Category: Game Wrap-ups

Six straight goal lead Rangers to win in first ever game at Yankee Stadium

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Image: Getty

It is fitting that the first hockey game ever to be played at Yankee Stadium ended with a dominating New York Rangers win. The Rangers got off to a slow start, with defensive miscues, sloppy play, and mediocre goaltending putting the Rangers into a 3-1 hole early. But after that, the Blueshirts rattled off six straight goals, including four in the second period that eventually chased Martin Brodeur from the game.

It was in the second period where the Rangers found their legs and used their speed to completely steamroll the Devils. They forced turnovers, they capitalized on their 2-on-1s (that seemed to happen every ten seconds), and they shut down defensively to limit the Devils’ chances.

On to the goals:

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Rangers drop hard fought game to Blues

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The Rangers dropped their second straight game for the first time in a while, losing to the St. Louis Blues by a score of 2-1. This is not one of those games –like Tuesday night’s game– where the Rangers failed to show up. This was a very hard fought game where both teams had to fight for every inch of space out there. The Blue capitalized on a turnover and a powerplay, while the Rangers were only able to capitalize on one turnover.

Henrik Lundqvist was solid in net. Rick Nash played a strong game, notching a goal in his fourth straight contest. In fact, you would be hard pressed to find a Ranger that really had a bad game. Sure, the Rangers lost, but they showed that their early season struggles against the cream of the crop in the Western Conference are a thing of the past. They can skate with these teams.

On to the goals:

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Rangers blow pair of two goal leads, fall to Isles

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AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

The Rangers started this game the way they started every other game during this 11-4-1 swing: By playing strong hockey and capitalizing on early scoring chances. Problem is that despite the pair of two-goal leads, the Islanders were the team dominating puck possession. The Rangers didn’t catch up on puck possession until the Isles took a pair of penalties in the second period, which eventually led to the second two-goal lead.

Cam Talbot was a bit shaky in this one, but the rest of the Rangers were shaky as well. They had a lot of trouble picking up the right man in the defensive zone, and it led to a bunch of miscues that either wound up in the back of the net or under Talbot. Kevin Poulin wasn’t that much better, but he made some big saves when it counted. It was a rough loss, but there’s no use dwelling over it.

On to the goals:

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Strong first period propels Rangers to victory

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Photo by Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images

It took just 17:49 for the Rangers to jump out to a 3-0 lead last night, a lead they never relinquished en route to a 4-1 win. Turnovers, bad penalties, and shaky goaltending sunk the Caps early, and the Rangers are not a team that will give up a three-goal lead. Henrik Lundqvist was strong, making 24 saves –a lot of them difficult– as he inched closer to Mike Richter’s all-time Rangers win record. He and Rick Nash –who scored twice– need to be the best players on the ice, and they were.

When the game started, I think most of us wanted to see if the Rangers could finally solve Phillipp Grubauer. They did, to the tune of three goals on eight shots. The Caps defense was pretty bad, and again the combination of Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh limited the opposition’s top line to zero even strength goals. When the Rangers are clicking like this, there’s no stopping them.

On to the goals:

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Rolling Rangers sink Sens

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Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images

The Rangers came into this game on a 5-1-1 streak, riding their hot play into a four point swing game in Ottawa. Much like they did against Detroit, the Rangers dominated defensively and offensively, putting the Sens away by a score of 4-1. Derek Stepan came alive in this game, notching a goal and two assists. The goal was his first in 14 games. Stepan was really the last Ranger that needed to get it going, and hopefully yesterday was the boost he needed.

Cam Talbot played a great game as usual, stopping 29 of 30 shots for the win. Sam and Joe mentioned this on the broadcast, but the Rangers have done a great job of stifling the opposition’s top lines (thank you Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh), and capitalizing with their own offensive chances. This 6-1-1 streak, including key wins over Ottawa, Detroit, and Philly, have vaulted the Rangers into a comfortable playoff position at this point in the season.

On to the goals:

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Hank and Howard steal the show, Rangers get the two points

Still have no idea how he got this. (Photo by Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images)

Still have no idea how he got this. (Photo by Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images)

Last night was probably the best 1-0 win you will every see. The Rangers and Red Wings combined for 86 shots on goal. Jimmy Howard and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 85 of them. Howard stopped 47 of 48, but was bested by The King, who stopped all 38 shots he faced. It took a bit of puck luck for the Rangers to get one past Howard, and it was the only one that would find twine in the game.

There really isn’t much else to say about this game. Both teams just flew up and down the ice. Neither team was perfect defensively, but the goalies were there to make the key stops when needed. Interestingly enough, the one goal the Rangers scored didn’t come off a defensive breakdown by the Wings, even though they had a few brain farts.

On to the goal:

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Bishop steals one at The Garden, halts Rangers win streak

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Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

This loss is a tough one to really get upset over. Sure, the Rangers got burned on the second goal due to a nine second brain fart. But Ben Bishop made 33 saves –a lot of them very difficult saves– en route to stealing this win in his return to action. The game was actually very evenly matched throughout, with both teams exchanging scoring chances and playing a bit of a run-and-gun style. It wasn’t until the third period when the Rangers started to pull away in the shot attempt department as Tampa Bay started sitting on their lead.

The Rangers had 15 third period shot attempts, 11 on net, and Bishop got them all, including several solid chances on two separate powerplays. Such is life, and goalies steal games every now and then. This time the Rangers were victimized by a goalie who is undefeated with ridiculous numbers (sub-1.00 GAA, roughly .975 SV%) against them. Even with the loss, the Rangers are still 8-3-1 in their last 12 games.

On to the goals:

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Rangers dominate Flyers in key divisional win

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Photo by Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images

The Rangers came into last night’s game in a 7-2-1 stretch and needing a regulation win against the Flyers to leap-frog them in the standings and in the tiebreakers.  They did just that, scoring three times in the first period and then holding off a third period surge by Philly for a 4-1 win. Henrik Lundqvist and Rick Nash played great games, something that has been a trend for the two superstars over the past 11 games.

In what is becoming the norm over the month of January, the Rangers played another complete game. The goaltending was sharp, the defense was solid, the offensive contributions came from all over, and the constant pressure was very evident throughout the game.

On to the goals:

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Rangers come back twice, earn big win against Dallas

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Photo by Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images

The Rangers came into this game with a 6-2-1 record in their last nine, needing a win to keep the momentum going. They showed great poise and great determination, eliminating deficits twice before finally taking the lead with two minutes remaining in the game for the big win. The Rangers could have complained after the first goal when the refs missed a call, but they recognized the breakdowns, didn’t do it again, and fought back. That is what veteran teams with Stanley Cup aspirations do.

Henrik Lundqvist played another strong game, making 24 saves, including 15 in the final 37 minutes to keep the Rangers within a goal, then to keep the game tied, then to preserve the lead. New York delivered 37 (home scoring bias warning) hits. Even with the home scoring bias, we saw visually they were hitting everything that moved. These are the black-and-Blueshirts we remembered. They won’t get back to the team they were in 2012, but they can get to it when they need to. They needed to last night.

On to the goals:

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Rangers beat the best, move into playoff position

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Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The Rangers played a pretty strong game last night against one of the best teams in the NHL and managed to come away with a victory. On the pregame show, Edie Olczyk said Henrik Lundqvist would need to steal this game. He did just that –even with a shaky goal in the second period– by making a lot of key saves in the final minutes to preserve the 3-2 lead. At the end of the game, Lundqvist made 35 saves for the win and looked like The King once again.

But it wasn’t just The King that won this game. The defense played a very steady game and held the dangerous Hawks to just two goals. They kept players like Kane, Hossa, Seabrook, Bickell, Shaw, and Versteeg off the score sheet. They capitalized on a weak Corey Crawford in the first period. They did what they needed to do for the win, and are now 6-2-1 in their last nine games.

On to the goals:

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