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Scott Darling stopped 25 shots for his first career shutout and Brad Richards scored the game’s only goal as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the New York Rangers 1-0. Cam Talbot made 30 saves, many of them difficult, in the loss, but it wasn’t enough as the Rangers failed to solve Darling throughout the game. The Rangers had one goal called back due to a quick whistle, but it’s tough to complain about those since they even out over the course of a season. Dan Boyle hit the crossbar as well, and luck wasn’t on New York’s side last night.

The game itself was exciting and very nerve wracking. It had the feel of a playoff game and potential Stanley Cup Final matchup. I’ll tell you this, if these two teams meet in June, it’ll be hockey at its finest. These two teams play the game the right way, with skill up and down the lineup, pushing the puck up the ice, grinding along the boards, and getting to high priced real estate. There won’t be many goals thanks to goaltending and defense, but it’ll be an exciting series.

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The New York Rangers didn’t play their best game last night. They didn’t play their prettiest game last night. They looked like a team that was on the second of a back-to-back after a tough run against five playoff teams. But yet, they still found a way to beat the Florida Panthers in regulation by a score of 2-1. Cam Talbot was the story of this game, again, making a whopping 38 saves in the win.

While Talbot was sensational, it wasn’t all goaltending for the Rangers. The fourth line of James Sheppard-Dominic Moore-Jesper Fast carried the Blueshirts, scoring both goals and doing a fantastic job in the defensive end. Rick Nash did Rick Nash things in the first period, but it was the fourth line, without Tanner Glass, that scored twice and –along with Talbot– won the game for the Rangers.

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There is no goal breakdown or recap from last night, sorry folks. I’m in Disney, and everyone else had weddings, birthdays, and work related activities that prevented them from watching the game. Mackenzie Skapski stopped all 20 shots he faced en route to his first shutout of his career. Keith Yandle scored his first goal as a Ranger as well.

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Mar
12

Cam Talbot steals another in Washington

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Open confession: I didn’t watch last night’s game. I had a busy night and didn’t get home until 10:30, and at that point I just crashed. But by all accounts, Cam Talbot stole another game for the New York Rangers, who beat the Washington Capitals 3-1. The win gave the Rangers sole possession of first place in the Metropolitan Division. The Blueshirts are also tied for the Presidents Trophy lead, with games in hand on all teams with 91 points.

The Rangers are now 31-7-3 in their last 41 games, including 13-2-3 without Henrik Lundqvist. Wow.

Use this to discuss the game, or to discuss that the slider on the main page is gone. Either one. Sorry for the lack of a goal breakdown.

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What a week it has been for Cam Talbot. After being awarded the third star of the week last week (3-0-0, 3 goals on 86 shots, 1 shutout), he came to Long Island and stopped 29 shots from the New York Islanders, holding a 2-1 win for the New York Rangers. This win was another win that had a playoff feel to it, probably because the last four games have been against playoff teams.

The Rangers actually had a pretty terrible first period, surrendering 13 high quality shots. Talbot stopped all but one as the Rangers weathered the storm, but they were lucky to be out of that period down just one. But it was all Rangers in the second and first half of the third, and they used that momentum to get a pair of goals to take the lead. The Isles really turned it on, trying for the equalizer, but Talbot shut the door on multiple high quality chances.

The Rangers are 12-2-3 without Henrik Lundqvist. If you asked me if that were possible, I would’ve laughed in your face. I’m in utter awe at this team right now.

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Cam Talbot and Corey Crawford put on a show for the fans last night, stopping a combined 64 of 65 shots in a classic goaltender duel. Luckily for the New York Rangers, Talbot stopped all 29 of his shots faced, while Crawford stopped 35 of 36. Crawford got beat by Derick Brassard’s slap shot in the first minute of overtime, sending the boys in blue home happy.

The Rangers won the game, but Chicago really took it to them from a possession standpoint. Only one player was a positive possession player last night (Dan Boyle). Three were even at 0 (Derek Stepan, Marc Staal, Martin St. Louis), and the rest were a net negative. However, despite Chicago’s possession dominance, the Rangers actually wound up with more quality chances, really turning it up in the third period.

This wasn’t the best game the Rangers have ever played (I think the games against Detroit and Nashville were better), but it was certainly one of the top-five they’ve played this season.

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Last night’s game between the New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings may have been low scoring, but it was a very exciting game filled with a lot of chances for both clubs. Both Cam Talbot and Jimmy Talbot Howard came up huge for both clubs, but it was Howard who won the duel after Marek Zidlicky beat Talbot in overtime on a scramble in front on the powerplay.

This was one of those games where you just sat back and enjoyed the back and forth action with stellar goaltending. It reminded me of that Henrik Lundqvist/Martin Brodeur shutout duel a few years ago. This one wasn’t on the same level, but it was still a very exciting and enjoyable low scoring game. Talbot made 29 very difficult saves, while Howard made 40 equally difficult saves. This was one of the better goalie duels we’ve seen in a while.

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The New York Rangers defeated the best team in the NHL last night, topping the Nashville Predators by a score of 4-1. This game was pure domination by the Rangers, who used their speed and tenacious forecheck to disrupt the Preds breakouts, forcing turnovers and converting those turnovers into goals. Cam Talbot was solid, making 25 saves in the win.

Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello each had a pair of assists in the game, and the top line really took it to the Preds. As mentioned above, they forced turnovers and it wound up in the Preds’ net twice. There were countless other opportunities where this line created chances. But it’s not just about this top line, up and down the lineup –yes, even Tanner Glass– played a complete game. I think this is one of the best games I’ve seen the Rangers play this season.

There was something interesting that Joe brought up on the broadcast: The Rangers didn’t seem like themselves in Philly, and it may have had something to do with the Zuccarello trade rumors. He is such an important piece to this puzzle, and the Rangers really seemed like a different team when they thought he was going to get traded. He’s been extended, and now it looks like the Rangers re-gained their form.

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The New York Rangers sloppy defensive play over the last few games finally cost them, losing 4-2 to the Philadelphia Flyers last night. I admittedly did not watch the game, but the highlights showed the following the goals:

  • Matt Read made a nice play on his goal, knocking the puck out of midair to himself then banking it off Cam Talbot. Dan Boyle lost his stick, but Marc Staal didn’t put a body on Read, which allowed him the time to put the puck in the net.
  • J.T. Miller did a good job to get open on his goal, and then followed it up by getting his own rebound. Carl Hagelin did a good job on the forecheck to force the turnover which set this up.
  • John Moore’s goal was nice to see, and hey, it came on an assist from Tanner Glass.
  • Talbot slid way out of position on the Michael Del Zotto goal, but that was horrible defense by all Rangers on the ice there. No one picked up MDZ, who basically had all day. MDZ is too talented to miss that.
  • On a day when the Isles lost, the Rangers blew a chance to take advantage. That said, you can’t win them all.

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The New York Rangers scared everyone a bit, but managed to score three unanswered goals in the final two periods en route to a 4-3 win over the Arizona Coyotes. The Rangers surrendered two powerplay goals to Sam Gagner late in the first period, which gave the Yotes a 3-1 lead heading into the break. After that, Lee Stempniak scored twice and Chris Kreider scored his second of the game to give the Rangers the win.

Mike Smith had a very strong first period, robbing both Tanner Glass and J.T. Miller, and at that point –coupled with the Gagner goals– you thought this would be a wasted opportunity for the Rangers. But it was not so. The Rangers rallied from behind –like they seem to do a lot this season– and ensured that they came away with the two points.

Cam Talbot was solid in net, although he did allow a bad goal, stopping 37 of 40 Arizona shots that a porous Rangers defense allowed. Let’s remember that the game itself wasn’t pretty, and the Rangers really didn’t play solid defense all game. They gave up a ton of quality scoring chances to a team that really doesn’t generate offense. But a win is a win.

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