Browsing: Mats Zuccarello

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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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89 Rangers-Islanders in review

Thoughts: 1) The whole Ryan Callahan situation threw a cloud over the game, IMO. And will continue to hover over whatever the Rangers do from now until the March 5 trade deadline, or perhaps the Olympic-break roster freeze Feb. 7. If they think they won’t be able to re-sign Callahan,…

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519 Rangers-Islanders in review

(Apologies … tech problems overnight prevented me from including photos in the review. Dammit). Thoughts: 1) I have no idea how this is going to turn out, but the trading deadline is closing in, with the two and a half weeks roster freeze over the Olympic break, and the Rangers…

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340 Rangers-Devils in review

Thoughts: 1) I want to start out by saying that this was my first live experience with one of these outdoor games. I didn’t think I was going to like it. I generally don’t care for the hype, and I absolutely don’t care for all the ancillary stuff with entertainment…

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339 Rangers-Blues in review

Thoughts: 1) The Blues obviously got the memo from Coach Ken Hitchcock, or maybe they figured it out themselves. They were embarrassed by the Devils two nights earlier, and as we all knew, they would be a lot better at the Garden. Much, much, much tighter. Nothing that we didn’t…

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303 Rangers-Islanders in review (updated)

Thoughts: 1) It really is remarkable how much more the Devils and Islanders have seemed to want the games against the Rangers than the Rangers have. Part of it is that the Rangers don’t treat them as top rivals anymore. They don’t. The Islanders certainly do. You can only imagine…

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524 Rangers-Capitals in review

Thoughts: 1) Semantics, maybe. But to me, it’s a streak when you win a bunch of games. It’s a roll when the wins are impressive and complete, when the performance goes top to bottom, and when the best, most important players are playing like the best, most important players. So…

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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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163 Rangers 4, Senators 1 … post-game notes

Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR: Rangers 4, Senators 1. Click here for boxscore. Team notes: –        The Rangers defeated the Ottawa Senators, 4-1, today at Canadian Tire Centre, to begin a back-to-back set. The Blueshirts notched four unanswered goals, while Cam Talbot made 29 saves in the win. New…

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426 Rangers-Lightnings in review

Thoughts: 1) Ben Bishop. Holy shishkebob, does this guy own the Rangers? He allowed one goal and his goals against average went up and save percentage went down. He came in at 0.89 with a .970 save percentage in four starts. He’s now 5-0 with two shutouts against the Rangers.…

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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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35 Rangers 4, Flyers 1 … post-game notes & quotes

Post-game notes and quotes courtesy of the NYR: Rangers 4, Flyers 1. Click here for boxscore. Team notes: –        The Rangers continued a four-game homestand with a 4-1 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at Madison Square Garden, to extend their winning streak to three games. The Blueshirts notched three…

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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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492 Rangers-Maple Leaves in review

Thoughts: 1) The Leafs — is that the same team that played in the Winter Classic? — really put up zero resistance, and the Rangers sure appear to love playing against them. The Rangers, a team that can play with anybody if allowed to skate, allowed to use their speed,…

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376 Rangers-Penguins in review

Thoughts: 1) This is not an excuse. Just a fact. The Pittsburgh Penguins are helmets and shoulder pads better than the rest of the East. They played almost the entire month of December with their JV on the ice and ran away and hid. They could play the entire second…

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