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The Rangers and Flyers put on a show for us yesterday afternoon, scoring six times in the first and another three times in the second in a very back and forth game. Add in the three fights in the first period, and it was one of the more entertaining games we’ve had in a while.

That said, the Rangers were on the familiar losing side of another game. Henrik Lundqvist wasn’t given much help, but also looked totally gassed and allowed at least one that he probably should have had. He needs a break. He was supposed to get one this weekend, but that went to the wayside when Alex Georgiev came down with the flu. Why he was still in the game in the third when it was 7-4, I do not know.

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The Rangers came into yesterday’s game looking to rebound from a loss in Brooklyn, one that was ugly for three minutes before taking 50 shots. They instead repeated those three minutes in Brooklyn for most of the game, surrendering four goals on four pretty bad mistakes in the first two periods. By then, it was too little too late in the third, and the Rangers were unable to come back.

The Rangers were able to get two weak ones past Craig Anderson, who was not good in this game. But there’s only so much a team can do when they allow slot passes and open looks in front. The line of Fast-Desharnais-Vesey was especially guilty in this game, on the ice for three of those bad defensive plays. I guess there’s only so much one can do when four defensemen playing were in the AHL for most of the season.

That said, John Gilmour and Ryan Sproul had a good game. Neal Pionk and Brady Skjei were on the ice for two of those goals, though. In a game like this, it’s tough to fault any particular player. The game was over long before the third period.

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The Isles and Rangers played a relatively fun game yesterday, with the Isles coming out on top by a score of 3-0. Jaro Halak played well, as did Henrik Lundqvist. The difference was that when the Rangers made mistakes, they wound up in the back of their net. Throw in a little luck, and you have a 3-0 win for the Isles. Plus 50 saves from Halak will go a long way towards a win.

The kids played well again. They aren’t going to be perfect, but they sure do look better than the blue line for the first 50 games. They can skate. They move the puck. They get sticks in lanes. They get the puck up to the forwards to transition to offense. That’s what I care about right now, watching the kids to see how they do.

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The Rangers came into Minnesota last night looking to extend their winning streak to three games. For the most part, they played well. They generated a good amount of chances, and outscored the Wild for the final 54 minutes or so. The problem was they had a three minute stretch in the first where they forgot they were playing a hockey game. Boneheaded plays, turnovers, and some bad luck all combined for three goals in a span of three minutes and change for the Wild to grab a 3-0 lead, something they would not relinquish.

Neal Pionk and John Gilmour had strong games. It was nice to see some kids showing they can play at this level, even if it is just a two or three game sample so far. There wasn’t much else to say about this game. Devan Dubnyk was tested throughout and played well. Henrik Lundqvist was hung out to dry for those three minutes. He wasn’t really tested much though. It seems odd to say, since this game appeared to be, for the most part, controlled by the Rangers. That said, Minnesota did a good job of shutting the Rangers down in the third, really limiting their chances.

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Feb
10

We won a game!

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For just the fourth time since December 20 or so, the Rangers won a game in regulation. It also felt like the first win this year. The second sentence is hyperbole, of course, but the first is not. It’s been few and far between with regulation wins, and last night’s was quite nice. I know, I know. “All In For Dahlin.” But I’m sorry, I still like seeing the team play well and win. And they did both last night.

However they could not avoid the injury bug again, as Ondrej Pavelec joined the list of walking wounded. It looks like he tweaked his knee, and Henrik Lundqvist took over in the second period. Hank was marvelous, giving a metaphorical middle finger to the coach that said the team was losing because of the goalies. Enough of that though. Let’s enjoy the win.

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I don’t know what to call last night. The Rangers just no-showed completely. Except for Rick Nash, who played well. Henrik Lundqvist didn’t have a good game, but there’s no reason a 35 year old should be playing this many games in what is basically a lost season. Considering what Hank has had to deal with all season, I’m giving him a pass on last night. It’s not like he would have made a difference anyway.

The Bruins are a good hockey team. I get that. The Rangers are injured. I get that too. But to completely give up? In the third period, they weren’t even trying. Heck, in the second period they weren’t even trying. They stopped skating once they gave up four unanswered. Anton Khudobin made a few nice saves, but wasn’t really tested much. The Bruins probably didn’t even break a sweat.

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The Rangers went into Dallas last night trying to steal two points with half the roster comprised of Hartford or AAAA players. The result was what anyone would have expected. Dallas absolutely manhandled the Rangers all over the ice. However Henrik Lundqvist was again a difference maker, keeping the Rangers relevant enough to stay within one goal for the loss.

Our Blueshirts were badly outplayed from start to finish. The Stars finished the night with 41 shots on goal, with Hank stopped 39 of them. However 18 of them came in the first, and another 13 in the second. That’s just inexcusable. I get that we all know they are selling, but this is a poor performance all around. It’s yet another performance where they gave up 30+ shots, which is the running theme lately. The Rangers could be considered mediocre, but are downright bad right now.

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Different day, same Rangers. The Blueshirts came out sloppy last night, and their turnovers wound up in the back of their net for the first three Leafs goals. It wasn’t just the turnovers, though, as the good guys looked like they couldn’t care less about playing hockey. Now we know that’s not the case, but boy was it convincing.

In a game where the Rangers needed to prove to management that they should buy at the deadline, they laid a giant egg. There was nothing about this game, outside of a Michael Grabner rush and a few Rick Nash chances, that showed the Rangers could turn it around. This goes to show you that when Henrik Lundqvist is even remotely human, the Rangers can’t win.

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Jan
21

Shorthanded Rangers dominated by Avs

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Don’t let that 3-1 score fool you. The Rangers and the Avs were nowhere near that close on the ice yesterday. It was only Henrik Lundqvist’s brilliance that kept the game close and kept the Rangers relevant in the loss. This was yet another game where the Rangers only played about 20 minutes of hockey, and were severely outplayed by the Avs.

Without Kevin Shattenkirk, Marc Staal, Michael Grabner, Kevin Hayes, and Chris Kreider, the Avs skated circles around the Rangers. The Blueshirts hemorrhaged scoring chances by the dozen, allowing Colorado to waltz right up Main Street to get quality chances on Lundqvist. I guess this could be expected, given the roster makeup right now. But with three more games to go on this west coast road trip, things could get ugly fast.

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The Rangers badly needed to follow up Tuesday’s win over the Flyers with a solid performance, and bank two more points.  With the bottom-dwelling Sabres in town, the Rangers didn’t disappoint, winning 4-3.  Though the game was a little bit close for comfort, it was another encouraging performance from the Blueshirts, who seem to have bounced back after hitting rock bottom in Pittsburgh.

The Rangers normally rely on a balanced scoring attack, but they’ve found a top line and have started to ride its collective hot hand.  Rick Nash potted two more goals (he now has four in the last two games alone), and Pavel Buchnevich got the game-winner to stave off overtime after the Sabres tied the game 3-3 late in the third.  Let’s take a look at the goals.

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