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The Rangers dropped a tough one to the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight, 2-1 in a shootout. The play of Marc-Andre Fleury was the only reason this game wasn’t a repeat of Wednesday night. A truly sensational performance. While the loss stings, securing 3 out of a possible 4 points in a home and home with the Pens is more than we could have hoped at the beginning of the week. On to the goals…
Penguins 1, Rangers 0
The Pens started to get their forecheck/cycling going to begin the third period. Chris Kunitz made a nice play with the puck behind the net, and found an unguarded Jussi Jokinen in the slot. He blasted a laser over Hank’s glove, and Pitt had the first goal of the game.
Penguins 1, Rangers 1
This goal was perfect execution of a set play off the faceoff. Set up in the offensive zone, Rick Nash positioned himself in the shooting lane in the high slot. The face-off came right to him, and he slid a hard wrister between the legs of Fleury.
Jussi Jokinen- Goal
Rick Nash- No goal
Evgeni Malkin- No goal
Mats Zuccarello- No goal
Pascal Dupuis- No goal
Ryan Callahan- No goal
While the Rangers weren’t quite as physical as they were on Wednesday, they generally kept up a high level of play throughout this one. Fleury really was the difference. Some saves that stood out for me were two gloves saves on Derek Stepan, a beauty on a partial breakaway by Brian Boyle, and a scrambling recovery save on Derick Brassard.
The Rangers continued to create chances and played a solid defensive game. Hank was Hank, and on most nights, they win this one in regulation. With the point, the good guys grab the 7th spot in the East and are tied with the Islanders with 40 points. The Blueshirts are right back at it against the Cam Ward-less Carolina Hurricanes. Faceoff is at 7pm from Raleigh.
BEST OF MAXIM
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...
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...
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Wednesday was a big day in Rangerland. As we all know by now, the Blueshirts acquired Ryane Clowe for three draft picks and traded oft-maligned sniper Marian Gaborik to the Blue Jackets for Derick Brassard, Derek Dorsett, and John Moore (with misc. non-prospects and a late draft pick thrown in). Yesterday, Chris did a fantastic job adding some perspective...
Jokinen scores, makes his coach look like Nostradamus. Video screenshot via NHL.com
Check out this cool little highlight from last night’s action. While being interviewed, Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma predicts that newly acquired forward Jussi Jokinen will break the 0-0 tie. Lo and behold, Jokinen proves Bylsma’s words to be prophetic as he takes a feed from Chris Kunitz and...
The Pittsburgh Penguins aren’t sure when Sidney Crosby will return from his broken jaw, but the team is greatly relieved he isn’t suffering concussion symptoms.On the other hand, the team is monitoring winger James Neal closely after he took a knock-out elbow from New York Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto. “It was a tough hit to watch,” right winger Pascal Dupuis told...
John Tortorella (New York Rangers)
There are several good reasons why I only like reading Andrew Gross who writes the blog "Ranger Rants" for my coverage of the New York Rangers. The most important one is with Andrew you can always count on a level headed objective report win or lose as Andrew breaks the game/Rangers down intelligently.
That said basically the only...
The Pittsburgh Penguins grabbed Jussi Jokinen from Carolina at the trade deadline, hopeful that the smooth-skating forward could fill in while superstar Sidney Crosby recovers from a broken jaw.
Jokinen certainly borrowed a page from Crosby's flair for the dramatic in his Penguins debut, scoring in regulation and then adding the only tally in the shootout as Pittsburgh edged...
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.
The Rangers fell tonight to the Pittsburgh Penguins by the score of 2-1 in a shootout. For a box score, click here.
Three points out of four in the home and home against Pittsburgh? Sign me up!!
Still, tough luck loss tonight, Rangers absolutely deserved to win. Only Fleury prevented tonight's game, especially in the third period, from turning tonight into a repeat of...
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.
Earlier today, Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy retweeted this regarding the battle between the Rangers and the Canucks for Ryane Clowe's services...
Canucks considered Clowe's salary demands which were 8 years 34 mill according to Botch. #wow
— Taj (@taj1944) April 4, 2013
"Botch" is Jason Botchford who is the Canucks beat writer at the Vancouver...
Rangers (18-15-3, 6-9-1 Road) at Pens (28-10, 15-5 Home), Consol, 7:00 pm ET
So the Penguins came out as flat as a pancake Wednesday. The penalty kill surrendered three goals in four New York opportunities. Evgeni Malkin again went goal-less and has six goals in 25 games. Kris Letang and Paul Martin sat.
If that wasnât bad enough, rumors floated Thursday that Sidney...
NASHVILLE Once the jolly ambassador for hockey on television, John Davidson has transformed himself into something of a renovator of moribund NHL franchises.
He arrived in St. Louis after the 2005-06 season, when the Blues finished dead last in the NHL. Last season, the Blues posted the third-best overall record in the league.
Then he took his tool bag to Columbus last October...