Browsing: Marc Staal

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281 Rangers-Senators in review

Thoughts: 1) Derek Stepan. Breakout game? I don’t know. He had that hat trick Nov. 2 after going his first 12 without a goal, then scored four in his next 36 games, including none in the last 13. And while I certainly don’t judge him solely on goals, he needs…

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542 Rangers-Flyers in review

Thoughts: 1) Well, that was a pretty good start. Maybe the Flyers were thrown off by that rouse-’em-up battle song, “Oh you look so beautiful tonight” they play when the teams enter the rink. 2) Seriously, I want to get to the Daniel Carcillo topic and all in a minute,…

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267 Rangers-Stars in review

Thoughts: 1) Although the game was hideous at times, and I thought early on the Rangers didn’t take care of the puck nearly well enough — especially the line that eventually created the game-winning goal — this was a pretty good win. It was one of those whatever-it-takes games you…

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631 Rangers-Blackhawks in review

Thoughts: 1) Best win of the season for the Rangers, who are now two over NHL-.500 for the first time this season? Maybe for several reasons, one of them being that it came against the defending Stanley Cup champs who were 15-2-6 at home this season. But for many other…

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279 Rangers-Panthers in review … Happy New Year!

Thoughts: 1) Happy New Year! Whether 2013 was good, great, bad or horrible for you, here’s hoping that 2014 will be better. And the dawn of 2014 means one thing: Honeymooners Marathon!! It also means Winter Classic today at the Big House, and after the game, the naming of the…

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294 It’s Go Time! … Rangers at Panthers

Game 41. Rangers at Panthers. Happy New Year’s Eve! Please, please, please be smart and be safe if you’re celebrating. Or if you aren’t. Holy shishkebob! Is it really the halfway point of the season after tonight’s game? Last season at this point we didn’t even know if there…

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514 Rangers-Lightnings in review

Thoughts: 1) Henrik Lundqvist. I thought he had no chance on the first goal, none on the third. I thought the second was stoppable, that it was a big rebound (it was) and that he went down early and got beat high glove. But I watched it a few times.…

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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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499 It’s Go Time! … Rangers at Capitals

Game 39. Rangers at Capitals. The post-Christmas break ends, and the Rangers begin a five-game road trip that will take them into 2014 and the second half of the season. Ya boys have won two in a row and are 3-1-1 in their last five, with a hideous loss…

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303 Boxing Day … and then the rest of the season

Just want to throw this out there for discussion, because I’m a little curious. Now, I know — or have been taught — that you guys can kinda go hot and cold about your team, game to game, period to period, shot to shot. And cold was the prevailing temperature…

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466 It’s Go Time! … Maple Leaves at Rangers

Game 38. Maple Leaves at Rangers. Happy Festivus! The Rangers close out their franchise-record nine-game homestand tonight, and they do it coming off their best game of the homestand, and in a while, last night against Minnesota. The Rangers are 2-4-2 on the homestand, and 3-4-2 would feel a…

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280 It’s Go Time! … Wilds at Rangers

Game 37. Wilds at Rangers. Happy Festivus Eve! Get the pole out of the crawlspace. Mercifully, this nine-game homestand is winding down, with tonight’s game against the Wildebeests and tomorrow’s Festivus contest against the Maple Leaves. Then the Rangers go on the road for five straight … in other…

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378 Rangers-Islanders in review

Thoughts: 1) The homestand to hell. At some point, if not soon then later, the Rangers will rue the points they hacked up on this nine-gamer, whether it be the points that make them fight for their lives the final days of the season or the points that keep them…

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651 It’s Go Time! … Penguins at Rangers

Game 35. Penguins at Rangers. Ya boys come in on a one-game winning streak, albeit a win in one of those gimmicky things they sometimes hold after the hockey portion of the evening is over. They are 1-3-1 on the nine-game homestand so far. Dylan McIlrath comes out of…

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756 It’s Go Time! … Flames at Rangers

Game 34. Flames at Rangers. Ya boys have lost four in a row to start this nine-game homestand and have lost eight of their last nine at home overall. They have gotten worse with each passing game, IMO. They have given up four goals in all four games on…

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