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The second period was the period where the Rangers finally broke through on Dan Ellis, scoring two goals in 30 seconds –one on the powerplay– and adding another powerplay goal 10 minutes later. Those three goals were more than enough for the Rangers, as Henrik Lundqvist was spectacular, especially in the closing minute of the second period. Hank eventually got beat in the third, but he was absolutely stellar in this game, making 48 saves in the process. He stole this for the Rangers, and this is the perfect time for him to begin doing so. On to the goals:
Rangers 1, Canes 0
3 of 4 guys chasing Richards.
With the Rangers on the powerplay, Ryane Clowe made a good play to stay onside after Brad Richards’ pass was a bit behind him on the rush. Once in the zone, Clowe worked the puck deep to the corner to Richards. Richards drew Jamie McBain, Patrick Dwyer, and Jay Harrison to him. When one guy can draw three penalty killers, it means there’s only one guys left, meaning someone is open. Richards found Derek Stepan in front all alone for the goal.
Rangers 2, Canes 0
Just a whole lotta fail.
This was just a silly play. Rick Nash forechecked and forced Dan Ellis –who was in no man’s land– to turn the puck over behind the net. Nash got the puck to Ryan Callahan for the empty net goal. The weird thing about this goal was that both Joe Corvo and Eric Staal appeared to have opportunities to intercept the pass to Cally, but neither did.
Rangers 3, Canes 0
Hockey 101: Drive to the empty space.
Another powerplay goal? Yup. Another powerplay goal. For the second straight powerplay, the Rangers had great puck movement. Once the Rangers gained the zone, Nash drew attention to himself before making a nice pass to Mats Zuccarello. Zucc faked a shot, and just waited for Nash to get to the high slot. Zucc hit him with a pass there, and Nash just waited, turned, and shot it past Ellis.
Canes 1, Rangers 3
Four guys back, Canes still manage to score.
This one began with a Brian Boyle turnover at the Canes blue line, as Jeff Skinner was able to get his stick on the errant pass and transition it into a rush up the ice. After the Canes gained the zone, the Rangers weren’t exactly outnumbered. They had four guys back on the three guys (Staal, Skinner, Zac Dalpe), but Dalpe found open space between Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, and Carl Hagelin. Dalpe was Hagelin’s man in this scenario, and you’d like to see a better backcheck there. But that said, those were two perfect passes and a great shot by Dalpe. Credit Dalpe for cutting to open ice and putting himself in a position to shoot.
Rangers 4, Canes 1
Brian Boyle empty-netter. He did a good job forechecking, and eventually caused Marc-Andre Bergeron to turn the puck over right in front of his own empty net. Boyle just tapped it in.
These were two huge points for the Rangers. The Islanders won, the Leafs won (beating the Devils in the process), the Caps won, and the Jets won. The Rangers avoided the drama of losing when every other team competing with them for the final playoff spots won. The win gives the Rangers a 3-0-1 record in March, taking and seven points out of eight in the process.
BEST OF MAXIM
Oscar Lindberg and Skelleftea AIK continued their dominance over the SEL, defeating Linkopings HC 3-1 and winning the series 4-1. Lindberg was held scoreless in this game, but notched overtime winners in games three and four to set the stage for the series clincher yesterday. Skelleftea will face Lulea HF, the third seeded club heading into the playoffs.
Other prospects in action...
Per John Giannone, Marc Staal is traveling with the club to Pittsburgh and then to Carolina and Toronto. There is still no time-table for his return, so don’t expect him to be returning to the lineup during this trip, but it is a step in the right direction. It was reported two days ago that Staal was working out off the ice, and it appears that he has ramped up those workouts...
The Connecticut Whale inched closer to a playoff berth in the AHL, beating Bridgeport 3-2 and improving their record to 35-27-5-3, good for 78 points, second in the Northeast Division, and seventh in the Eastern Conference. With six games remaining in CT’s season, they need to hold off one of Norfolk and Hershey (both with 75 points) to qualify for the playoffs.
Ryan Bourque, Benn...
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These new Rangers are starting to look like the Rangers of old, and it is beginning to show in the standings. Currently, the Rangers have a record of 19-15-4, good for second place in the Atlantic Division and seventh place in the Eastern Conference. The Islanders (19-16-4) are tied with the Rangers in points, but the Rangers have a game in hand and...
Henrik Lundqvist made a season-high 48 saves, and the New York Rangers gave the Carolina Hurricanes their club-record-tying seventh straight home loss, 4-1 on Saturday night.
Derek Stepan and Ryan Callahan scored 31 seconds apart, and Rick Nash added a goal and an assist during the Rangers' three-goal second period. Brian Boyle added an empty-netter just before the buzzer.
In the third period last night Michael Del Zotto dropped James Neal with an elbow that forced the Penguins forward to leave the game with a likely concussion...
Here's Del Zotto on the hit (via NY Post)...
“I knew I was going to get hit and I just tried to brace myself and reverse it. I’m not sure what happened, but I hope he’s OK.”
So the question is...
First a little note abou the lack of posting last night. I was the victim of a surprise birthday party and was told, no work all play.
So instead of doing what I was supposed to do last night, I sit here at 5:00am to catch-up.
There was no penalty on the play and no update on Neal post-game.
With the NHL season in its final stretch, the New York Rangers were in dire need of two points, facing a Carolina Hurricanes team that had just one win in its previous eleven games. The Rangers were looking for their third win in four games, coming off Friday night’s shootout loss in Pittsburgh. The story of this [...]
TONIGHT’S GAME The Rangers will begin a home-and-home set when they face-off against Original Six opponent, the Toronto Maple Leafs, tonight at Air Canada Centre (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in their third game in four days. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank seventh in [...]
The New York Rangers are trying to create some breathing room in the cluttered Eastern Conference playoff race.
A meeting with the spiraling Carolina Hurricanes might be just what they need.
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Can the new guys (and Boyle) do it again?
For the fourth and final time this season, the Rangers and Penguins will square off in what could be a first-round playoff preview. The Penguins took the first two games in decisive fashion, but the Rangers demolished the Penguins just the other day. The new guys all made a contribution, and the Penguins are still with their injury woes....
AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar
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"It was a fun week last week, but now we have to repeat it" Henrik Lundqvist.
What Lundqvist said has to be the mantra of every player on the Rangers and likely is what many of us have been saying. A week that started in disarray ended pretty special with the Rangers going 3-0-1 while regaining the swagger and style that marked last year's squad. However, that was...