Found March 30, 2012 on
The Rangers Tribune:
Michael Del Zotto
New York Rangers
The night began with a special inspirational speech from Steven McDonald prior to the annual Extra Effort Award being given to the well-deserved Ryan Callahan. McDonald’s speech concluded with the phrase “see you in June,” which nearly rocked the roof off Madison Square Garden. Well, sixty minutes later, the Rangers proved why so many expect to see them in June in their 4-1 defeat of the Montreal Canadiens. After all, they are statistically the best team in hockey right now.
Tonight’s opening twenty minutes were the best the Rangers have played all month. Right from the opening faceoff, New York made it quite clear why they lead the East and the Habs are basement dwellers. They dictated the pace with a strong forecheck, continuous shooting and steady defense when needed. It felt like the Canadiens barely had the opportunity to break-out and get the puck beyond the red line and into the offensive zone.
At 8:56 of the first period, Brad Richards made an excellent pass to find Mari...
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In his first two seasons in New York Brian Boyle seemed to run out of steam towards the end of the season, at least offensively. This year he’s getting better as the Rangers approach the regular season finish line; as 3 goals in 4 games and an increased physical presence would suggest.
Boyle is looking more physically engaged, is a reliable faceoff performer and all of a sudden...
The Rangers have returned defenseman Tim Erixon to the Connecticut Whale of the AHL. Erixon was initially called up two weeks ago to serve as another option for the Rangers to look at on defense. In his five game call up, Erixon earned his first two points as a NHL player, both assists, a -2 rating, and six hits. Erixon averaged roughly ten minutes of ice time while playing on the...
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A team that loses two of its top four defensemen for extended periods of time falters, and drops to mediocrity while dealing with the injuries. Oh wait, you didn’t hear that? That’s likely because the Rangers lost two of their top four defensemen, guys that were playing 20+ minutes a night last season, but they kept on trucking along...
New York Rangers’ coach, John Tortorella, has reiterated that he has no interest in the daily on-goings within the Eastern Conference playoff race, and has been prudent in stressing to the media, and, more importantly, to his players, that the Rangers are only concerning themselves with their tasks at hand. As a writer I am [...]
In the early stages of Wednesday’s 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets, the New York Rangers resembled the hockey club that struggled its way through the month of March with inconsistent play and many flaws to their game. In the second half of the tilt, however, the Rangers showed signs of the team that won seven straight back in November into December to take the League by surprise...
The month of March didn't exactly go as well as the New York Rangers had hoped heading in. They knew a busy schedule with tough opponents was awaiting them, so it was no surprise to see them struggle at times along the way. But in this final week of the month, in which the Rangers have played four games in seven nights, things couldn't be going any better. They topped the...
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Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards scored early, and defenseman Michael Del Zotto had two goals in the third period as the New York Rangers won their fourth in a row and moved closer to securing the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with a 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night.
Henrik Lundqvist was steady throughout in winning for the third straight game...
They may have already clinched a playoff spot and they may have somewhat of a tight grip on the top spot in both the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference but the New York Rangers are on a roll right now.
Tonight, the team won its 50th game of the year by beating the struggling Montreal Canadiens by a score of 4-1 at Madison Square Garden. The team got another strong performance...
TONIGHT’S GAME: The Rangers will face-off against the Montreal Canadiens tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.; TV: MSG Plus; Radio: Bloomberg Radio), in an Original Six matchup. The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, and rank first in the league overall, with a record of 49-21-7 (105 pts). The Rangers enter the [...]
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Saturday night hockey featured New York Ranger vs New York Islander prospects in crucial game 5 match ups. 3 Islander prospects took on 2 Ranger prospects and the teams with first round picks won.
Ryan Strome (NYI 2011 1st) scored 2 huge 3rd period goals to help his Niagara IceDogs to a 5-3 win in game 5 of their series with Christian Thomas (NYR 2010 2nd) and his Oshawa Generals...
The New York Rangers (49-21-7) host the Montreal Canadiens (29-34-14) at Madison Square Garden starting at 7:00 p.m. For a preview go to Yahoo! Sports. Rangers Game Notes TV: MSG+; Radio: Bloomberg Radio 1130AM, XM 213Live Stream (Don't click on ads in stream, may download virus...
John Tortorella tells Dave Lozo at NHL.com that Brad Richards deserves most of the credit for his late season chemistry with Marian Gaborik..."I think a lot of it has to do with Brad Richards' game. I think Gabby is getting used to him a little where Gabby needs to give him the puck and not always have the puck. Then you just gain some confidence. I think their puck movement...