Posts Tagged ‘New York Rangers



18
Oct
09

For Sale: 1 Bruins Season Ticket, Great Seats, Terrible Team and Management

Chuck Kobasew

What’s going on at the TD Garden? Well I know what’s not going on, winning. The B’s drop another one to soon-to-be homeless Phoenix after stomping Dallas 3-0. Where is the consistency? And then, they go and trade slumping Chuck Kobasew to Minnesota for “rights” to sign forward Alexander Fallstrom and forward Craig Weller, and the Wild’s 2011 second round draft pick. So let me get this sorted out, the B’s were going to deal Kobasew in the off season so they could sign Kessel, they don’t, instead the get draft picks, Kessel goes to Toronto and now we get rid of Kobasew for some potentially signed forwards and a draft pick. Chiarelli, how many picks do you want? You’re picking up draft picks like they are dot-com stock shares in the late 90’s.

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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…

04
Oct
09

Rangers win home opener

The New York Rangers won their home opener last night, defeating the Ottawa Senators 5-2 in front of a sellout crowd at Madison Square Garden. It was all New York early as the Rangers out shot the Sens in the first period and had several quality scoring chances. The Rangers scored the first goal of the game 3:20 into the second period and never looked back. Vaclav Prospal scored his first goal of the season and his first as a New York Ranger. The Blue Shirts continued to dominate play through the period scoring two more times to carry a 3-1 lead into the third period.

Play got a bit rough in the third with two decent scraps… Continue reading ‘Rangers win home opener’

02
Oct
09

Rangers lose season opener 3-2

The Pittsburgh Penguins raised their 2009 Stanley Cup banner and carried their play right into this season. The Penguins scored two goals in just over a minute en route to a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers.  This was the Rangers first opening game loss since 2004. The Rangers fought hard all night and got to within a goal in the third period, but fell short in the end.

A few highlights for the Ranger:

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02
Oct
09

Open Night Ceremony

The New York Rangers will kick off their 2009-2010 campaign with the Stanley Cup in the building. The Rangers will witness the Pittsburgh Penguins raise their Stanley Cup banner in the final opening night at Mellon Arena. Rangers coach, John Tortorella says the team will support the NHL and the Cup and watch the ceremony. Tortorella has been on the winning side of one of these ceremonies in the past with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

I am sure the ceremony will be fun for the Penguins, but possibly even a distraction. For the Rangers, it should serve as motivation. The Rangers have not won a cup since 1994, which does not seem long when compared to my blogging counterparts who have not won a cup since 1972…

Here’s my preview/predictions of the 2009-2010 New York Rangers…

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