Browsing: Ryan McDonagh

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125 Rangers-Panthers in review

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah! Thoughts: 1) Alain Vigneault made an off-the-cuff remark about the old saying, “You never critique a victory.” Mike Keenan said that all the time … but they will then dissect it, because they must, because that’s what they do. And because coaches, good coaches, know…

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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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314 Rangers-Predators in review

Thoughts: 1) The Rangers, with their new system, defend. They succeed because/if/when they defend. I keep going back to what Alain Vigneault said on the last homestand when I asked him about the way they defend, and he said a big part of that is taking care of the puck…

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46 Rangers 2, Predators 0 … post-game notes

Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR: Rangers 2, Predators 0. Click here for boxscore. Team Notes: – The Rangers defeated the Nashville Predators, 2-0, tonight at Bridgestone Arena, to extend their winning streak on the road to six games. – The Blueshirts are now 12-11-0 overall (24 pts), including an…

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556 Rangers-Kings in review

Thoughts: 1) Two 1-0 games, both good paced, one a little more physical, but worlds different, IMO. I thought the Rangers in Montreal controlled play for most of the night, with a few late surges by the Habs, but they defended well throughout. Granted, I think L.A. is a better…

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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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45 Rangers 4, Blue Jackets 2 … Post-game notes

Post-game notes courtesy of the Rangers: Rangers 4, Blue Jackets 2. Click here for boxscore. Team Notes: – The Rangers defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-2, tonight at Nationwide Arena, to complete a sweep of their back-to-back set. – The Blueshirts are now 8-8-0 overall (16 pts), including a 5-6-0…

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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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441 Rangers-Ducks in review

Click here for my story on the game, from The Journal News and lohud.com. Thoughts: 1) I’m not going to try to convince anybody that the Rangers were or weren’t that bad, simply because it doesn’t matter. Even if they played great, you can’t make plays like they made in…

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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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16 Rangers 3, Red Wings 2 (OT) … post-game notes

Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR: Rangers 3, Red Wings 2 (OT). Click here for boxscore. Team Notes: – The Rangers defeated the Detroit Red Wings, 3-2, in overtime tonight at Joe Louis Arena, to wrap-up their season-opening nine-game road trip. – The Blueshirts are now 3-6-0 overall (6 pts),…

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482 Rangers-Flyers in review

Thoughts: 1) That’s two good-looking hockey clubs. Twelve goals in eight games for ya boys. Doesn’t matter what they do well or not, how they compete or not, who’s in goal and who’s not. Twelve goals in eight games isn’t getting it done. They should be sending Thank Yous to…

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130 Rangers-Devils in review

Caption above should be: “Boy was that easy?” Thoughts: 1) Was it just me, or did this look like a preseason game? I mean, missing were Ryan Callahan, Rick Nash, Carl Hagelin, Michael Del Zotto, Marian Gabo … oh, wait, forget that one; Martin Brodeur, Patrik Elias, Ryane Clowe (shocker),…

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167 Rangers-Capitals in review

Before we get into it, a reminder. We will have a Live Chat today at noon. Be there. Or else. Thoughts: 1) The hit on Derek Stepan by Troy Brouwer. I thought the one single replay they showed wasn’t convincing that it was a dirty hit. But the Rangers sure…

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702 Rangers-Mighty Ducks in review

Thoughts: 1) I know it’s considered heresy to say this, but Henrik Lundqvist hasn’t looked good since the preseason began. 2) That third goal was a 2-on-2, no defensive mistake at all. Maybe it was deflected. Probably was. I don’t place blame on deflections. If it wasn’t deflected, it needs…

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594 It’s Go Time! … Rangers at Mighty Ducks

Game 4. Rangers at Mighty Ducks. ICYMI: Rick Nash was sent back to New York by the team and thus will not play tonight or Saturday in St. Louis with what is almost certainly another concussion. Jesper Fast takes his place in the lineup. Brad Richards switches back to center,…

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