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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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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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