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The Rangers powerplay awoke with force last night, scoring three goals with the man advantage. However it was not enough, as a pair of two-goal bursts by the Canes doomed the Rangers as they lost by a score of 4-3. The first burst of two quick goals by Carolina was the result of just terrible defense. There’s really no way around it. But the third Carolina goal is the one that Rangers fans will be upset about, as it was clear goaltender interference. The explanation was terrible and the consistency on these calls is terrible.

While that third goal hurts, the Rangers lost the game in the first with those two lapses on defense. A team like Carolina that struggles to score should not be able to score that easily. Alas, the Rangers allowed them to get an early lead and did not put them away when they had the chance. Perhaps things are different when half the roster isn’t injured.

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Although they got off to a slow start, the Rangers eventually took control of the pace of their Tuesday night matchup against the Florida Panthers following a timely goal by none other than Tanner Glass. It helped the Rangers gain some momentum that would largely remain on their side of the ice until the Panthers began a serious pushback following their first goal of the game. Still, outstanding goaltending yet again was the difference, with Hank keeping the Rangers in it at times and helping the team ultimately seal the deal.

RANGERS 1 PANTHERS 0

Chris Kreider doing what he does best, deflecting goals in from in front of the net. After a failed attempt by Florida at clearing the zone, Mats Zuccarello works the puck up along the right boards to Steve Kampfer at the point. He lets a low one fly towards the net, which Kreider tips in to get the Rangers on the board.

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In a game where the Rangers needed to rebound and send a message to themselves, they once again relied on their goaltender to bail them out. Antti Raanta was brilliant in this game, making 38 saves, many of them spectacular. The Rangers were flat after the first period, getting crushed by the Lightning over the last 40 minutes of the game. It was Raanta that kept the game scoreless.

As expected, the additions of Steven Kampfer and Tanner Glass didn’t move the needle much. The Rangers certainly had a good start to the game, realizing an urge to play better. Glass had his fight, trying to motivate his teammates. Kampfer got hit from behind and almost decapitated, and then the first ended. After that, the Rangers were chasing the Bolts all around the ice, taking many penalties in the process. That said, Glass was a part of one of my favorite all time gifs, which came in this game.

Then the overtime happened, and I have to admit I love overtime. It was Mika Zibanejad who said enough was enough, finally getting off the schneid.

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Mar
05

In a word: Bad

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So I did not get a chance to catch most of the game last night, only coming home with 13 minutes left in the third period. In fact, I turned on the tv just as Jordie Benn made it 4-1. What can I say? I have great timing. This also seems like a game I should be happy that I missed. But I posed a question on Twitter, hoping you could all fill me in, and suffice it to say you didn’t let me down.

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Mar
03

Rangers best Bruins on Lundqvist’s B-Day

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It was a happy birthday for Henrik Lundqvist in Boston on Thursday night, with the Rangers coming out on top 2-1 over the Bruins. Although they were grossly outshot in the first period and struggled to do pretty much anything productive (exit the zone, enter the zone, get shots off, etc), they came back in the second and third, ultimately taking the lead on a great goal by Pavel Buchnevich in the third period.

Lindberg extended that lead with a beauty goal himself, and although Hank gave up a weird one to Brad Marchand his play on the whole was spectacular. Certainly there were some problem areas (the man-advantage was not exactly advantageous, for example) but not a whole lot to complain about from this blogger – it was a choppy, weird game for both teams and the Rangers ultimately came out on top.

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Perhaps it was fatigue. Perhaps not, since Columbus was also on the second of a back to back. But the Rangers were no match for the Columbus Blue Jackets last night at MSG. The Blue Jackets shelled the Rangers offensively and physically often. They then took advantage of defensive breakdowns and penalties to build a solid lead. The Rangers kept it close early, but the Blue Jackets were able to break it open with three straight.

Sergei Bobrovsky wasn’t tested much this game, giving up one goal to Rick Nash on a good passing play. Aside from that, most of the shots were in clear sight. Henrik Lundqvist didn’t really stand a chance on four of the goals against, but an argument can be made about one of them (Wennberg’s second), where Hank came out of the crease to try to prevent a breakaway.

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For the third straight game, the Rangers faced a goalie on the top of his game. Carey Price stole a shootout win on Tuesday. Frederik Andersen couldn’t do the same on Thursday. This time it was Cory Schneider’s turn to try to steal one for the Devils. But Mika Zibanejad ensured he would not.

Antti Raanta was strong for the most part, but allowed two questionable goals before Andy Greene’s rocket from the point on the power play gave the Devils the lead. But Adam Clendening sent the game to overtime with less than five minutes to go.

It was then Raanta who prevented Kyle Palmieri from getting a hat trick in over time, followed immediately by a tremendous outlet pass from Brady Skjei to Zibanejad, who ended it. This was the third straight overtime game for the Rangers.

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It was another goalie duel last night, as Henrik Lundqvist and Frederik Andersen made difficult saves look routine on a regular basis. Both goalies allowed just one in regulation, and neither stood a chance on those goals. Both were magnificent in overtime as well, stopping chance after chance. It was marvelous to watch.

Aside from the goalies, Rick Nash was a machine again as he generated a lot of scoring chances. None found twine, but that’s more due to Andersen’s excellence. Honestly, I’m just going to gush over the goaltender performances in this game. As a goalie, it was so much fun watching this game and watching these two battle it out. If the Rangers do meet the Leafs in the playoffs, then it will be one for the ages.

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Henrik Lundqvist and Carey Price lived up to their reputations, making life difficult for scorers as they both made difficult saves look routine. The Rangers never led in regulation, coming from behind twice to force overtime. But in the extra period, tied 2-2, it was the Carey Price show. Price made several wonderful stops, keeping the Rangers from winning it before the Habs could take the extra point in the shootout.

For a potential –and I think it is the most likely scenario– first round matchup, this game had a little bit of everything. It was certainly a strong game by two teams just below the upper echelon of teams chasing the Cup. Perhaps it was just me, but this seemed like a relatively clean game by both teams. Neither team was overly sloppy, although there were some bad penalties. But overall a fun game to watch. The Rangers just lost the coin flip this time around.

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Feb
20

Rangers top Caps in Sunday matinee

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Damn does it feel good to beat the Washington Capitals. A standout performance from Henrik Lundqvist and some ludicrous pace from the rest of the team early on helped the Rangers to a 2-1 victory over their perennial playoff rivals in Sunday’s matinee game. Although the Rangers took their foot off the gas in the second period, a solid third frame helped seal the deal.

Depending on how you look at things this was either a positive litmus test for the Rangers heading into the home stretch or emblematic of the team’s inability to play three solid periods of hockey, all while hiding behind their all-star goaltender. I’ll leave that up to you to decide – here are the goals.

RANGERS 1 CAPITALS 0

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