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The Rangers have had a poor stretch of games lately, and while they haven’t lost all of them, the continued poor play is a cause for concern. It seems to have come to a head last night, as the Rangers played poorly and were blanked by a tired Ottawa Senators team. The defense certainly failed with a bunch of miscues, but the offense couldn’t get anything going until the third period either.

Craig Anderson had one of the easier shutouts he’s ever had, as the Rangers failed to sustain any consistent pressure throughout. Couple that with the aforementioned defensive miscues, and the Rangers were doomed to a mediocre game. It wasn’t until the second half of the third, when Ottawa started to shell, that the chances started flowing. Too little, too late.

It’s clear the Rangers miss Mika Zibanejad on the powerplay. They won’t get much done with five lefties on the man-advantage. Also, it’s clear the Rangers have a lot of trouble when teams clog the neutral zone.

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matt puempel

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Henrik Lundqvist showed why he’s still the best goalie in the world, standing on his head and allowing just one flukey goal and one teammate-deflection goal as he carried the Rangers to a 3-2 win. The Rangers didn’t generate much sustained offense in this game, but did a good job capitalizing on turnovers to turn those into quick strike goals. It wasn’t the best showing, but a win is a win. After the debacle on Wednesday, you take the two points.

The defense struggled a lot, leaving slot men open almost regularly and forcing Lundqvist to make point blank saves. The forwards were having trouble sustaining offensive pressure as well. But Matt Puempel got his first goal as a Ranger on a goal that also marked Josh Jooris’ first assist as a Ranger. So that was cool.

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It’s been a few games since I’ve written one of these and made gifs. So….hooray I’m back!

The Rangers came out last night in Pittsburgh very sluggish, spotting the Penguins a quick two-goal lead while playing sloppy hockey. But the second period, which has been their favorite period, proved to be the difference again. The Rangers scored three times in the second, from three different goal scorers to take the lead for good. A fourth goal was added in the third (and a fifth into the empty net) as the Rangers continued to press for insurance.

This was a much better overall game than we’ve seen in games past, and a great character win for a team that needed to right the ship. They were sloppy early, they tightened it up in the second, and then let the offensive juices flow. Antti Raanta was shaky early too, but was much better after a weak goal. He outdueled Marc-Andre Fleury, with both goalies making some solid saves.

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Zibanejad injured in Rangers OT Loss

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"but why do they always boo?"

“but why do they always boo?”

The Rangers game last night was chock full of choppy ice and sloppy play. The Florida Panthers came to New York after beating Ottawa Saturday night to a rested Rangers squad. There were messy goals, homecomings, and a brutal injury to Mika Zibanejad all in the first overtime game all year. Let’s dive in:

  • Chris Kreider, Kevin Hayes and Mats Zuccarello played out of their minds. They’re all animals this year and thank the hockey gods.
  • I’m saying this despite Hayes taking the most Hayes penalty of all time, basically clotheslining James Reimer accidentally because he couldn’t quite stop in front of the net.

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sleep-meme

These western trips are killer. I didn’t watch the game at all last night. So here’s a Twitter breakdown of the game. I’ll get to some of tonight’s game, and maybe some of Tuesday’s. No promises though.

No. No I’m not. Fine. I’ll go shave.

 

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jt miller

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The run of wins and goals was bound to end, but many didn’t expect to end like this. The Rangers laid an egg against a terrible Vancouver team, giving up five goals to a team that managed to get shutout four times in five games a week prior. The Rangers were slow and possibly fatigued, as they seemed to play down to their opponent all night. A strong effort by Jacob Markstrom helped doom the Rangers to their first real clunker of the season.

But on the humorous side, even with a loss the Rangers got three goals, so Papa John’s is inching closer to going broke. Rick Nash got his 400th goal as well, so there’s that. The Rangers have three days off now before their Western Canada road trip, so I’d expect them to regroup and be rested for that run. Losses happen, even ugly ones.

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vesey

My apologies for a lack of a goal breakdown for last night’s game. Saturday night games are pretty tough, as I –believe it or not– do have a social life. With Becky in Boston running the Snapchat (snap: Blueseatblogs) and Pat indisposed, that meant there would be no breakdown or recap. So when that happens, I turn to you, oh Twitter faithful, to see what you thought of the game.

Ominous foreshadowing, or sly prediction?

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kevin hayes

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The Rangers and Oilers battled hard last night, but it was a three goal third by the Rangers that propelled them to victory. Down 3-2 late in the third, Brady Skjei, Rick Nash, and J.T. Miller all scored to give the Rangers a 5-3 win. Scoring depth reigned supreme for the Rangers again, as five different players scored. But it was the third line of Miller, Kevin Hayes, and Michael Grabner that shined with seven combined points.

Henrik Lundqvist made big saves when he needed to, ensuring the Ranger were in striking distance all game despite giving up some great chances. Skjei shined as well, with another strong game and some timely defensive plays. This wasn’t the dominating effort we’ve seen for the past few games, but it was still a solid win over a red hot Edmonton team.

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dan girardi

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Just one game after dismantling an Eastern Conference favorite Tampa Bay Lightning, the Rangers completely destroyed the St. Louis Blues by a score of 5-0. This was the second time this season the Rangers dominated the Blues, but this time around goaltending didn’t save St. Louis and steal one. The Rangers blew them away, putting up a five spot through two and chasing Jake Allen before the second ended.

The game wasn’t perfect, as the Rangers got a little sloppy in the latter half of the second period, but that’s where the Henrik Lundqvist factor kicks in. He made the stops he needed to as the Rangers traded chances, allowing the Rangers to build that lead.

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kevin hayes

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The Rangers took full advantage of a tired Tampa Bay Lightning team, dominating them from start to finish en route to the big win last night. Ben Bishop stood tall in the first, but turnovers and fatigue led to a big second period for the Rangers, scoring four times as they never looked back. The Rangers were firing on all cylinders, and it showed.

Antti Raanta came up with some timely saves when needed, as the goaltending is starting to come around for the Rangers as well. Add that to what appears to be a lethal forward group, and you have a dangerous Rangers team. Not only do they generate a lot of chances, they capitalize on them. They put up a six-spot on one of the top teams in the league.

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