Found March 10, 2013 on Blue Seat Blogs:
The Rangers continued their dominance over the Southeast Division today, knocking off the Caps by a score of 4-1. The Rangers started off slow –par for the course– but really turned it up in the second period, scoring twice to make it three unanswered goals (en route to four). Martin Biron was solid in net, and the powerplay continued its success. This was another solid game for the Rangers, who have now won five of six. On to the goals: Biron wants this back. Caps 1, Rangers 0 There’s not much to really break down on this one. Marcus Johansson out-muscled Taylor Pyatt at the half boards, which honestly shouldn’t have happened. Since Johansson kept the play alive, the Caps were able to work the puck to the point for a shot by Steve Oleksy. Ryan McDonagh was tied up with Joel Ward in front, and it looks like the shot just evades Martin Biron. He probably wants that one back, even though it appeared that he took a stick from Ward to the mask as the shot came in (per Andrew Gross). Wide open shot, elects not to shoot, still winds up with goal. Rangers 1, Caps 1 After two Caps collided in the offensive zone, McDonagh, Marian Gaborik, and Derek Stepan had a nice passing play to break out of the zone. The Rangers eventually wound up with a 3-on-2 when Alex Ovechkin tried to hit Stepan and missed. Stepan wound up with the puck at the top of the circle with a clear shooting lane (picture above). Instead, he danced around ex-Ranger farm hand Tomas Kundratek, and drew Braden Holtby out of position. As Stepan went behind the net, he banked the puck off Holtby’s skate (he wasn’t hugging the post), and the puck went right in. The Caps actually defended the 3-on-2 well, but the Rangers still wound up with the goal. Patience, patience, patience. Rangers 2, Caps 1 Brian Boyle, welcome back to the Rangers. Boyle had some great chances on this shift, and he made this goal happen in conjunction with Ryan McDonagh. The Rangers cycled the puck well, and eventually worked the puck to Boyle behind the net. McDonagh pinched in and Boyle got the puck to him, which forced Ovechkin to respect the possible shot. Instead of shooting, McDonagh gave the puck back to Boyle, who noted that Ovechkin was now out of position. Boyle patiently waited until Ovi attempted to get back to position. The resulting screen on Holtby gave Boyle all the room he needed. Lots of room at the top of the circle. Rangers 3, Caps 1 This powerplay goal was set up on the previous powerplay. If you recall, the Rangers –specifically Michael Del Zotto– were ripping shot after shot from the point. They didn’t score, but it forced the Caps to respect the point shot. Fast forward to this goal, and the Caps had to respect the shot from MDZ, This leaves passing lanes open. MDZ hit Rick Nash at the top of circle. With Ryan Callahan in front for the screen, Holtby didn’t have a chance. This goal was initially credited to Nash, but they gave the goal to Cally at the start of the third. Swivel heads. No one see Richards. Rangers 4, Caps 1 Hagelin forced a turnover at center ice, and after a few passes the Rangers wound up with several opportunities. A Michael Del Zotto shot got stopped, and Michal Neuvirth gave up a juicy rebound to Rick Nash. His shot was stopped, but no one picked up Brad Richards at the back door (Marcus Johansson’s man). You can’t give up two juicy rebounds and leave the back door open and not expect to get burned. The Rangers, winners of five of six, have the Buffalo Sabres and Winnipeg Jets this week before a Saturday showdown with Pittsburgh. Those two games are easily winnable, which would give the Rangers wins in seven of eight heading into Pittsburgh. These are big points, as the Rangers now sit in second place in the Atlantic Division. Tweet

Staal injury update: 2-3 weeks assuming no setbacks

It looks like we have some positive news on the Marc Staal front. Per Kevin Paul Dupont, the Rangers expect Staal to miss an additional two or three weeks, assuming no setbacks in the recovery process. That represents the best possible scenario, and is great news for Staal and the Rangers. Tweet

Around the Farn: Yogan with goal and assist, Missiaen makes 37 saves in CT win

Andrew Yogan notched the tying goal early in the third period and added an assist on the fourth goal as Connecticut erased a 2-1 deficit in the third period en route to a 4-2 victory over Providence. Jason Missiaen made 37 saves to keep Providence from opening up the game early on or coming back in the third period. Blake Parlett also had a pair of assists. Be sure to check after...

Game 24 preview: Rangers at Capitals

Jason Szenes for The New York Times The Caps, who got off to a horrendous start, are starting to turn things around and sit just five points behind the Rangers for a playoff spot. It appears that the Caps are finally starting to get used to new coach Adam Oates and his hybrid approach to pretty much every style of play. This will be a different game than the last one, which the Rangers...

Saturday (3/9/13) Headlines

Bergen Record - Rangers fall to Senators, 3-2, despite Brad Richards' return to lineup New York Post - Scrappy Rangers run out of gas in 3rd as Senators snap their win streak New York Post - Lundqvist beaten by mentor’s son New York Post - Richards’ return to Rangers bad for Boyle Daily News - Boyle a healthy scratch, Richards returns from injury in Rangers...

Gaborik Hasn't Scored vs. Anyone Other Than the Islanders Since Jan. 26th

That's correct folks, if the Islanders didn't exist (which is almost the case now anyway), Marian Gaborik wouldn't have a goal since scoring two against the Maple Leafs on January 26th. In fact, Gaborik's eight goals this season have come in just five games, three of which are against the Islanders (2g vs. Toronto on 1/26, 3g vs. Bruins on 1/23). Yes, in 24 games...

3,500 Miles from New York: UK Rangers Review of the Week

After beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 at Madison Square Garden on March 1st to snap a four game losing streak the New York Rangers have embarked on possibly their best and certainly most consistent week of their shortened 2013 season.  With five home games over this period since the Lightning game , the Rangers [...]

Derek Stepan scores bank shot goal from behind the net

New York Rangers forward Derek Stepan was breaking into the zone when he took the puck to the corner and found himself running out of real estate.  Seeing Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby playing him too aggressively, he decided to throw a backhander off Holtby’s leg and it ended up in the net. I’m not sure what possessed Holtby to play Stepan to aggressively and cut...

Rangers use power play to beat Caps

About three hours after asking for more respect from NHL officials, Alex Ovechkin was called for two penalties within seconds of each other, leading to a pair of goals that put the New York Rangers ahead for good Sunday in a 4-1 win over the Washington Capitals. Brian Boyle and Ryan Callahan took advantage of Ovechkin's miscues to give New York a two-goal lead in the second...

Monday (3/11/13) Headlines

Bergen Record - Rangers score 4-1 win over Capitals Bergen Record - Brian Boyle's return a blast for Rangers Bergen Record - Rangers notes: Ryan McDonagh dominant against Capitals New York Post - Big game in return as Blueshirts continue climb New York Post - Double trouble for Ovechkin Daily News - Boy, oh Boyle: Brian breaks out, Rangers win New York...

Biron, Boyle Help Rangers Get Back On Track in Win Over Capitals

The New York Rangers commenced a four game road trip in our Nation’s capital against the Washington Capitals, whom they defeated in the Eastern Conference Semifinals last spring in seven games.  The Rangers won the only meeting between the two clubs, a narrow 2-1 victory at Madison Square Garden on February 17th.  Each team came in to [...]

Senators Domination at MSG Continues As Rangers Win Streak Ends

In a rematch of last season’s Eastern Conference quarterfinals, won by the New York Rangers in seven hard fought games, the Rangers and Ottawa Senators met up at Madison Square Garden, where the Sens have dominated in recent years.  Ottawa came in having won five straight regular season games at the Garden with an astounding 11-1-1 [...]

Rangers 4, Capitals 1

Losses are inevitable. Even the Chicago Blackhawks couldn't avoid that. So when the Rangers lost to the Senators after four straight wins, the bigger concern was not the loss itself but how the Rangers would respond to it. For the first five minutes of today's game, the response was miserable. The Capitals were all over the Rangers, got to every loose puck, and scored as...

Where's the Secondary Scoring?

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...

Rangers-Sabres Preview

The New York Rangers capped a very busy stretch with one of their most complete efforts of the season their last time out. They'll look to continue their surge by extending their recent success against the struggling Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night. The Rangers (13-9-2) rebounded from having a four-game winning streak snapped by defeating Washington 4-1 on Sunday afternoon....
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