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Ryan McDonagh earned an assist on New York's lone goal in a 1-0 win over Montreal Thursday night.

The victory eliminated the Canadiens from the playoffs in six games and sent the Rangers into the Stanley Cup Final. McDonagh was held off the scoresheet in just one game against the team that drafted him 12th overall in 2007. He racked up two goals and eight assists in the series.

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Ryan McDonagh continued his strong play Monday as the Rangers defeated Montreal by a score of 3-1 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

McDonagh recorded a goal and an assist in the victory to give him a whopping six points in the first two contests of the series. Rick Nash and Martin St. Louis also scored on one-timers in the New York win.

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Ryan McDonagh generated a goal and three assists, as the Rangers convincingly won Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final by a score of 7-2 on Saturday afternoon.

He tied a Rangers' record for the most points in a playoff game by a defenseman, which he now shares with Brian Leetch, Brad Park and Dave Maloney. McDonagh had just a goal and two assists in his previous 14 playoff matches.

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Ryan McDonagh has long since moved past the fact that the Montreal Canadiens traded him in 2009.

It will still be a bit of a side story though in the New York Rangers upcoming series against the Montreal Canadiens. It was a fairly one-sided trade, given that the centerpiece of that trade for Montreal was Scott Gomez, who had a disastrous run with the Canadiens. "At this point, the trade's been talked about a lot," McDonagh said. "I'm happy to be here in New York and love what we've got going on here. I think we've got something special. Obviously, when you get drafted, you think what it would be like then, but it's been so long since then (and) my heart and soul is here in New York."

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Ryan McDonagh finally played Friday night like the No. 1 defenseman he is for the Rangers, sparking New York to a 5-1 rout of the Penguins and narrowing Pittsburgh's best-of-seven series lead to 3-2.

McDonagh was a force at both ends of the ice. "For me, tonight, I don't want to say it was the first time we really saw Ryan McDonagh in the playoffs, but that's the way I know he can play [and] that's the way we need him to play," said coach Alain Vigneault, whose team will face another do-or-die game on Sunday night in New York. "He's not hurt, and he needs to play that way if we want to continue." McDonagh missed the final five games of the regular season with a left-shoulder injury, but returned for Game 1 of the team's first-round series against the Flyers. He played all seven games, and the first four of this series looking like a shadow of his former self. Yet for this one, he was dominant with a game-high 26:53 of ice time, scoring a power-play goal on a wicked slap shot from the point and adding an assist on the game-opening goal of Chris Kreider's, also on a power play. "Just trying to skate," McDonagh said, "and use my legs as much as possi

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Ryan McDonagh was one of many people unhappy with the Rangers' play on Wednesday.

New York suffered a 4-2 loss to Pittsburgh, which gives the Rangers a 3-1 deficit in the second round series. "It's not acceptable at this time of the year on all levels: battle level, execution," said McDonagh. "This series is not over and we've got to play with the mentality of a freight train going 100 miles and hour not looking behinds us. Get after it, get gritty get after them on all cylinders and not look back. We've got to play with a lot more pace. We do at times but not for the full 60." For his part, McDonagh got his first point in 11 playoff games when he assisted on Carl Hagelin's goal on Wednesday.

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Ryan McDonagh has yet to pick up a point in nine playoff games this season.

McDonagh had a very good offensive season as the defenseman had 14 goals and 43 points in 77 games. But he suffered a shoulder injury on April 1 and that may still be affecting him although he has yet to miss a game in the playoffs. "I feel like I'm trying to get up, trying to join. I've got good legs in joining, and it's just not clicking right now," McDonagh said in regards to joining the rush.

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Ryan McDonagh did not practice on Saturday.

The Rangers top defenseman has played in all four playoff games after missing the final five games of the regular season with a left shoulder injury. His left hand apparently was caught in a camera hole in Game 4 but he should be in the Rangers lineup for Game 5 on Sunday.

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Ryan McDonagh (shoulder) admitted to feeling rusty early in the Rangers' playoff opener.

McDonagh missed the Rangers' last five regular season games due to the ailment. "I just didn't quite feel myself," said McDonagh. "I wasn't feeling the puck or my legs as much. As we went into the second, I just calmed myself down and really just tried to keep it simple and took what was given and felt like myself the rest of the game." He ended up leading the team with 22:42 minutes of playing time.

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Ryan McDonagh said he's no longer dealing with shoulder issues.

"Yeah, I think it's great, no issues, no restrictions or anything so at this point there's really no need how to ask how it's doing anymore," McDonagh said. He missed the last five games of the regular season, but is expected to be in the Rangers' lineup for their playoff opener. He has 14 goals and 43 points in 77 games this season.