Browsing: Marc Staal

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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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252 Rangers-Predators in review; Live Chat at noon

Another reminder: We will have a Live Chat today at noon. On the ledge. Be there. Or else. Should be entertaining. Thoughts: 1) They are boring. They are soft. They are mistake prone. And they are losing players almost every night. They don’t defend very well, and they can’t score.…

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399 Rangers-Capitals in review

Thoughts: 1) Hey, for crying out loud, you can’t expect them to score more than one against Philipp Grubauer. Did I spell that correctly? Too lazy to care. But that’s kinda the point. 2) I mentioned it a little while back, during that five-game road trip, and I wasn’t alone…

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560 It’s Go Time! … Capitals at Rangers

Game 31. Capitals at Rangers. The Rangers play the second of a franchise-record nine-game homestand. They got their first Bettman Bonus Point for losing Saturday against the Devils. They have alternated wins and losses for eight straight games and have not been more than a game over .500 this…

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305 Rangers-Devils in review

Thoughts: 1) Marc Staal. Boy, that sure as hell doesn’t look good for him, getting hit on the button like that by Reid Boucher’s shoulder or upper arm to the chin and reacting as if he knew right away that something was wrong, and then slamming his helmet on his…

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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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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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533 Rangers-Lightnings in review

Thoughts: 1) Wow, just too, too easy for the home team. Did a lot of guys on defense, and the guy in goal, have a bad game? Sure did. Not that there’s any shame or blame on a goalie in giving up three breakaway goals, but Henrik Lundqvist got beaten…

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205 Rangers-Devils in review

First, a change in plans: The Live Chat will now be Thursday at noon, not Wednesday as originally planned. Be there. Or else. Click here for my game story from The Journal News and Lohud.com. Thoughts: 1) I don’t disagree that the second goal, with 46.1 seconds left in the…

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550 Rangers-Blue Jackets in review

Thoughts: 1) Remember when some of us were firing Alain Vigneault before the home opener? His system has now produced a lot of offensive chances, AND good defense (nine straight with two or fewer GA). Wonder where this team might be if not for the early injuries and the idiotic…

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514 Rangers-Penguins in review

Thoughts: 1) What a difference, or a slim difference, between winning and losing. Henrik Lundqvist made some huge saves on the early Pittsburgh power play, got help from a post, got Ryan Callahan to sweep one off the goal line for him, made another great save nine seconds after Brian…

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242 Rangers-Hurricanes in review

Thoughts: 1) A lot of guys did a lot of work on Derek Stepan’s goals — and I’m certainly not marginalizing his part in each of them —  especially Chris Kreider battling in front to keep the puck alive on the PPG and to get it back on the second.…

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202 It’s Go Time! … Hurricanes at Rangers

Game 13. Hurricanes at Rangers. Ya boys have won two in a row and three of four. They play the second of a four-game homestand tonight. Carolina has lost four in a row. The Rangers have won eight in a row against the Hurricanes. Henrik Lundqvist starts in goal, with…

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315 Rangers-Baby Buffaloes in review

Thoughts: 1) Yeah, so they beat a bad team. That was a popular theme last night. But those are games you need to win, and earlier the Rangers weren’t winning them, so stop whining, take the win, move on. The Rangers played well. Could they have scored more? Yeah. Did…

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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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285 Rangers-Red Wings in review

Thoughts: 1) I really would have felt sorry for the Rangers if they had lost this game and had to go home to what is supposed to be a celebration of the renovated arena and all, only to be greeted by an angry home crowd. 2) I also don’t believe,…

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