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482 It’s Go Time! … Rangers at Lightnings

Game 40. Rangers at Lightnings. The Rangers play the second of a five-game trip, coming off a loss in Washington. They are 3-2-1 in their last six. Henrik Lundqvist, who sat out the last three as Cam Talbot’s backup, goes back in goal tonight. Conor Allen makes his NHL…

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323 Rangers-Capitals in review

Thoughts: 1) I know you guys don’t want to hear the glass-half-full stuff, so I’ll just blurt it out and get it over with. I didn’t think the Rangers were outplayed at all, especially at 5-on-5, in this game. I thought they defended pretty well and a lot of guys…

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583 Rangers-Maple Leaves in review

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas Eve! Thoughts: 1) The non-existent quick whistle. How is that play not blown dead? I mean, there are so many layers to this onion. How does the referee tell Brad Richards, according to Alain Vigneault, that if the puck didn’t go in on the…

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314 Rangers-Penguins in review

Thoughts: 1) As you know, I completely agree with what Brad Richards said post-game. That you don’t judge how a team played in a hockey game based on the coin-flip that is the skills competition. Because, as you know, I always maintain that it’s not part of the hockey game,…

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1038 Rangers-Flames in review

Thoughts: 1) Funny how the shootout changes everything. A stupid breakaway contest can warp your appreciation, or lack thereof, for what went on in this game, which sure wasn’t great, and sure wasn’t against a great opponent. Though, to be honest, I thought the Rangers did get better as this…

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741 Rangers-Blue Jackets in review

Thoughts: 1) Where to begin?  Well, that’s actually pretty simple. The Rangers have a ton of holes, they have a dearth of skill and they are soft. OK, fine. But none of that matters if the guy in the net doesn’t stop the puck. They can fix some of their…

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634 It’s Go Time! … Blue Jackets at Rangers

Game 33. Blue Jackets at Rangers. The reunion of the former Rangers and former Blue Jackets is the story line, but tonight’s game is really about the Rangers’ need for a victory, and having to get it with a depleted lineup. Big, tough 2010 first-round draft pick Dylan McIlrath…

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183 Rangers-Baby Buffaloes in review

Thoughts: 1) Henrik Lundqvist. Remember that goalie controversy? And by the way, this talk about how he’s earning that new contract now … well, that new contract starts next season and I think he gets the signing bonus July 1. So he’s just getting by with the old contract right…

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92 Rangers 5, Canucks 2 … post-game notes & quotes

Post-game notes and quotes courtesy of the Rangers: Rangers 5, Canucks 2. Click here for boxscore. Team Notes: – The Rangers defeated the Vancouver Canucks, 5-2, today at Madison Square Garden, in the second game of a back-to-back set. – The Blueshirts improved to 14-13-0 overall (28 pts), including a…

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166 Rangers-Bruins in review

Thoughts: 1) Men vs. Boys. I am not 100 percent convinced the Rangers lost this game because of the way they were manhandled by the Bruins, but they were manhandled, and I am pretty certain that any best-of-seven series against a team like that is going to look like the…

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314 Rangers-Predators in review

Thoughts: 1) The Rangers, with their new system, defend. They succeed because/if/when they defend. I keep going back to what Alain Vigneault said on the last homestand when I asked him about the way they defend, and he said a big part of that is taking care of the puck…

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369 Rangers-Islanders in review

Thoughts: 1) A few things jumped out at me. For one, the tempo of this game was pretty high, much higher than the home opener. It’s very obvious that the Rangers are a much faster team with Chris Kreider and J.T. Miller here and then with Carl Hagelin coming back,…

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291 Rangers-Canadiens in review

Alain Vigneault’s post-game press conference video is up above. For boxscore, click here. Thoughts: 1) OK, I know I sometimes get annoyed when you guys complain about the officials. But last night, if you didn’t complain about the officials I would suggest getting your pulse checked. I don’t believe that…

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16 Rangers 3, Red Wings 2 (OT) … post-game notes

Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR: Rangers 3, Red Wings 2 (OT). Click here for boxscore. Team Notes: – The Rangers defeated the Detroit Red Wings, 3-2, in overtime tonight at Joe Louis Arena, to wrap-up their season-opening nine-game road trip. – The Blueshirts are now 3-6-0 overall (6 pts),…

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482 Rangers-Flyers in review

Thoughts: 1) That’s two good-looking hockey clubs. Twelve goals in eight games for ya boys. Doesn’t matter what they do well or not, how they compete or not, who’s in goal and who’s not. Twelve goals in eight games isn’t getting it done. They should be sending Thank Yous to…

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142 Devils 4, Rangers 0 … post-game notes

Post-game notes courtesy of the Rangers: Devils 4, Rangers 0. Click here for boxscore. Team Notes: – The Rangers were defeated by the New Jersey Devils, 4-0, tonight at Prudential Center, in there second of three straight divisional matchups. – The Blueshirts are now 2-5-0 overall (4 pts), including a…

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167 Rangers-Capitals in review

Before we get into it, a reminder. We will have a Live Chat today at noon. Be there. Or else. Thoughts: 1) The hit on Derek Stepan by Troy Brouwer. I thought the one single replay they showed wasn’t convincing that it was a dirty hit. But the Rangers sure…

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654 Rangers-Blues in review

Thoughts: 1) Martin Biron. I thought early on, when the Blues were on the Rangers a bit, he was pretty good, and he moved the puck, too, which really helps a struggling defensive team. Then, ugh. The second and third goals were all on him. It’s ridiculous to expect him…

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702 Rangers-Mighty Ducks in review

Thoughts: 1) I know it’s considered heresy to say this, but Henrik Lundqvist hasn’t looked good since the preseason began. 2) That third goal was a 2-on-2, no defensive mistake at all. Maybe it was deflected. Probably was. I don’t place blame on deflections. If it wasn’t deflected, it needs…

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