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Jan
15

Twitter recap: One minute in Montreal

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Last night I did something I haven’t done in at least a year. I sat on my couch and just watched the Ranger game. No goal breakdown. Limited tweeting (we will get to that). No gifs. Nothing. Just sat and watched as a fan of the team. Suffice it to say, I was not overly happy with what I saw. And after reviewing Twitter last night, I see a bunch of you feel the same way. There was a wide range of emotions last night.

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Jan
14

Rangers fall flat against Toronto

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After an emotional ceremony to honor Detective Steve McDonald there was still a hockey game to be played, and the Rangers fell flat against a pretty good Leafs team. This is not last year’s Leafs team. They have a ton of young speed and skill, and they went to work against the Rangers porous back line. The put up a four spot on the Rangers with Henrik Lundqvist playing fairly well, save for that first goal.

The defense allowed a bunch of quality chances from the slot, some with the man advantage and some without. Hank got some, but not all. He also allowed a weak goal to start the game. Frederik Andersen, on the other hand, was not tested that much. It was a disoriented game by the Rangers, who were well rested but had only practiced once since their last game.

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Jan
08

Rangers top Columbus in comeback win

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What a game. If you had told me after 20 minutes that the Rangers would end up winning this game I wouldn’t have believed you. After a dreadful start to the game – it was all Columbus – the Rangers staged a daring comeback win in the third period, with the icing on the cake being Michael Grabner’s game winning goal on a breakaway with 16 seconds left. A win against the Blue Jackets is no joke either, with the team recently coming off of a historic win streak and sitting pretty at the top of the league standings. In second place of course are our very own New York Rangers, who picked up a big two points with tonight’s win.

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Apparently division rivals do wake up the Rangers. Looking to move past the previous night’s disaster against Buffalo, the Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist played a very physical game with the Flyers in the 5-2 win. More importantly, the Rangers used their superior speed and skill to best Steve Mason and the flawed Flyers defense multiple times.

The King returned to form last night, as he made multiple difficult saves to keep the Rangers in it early. And to be clear, he’s the reason why they were able to build the 3-0 lead. Mason, on the other hand, was strong early but couldn’t withstand the barrage from the Rangers. It wasn’t a perfect effort by any means, but it was a good rebound effort.

Process was much better for the Rangers in this game too. They had a good advantage in both quantity and quality of chances. It’s certainly a step in the right direction for a team that desperately needed it.

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After two wins against the worst two teams in the league, the Rangers faced the third worst team in the league looking to take advantage of the soft spot in their schedule. Instead the Rangers laid an egg, spotting the Sabres a 3-0 lead and eventually falling 4-1. There aren’t many good things to say about this game, except that Nick Holden continues to defy logic and reasoning with his career-best pace. He might be this year’s Kevin Klein.

Speaking of Klein, he and the defense had a horrific night. Two of Klein’s turnovers led directly to goals, and another by Ryan McDonagh led to a goal. It wasn’t much better for the forwards, who looked like they had cement in their skates. All 18 skates hung Henrik Lundqvist out to dry, providing little help. Hank wasn’t his elite self, but there wasn’t much he could do this game.

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The Rangers went into Glendale last night looking to take advantage of a soft spot in their schedule. They came out with two points, but it certainly wasn’t easy. The Rangers got two powerplay tallies early, but let the Yotes hang around with sloppy overall play. It was also the powerplay that got the game winner, as Matt Puempel book-ended the powerplay scoring with the first goal and the game winner. He also added another one with ten seconds remaining to complete the hat trick.

Antti Raanta was brilliant in this game, making several difficult stops in the second and third periods as the Yotes pressed to tie the game. He could not keep them from tying it, but the Yotes’ speed was on display in the third as he was peppered with quality chances.

Don’t let the score fool you though, this was not the best of games by the Rangers. Arizona is not a good team, and the Rangers let them hang around all night. If not for a 4-for-7 night on the powerplay, this game could have been a lot different. However, it’s amazing what a good powerplay does for a team, right?

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The Rangers decided to spot the Senators a two-goal lead early in the game, but then came back from that two-goal deficit twice on the way to a 4-3 win. The Rangers took a while to realize that the hockey season had actually resumed, but luckily for them the Senators aren’t a good hockey team. Antti Raanta was shaky early, but made some marvelous saves to keep the Rangers in the game.

Nick HoldenDerek Stepan (two goals each), and Ryan McDonagh (three assists) carried the offense for the good guys, and luckily they showed up. It was a three man show offensively, with Raanta bailing out the Rangers defense in the second and third periods. Definitely not a complete win for the Rangers, but they didn’t allow a touchdown. Sometimes, baby steps is all you can ask for.

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Dec
21

Penguins embarrass Rangers in Pittsburgh

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The Penguins showed why they are the defending Stanley Cup champions last night. embarrassing the Rangers in Pittsburgh by a 7-2 score. The Pens owned the Rangers all game, and this score would’ve been much worse had Antti Raanta had an off night. He did not, and that’s why the Rangers managed to get it to within a goal in the third, despite being badly outplayed.

But once they got it to within a goal, the Penguins scored five straight, as if to just mess with the Rangers. Matt Murray wasn’t even particularly strong in this game, but he didn’t have to do much. The Rangers didn’t get many shot attempts, let alone anything of significant quality. Everything was off on this game. Could be fatigue. Could be a solid Penguins lineup completely exploiting an injured Rangers team. Could be very fast and skilled Penguins forwards exploiting a pretty terrible Rangers defense.

Or could be a combination of all three. Definitely a combination of all three.

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The Rangers found a way to beat the Devils last night, despite never leading in the game. Down 1-0 heading into the third period, Chris Kreider gave the Rangers life with his goal to tie it. After allowing a goal to Miles Wood just minutes later, it was Derek Stepan who played hero, scoring the tying goal with a minute remaining. The Rangers would eventually win the game in the shootout.

This was a game of goalies, ad Henrik Lundqvist and Cory Schneider were on top of their games. The Rangers and Devils didn’t play a low scoring affair because of lack of action, it was because both goalies put on a show. Any average goalie on either team, and it’s a blowout, as the teams were skating up and down the ice, generating chances freely.

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Last night the Rangers scored a shootout win in Nashville, topping the Preds 2-1. Rick Nash scored again for the Rangers, showing he has been reborn as a healthy forward. It also helps that the team can score up and down the lineup, so the pressure isn’t all on him to score.

Since I didn’t watch the game last night, here are some of the in-game reactions around the Twitter-verse during the game.

Can always count on Beth to give a solid take of a goal. Anyone else swoon like a hot cat in front of a fan for that goal?

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