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Peter Laviolette discusses what Blake Wheeler means to the Rangers


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Graham Montgomery
May 28, 2024  (11:55 PM)
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New York Rangers head coach Peter Laviolette doing an in-game interview during game four of the Eastern Conference finals
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Rangers forward Blake Wheeler made his return today, joining the team in the Eastern Conference finals after suffering a leg injury in the regular season.

Wheeler last played on February 15th, when he suffered a serious leg injury. At the time, many around the team believed it was a career-ending injury for the veteran. After all, Wheeler is 37, and this very well could be his last season in the league. However, he was determined to return, as he has still never won a Stanley Cup. Ahead of tonight's game, he revealed that he is prepared to sell out for the team.
This will be Blake Wheeler's first appearance since suffering a right-leg injury on Feb. 15 that required surgery.

He told me yesterday, "If I go in, they know I'm going to go through a brick wall for this team."

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During game four tonight, Rangers head coach Peter Laviolette was interviewed by ESPN in-game reporter Emily Kaplan. She asked him about Wheeler and his response was quite revealing. He talked about how hard the veteran worked to get back just in case the team needed him to be available at some point during the playoffs. He was highly complimentary of the 1100 game veteran.
Very kind words from Peter Laviolette on what Blake Wheeler's return means for the Rangers

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The Rangers lead the Eastern Conference finals 2-1. The Panthers lead game four 2-1 a little more than half way through the game thanks to a powerplay goal from Carter Verhaeghe. Be sure to stay tuned to see how the rest of the series plays out.
Source: HockeyFeed
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