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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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The Rangers were hoping to extend their win streak to seven in Brooklyn, but allowed three straight to the Isles en route to the 4-2 loss. The Rangers and Isles traded chances all game, but it was the Isles who took advantage of bad Rangers defense for those three straight. Win streaks are meant to be snapped, but it stings letting the Isles do it.

Make no mistake, this was not a pretty game. Fun to watch, but not pretty. The Rangers were hemorrhaging chances to the Isles, as they couldn’t get past the tenacious forecheck. New coach Doug Weight had the Isles pressing hard, and forcing the defense to make passes, a horrible weakness for the Rangers. It worked, as it led directly to multiple chances, a goal, and sustained pressure. It was a good game plan.

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Feb
14

Rangers add to win streak in Columbus

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Sharp goaltending, fast paced action, and frequent use of special teams marked this game, as the Rangers topped Columbus on the road to extend their win streak further. Both teams used powerplays to swing the momentum in their favor but ultimately it was the Rangers who were able to keep up the pressure, responding to Nick Foligno’s game-tying goal with an excellent marker from Jimmy Vesey.

Antti Raanta had a 30 save game, easily matching Sergei Bobrovsky and coming up big in the last minute of the game to secure the Rangers’s lead while CBJ had the extra man. Ultimately it was a solid performance, the kind of game you like to see from your team on the road, and two big points against a divisional rival in a crucial race to the playoffs.

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Feb
12

Twitter recap: 400 for The King

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Last night, Henrik Lundqvist became the 12th goalie in NHL history to get to 400 wins. The Rangers got two goals from Kevin Klein and the game winner from Rick Nash to help Lundqvist reach the milestone. It’s been a little while since I’ve done a Twitter recap, so let’s see how everyone thought about the game.

You are not the only one.

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The Rangers were down early against Nashville, spotting them a 2-0 lead before four straight goals gave them the lead for good. Kevin Hayes led the charge with a pair of primary assists that were just pretty passes. Henrik Lundqvist was magnificent again. He stopped everything he could stop in this game.

This was another strong game for the Blueshirts. They’ve been stringing together the strong performances lately, and very quietly have built a four game winning streak. They’ve done it on the back of Lundqvist, balanced scoring, and some better defense.

My internet was pretty terrible last night, so I couldn’t make gifs. So hooray for bullet points. Gotta change it up every now and then, right?

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The Rangers played an all around solid hockey game last night, besting the Anaheim Ducks by a score of 4-1. It wasn’t a perfect game by any stretch, but the Rangers got timely goals, decent defense, and solid goaltending. Henrik Lundqvist was only beat once on a goal in which he stood no chance. The defense played one of their better –relatively speaking– games as well. The solid effort gave Alain Vigneault his 600th NHL win as a coach. Like him or not, that’s a solid milestone.

Three different lines got in on the action for the Rangers, showing how truly dangerous they are when their forwards are fully healthy. John Gibson did his best to try to keep the Rangers off the board, making a number of stellar saves (here and here are just two), but Hank bested him with another great performance in net. He’s been coming around lately. Perhaps just at the right time?

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The Rangers managed to sneak away on Super Bowl Sunday with a win against the lowly Flames, but they made us sweat. Strong first and third periods sandwiched a poor second. A strong offensive performance was overshadowed by poor defense again. No gifs for this game, but bullet points are fun too!

  • I missed the first period, but I saw the replays of the goals. The Rangers have this habit of getting in front of shots from the point that they should be avoiding, and not trying to block. Nick Holden was victimized on this one. He tried to get out of the way, but it still hit his hip and went by Hank.
  • That said, Hank goofed on handling the puck before the shot by Dougie Hamilton. He tried to make a play and failed. Aside from that though, he was solid.
  • Rick Nash cleaned up the garbage in front for his goal. He’s been a man on a mission this season. His contract is always going to be a polarizing topic of conversation, but he’s been great this season.

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