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Jonny Brodzinski back in Rangers lineup for Game 6

Jonny Brodzinski back in Rangers lineup for Game 6

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SUNRISE, Fla. — Regular season or playoffs, Jonny Brodzinski is ready to answer the call.

It’s a lifestyle and mindset that the 30-year-old depth skater has mastered throughout his eight-year NHL career, as he played between the American Hockey League and the National Hockey League for three different clubs, including four seasons in the Rangers organization.

So when head coach Peter Laviolette reinserted Brodzinski into the Blueshirts’ lineup with the team in danger of being eliminated in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals Saturday night against the Panthers, Brodzinski was ready to play the role he played throughout his professional career.

Johnny Brodzinski
Jonny Brodzinski returns for Rangers. P.A.

“Just a great moment,” he said the day before the match. “I’m excited about this opportunity, I’ve stayed ready all this time (for) when it happens. It’s nice to come in. Then you go up in the press box, you watch, you can kind of see what they’re doing, see what we’re doing and hopefully try to apply some of the things that I’ve seen. »

Saturday was the third game Brodzinski played for the Rangers this postseason after the Minnesota native appeared in Games 4 and 6 of the second-round series against the Hurricanes.

Logging 8:49 and 8:45 in each respective game, Brodzinski had a shot on goal, three blocks and a putback while skating on the fourth line alongside Barclay Goodrow and Jimmy Vesey.

“He can play all three (forward) positions for us,” Laviolette said of Brodzinski on Tuesday. “This is probably his longest stay and his longest extension in the NHL and now the playoff games are canceled. I think he’s done an incredible job coming in here and being an additional player that we can use and feel comfortable with on the ice in any situation. You think about some of the roles he played. He played on the power play, he played with Mika (Zibanejad) and (Chris Kreider), he was on a control line.


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“He’s a smart guy. He has great speed on the ice. He’s a great person. And adding a guy like him who is part of the troops that go on the ice, especially in the playoffs, it’s a great piece to have.

Having appeared in a career-high 57 games with the Rangers this season, Brodzinski has been as close to being a regular NHL skater as he has been in his entire career.

He had six goals and 13 assists for 19 points during that span, which was also a career high.

Sebastian Aho #20 of the Carolina Hurricanes battles Jonny Brodzinski #22 of the New York Rangers during the first period in Game 6 of the second round of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PNC Arena
Sebastian Aho of the Carolina Hurricanes battles Jonny Brodzinski of the New York Rangers during the first period in Game 6 of the second round of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PNC Arena. NHLI via Getty Images

“I’m just going to play my game,” Brodzinski said. “I’ve done it enough times that it’s my hockey now. Go ahead, do what I can. I will play a fast and physical game. I hope to put a few pucks on net and see a few go in.


Blake Wheeler did not participate in the Rangers’ morning skate because the veteran winger is banged up, according to a source.

As a result, the Rangers brought in Anton Blidh, who played one game for the team this season, to skate with the main group.


Jimmy Vesey also wore a non-contact redshirt with the Rangers on Saturday morning.




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