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Rangers and the Islanders played a tight game before Rangers won in OT
The Rangers beat the Islanders 2-1 in overtime, in a game that was a goaltending duel and in a game that was well contested by both teams. Both clubs had chances, both clubs played relatively well in all three zones but in the end it was the Rangers improving powerplay that was the difference. We discussed earlier today how the offense – but specifically Gaborik – had to step up over the next few games and an overtime, powerplay game winner is a great start. Rick Nash had another two point night, quickly becoming his standard. On to the goal breakdown.
1-0 Islanders; Michael Grabner
The first goal came as the Islanders cycled the puck along the wall when the puck eventually comes to Colin McDonald who immediately back hands it, throwing it up the middle of the ice where he finds a streaking Michael Grabner in the high slot. Grabner then wristed it top right corner past a helpless Lundqvist. Just before the goal Grabner had circled through the zone creating time and space for himself and was relatively open as he received the puck. The goal was typical of the Islanders’ start as they were looking to put the puck on the net at every opportunity and were constantly looking for traffic in front.
1-1 Rangers; Rick Nash (who else?)
With no goals in the second it came to the closing minutes of the third before the Rangers tied it up. After Carl Hagelin picked up the puck in the corner he then cycled the puck up to and along the blue line, where he reversed the puck to Stepan who took a slap shot which was deflected down and in by Rick Nash who had moved in front of Evgeni Nabakov. The Rangers game tying goal was such simple hockey; puck retention, good quality shot on net, create traffic in front, create a screen, look for a deflection. Pucks on net + traffic in front = goals.
2-1 Rangers; Marian Gaborik
The Rangers won the game in overtime as the powerplay once again converted, building on the solid form in recent games. Rick Nash had the puck to the left of Nabakov and passed it back to Gaborik set up in the middle of the ice. With Callahan screening Nabakov right in front, Gaborik sent a low hard shot through Nabakov to win the game. Callahan jumped in the air as Gaborik shot, meaning Nabakov likely saw nothing of the puck before it hit the net. A huge goal from Gaborik.
The Rangers played well and barring a few defensive miscues the only problem was solving Nabakov who was excellent all game and was only beaten by a deflection and a screen. Both goaltenders played well while Nash and Hagelin generated chances throughout. When a team is down late in the third and finds a way to win on the road, against a rival its always a good win.
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Elliotte Friedman at CBC Sports piggybacks on the recent Marian Gaborik for depth rumor floated by Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Sun by stating the reason Gaborik might be available is the return could replace the depth they lost in the offseason.
Friedman adds that the only way the Rangers do anything with Gaborik is if the trade really improves the team.
… just watch the screen and how high Ryan Callahan jumps over the shot. He was definitely wearing his Air Jordan skates last night! Let’s hope this goal weak Marian Gaborik up as he has looked slow and out of place for a huge string of games now. This is a great start, an OT [...]
Yesterday, Rick Nash was a guest on the Michael Kay Radio Show (ESPN Radio)...
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...interesting to hear him say that the Islanders are his favorite rival so far. With the Islanders recent struggles, most Rangers fans have gotten away from them as the most hated foe. But with the Fishsticks in the mix this year...
I've seen more highlight reel goals from the Rangers in the first 21 games this season than I saw all of last year. And the sole reason? Mr. Rick Nash.
It's almost like he's giving out lessons at practice. From Haglin's side step goal vs. Tampa to Callahan's Nashtastic move last night against the Flyers, the Rangers Super Star goal scorer is having a positive...
Marian Gaborik scored a power-play goal 42 seconds into overtime, and the New York Rangers rallied for a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.
Gaborik took a feed in the high slot from Rick Nash, who got the Rangers even at 1 with 5:23 left in regulation, and fired in a shot for his eighth of the season and first in nine games.
The Rangers got their third power...
Rick Nash snapped a third-period tie and then added an insurance goal as the New York Rangers held on to beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 on Tuesday night for their third win in a row.
Nash fired a shot that sneaked under the right arm of goalie Ilya Bryzgalov 2:50 into the third to give New York its second lead of the game. He doubled the advantage to 4-2 with 8:18 left, fighting...
Being New York sports fans we're very familiar with the "Mr. October" and "Mr. November" nicknames, but if Rick Nash continues his late game heroics we're going to have to add "Mr. Third Period" to the list as all eight of his goals this season have come in the final frame. Including last night's game tying goal on Long Island...
The Rangers need Gaborik and the offense to help accommodate for Staal’s injury
It may seem an odd statement to make in light of an important defenseman being lost to injury, but the Rangers offense will need to produce consistently now more than ever. Despite the addition of Roman Hamrlik and the presence of multiple defensemen on the roster, the Rangers cannot reasonably expect...
Islanders assistant coach Brent Thompson was given a two-game suspension by the NHL on Friday for abusive comments he made following New York's overtime loss to the New York Rangers on Thursday night.
Thompson was assessed a game misconduct after the Rangers beat the Islanders with a power-play goal by Marian Gaborik.
The NHL said in a statement that Thompson will miss the...
In the game recap comments section last night, reader "slapshot13j" asked if anyone knew when the last time a 3rd or 4th line player scored in a game for the Rangers was.
While I assumed this was a rhetorical question, TheNYRBlog's James Wrabel actually came up with the answer: February 10th by Arron Asham vs. the Lightning.
That can't be. It's impossible...
The Rangers took two points from the rival Flyers tonight, 4-2 at The Garden. With the exception of an incredibly scary puck to the eye suffered by Marc Staal, and some offensive zone penalties, it was a pretty awesome game to watch. Rick Nash flat out dominated and Ryan Callahan continued his high-scoring ways. Oh, and Henrik Lundqvist is back. Let’s get to the goals…
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The Rangers are set to play tonight in their second of back-to-backs, third game in four nights, and their fourth of five games in eight days. That’s a whole lotta hockey for the Rangers, who are in the middle of a four game winning streak, including last night’s come from behind OT win against the Islanders. The Sens on the other hand, have lost...
Let’s Go Boys!
Mornin’, everyone. The Canucks are in Ohio tonight to take on the Columbus Bluejackets, who despite winning their last two games are still dead last in the NHL. Vancouver is coming off of a disappointing Tuesday night shootout loss to the San Jose Sharks.
Tonight’s game is the first of a three game road trip that sees them play the Bluejackets twice. Seems kind...