Category: Game Wrap-ups

Rangers waste opportunity in Calgary, lose 4-3

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The Rangers saw their five game winning streak snapped in addition to having their lead on the Flyers for 2nd place in the Metropolitan Division trimmed in a bitterly disappointing loss to the Flames in Calgary tonight, 4-3.  This one saw Martin St. Louis kick in his would-be first Rangers goal, Henrik Lundqvist surrender a super soft game winner, and Kari Ramo make some huge saves before all was said and done.  It wasn’t all bad for the Blueshirts, however.  They created tons of chances, and the 4th line again looked fantastic.  It’s just tough to swallow a loss against a team like the Flames.  Onto the goals…

1st period

Rangers 0, Flames 1

After some nice work on the forecheck, Derek Dorsett pursued the puck into the zone and took and ill advised penalty behind the play.  As the penalty wore down, McDonagh and Derek Stepan found themselves both collapsing as the Flames entered the zone.  This gave Curtis Glencross the space to drift into the high left slot and blasted a shot over Hank’s left shoulder.  Although the light went on and both teams reacted as if the puck had gone in, it had actually hit the post.  On the ensuing scrum in front, Joe Colborne banged in a rebound for the early lead.  Read more »

Rangers defense stiffles Flyers in 3-1 win

Photo by Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images

Photo by Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images

The Rangers and Flyers played what will probably be a first round preview, as these teams appear destined to square off in April when the playoffs open. The Rangers came out a bit flat, but weathered the early storm from Philly before breaking through for a 1-0 lead at the end of the first. The Rangers settled after that, and started controlling the game, forcing the Flyers into some turnovers with a good forecheck and solid neutral zone play.

Henrik Lundqvist was his usual strong self, stopping 30 of 31 shots and really bailing this team out after the sluggish start. The Rangers defense shined throughout this game, completely shutting down a very potent Flyers offense. The Rangers got more offensive from their defense (Ryan McDonagh, as per usual), and even more offense from their fourth line.

On to the goals (no pictures this time, sorry folks):

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Rangers tie it late, win in overtime to jump to second in Metro Division

AP Photo/Seth Wenig

AP Photo/Seth Wenig

On a night where the honored their franchise goalie, the Rangers showed that they can indeed fight back from a deficit against playoff caliber teams last night, coming back from down two early and down one late to come up with a huge two points against the Coyotes (no, not the Wild). After a sloppy start to the first, the Rangers bore down and clawed back with two straight of their own in the second. An unlucky goal gave the ‘Yotes a lead, but more life and heart was shown in the third as they pushed for the equalizer.

Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh played tremendous games. Just think, one was an undrafted free agent, and the other acquired in a trade for Scott Gomez. It’s only fitting that they scored the tying and winning goals, and generated a lot of offensive chances even when they weren’t putting pucks in the net. This was a solid effort by both against a desperate team.

On to the goals.

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Lundqvist passes Giacomin in shutout of Devils

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Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Henrik Lundqvist may not have had to make a lot of saves, 21 in total, but he had to make a bunch of difficult saves en route to his 50th shutout and a Rangers victory. With the shutout, Lundqvist has set his second Rangers record of the week, passing Eddie Giacomin for first all time in shutouts. Earlier this week, Hank passed Mike Richter for first all time in wins (302).

This wasn’t a dominating showing by the Rangers, but it was a solid defensive effort to come away with the two points. Aside from the eight goal explosion in Ottawa, a team that simply can’t play defense, the Rangers have been struggling a bit to score. But they have been playing hard-fought defensive battles over the past two games, and coming away with wins. These are the types of wins that you like to see as the playoffs near.

On to the goals:

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Start a fire – NYR win battle in Columbus

I win.

I win.

Getting the two points last night almost seemed liked the cherry on top. For me the sundae was finally seeing Rick Nash play like the power forward he was billed as when we first acquired  him.

Nasher played with a lot of emotion. He was physical, driving to the net, and just making ‘stuff’ happen below the dots. As for the fight, typically you don’t want one of your best goal scorers dropping the gloves, but hey sometimes you have to stick up for yourself. All said, if last night was the spark to ignite the fire in Nash’s belly, then hopefully it burns awhile.

As for the rest of this game, it was great to see such emotion from everyone up and down the bench. This was the first game since the Cally trade where the boys finally looked liked they had some wind in their sails. Hopefully this continues as games aren’t going to get any easier here on out. Still no sign of MSL though.

On to the goals:

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Rangers double up on Senators in defensive nightmare

Derick Brassard broke an eight-game point-less drought with two goals and an assist

Boy, did I pick the wrong night to do a goal breakdown. Both teams played atrocious defense in this game, but at least the Rangers broke out of the offensive slump that saw them score just six goals in their last four games. Oh yeah, and Henrik Lundqvist became the team’s all-time winningest goaltender with career victory No. 302. Better yet, New York picked up two extremely important points while Columbus lost in regulation. Most of it wasn’t pretty, but a win’s a win at this point. You guys will have to forgive me – my DVR couldn’t keep up with all the scoring, so some of these aren’t quite as detailed as the others. On to the goals:

Senators 1, Rangers 0

Brian Boyle is a great defensive forward, but this was not a smart defensive play (a pattern that was repeated throughout the night). Boyle tried to send a long pass across the neutral zone, which Ottawa quickly turned the other way. A couple of quick passes later and winger Mike Hoffman beat Lundqvist high glove-side from the blueline to give the Senators an early lead. There were two Rangers obstructing Lundqvist’s vision, so it’s hard to fault him for this one.

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Rangers drop close contest to the Sharks

The Rangers were home for a matinee matchup yesterday against the Sharks, who came in battling the Ducks for top position in the Pacific Division. The Rangers were fresh off a win against Winnipeg which featured Carl Hagelin’s first career hat trick and Henrik Lundqvist’s 301st career win, which tied him with Mike Richter for the lead on the Rangers’ all time list.

The first period opened with an onslaught of offensive pressure from the Rangers. Despite 14 shots in the first 11 minutes of the game, Antti Niemi was on point enough that the Sharks were able to capitalize on only their 4th shot of the game. To add insult to injury, this goal was a shorthanded breakaway goal that was scored by Logan Couture as he deked and put a backhand shot over Lundqvist’s outstretched glove. This unfortunately was the only goal of the game, so let’s go over some points to take from it.

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Hagelin’s hat trick gives Rangers big win in Winnipeg

Everybody happy! (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Woods)

Everybody happy! (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Woods)

Carl Hagelin notched his first career hat trick last night, giving the Rangers the much-needed offensive wake up call en route to a 4-2 victory over Winnipeg. Things weren’t so happy in the first period, when the Rangers squandered an early Hagelin goal by surrendering two quick ones to the Jets. But the Rangers persevered, tying the game eight minutes later and taking the lead with just six seconds left in the second. They did not look back.

Not lost in all this was Henrik Lundqvist, who made 30 saves in the victory. The win was the 301st of his career, tying him for the Rangers all-time record with Mike Richter. Lundqvist made the saves he needed to make, and was beaten on two shots that were goal-scorer goals. Kevin Klein also recorded a pair of assists in the contest.

On to the goals:

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Uninspiring Rangers fall to Wild, now in need of wins

AP Photo/Jim Mone

AP Photo/Jim Mone

Any comfort the Rangers had in their second place standing in the Metro has completely disappeared. The Rangers couldn’t light the lamp against a third string goalie in Darcy Kuemper (who has been solid as a 23-year-old in the AHL, for what it’s worth), and dropped their second in a row and fifth (fourth in regulation) of seven this month. Before we blame the Ryan Callahan/Martin St. Louis swap, let’s remember that the Rangers went 2-0-1 following the trade before these two losses.

Cam Talbot played a solid game, as per usual. The defense wasn’t as bad as it was against Carolina, but turnovers by Marc Staal and Rick Nash/John Moore led to both of Minnesota’s goals. The Rangers also took three lazy stick penalties (two hookings and a tripping). It was a better showing than the debacle in Carolina, but it isn’t good enough to weather the storm that is the Metro Division playoff race.

On to the goals:

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Rangers drop trap game in Carolina

Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

Boy, if there ever was a trap game, last night was it. The Rangers were coming in with two strong wins in their last two games and an opportunity to head to Minnesota on a three-game win streak. Instead, they played some pretty lazy hockey en route to a 3-1 loss to a Carolina Hurricanes team that is out of the playoff race.

The Rangers were doomed by their flat-footed skating, terrible passing, defensive breakdowns, and numerous turnovers. Henrik Lundqvist stood no chance on all three Carolina goals. Cam Ward had to make some good saves, but he wasn’t really tested much this game. This is one of those games where you would have preferred two points, but would have been happy with one. They got none.

On to the goals:

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