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06
Dec
09

rangers finish weekend 1-1-0

The New York Rangers finished the weekend with one win over the Buffalo Sabres and one loss to the Detroit Red Wings. The Ranger’s Brain Boyle scored the only goal in the first period and the only goal of the game for the Blueshirts. From there, it was all Detroit as they scored three unanswered goals (Datsyuk, Cleary, Draper).

James Howard was solid in net for the Red Wings, he allowed just one goal on 29 shots. Henrik Lundqvist played solid as well allowing two goals on 30 shots.

The biggest issue for the Rangers continues to be their lack of offense. I mentioned last week that the Rangers had to have more of a well balanced attack to be successful. They have had three different scores over the last two games, however Marian Gaborik was held to just one assist.

The Rangers have only two games next week and they are spread out nicely. They will travel to Chicago on Wednesday (another original six match-up) and then back home Saturday to face the Sabres.

I would not be surprised if the Rangers make some more moves this week, either by changing lines again or by making a trade or two. They have to turn their season around quickly…

05
Dec
09

well rested rangers pull out a win

I will keep this short because a) I don’t have the time and b) I will not have a complete opionon until I watch tomorrow’s game against the Detroit Red Wings.

The Rangers won tonight on four days rest, beating the Buffalo Sabres 2-1. The game was close, but the well rested Rangers were able to piece together a full 60 minute contest.  Chris Higgins and Ryan Callahan scored the two goals for the Blueshirts while Jason Pominville scored the lone goal for the Sabres (with less than a minute to go).

Henrik Lundqvist and Ryan Mille both looked sharp. They may face each other in the Olympics next year. Lundqvist allowed one goal on 37 shots, while Miller gave up two goals on 32 shots.

The Rangers defeated a very solid team tonight in the Buffalo Sabres (first in the Northeast), but the Rangers have had plenty of rest. It will be interesting to see if they can keep this level of play going tomorrow as they face the Detroit Red Wings (7:00 PM – Madison Square Garden).

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01
Dec
09

Rangers lose…again

Instead of recapping the home-and-home series between the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins (Rangers lost 13-5 if you add both game’s final scores together), I am just going to list a bunch of facts and opinions of how I currently feel about my favorite team in the NHL.

1. The Rangers are now .500 with a 13-13-1 record.

2. The Rangers are now tied with the Islanders. That’s right, the Islanders!

3. The Rangers have lost three in a row and are now 3-7-0 in their last ten games.

4. If the Rangers finish the season at .500 (#1), finish tied with the Islanders (#2), and finish their last ten games of the season with a 3-7-0 record (#3), they will not make the play-offs.

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30
Nov
09

NHL spectator etiquette

This is a subject that has bothered me for years. I have been attending hockey games since the age of one. My Dad used to carry me in to Hartford Whalers games until the age of three. My family had season tickets until the Whale took off to North Carolina. In 2006 my Dad and I became New York Rangers season subscribers (which is the fancy way of saying season ticket holders). In addition, I have attended games in about half of the current NHL cities. I have also been to two all-star games (Hartford in 1986 and New York in 1994). I have witnessed a lot of great games and a lot of poor games as well. Either way, you get the point, I have seen a lot of NHL hockey games.

Over my career of attending games, I have also witnessed a lot of fans misbehaving. So, what I would like to do is create a list of DO’s and DON’Ts. This list is long overdue. All of you misbehaving fans, please continue reading to spare yourself of any further embarrassment.

Here they are… Continue reading ‘NHL spectator etiquette’

28
Nov
09

lightning strikes five times

The Tampa Bay Lightning dominated play from start to finish scoring five unanswered goals defeating the New York Rangers 5-1. The Lightning scored two goals in the opening period and two more in the second. At that point, John Tortorella had seen enough of Henrik Lundqvist (four goals on 22 shots). Steven Valiquette came in and gave up one goal on eight shots. The game was very close to getting out of control at times. There were five roughing penalties, four fighting majors, and three misconducts.

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26
Nov
09

happy thanksgiving

The New York Rangers defeated the Florida Panthers last night with a 2-1 shootout victory. This is the Rangers first winning streak (2 games) since their seven game winning streak to start the season. Marian Gaborik continued his scoring touch with the lone goal for the Blueshirts. Former Rangers Dominic Moore scored a late goal for Florida to tie the game at one. P.A. Parenteau scored the only shootout goal, giving the Rangers the victory. This was Parenteau’s second shootout winner this season. His first came against the Ottawa Senators in the seventh round on November 14.

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23
Nov
09

I’m baaaaaack…and so is the Rangers scoring touch!

Along with the kiiid being back, I am too (the golf season is finally over, so I have a little more free time). It just so happens that the New York Rangers scoring touch is back as well. The Columbus Blue Jackets scored two quick goals tonight and the Rangers found themselves in a hole early. But, Marian Gaborik led the way as the Rangers erupted for seven straight goals. Gaborik scored two goals and added two assists. He now sits in a tie for first for goals in the NHL and is second in points with 32. Continue reading ‘I’m baaaaaack…and so is the Rangers scoring touch!’

17
Oct
09

7-1-0 equals #1

The New York Rangers continued their stellar play in 2009 with a 4-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. The victory is their seventh in a row and keeps them in a tie for first place in the NHL with 14 points (Pittsburgh is also 7-1-0). The Rangers had a well balanced attack against the struggling Leafs (0-6-1) with two goals coming from defenseman (Del Zotto (3) and Staal PP (1)) and two goals from forwards (Dubinsky (3) and Lisin (1). Henrik Lundqvist was excellent with 34 saves, he gave up the lone goal to Ian White.

Marian Gaborik stretched his point streak to 8 games with 2 assists tonight. Gaborik has 12 points in those 8 games and currently sits in 3rd in the NHL. Vinny Prospal also continued a scoring streak making it 7 games for him, Prospal assisted on Del Zotto’s power play goal.

The Rangers head back home for two games, Monday against the San Jose Sharks and Thursday against the New Jersey Devils.

This is the Rangers best start in a while and their longest win streak since the 2005-2006 season. Now I know it is still very early in the season, but I am not only happy with the Rangers play, but I am extremely impressed. I was a little uncertain with the new and young lineup this season, but the start they have put together has canceled any doubts. The Rangers struggled scoring goals last season, they are currently tied for the league lead with an average of 4.00 goals scored per game. The Rangers defense seemed to be a big issue at the start of the season, however they lead the NHL in scoring with nine goals.

Notes:

The video is from Battle of the Blades, a Canadian TV Show that features former NHLers figure skating. The show is kind of like Dancing with the Stars. Here is a list of a few of the former players:

Tie Domi

Bob Probert

Claude Lemieux

Ron Duguay

The game Monday against the Sharks (4-3-1) will be aired on Versus.

Enver Lisin scored his first goal as a New York Ranger.

The Rangers have the best home record in the NHL 4-0-0.

The Penguins have the best road record int he NHL 5-0-0.

That is it for me tonight, the Yankees are going to extra innings and I need to give a little more attention to that game…

11
Oct
09

Valiquette and Rangers shutout Ducks

Steve-Valiquette

Not even a flying-V or knuckle puck could find the back of the net against Rangers back-up goaltender Steven Valiquette. Valiquette made 18 saves against Anaheim Ducks for his first win of the season. Starting goalie, Henrik Lundqvist was given his first night off of the season as the Rangers play back-to-back nights, hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs tomorrow night at MSG. Continue reading ‘Valiquette and Rangers shutout Ducks’

08
Oct
09

Rangers Knock off Caps

The New York Rangers battled the Washington Capitals until the final buzzer. In the end, the Rangers emerged victorious handing the Caps their first regulation loss of the season. (The last time the Rangers played the Caps, the Rangers were defeated in game seven of the East Conference quarter finals). Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves, but let up a soft goal in the third, which at the time tied the game at two. From there, it was the Marian Gaborik show. Gaborik scored the tying goal and game winner, both wrist shots that beat Jose Theodore between the legs. If Gaborik can stay healthy he can be one of the best in the NHL. He has it all; explosive speed, a great shot, and he is a smart two way forward.

The Rangers return to MSG on Sunday where they will face the Anaheim Ducks (fresh off their big 6-1 win over the Bruins).

This was the first time the Rangers beat the Caps in Washington since February of 2007.

Finally, I never thought I would say this, but I miss Sean Avery. That is the explanation for the video…




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