Found March 18, 2012 on
Michael Del Zotto
New York Rangers
New Jersey Devils
The New York Rangers were sitting comfortably atop the Eastern Conference two weeks ago, but a rough stretch has trimmed their lead to the slimmest of margins.
The slump started with a loss to the New Jersey Devils, and the Rangers will try avenge that defeat while avoiding their sixth loss in eight games Monday night at Madison Square Garden.
New York (44-20-7) owned an eight-point lead in the East on March 5, but that advantage has been cut to one point over Pittsburgh and three over Philadelphia. The top seed in the conference will almost certainly come out of the Atlantic Division, with Northeast-leading Boston having 10 fewer points than the Rangers and Southeast-leading Florida 12 off the pace.
New York is coming off a 3-1 loss to Colorado on Saturday, its second straight defeat and fifth in seven games. Another loss would give the Rangers two three-game losing streaks in March after having just one skid of that length in the first five months.
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It’s not often that you see an opposition goaltender steal the spotlight at Madison Square Garden, but that was the case tonight. All things considered, the Rangers responded well to Thursday’s 5-2 loss to the Penguins. That response, however, was nothing Semyon Varlamov couldn’t handle. Varlamov led his team to a 3-1 victory tonight, because if it weren’t for him, this would...
Pat Leonard at the Daily News has John Tortorella's thoughts on the recently recalled Tim Erixon..."He looks a little stronger out of his uniform. He makes a great pass to Step, just a really patient play. That's what we're hoping to get out of him, is someone to get us out of our end zone, can add something to our second power play. There's some work to be done...
The New York Rangers needed a response tonight and they got it. The Rangers needed two points to spread their lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins for first place in the East, and they got them. The Rangers needed to clinch a playoff spot with a win against their rivals and they got it. Tonight’s 4-2 win over the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden was all you could’ve asked...
There were definitely some mixed emotions among the fans after Thursday night’s 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden. Some were satisfied with the effort and just plainly admitted that the Rangers had lost to a better team. Others were rather disappointed at the end of the night, saying that the effort from the club could have and should have been much better...
The New York Rangers were understandably displeased with the outcome of Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at MSG, which cut their first place lead down to just four points in the Eastern Conference. But as was noted earlier today on the blog, that game served as a useful reality check for this hockey team, as they finally met their match in a team that is undoubtedly...
Last night none of us could get the recap, so we reached out to Glen Miller, who has done some terrific recaps here before, and he was more than happy to write last night’s recap. Thanks Glen, great stuff as usual. Make sure to follow Glen on Twitter.
That is exactly how fans of other teams have felt so often after Hank has stolen a game from them. Colorado Avalanche G Semyon...
The New York Rangers may have lost two straight games to the Pittsburgh Penguins and Colorado Avalanche, but they will still have the opportunity to officially clinch a playoff spot with at least a point in tonight's match-up with the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. With both the Washington Capitals and Winnipeg Jets losing on Sunday, the Blueshirts' magic number...
All-Star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and captain Ryan Callahan will return to the ice for Saturday's game against the Colorado Avalanche.
Lundqvist had been sidelined with the flu while Callahan has been idled with a nagging foot injury.
The Rangers enter Saturday's contest with a four-point edge over the hard-charging Pittsburgh Penguins, who have won 10 in a row.
TheNYRBlog reader Beth K. sends me this pic of her with John Scott, who she called, using the immortal words of Ilya Bryzgalov, "Humongous Big"...As always please continue to e-mail (email@example.com) your Rangers related pictures to me so I can post them on the blog.Remember to follow me on Twitter & Facebook or e-mail me at ...
What have we here? Two bitter rivals in close proximity? Check. Mutual hatred amongst fans? Check. Opposing players criticizing one another in the media? Check. And now, it seems, the head coaches aren't exactly the best of friends, either.
The Rangers and Devils played the last of three recently spirited matchups tonight to close out their season series, and started it off...
Connecticut Whale 3, Bridgeport Sound Tigers 2
By Brian Ring
Hartford, CT, March 16, 2012 – The Connecticut Whale defeated the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 3-2, Friday night at the XL Center, moving into sole possession of first place in the AHL’s Northeast Division.
Kris Newbury had the game-winning goal and an assist, and Casey Wellman had his second straight three point game with...
The New York Rangers (45-20-7) defeated the New Jersey Devils (41-27-5) by the score of 4-2, tonight. For a boxscore and recap go to Yahoo! Sports....can you say playoffs Rangers fans?...listen, I can't predict what's in store for this team going forward, but if they go on a nice run to end the season and into the playoffs, every Rangers fans should send...
If you'd been asked whether or not the Bruins will make the playoffs two months ago, you might have laughed at the question. After all, the B's had a comfortable lead over Ottawa in the standings and were challenging the New York Rangers for tops in the Eastern Conference. Now, it's suddenly becoming a real question not only whether Boston can hold onto the Northeast...
Three fights broke out simultaneously at the opening faceoff of tonight's game between the Rangers and Devils. Rangers forwards Mike Rupp, Stu Bickel and Brandon Prust dropped the gloves with fellow Devils forwards Cam Janssen, Eric Boulton and Ryan Carter, setting the tone for a crucial contest between two great rivals.