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Although they got off to a slow start, the Rangers eventually took control of the pace of their Tuesday night matchup against the Florida Panthers following a timely goal by none other than Tanner Glass. It helped the Rangers gain some momentum that would largely remain on their side of the ice until the Panthers began a serious pushback following their first goal of the game. Still, outstanding goaltending yet again was the difference, with Hank keeping the Rangers in it at times and helping the team ultimately seal the deal.

RANGERS 1 PANTHERS 0

Chris Kreider doing what he does best, deflecting goals in from in front of the net. After a failed attempt by Florida at clearing the zone, Mats Zuccarello works the puck up along the right boards to Steve Kampfer at the point. He lets a low one fly towards the net, which Kreider tips in to get the Rangers on the board.

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Mar
06

Blue Seat Blogs-Cast – TG15, Toughness, & What’s Process Good For Anyways?

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On this week’s podcast we’re joined by special guest Rob to unpack the Tanner Glass call up, what toughness can accomplish, and the kind of thought process that’s driving the team these days. As always you can find us right here, on iTunes, and on SoundCloud.

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Mar
03

Rangers best Bruins on Lundqvist’s B-Day

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It was a happy birthday for Henrik Lundqvist in Boston on Thursday night, with the Rangers coming out on top 2-1 over the Bruins. Although they were grossly outshot in the first period and struggled to do pretty much anything productive (exit the zone, enter the zone, get shots off, etc), they came back in the second and third, ultimately taking the lead on a great goal by Pavel Buchnevich in the third period.

Lindberg extended that lead with a beauty goal himself, and although Hank gave up a weird one to Brad Marchand his play on the whole was spectacular. Certainly there were some problem areas (the man-advantage was not exactly advantageous, for example) but not a whole lot to complain about from this blogger – it was a choppy, weird game for both teams and the Rangers ultimately came out on top.

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Mar
02

Blue Seat Blogs-Cast – Trade Deadline Post Mortem

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On this week’s Blue Seat Blogs-Cast we discuss the Brendan Smith trade, why exactly they lost to Washington on Tuesday, and what’s up with Pavel Buchnevich’s recent demotion to the AHL. As always you can find us right here, on iTunes, and on SoundCloud.

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It’s trade season, and that means everyone and their mother has an idea of what the Rangers should do in order to improve the team. Whether this means buying, selling, or standing pat, we’ve all entertained various thoughts in our heads as to what could, should, or might happen.

Last week I wrote about how perspective matters and on the most recent podcast we talked with Sean Hartnett about how close this team is to contending (with the always intelligent Hartnett offering his opinion that the Rangers are a “tier 2” contender, just below the level of say, the Penguins). Prior to that I had written about how the Rangers could improve this blue line, floating the idea of acquiring Cody Franson and waiting until the summer for Kevin Shattenkirk. Some recent developments however, have changed my mind.

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On this week’s episode of the Blue Seat Blogs-Cast we’re joined by special guest Sean Hartnett of WFAN 66/CBS Local and Blueshirt Bulletin to preview the upcoming trade deadline. As always you can find us right here, on iTunes, and on SoundCloud.

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Feb
20

Rangers top Caps in Sunday matinee

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Damn does it feel good to beat the Washington Capitals. A standout performance from Henrik Lundqvist and some ludicrous pace from the rest of the team early on helped the Rangers to a 2-1 victory over their perennial playoff rivals in Sunday’s matinee game. Although the Rangers took their foot off the gas in the second period, a solid third frame helped seal the deal.

Depending on how you look at things this was either a positive litmus test for the Rangers heading into the home stretch or emblematic of the team’s inability to play three solid periods of hockey, all while hiding behind their all-star goaltender. I’ll leave that up to you to decide – here are the goals.

RANGERS 1 CAPITALS 0

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jeff gorton

With every passing day the trade deadline draws closer, with teams already likely in the preliminary stages of making whatever deals we’ll eventually see transpire. The Rangers are likely to be active at the deadline one way or another, and while I’m not going to make specific recommendations or prescribe particular remedies to what’s ailing the team (given that I’ve already done that, and given that there’s certainly more than one way to improve this team) I do want to unpack the crucial thought process that a team must undertake in the run up to the deadline.

In short, it all has to do with whether or not this team sees itself as a true contender, and whether or not that’s actually true. We’ve seen in previous years the Rangers’s tendency to go all in, adding pieces at the deadline in order to give the team a shot at the Cup. While I think it’s certainly admirable to try and contend every year possible and give Henrik Lundqvist a shot at his Cup, we’ve also seen in previous years that this hasn’t exactly worked out.

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On this week’s Blue Seat Blogs-Cast Dave and Pat unpack the team’s 6-game win streak, Pavel Buchnevich’s benching, and a light tease of next week’s trade talks. As always you can find us right here, on SoundCloud, and on iTunes. Be sure to leave us reviews on Soundcloud and iTunes!

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Feb
14

Rangers add to win streak in Columbus

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Sharp goaltending, fast paced action, and frequent use of special teams marked this game, as the Rangers topped Columbus on the road to extend their win streak further. Both teams used powerplays to swing the momentum in their favor but ultimately it was the Rangers who were able to keep up the pressure, responding to Nick Foligno’s game-tying goal with an excellent marker from Jimmy Vesey.

Antti Raanta had a 30 save game, easily matching Sergei Bobrovsky and coming up big in the last minute of the game to secure the Rangers’s lead while CBJ had the extra man. Ultimately it was a solid performance, the kind of game you like to see from your team on the road, and two big points against a divisional rival in a crucial race to the playoffs.

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