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RALEIGH, N.C. — By the time Game 7 rolled around, the Rangers and Hurricanes were tired of seeing each other.
Starting with Max Domi’s late hit on Ryan Lindgren all the way back in Game 3, things had gotten progressively nastier as the two-week series unfolded. During the third period of Saturday’s Game 6, eight total penalties were handed out, with nearly every stoppage featuring a scrum of some kind.
You can draw a straight line from the end of last season to now with regard to the Rangers’ burgeoning ability to stand up for one another. The organization wanted that characteristic in the group from since it started putting the team together last summer.
After a series featuring derisive chants aimed at Domi and Tony DeAngelo from the Garden crowd and post-whistle shenanigans from Game 3 on, the Rangers and Hurricanes have developed some bad blood between them. Whether that will carry over into the long term or is merely a product of having seen each other for two weeks straight is a question to be answered in the future.
The Hurricanes are no one’s idea of a traditional rival for the Rangers. Even when they played out of Hartford, the Devils, Islanders, Flyers and Bruins held that mantle — not the Whalers. Maybe, though, that is changing.
“I think you play a team seven games, there’s gonna be a little bit of extracurricular stuff after the whistles and all that stuff,” Frank Vatrano said. “Whatever happens on the ice is left on the ice. You just battle between the whistles and try to stay out of that stuff.”
Headed into Game 7, the Rangers carried an awareness that more conservatism might be necessary.
“If you gotta eat a punch, you eat a punch,” Andrew Copp said Sunday. “That’s just the fact of the matter. Game 7, there’s no scores to settle other than the one on the scoreboard. We gotta be really disciplined.
“If it takes eating a punch, whether they get a penalty on it or not, it’s gonna be important that we play five-on-five and don’t give them any extra life by getting sucked into that. We just gotta concentrate on playing our game and winning on the scoreboard.”
That was not an insinuation that the Rangers would back down from anything. Really, it’s the same focus they kept through the first six games of the series — and that did not stop them from standing up for each other.
“It’s more important to win the game than take a stupid penalty,” Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said after Game 6. “Let them go into the box if they want to do something silly. I like a tough team, I like a tough game, but this time of year, discipline’s the most important thing.”
Striking that balance has been no small part of that success. And while they’ve generally avoided taking bad penalties, no one can accuse the Rangers of failing to stand up for each other. Just look at Jacob Trouba’s hit on Max Domi that sparked the Rangers in Game 4 — and led Steven Lorentz to take the instigator penalty that resulted in the Blueshirts taking the lead.
Even Trouba, who has taken up the mantle of villain during this postseason — and who led the team in penalty minutes in the series going into Game 7 — acknowledged that he couldn’t do anything over the top.
“You don’t want to put your team at a disadvantage,” Trouba said following the team’s morning skate Monday. “It’s one game, so you can’t really afford to do something like that. I don’t know if they’re gonna be dialed back or not, I’m not sure. But you gotta use your head and be smart.”
By: Ny Post
Kourtney Kardashian uses Kopari Coconut Melt to ‘look good naked’
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Kourtney Kardashian’s no stranger to showing skin.
Whether the reality star’s modeling lingerie, baring it all in a bikini or packing on PDA with husband Travis Barker, she’s clearly confident about her body — and relies on a selection of tried-and-true products to keep her skin in tip-top shape.
In one of her first-ever Poosh stories, fittingly titled “How to Look Good Naked,” the 43-year-old outlines some of her body care essentials, including La Mer The Body Crème ($300), Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Aging Body Cream ($95) and Le Labo’s Pin 12 Candle ($82) — the latter because “lighting is everything.”
“In order to achieve glowy skin, it’s important to moisturize everything — everywhere — at least once a day,” the Poosh piece reads. “Don’t forget to care for your hands and feet as well; we recommend focusing on these areas at night.”
Billed as “a deep conditioner for your bod,” the product is comprised of 100% organic, unrefined coconut oil, and Kopari suggests applying it “as soon as you step out of the shower and at the end of the day.”
What’s more, the multitasking product also works well as a hair mask, dry shave oil, bath mix-in and belly balm, per the brand.
Snag a tub for yourself below — and get ready to look fabulous in your birthday suit, too.
By: Ny Post
Carlos Carrasco’s gem, three homers propel Mets past Marlins
MIAMI — He’s one tough Cookie these days.
Carlos Carrasco isn’t going to win any contests blowing away hitters, but the right-hander’s offspeed pitches and command — and most importantly, his health — have converged this season to give the Mets an invaluable rotation piece.
On Saturday, he gave his team 7 ²/₃ shutout innings in a 4-0 victory over the Marlins at loanDepot park. Carrasco extended his scoreless streak over his past three starts to 18 ²/₃ innings.
The win was No. 100 in Carrasco’s career, making the 35-year-old the eighth Venezuelan-born pitcher to reach the milestone. Carrasco last surrendered a run on July 9 against the Marlins at Citi Field.
The Mets (63-37) won their fifth straight and reached the 100-game mark with the franchise’s most victories since 1986.
Overall, Carrasco allowed four hits and struck out seven with two walks. Seth Lugo replaced Carrasco in the eighth inning after Charles Leblanc had doubled with two outs. But Leblanc was picked off second base by Tomas Nido, ensuring Carrasco’s scoreless streak continued.
Lugo remained in the game to pitch a scoreless ninth inning, allowing Edwin Diaz a day off following a 10-pitch outing Friday in which he struck out the side.
The Mets will try for a three-game sweep of the reeling Marlins on Sunday with Taijuan Walker on the mound.
After scuffling at the plate for seven innings, the Mets gave Carrasco breathing room in the eighth when Francisco Lindor and J.D. Davis each blasted a solo homer to give the Mets a 4-0 lead. Davis’ homer, in a pinch-hitting appearance, came as the Mets are searching on the trade market for a right-handed bat to solidify the DH spot.
The Mets have traded for two lefty bats in the last week-plus to bolster the other half of the DH equation. One of those additions, Tyler Naquin, debuted for the Mets on Saturday in left field and went 0-for-4. Daniel Vogelbach started at DH and drew a walk in four plate appearances.
Carrasco’s gem was the latest strong performance by a Mets starting pitcher. Entering play, the Mets had a 2.45 ERA from the starting rotation in July, which ranked second in the major leagues. Chris Bassitt had a rare flat start for the Mets a night earlier, when he allowed four earned runs over six innings.
Jeff McNeil hit a solo homer in the third against rookie Nick Neidert to give the Mets their first run. The homer was the first since June 14 for McNeil, who entered the day with a .162/.240/.191 slash line in July.
The Mets weren’t finished in the inning: Nido, Brandon Nimmo and Lindor all singled. Lindor’s hit extended the Mets’ lead to 2-0 and gave the shortstop 68 RBIs for the season before he reached 69 with his blast later.
Carrasco was challenged in the first inning, when he allowed a single to Miguel Rojas and walk to Jesus Aguilar before retiring JJ Bleday for the final out. In the fourth, Carrasco surrendered a leadoff single, but he escaped the inning when he got Bleday to ground into a double-play.
By: Ny Post
Career NYC criminal tries to steal moped from NYPD station
A brazen career criminal with more than 50 arrests on his rap sheet, including rape, was busted for trying to steal a moped from outside a lower Manhattan police station.
Jon Matos was caught red-handed approaching the $1,200 bike outside the 5th Precinct, sources said.
He was allegedly using a set of burglary tools Friday to try to bust the lock of the bike, which was vouchered property, cops and sources said.
Matos, a homeless father of three, was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on charges of attempted grand larceny and possession of burglary tools.
The proceeding was delayed for hours, sources said, after Matos allegedly became angry with a cellmate who used the facilities — but didn’t courtesy flush.
“I was just f–king with it. It’s not my tools,” he allegedly told an NYPD detective, said Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Megan Mers during the court proceeding.
Judge Valentina Morales Saturday agreed to give Matos supervised release in the moped case.
“Thank you, your honor,” Matos told Morales.
But instead of hitting the streets once again, Matos was held on outstanding charges from the 23rd Precinct in an unrelated case, authorities said.
It was his second appearance before a judge in a week: Matos was in court days earlier, charged with grand larceny, petit larceny, and criminal possession of stolen property and was released in yet another incident.
Matos has racked up dozens of busts for burglary, robbery, fare evasion — including the 1999 rape of a 14-year-old girl.
Crime is up in six of the seven major crimes measured by the department contributed to the increase — though the seventh category, murders, dropped a noticeable 31.6% last month in comparison to numbers compiled in June 2021, according to the NYPD’s preliminary statistics.
Grand larceny spiked 41%, robbery rose 36.1% and burglary went up 33.8%.
When addressing the crime spike last month, NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said the department was arresting the same people for crimes “over and over again.”
Other recent and brazen repeat offenders include veteran shoplifter Isaac “Man of Steal” Rodriguez, who was finally locked up in January after dozens of arrests for stealing to support his drug habit.
Laron Mack, whose catchphrase is “I steal for a living,” has been arrested more than 50 times. Another serial stealer, James Connelly, was busted in December for involvement in 28 separate incidents over three months.
Last month, accused serial shoplifter Lorenzo McLucas, 34, was nabbed for stealing from the cosmetics counter at a Duane Reade on Lexington Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, according to cops and court documents.
McLucas, who was released on his own recognizance, has notched 122 prior arrests.
By: Ny Post
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