Found February 10, 2013 on
Blue Seat Blogs:
New York Rangers
2012-2013 Records: Tampa (6-4-0), Rangers (5-5-0)
NYR Leading Scorer: Marian Gaborik (6-3-9) and Brad Richards (2-7-9)
TBL Leading Scorer: Steve Stamkos (7-10-17)
NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (9 GP, 2.61 GAA, .907 SV%)
TBL Goaltender: Anders Lindback (8 GP, 2.89 GAA, .905 SV%)
New York Rangers Tickets.
From practice courtesy of Andrew Gross:
Taylor Pyatt-Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik
Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash
Chris Kreider-J.T. Miller-Ryan Callahan
Arron Asham-Jeff Halpern-Darroll Powe
Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto-Matt Gilroy
Probable Scratches/Injuries: Mike Sauer (concussion), Brian Boyle (healthy), Steve Eminger (healthy), Stu Bickel (healthy)
What a difference a week makes. The Lightning stormed into the season beating teams with conviction, scoring 5,6,7 goals a game. Then the Rangers came into town and forced them to play a more honest game, beating them 3-2. Since that loss, Tampa has dropped games to Philly and Jersey.
As I said last week, Guy Boucher has the Lightning running a 1-3-1 forecheck, which can be an aggressive forecheck or a neutral zone trap depending on the puck’s location, the score, how much time is left on the clock, etc. Tampa also utilizes a 1-3-1 power play, which creates four triangles to pass around and take one-timer shots. This system forces the defense to focus on the middle players causing the PK to miss coverages. When they’re on, it’s a deadly powerplay.
Still, the Rangers showed everyone that when they play their game on their terms, they can beat anyone. If the Rangers are going to start stringing together wins, they need to continue to play hard-nosed hockey, get offensive balance and stay disciplined. Consistency matters.
Crazy Thought: More power play goals would be sweet.
Opposition Blog: Bolts By The Bay
Broadcast Info: MSG 7:30p
Torts Post Game Interview vs. Isles:
I thought this was a good interview. He had some good insights about the team. Worth a watch…
BEST OF MAXIM
Source: Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images North America
Matt Gilroy may not be the most complete defensemen. In fact, he isn’t a top-four defenseman at all. But this isn’t the same Matt Gilroy that came to the Rangers after college and was immediately exploited for not being NHL ready. Gilroy has some NHL experience under his belt now and it’s showing, as Torts has been playing...
There was a lot to be excited about after last night's 5-1 victory of the Lightning. Carl Hagelin's two goals, the fourth line's outstanding play and of course Henrik Lundqvist. But for me, the best part of the night was watching Ryan McDonagh do this to Alexander Killorn when the Lightning forward thought he could poke at Lundqvist after the whistle...
Back in training camp, we were informed of John Tortorella's decision to move Marian Gaborik from his natural right wing to the left side. It was received with skepticism from fans, including myself. Well, lost in the Rangers recent resurgence has been Gaborik's return to the right wing on a line with Brad Richards and Taylor Pyatt.
He addressed this with Andrew Gross...
The Rangers had plenty to celebrate tonight.
The Rangers rode an offensively strong first period and turned it into a pretty dominant 5-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Aside from a somewhat defensively suspect first period (which gave Lundqvist some nice practice time…) and a brain fart on the Lightning goal, this was as near to a complete game as you’ll get.
The Connecticut Whale followed up yesterday’s 4-1 victory with a second straight win over St. John’s, this time blowing them out 7-3. In the two games, the Whale outscored St. John’s by a score of 11-4. This time around, it was Kyle Jean who finally got things back on track, notching a goal and an assist. Jean wasn’t the only one with a big night, as Jyri Niemi (1-1-2), Kris...
The New York Post's Larry Brooks suggests that Rick Nash's "slow" start with the New York Rangers (I'm not sure if 3 goals, 6 assists and 9 points over the course of 11 games played is "slow," but still) hasn't yielded much criticism because the highly-paid Nash is bringing his lunch pail to work, to so speak:
If it is clear we’ve yet to...
Last week the Rangers fourth line was a mixed bag of players such as Mike Rupp, Stu Bickel, Benn Ferriero and Brian Boyle. And it really didn't matter what the combination was because John Tortorella only gave them four minutes of ice time a night anyway.
But since the Rupp trade and the Miller call-up, a dependable fourth line has emerged and Torts seems to be gaining confidence...
NEW YORK (AP) -- Carl Hagelin had two goals and an assist, and Henrik Lundqvist made 19 saves in the New York Rangers' 5-1 victory over Tampa Bay that extended the Lightning's losing streak to four games Sunday night.
Lundqvist was sharp throughout and was helped by some early offense. Hagelin scored his first goal just 31 seconds in and then made it 3-0 in the second period...
In his Friday mailbag, Craig Custance at ESPN Insider was asked if John Tortorella's seat was getting warm due to the Rangers early season struggles...
"Not this season. Tortorella is a great coach, but he's one with a shelf life. That's a tough style to play over a long period of time, but I'm confident that team turns the corner this season. He'll get...
Bergen Record - Girardi sets sights on Sunday
Bergen Record - Gulitti: NHL wants more control at Olympics
New York Post - Rangers’ rookie making instant splash
Daily News - Dan Girardi looking to storm back for Rangers
New York Times - Power Plays Rising as Referees Show Less Tolerance, Even Late in Games
Newsday - Girardi hopes to return Sunday against Lightning...
Christian Thomas broke out in a big way last night, notching an empty net goal and two assists in the Whale’s 4-1 win over St. John’s. Thomas played on a line with Kelsey Tessier and Michael Haley, and the trio combined for six points, including scoring the game’s first two goals on back-to-back shifts. Thomas notched the primary assist on both goals. Thomas’ empty net goal...
Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy tries to predict the 2014 US Olympic team and says Ryan McDonagh could find himself on the outside looking in...
"I'm a little gutted to leave out a number of very good young defensemen, including Ryan McDonagh and American Hero John Carlson, but they've got plenty of Olympics ahead of them."
Here is Lambert's expected defensive...
Bergen Record - Henrik Lundqvist leads charge, Hagelin strikes twice as Rangers bottle up Lightning, 5-1
Bergen Record - Rangers notes: Dan Girardi returns from injury, records two assists
New York Post - Ugly start, beautiful finish for Rangers
New York Post - Serving up bangers and Nash
New York Post - Girardi’s return a ‘D’-light
Daily News - Blueshirts...
The Lightning capped off their road trip with a 5-1 loss against the New York Rangers. Tampa Bay was virtually eliminated from competing against New York just :30 seconds into the game when Carl Hagelin redirected a shot in net to beat Mathieu Garon. Nearly 15 minutes later, Ryan Callahan put the Rangers up 2-0 in the first period with his wrist shot. After Hagelin scored his second...
That is something the New York Rangers will look to do tonight when they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning.
On Thursday night against the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden, the Blueshirts skated away with a 4-1 victory. The team got terrific performances out of J.T. Miller, Chris Kreider, Ryan McDonagh and Henrik Lundqvist and did everything else they needed to do to win...