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As I sat on my couch watching the game tonight, I found myself repeating the same phrase over and over throughout the tilt: “it’s not their night”. I mean, this was a trap game, anyway. I watched as pucks bounced around Jacob Markstrom’s crease, deflected off defenders, and bounced into the Ranger net. The Blueshirts pummeled the young Swede and aside from a nifty move from Marian Gaborik, came up completely empty. They dominated play for most of the night, but nothing went right this evening.
The top three lines showed flashes of brilliance, Hank looked very sharp, and the cycle/puck possession game looked fairly strong. They created chances, but Markstrom played a tremendous game. Hopefully they came build off some of the positives against the Caps. Onto the goals…
Panthers 1, Rangers 0
After Roman Hamrlik took a high sticking penalty around the 8:00 mark, the Panther powerplay went to work. Dan Girardi misplayed a clearing attempt, allowing the cats to retain possession. The puck was worked around to Brian Campbell, who blasted an absolute beauty over the left shoulder of Lundqvist.
Panthers 2, Rangers 0
This goal was one of the aforementioned bad bounces. Jack Skille made a strong cut move to the front of the net, which Hank made a tough save on. The rebound caromed into the slot, where a serious scrum ensued. Scottie Upshall was able to get a stick to it, after which is bounced off Lundvist’s blocker and into the back of the net. Brutal break.
Second period- No scoring
Panthers 2, Rangers 1
The Rangers regrouped after winning an offensive zone faceoff back to the neutral zone. Del Zotto worked the puck over to Nash, who found Gaborik streaking in behind the defense on the far side. Gabby broke in alone on Markstrom and put a beautiful backhand upstairs.
Panthers 3, Rangers 1
Empty net from the Panthers zone. Just icing on the cake in this one.
The loss snapped a two game winning streak for New York, and I know there are a lot of frustrated fans out there. However, that game could have easily been won 5-2 had Markstrom not been a beast. (If he’s not an argument for smaller equipment, I don’t know who is.) There were definitely periods where they seemed to go through the motions and overall the effort still has to be better. They did, however, put 45 shots on goal. Including 8 from Marian Gaborik, who looked much improved tonight.
Time to turn it around Sunday evening against the Caps. With the trade deadline approaching, and the games winding down, it’s time for this team to get on a roll.
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In a bit of shocking news, the Rangers have placed center Jeff Halpern on waivers (per Darren Dreger). In 30 games with the Rangers, Halpern notched just one assist with a -5 rating. Halpern is currently the Rangers one of the Rangers top faceoff guys, winning 56.7% of his draws. Halpern’s ice time had diminished a lot lately, getting just three minutes of ice time in last night’s...
The Rangers have recalled rookie Chris Kreider from the AHL after a one month stay with the Whale. Kreider, who was sent to Connecticut on February 28, scored six goals and added an assist in eight games since the demotion. Kreider seemed more confident with the puck and was making better decisions without the puck, which was a big part of the reason for his demotion.
To make room...
NEW YORK (AP) -- Jacob Markstrom made 44 saves and just missed his first NHL shutout, and the cellar-dwelling Florida Panthers dealt the playoff-hopeful New York Rangers a big blow in a 3-1 victory Thursday night.
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"I've used them as examples. Especially...
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The #NYR have recalled forward @chriskreider from @ctwhale and assigned Micheal Haley to the Whale
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) March 20, 2013
...got to admit this is very surprising considering Torts' comments yesterday. But I'll take it. Obviously, the move is to put Kreider on the third line with Miller and Boyle, while dropping Pyatt down to the fourth line...
The NHL's "Department of Player Safety" released a video explaining why New York Rangers forward Rick Nash was not suspended for a high hit on Florida Panthers forward Tomas Kopecky:
NHL Department of Player Safety chief Brendan Shanahan spoke with Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy about why Rick Nash wasn't suspended for his high hit on Tomas Kopecky Thursday night ..
“We don’t see this as being principal point of contact to the head. For a fact, we don’t see much contact to the head at all,” said Shanahan.
“On the Florida feed, when you slow...
from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
Panthers general manager Dale Tallon confirmed to The Miami Herald on Thursday night that 40-year-old Alex Kovalev signed his retirement papers and is no longer a member of the Florida organization.
Kovalev, who signed a one-year deal after the lockout ended, hadn't played for the Panthers since getting nine-plus minutes in a loss...
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On the heels of âRumor-Palooza,â here are a few other little tidbits.
A source out of Canada told me yesterday that former Hawk GM Dale Tallon has his sights set on the jewel of the Hawk talent pipeline, 2012 #1 pick, Teuvo Teravainen.
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