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441 Rangers-Senators in review

Thoughts: 1) Guess they don’t suck today. Or don’t suck as much. 2) Seriously, an unsightly win is much better than a near-perfect loss. The Rangers played so much better in their 1-0 loss Sunday than they played in Kanata Tuesday. The difference was in the goaltenders — the two…

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536 Rangers at Senators … It’s Go Time!

Game 70. Rangers at Senators. Ya boys have lost three of four, one of those in embarrassing fashion, and now hit the critical stage of the schedule, a point out of second place in the Lesstropolitan Division, with a top-three finish, rather than a wild card, extremely important. The…

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527 Rangers-Sharks in review

Thoughts: 1) Going to get this right out of the way first. Video replay this season has just been an epic fail. EPIC. And these people who think shootouts and the new realignment are good ideas want to add more replay???? Seriously, if this is what video review comes up…

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506 Rangers-Jets in review

Thoughts: 1) Henrik Lundqvist ties Mike Richter’s franchise record of 301 career wins. He will probably break it in the next seven-plus years. Seriously, this was the kind of win Richter (and Lundqvist) appreciated. One where you had to battle, to hang in, to have a short memory and worry…

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22 Rangers 4, Jets 2 … post-game notes & quotes

Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR; post-game quotes courtesy of the Jets: Rangers 4, Jets 2. Click here for boxscore. Team notes: –        The Rangers defeated the Winnipeg Jets, 4-2, tonight at MTS Centre, in the second game of a back-to-back road set. The Blueshirts notched three unanswered goals, including…

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140 Rangers-Hurricanes in review

Thoughts: 1) Holy shishkebob. I’ve been watching NHL games for a long time, and I’ve watched a lot of bad games by bad teams and good teams and I’ve learned this: A classic indication of a team taking a team lightly, of showing an opponent zero respect, is playing Harlem…

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483 Rangers-Red Wings in review

Thoughts: 1) The formula with this team is pretty simple, as it is with any team. We’ve seen good and bad from the Rangers through 65 games now. When they’ve been good, their top skill players have played well, their goaltenders have been sharp and they’ve defended. That has to…

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208 Rangers-Hurricanes in review

Apologies for the technical difficulties last night. No idea why the Go Time! post disappeared. Will try to figure it out. Don’t forget Sunday’s game is a 12:30 NBCer, and we move the clocks on Saturday. So it’s a really early game. First and foremost, a special great job! and…

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422 Rangers-Maple Leaves in review

First, click here for my story from the game last night, after which Martin St. Louis was pretty forthcoming about demainding a trade. Second, click here for my story from before the game, about the deadline-day’s events, with reaction from Glen Sather, Ryan Callahan, Alain Vigneault, Steve Yzerman, etc. Thoughts:…

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686 Rangers-Bruins in review; Live Chat Tuesday

Thoughts: 1) Ryan Callahan’s last game as a Ranger? Was it? Was this the way for the guy to go out, off two God-awful losses? I suppose there remains a chance that Glen Sather doesn’t trade him by Wednesday. Two chances actually. One, Callahan gets off his seventh-year demand and…

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177 Rangers-Flyers in review

Thoughts: 1) With the trade deadline now just three-plus days away, this is more important than the result of that awful game at the Arena That Changes Names Every Five Minutes. With Dan Girardi signed and sealed, Ryan Callahan and his agent insist that signing has nothing to do with…

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344 Guest blogger: afrey94 … Rangers report card

Rangers Report Card By afrey94 With the Olympics behind us and only about 25 percent of the season left before the start of the NHL playoffs, this seems as good a time as any to look back on the season so far.  Instead of simply gauging grades based on statistics…

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318 Rangers-Penguins in review

Thoughts: 1) Hypothetical question? If you had your choice of beating Edmonton and losing in Pittsburgh or losing to Edmonton and winning in Pittsburgh, wouldn’t you have preferred this? Really too bad they tossed away that game vs. the Oilers, could/should have been six in a row going into the…

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560 It’s Go Time! … Rangers at Penguins

Game 59. Rangers at Penguins. Well, the NHL’s Olympic-break roster freeze came and went, so Ryan Callahan will be a Ranger when he returns from Sochi. Then Glen Sather will have about nine days to trade him (March 5 trade deadline), sign him, or risk losing him for nothing…

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159 Rangers-Oilers in review

Thoughts: 1) The Rangers weren’t God-awful, just awful enough to lose. They sure have played worse games than this one, but this was their worst in the last six, since that Islanders game at the Garden before the Stadium Series and the competitive loss to St. Louis. And that was…

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561 Rangers-Avalanches in review

Thoughts: 1) Ryan Callahan. He’s first not because he scored two goals and had an assist, seven hits, six shots on goal, and a blocked shot, or because he was the first star or because they were chanting his name at the Garden. He’s first because he’s overshadowing everything the…

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