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The Rangers are going to live and die by the comeback this year. The Blueshirts were down 2-0 early after the Blue Jackets dominated them in the second, but kept clawing away before exploding in the third period. The powerplay was the story of this game, scoring three times in the third period for yet another come from behind win.

With the win, the Rangers showed that they can still beat good teams, and that their three game winning streak prior against bad teams was, at least for now, no aberration (Update: Forgot about Tampa. They are actually quite good). It may not have been the prettiest of wins, but it was still a win against a very good team. That’s a confidence builder for a team that can still be fragile at times.

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The Rangers beat Florida last night in overtime, racking up their third win in a row and second straight in overtime. This week has been a breakout from the October doldrums, and a reason for hope in Rangerstown. These are the Rangers we have been waiting to see.

There were lots of spots of optimism in the game last night, including the power play and getting goals from different sources. The defense accounted for three of the five goals (Shattenkirk 2, Holden) and Rick Nash is finally shaking the monkey off his back, netting one goal and one heck of a performance.

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For the first time this season, the Rangers have won two games in a row. They played a very good game against a very good team, something we haven’t said all season. Henrik Lundqvist was absolutely phenomenal in this one, making 27 saves –many difficult– to do his job in the win. Andrei Vasilevskiy was just as good with 33 difficult saves.

The game had an interesting flow. It felt like the Rangers actually showed up for all three periods, another first this season. They dominated the first, and then Tampa adjusted and showed why they are one of the best this year. But the Rangers held their ground, perhaps finally showing that they can be a good team when they show up and play.

It wasn’t a perfect game, there were a ton of gripes with lineups and deployment, but the process on the ice was there.

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The Rangers came out flat, again. They’d score a goal, then let in a pair. They did that twice, actually, before the third period. The game should’ve been out of reach, but Henrik Lundqvist was phenomenal in the game, making a ton of difficult saves and being hung out to dry regularly.

Then the Rangers rallied for three goals in the third period to take a 5-4 lead. A lead they would hold for the huge two points to stay above the critical four-points-out-of-the-playoffs threshold. In that third period, it was all the Kreider-Zibanejad-Buchnevich line. The Rangers needed their top line to produce, and boy did they ever.

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The Rangers came into Montreal looking to build off a win against the horrid Coyotes. Instead they didn’t show up until the second period, and by then had dug themselves into a 3-0 hole. It’s amazing that they consistently do this.

But then they tied it. And right as they tied it, they made another defensive gaffe and allowed the game winner. Unbelievable. No gifs for this one, so here’s some bullet point thoughts.

  • It looked like Ondrej Pavelec got hurt on the first shot of the game, but shook it off.
  • On the Paul Byron goal, I don’t know how he can get that open. Marc Staal blatantly blew the coverage on that one. His head wasn’t on a swivel, and he didn’t realize Byron had moved a little higher in the slot.
  • It would be super if the Rangers stopped giving up the first goal in these games.
  • It would also be super if the refs stopped calling penalties for breathing.

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Kids shine as Rangers dominate Yotes

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Boo Nieves had three assists and Pavel Buchnevich had a pair of goals in the Rangers big win over the Arizona Coyotes last night. It seems odd to call a win in October over a winless team a “big” win, but the Rangers desperately needed points, and they got them. It was against the Yotes, so it’s not exactly a turnaround game, but it’s a start.

The Rangers didn’t play down to their competition. That’s perhaps the big thing. Having 12F/6D instead of whatever Alain Vigneault was doing before also helped. They weren’t perfect. But I was optimistic after the win against Nashville. Maybe I should be optimistic after this one. Maybe. Just maybe. They figured stuff out.

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The Rangers came into last night’s game looking to build on their ugly win against Nashville on Saturday. They did no such thing, and allowed the San Jose Sharks to run all over them. It was another embarrassing performance by a team that had (has?) Stanley Cup aspirations. The Rangers stunk up and down the lineup, save for Pavel Buchnevich and Kevin Hayes.

Buch and Hayes played very will. Henrik Lundqvist, when he wasn’t making a pair of gaffes, made some very difficult saves. But Martin Jones was solid without the mistakes. Plus the Sharks actually showed up to play and played a tight game. The Rangers, on the other hand, were loose defensively yet again. At some point, you change from the overload/man system, right?

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The Rangers finally got a pair of points against Nashville. It snapped a losing streak that has, for all intents and purposes, lasted most of the season. I had family plans for this one, and only caught some of the third period. So without further ado, let’s go through some of the Rangers’ takes on Twitter during the game.

I’m not against this. They need all the good ju-ju they can get.

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I don’t even know what to say anymore. The Rangers could have used a game against a bitter rival as an excuse to get ready and come out of their slump. But instead they didn’t even bother to show up for 40 minutes, letting the Isles basically control the game. They woke up in the third when the Isles turtled, so…baby steps? They tied the game. I mean, I’ll take it, but still.

This was more about lazy hockey than anything else for the Rangers. Too many breakdowns. Too many fundamental issues. When was the last time you saw three guys go to the corner in the defensive zone? Or a forward just act disinterested along the boards? Or two penalty killers chase to the boards? Too many men in overtime, can’t count to three? David Desharnais as your third shooter? It’s ridiculous and embarrassing.

Some will call their third period comeback a sign of life. I want to see consistency and urgency before I call it more than what it is to me: A comeback against an ok team that is also struggling. Eliminate the stupid mistakes, and this game doesn’t require a comeback. Play the whole game the way you did in the third.

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Last night, the Rangers made us ride a wild range of emotions. The Blueshirts opened the game with by spotting the Pens a 2-0 lead, something they seem to do regularly. Then they toyed with us, scoring three straight to take the lead. It was a tremendous back and forth effort that ended with the Rangers taking a 4-3 lead into the final minute.

They a poor decision in their own end led to an odd Sidney Crosby goal from behind the goal line, something Henrik Lundqvist surely wants back. And then it was the worst play I’ve ever seen Ryan McDonagh make that gave the Penguins two points instead of none. The Rangers one point instead of two. They got a point (hooray), but didn’t instill any confidence (boo).

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