What an opportunity the Rangers let get away in Sunrise, Fla. Beat the worst team in hockey, whether in regulation, overtime or the tiddly-winks contest, and the Rangers would have clinched a playoff spot and jumped over the Islanders into the sixth seed. They should thank their lucky stars that… Read More →
Two very important games against two inferior teams in two nights, and the Rangers get two critical victories. Hey, you don’t dissect these at this point. Put the four points in the bag and move on. Four games left. Thoughts: 1) I wonder if any of you are taking a… Read More →
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Courtesy of the NYR: NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES April 19, 2013 (Game 44, Away Game 22) First Niagara Center – Buffalo, NY Rangers 8, Sabres 4 Team Notes: - The Rangers defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 8-3, tonight at First Niagara Center, and are now 7-2-1 in their last 10… Read More →
The Rangers held serve. That’s all they did and that’s all they needed to do. They controlled their own destiny going into the night – a night in which all the teams they needed to lose, naturally, won – and with their 6-1 win over the awful Panthers, they still… Read More →
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Highlight of the post-game was John Moore, happy he decided to accept the challenge and drop the gloves and handle himself well in his first NHL scrap, but adding that he’s “not going to quit my day job.” John Tortorella said the team “absolutely” got a rise out of that… Read More →
Another great night for the Rangers. A woeful loss to a bad team in Philadelphia, and all the teams around them in the playoff race – Islanders, Ottawa and Winnipeg – won. The good news, if there is any, is that the Rangers are still in eighth based on a… Read More →
Happy Tax Day. Which is like saying Happy Colonoscopy Day. Anyway, today there are just 13 days left in this hacked-off, Bettmaned 48-game, 99-day joke of a season. Which is a good time to take a look at the race for the final few playoff spots in the mediocre Eastern… Read More →
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Well, you guys really don’t need me to break down that 4-3 loss in T.O. because it was pretty self-explanatory. Breakdowns, breakdowns, breakdowns. Big, glaring, smelly defensive breakdowns. One on each of the four Toronto goals. Thoughts: 1) Woe Canada. Your boys have not won in Canada this season. How… Read More →
Funny how perception works. The Rangers romped over Pittsburgh 6-1 Wednesday. Then they lost in a post-game tiddly-winks contest, 2-1, in Pittsburgh on Friday. Then they beat Carolina 4-1 last night. And yet I would argue that the best game that they played was the loss. Honestly, I think it… Read More →
The Rangers are 3-0-1 in their last four after beating the Hurricanes 4-1 Saturday night in Raleigh. With 10 games remaining in the regular season, they are in seventh place, but four points behind fifth-place Toronto. The Rangers play the Maple Leaves back to back, Monday in Toronto and Wednesday… Read More →
OK, show of hands, how many thought the Rangers would get three points out of this home-and-home series against the prematurely-crowned Stanley Cup champions? Two points? None? Seriously, if I had told you on Wednesday afternoon when everybody was nuts over the Marian Gaborik trade that they’d get three points,... Read More →
Well, that was one of the better hockey games of the season—mean, nasty, great goaltending, sustained offensive chances from the Rangers, against one of the better teams in all of hockey. Only to have it ruined by the shootout, hockey’s tiddly-winks contest to decide crucial games with a non-hockey-related gimmick…. Read More →
Thoughts: 1) This was a really big win, or more exactly a game the Rangers really couldn’t afford to lose. Could have been a death blow, really. Now if they even get one point out of the home-and-home with the NHL Penguins, then beat Carolina, they’ll be in decent shape…. Read More →
John Tortorella: Ryan Callahan: Derek Stepan: Rick Nash: Henrik Lundqvist: Dan Girardi:
Thoughts: 1) Bleak, bleaker, bleakest? With Winnipeg coming for a critical game Monday, the trade deadline Wednesday and then a home-and-home with Pittsburgh, this could get worse before it gets better. Seriously. 2) That said, I don’t think there’s a move or a player available, or a single need that… Read More →
REMINDER: Live Chat Friday at noon. Be there. Should be, um, interesting. Thoughts: 1) At 0-0, it was a decent road game. At 1-0 a bunch of you guys said it was over and I didn’t believe you. But, holy cow. As it transpired, could it have gotten any worse?... Read More →
Thoughts: 1) I’m sure there’s some sentiment today that the Rangers beat a bad, struggling team last night, and that is very true. But, we’ve seen it plenty the last two weeks where the Rangers play a lesser foe and get one point, or none, or get beaten by a… Read More →