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The Rangers were hoping to extend their win streak to seven in Brooklyn, but allowed three straight to the Isles en route to the 4-2 loss. The Rangers and Isles traded chances all game, but it was the Isles who took advantage of bad Rangers defense for those three straight. Win streaks are meant to be snapped, but it stings letting the Isles do it.

Make no mistake, this was not a pretty game. Fun to watch, but not pretty. The Rangers were hemorrhaging chances to the Isles, as they couldn’t get past the tenacious forecheck. New coach Doug Weight had the Isles pressing hard, and forcing the defense to make passes, a horrible weakness for the Rangers. It worked, as it led directly to multiple chances, a goal, and sustained pressure. It was a good game plan.

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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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Feb
12

Twitter recap: 400 for The King

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Last night, Henrik Lundqvist became the 12th goalie in NHL history to get to 400 wins. The Rangers got two goals from Kevin Klein and the game winner from Rick Nash to help Lundqvist reach the milestone. It’s been a little while since I’ve done a Twitter recap, so let’s see how everyone thought about the game.

You are not the only one.

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The Rangers were down early against Nashville, spotting them a 2-0 lead before four straight goals gave them the lead for good. Kevin Hayes led the charge with a pair of primary assists that were just pretty passes. Henrik Lundqvist was magnificent again. He stopped everything he could stop in this game.

This was another strong game for the Blueshirts. They’ve been stringing together the strong performances lately, and very quietly have built a four game winning streak. They’ve done it on the back of Lundqvist, balanced scoring, and some better defense.

My internet was pretty terrible last night, so I couldn’t make gifs. So hooray for bullet points. Gotta change it up every now and then, right?

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mats zuccarello

The Rangers played an all around solid hockey game last night, besting the Anaheim Ducks by a score of 4-1. It wasn’t a perfect game by any stretch, but the Rangers got timely goals, decent defense, and solid goaltending. Henrik Lundqvist was only beat once on a goal in which he stood no chance. The defense played one of their better –relatively speaking– games as well. The solid effort gave Alain Vigneault his 600th NHL win as a coach. Like him or not, that’s a solid milestone.

Three different lines got in on the action for the Rangers, showing how truly dangerous they are when their forwards are fully healthy. John Gibson did his best to try to keep the Rangers off the board, making a number of stellar saves (here and here are just two), but Hank bested him with another great performance in net. He’s been coming around lately. Perhaps just at the right time?

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The Rangers managed to sneak away on Super Bowl Sunday with a win against the lowly Flames, but they made us sweat. Strong first and third periods sandwiched a poor second. A strong offensive performance was overshadowed by poor defense again. No gifs for this game, but bullet points are fun too!

  • I missed the first period, but I saw the replays of the goals. The Rangers have this habit of getting in front of shots from the point that they should be avoiding, and not trying to block. Nick Holden was victimized on this one. He tried to get out of the way, but it still hit his hip and went by Hank.
  • That said, Hank goofed on handling the puck before the shot by Dougie Hamilton. He tried to make a play and failed. Aside from that though, he was solid.
  • Rick Nash cleaned up the garbage in front for his goal. He’s been a man on a mission this season. His contract is always going to be a polarizing topic of conversation, but he’s been great this season.

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The Rangers and the Sabres traded tons of chances in the game, with both getting one past the strong goaltending in regulation. It was the story of goaltending, as Robin Lehner and Henrik Lundqvist put on a show, making save after save in a game that started slow and ended with the teams trading chances left and right. Lehner finished with 42 saves, and Hank finished with 36 saves.

The forwards were able to generate a good amount of chances, using their speed to burn by a very vulnerable Sabres defense. Unfortunately, the Sabres did the exact same thing to the Rangers. It’s actually kind of fun to watch. Both teams are built the same way, so watching them trade chances was a good time, even if the game started slow for the Rangers.

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The Rangers dominated the Flyers all night, but Steve Mason was up to the task, stopping 16 shots in the first period and 34 total for the shutout. Henrik Lundqvist was just as good, but wasn’t given much help in front of the net on both goals that eluded him, as the Flyers snapped the Rangers three game winning streak.

The story of the game will be the goaltending of Mason and the Rangers pretty poor powerplay. It wasn’t so much that the Rangers didn’t score on the powerplay, it was that they looked terrible on their chances. Add a great effort by Mason, and it was a recipe for disaster.

Worth noting: While the Rangers got a ton of shots on Mason early, they were with a clear line of sight. They didn’t generate many quality chances early on.

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The Rangers didn’t look great last night, but got very timely goals when they had opportunities and received some stellar goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist to help secure the win. Hank was on fire last night, making very difficult saves look routine and almost singlehandedly keeping the Rangers in the lead throughout the game. It was another masterful performance from The King.

Aside from Hank the timely goals were the story, as the Blueshirts capitalized on a trio of Kings turnovers. Scoring on all three of these plays proved to be critical, as the Rangers struggled to generate sustained offense all night long. The overall team defense was not very good either, allowing a number of chances that Hank stopped. Good teams find ways to win games like these, but it’s not a performance you want to see consistently.

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The Rangers played one of their worst defensive games in years last night, and still found a way to make it exciting. The defense hung Henrik Lundqvist out to dry for five goals, and Hank helped them out by letting in one bad goal and another questionable goal. The first two periods were some of the worst hockey I’ve ever seen from a playoff team. The story by most will be about the comeback, but the Rangers were just putrid. Awful. Terrible.

But then the third period happened, and the Rangers scored three goals early to make the game exciting. Magnus Hellberg made a few good saves to preserve the momentum, but the Rangers still came up short. For those keeping track, this team put up four on Carey Price and lost, then six on the Stars and lost. If that doesn’t scream “defense stinks,” then I don’t know what does.

As an aside, you idiot fans giving Hank a Bronx cheer should just give me your tickets. I can’t afford $200 a ticket on the secondary market, and I would love to get to a game this year. You people are a disgrace. Even the harshest Girardi critics gave him two seasons before really getting on him.

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