Found December 04, 2011 on Rangers Review:
Once again the Rangers did not play their best game. Once again the Rangers found a way to win. But here’s the problem with this. In general I have observed the Rangers tend to go through a predictable cycle when stuff like this happens. First, they put together a few wins in a row. They will win these games playing like coach Tortorella wants them to. They will forecheck hard, they will hit the way Cally destroyed Stamkos tonight, they will block shots, they will sacrifice life and limb to stop pucks from going to their net, and they will be led by their stars with the support players chipping in as well. Then, they will start to get a little cocky. They will maybe not backcheck as hard as usual. They will keep winning, and then they will say, you know what, I don’t need to backcheck that hard, we’ll win anyway. Then they’ll not chase a loose puck as hard in the offensive zone, saying, you know what, I stopped backchecking hard and we still won, maybe I can stop forecheck...

The Dan Girardi Appreciation Post

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, then you know that although we are fans of Dan Girardi, we generally tend to think that he may not have a future with the team throughout the life of his contract. The Rangers already have several key cogs on defense in Ryan McDonagh, Marc Staal, and Michael Del Zotto. They also have two key prospects that will likely crack the roster...

Stepan Not At Practice: No Need To Be Concerned

When Derek Stepan blocked that shot last night, and needed help getting off the ice, Ranger-nation held their collective breath. Luckily, Stepan didn’t miss a beat, and was out for his next shift. Clearly there was no damage done to the ankle, or else he would not have come back into the game. However, that doesn’t mean that the Rangers won’t rest their prized young center...

Deveaux, JAM Light Up Springfield, Whale Roll

Connecticut Whale 6, Springfield Falcons 3 By Brian Ring Springfield, MA, December 3, 2011 - The Connecticut Whale defeated the Springfield Falcons, 6-3, Saturday night in Springfield, rallying from a two-goal deficit with the help of five power-play goals in the third period. Andre Deveaux scored twice for the Whale, while Jonathan Audy-Marchessault collected a goal and two assists...

Rangers shining bright on Broadway

Going into the 2011-12 NHL campaign, not many knew what to expect of the New York Rangers. Sure, the team had signed highly-coveted free agent Brad Richards to a nine-year deal, made Ryan Callahan the team captain and partly renovated Madison Square Garden. Other than that, the team was somewhat of a question mark.As we enter December, pundits are no longer wondering about the Blueshirts...

Rangers win fifth straight game

Derek Stepan had the big play during a third period that featured a strong team effort by the New York Rangers. Stepan had a tiebreaking goal and added an assist, helping the Rangers extend their winning streak to five with a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night. ''As a team we did a good job of handling momentum and winning battles and playing simple...

Despite Being Undrafted Girardi Has Always Proven He Could Play

Katie Strang at ESPN NY has an great piece on the unheralded Dan Girardi's path from undrafted free agent to cornerstone of the Rangers' defense including this nugget on why Rangers amateur scout Rich Brown was immediately drawn to the undrafted defenseman..."Matched up against Corey Perry in the 2004 Ontario Hockey League playoffs, the undrafted 19-year-old defenseman...

Stepan Steppin' Up

Derek Stepan, who, despite playing with a sore ankle, scored the game winner in the Rangers 4-2 win over Tampa last night, now has 5g, 9a in the Rangers last 15 much for the sophomore slump. Stepan has taken his game to another level this year and his chemistry with Gaborik and AA has been fun to watch so far this season.Also @TheBroadwayHat was very happy to be sitting...

Jan Levine: Game 23: NYR-TB, Rangers Aim for Sweep of Two-Game Roadie

The theme for tonight should be more of the same. More of the same effort shown by John Mitchell and Derek Stepan blocking shots Thursday. More of the same production and puck movement from the offense. More of the same chemistry and good vibes that have marked this current win streak. The good news is that Mitchell, stitches after blocking a shot, and Stepan, sore ankle after...

Punched Out: Derek Boogaard: A Boy Learns to Brawl

Over six months, The Times examined the life and death of hockey player Derek Boogaard. The first of a three-part series revisits his childhood and his progression from boy to brawler.

In-Game: Rangers at Lightning, 12/3/11

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Ex-Lightning star returns with red-hot Rangers

TAMPA, Fla. — Brad Richards is returning to the scene of his greatest triumph. But he is doing so as a Ranger and not coming back home as a member of the Lightning, the latter a scenario the 2004 Conn Smythe winner seriously considered as he pondered his free agency options...

New York Rangers (14-5-3) at Tampa Bay Lightning (11-11-2), 7 p.m. (ET)

When their careers are over, John Tortorella and Brad Richards may best be remembered for what they accomplished with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Streaking Rangers score 3 in third, nip Lightning

Derek Stepan had a tiebreaking goal and added an assist, helping the New York Rangers extend their winning streak to five with a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night.

Postgame: Rangers Have Streak Snapped by Leafs

Prior to tonight’s 4-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Rangers had won five straight games and 12 out of their last 14. So one loss certainly isn’t the end of the world, nor is it something anyone should be getting overly frustrated about. However, without a doubt in my mind, the Rangers very well could’ve won this game, and had plenty of chances to do so when it was 3...
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