden opportunity ahead of them on the home ice, the Bolts are just 60 minutes from reaching the finals stage. There are players who never will get a chance to play in a conference finals, let alone a chance to win the Stanley Cup."You can't let these opportunities go to waste," said McDonagh.They want to keep playing "You've got to find a way to get them here." to close once."


New York Rangers fan arrested after allegedly KOing opposing team's fan

The man, identified by police as James Anastasio, 29, also allegedly hit a second person as he fled the scene. (Author: Gardener)

New York RangersA New York Rangers fan who allegedly assaulted an opposing team fan on Thursday has been arrested and banned from the team's arena. New York City police say James Anastasio, 29, punched a Tampa Bay Lightning fan after the Rangers lost Game 5 of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals in New York City. A video posted to Twitter shows a Rangers fan punching a Lightning fan in the face as people exit Madison Square Garden. Anastasio faces two charges each of assault, disorderly contact and harassment, USA Today reported. Police say Anastasio also punched a second person in the face while fleeing the scene, according to USA Today. Madison Square Garden, where Thursday's game took place, announced that Anastasio will be banned for life from all events and other venues it owns. After the end of game buzzer sounded on Thursday, a few Rangers players came into play with Lightning players while the fans looked on.


Nolan Ryan's sixth no-no

The legendary right-hander was out and about on the west coast late one night in 1990 to light up athletics (Author: Gardener)

Nolan Ryan'sThe legendary right-hander was out on the West Coast one night in 1990 to light up athletics. On this day in Texas Rangers history, Nolan Ryan threw the sixth no-hitter of his career in Oakland against track. On June 11, 1990, Ryan captured the mound at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum after losing to Oakland on June 6, in which Ryan threw just five innings and gave up five runs. In fact, Ryan hadn't won a game since knocking out the Chicago White Sox 1-0 on April 26, taking his season record to 4-0. Ryan played late, on the west coast and for the second time in five days against reigning world champions A. He entertained the locals with his best game of the season. He pitched nine innings, batted 14 and walked two while throwing 130 pitches. Ryan, of course, finished with seven no-hitters in his career and retired with three more than any other player in major league history at the time. Also, this was the second time that Rangers failed to meet a defending track and field champion team. Of course, Ryan would surpass that mark a year later. June 11, 1981: The Texas Rangers lost to the Milwaukee Brewers 5-3 in the last game before a players' strike ended the June 12-July 31 season first playoff berth. After baseball restarted after the settlement, the league declared the winners of each division the "first-half winners" and started over in the second half. Rangers faltered in the second half. Had the Rangers won in Milwaukee that day in 1981, they would have played the New York Yankees in the 1981 postseason. June 11, 1991: Nolan Ryan threw the final shutout of his Rangers and Major League careers by shutting out the Chicago White Sox at Arlington Stadium. Are we missing a moment from that day in Texas Rangers history? Follow us on Twitter @PostinsPostcard and let us know what you want us to add.


Point could be the game decision for Lightning in game 6 against the Rangers

TAMPA — Brayden Point could turn Saturday (8:00 p.m. ET; ESPN, ESPN+, CBC, SN , TVAS). (Author: Gardener)

RangersTAMPA — Brayden Point could turn Saturday (8:00 p.m. ET; ESPN, ESPN+, CBC, SN , TVAS). TAMPA — Brayden Point could turn Saturday (8:00 p.m. ET; ESPN, ESPN+, CBC, SN , TVAS). "If you see him in warm-ups then it's probably a game decision, and if you don't see him in warm-ups then that pretty much tells you what's going on with him," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said Saturday. Point's return would be a boost for the Lightning, who lead the Rangers 3-2 in the best-of-7 series after winning their last three games and with another win at the Stanley for a third straight season Cup final can move in. Point and defenseman Cal Foote were the last two Lightning skaters on the ice for their optional morning skate. Point left and Foote, who was a healthy scratch in the last three games, stayed on the ice for extra work. Point led the NHL with 14 playoff goals each in 2020 and 2021 to help Tampa Bay win back-to-back Stanley Cup championships. His 30 playoff goals in 53 games is the most in the NHL in the last three seasons. Point had four points (two goals, two assists) in seven games this postseason before suffering an injury, including the overtime winner in a 4-3 Game 6 win over the Maple Leafs. "If he's healthy he's a big part of their group," Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said on Saturday. He plays a great game of two way hockey and is a great player. But now he has to be healthy and that makes a big difference and he hasn't played for about a month. Point has been running in full gear since June 1, the morning of Game 1 of the Conference Finals. Cooper said that day that the Lightning were preparing to play the series without a point, but he's gradually increased the intensity of his training since then. Saturday was the first game day since Point's injury that Cooper didn't say Point definitely wouldn't play.


The Rangers vs. White Sox series continues

Stats, probable lineups, injury updates and notes for Saturday's matchup between Texas and the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field (Author: Gardener)

Rangers© Provided by Inside The Rangers on FanNation Stats, Probable Lineups, Injury Updates and Notes for Saturday's Texas vs Chicago White Sox Matchup in the Guaranteed Rate Field. The Texas Rangers continue a three-game streak with the Chicago White Sox on Saturday after losing their first game, 8-3, on Friday night. Here's everything you need to know about today's game. Glenn Otto must avoid doing "too much". He was sent to Triple A Round Rock for injury rehab. RHP José Leclerc (Operation Tommy John): Leclerc is eligible to return. He rehabs at Triple A Round Rock. Find out more about Inside the Rangers on Facebook and Twitter


Nine Rangers nominated for All-Star Game voting

MLB fans can begin voting for starters for the Mid-Summer Classic, scheduled for July 19 in Los Angeles (Author: Gardener)

Nine RangersThe Texas Rangers have nine players on the American League All-Star Game picklist that was released to the public on Wednesday. Rangers on the ballot include first baseman Nathaniel Lowe, second baseman Marcus Semien, shortstop Corey Seager, third baseman Brad Miller, catcher Jonah Heim, outfielders Kole Calhoun, Adolis García and Eli White, and hitter-designated Mitch Garver. Voting is open to fan voting and will remain open until 2pm. Eastern on June 30th. Fans can vote up to five times in a 24-hour period. MLB Network will announce the top vote winners at each position along with the top six fielders in each league at 5:00 p.m. ET on June 30th. The top voter in each league will be an All-Star Game starter, and the rest of the top voters will advance to the second voting phase. The second voting phase begins July 5 at 12 PM ET and ends at 2 PM. ET on July 8th. Fans can vote once and the starters will be announced on July 8th. The All-Star Game will be held on July 19 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. This is only the second time Dodger Stadium has hosted the game. Find out more about Inside the Rangers on Facebook and Twitter.


If Rangers win Game 6, Justin Bieber Show could be bumped again

Not everyone in New York will be thrilled if the Rangers make it into Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. It turns out that Madison Square Garden has a Justin... (Author: Gardener)

RangersNot everyone in New York will be thrilled if the Rangers make it into Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. It turns out that a Justin Bieber makeup concert is scheduled at Madison Square Garden for Tuesday, the same night that the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning could face off for the last time. Tampa Bay has a one-game lead over New York (3-2) and if they can hold off the Rangers on Saturday night and solidify the streak, they don't need a seventh-place finish. Eager Bieber fans hoping to keep their Tuesday night date with the superstar may not have to wait long when the singer gets the boot. Sports Illustrated reports that if the June 14 concert was rescheduled for the final hockey game, it would be moved to the next day, June 15. Bieber is back in town for two concerts, Monday and Tuesday, after having to cancel shows in July 2021.