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Michael Del Zotto
New York Rangers
This loss is a bit of a difficult one to take. The Rangers played very well int his game. They generated offense, they had a solid powerplay, but they just couldn’t solve Carey Price. Price kept it at 1-0 (on that flukey goal) for a long time before one breakdown made it 2-0. Following that, the Rangers didn’t give up (still generated good chances), but you could tell something was off. That’s what good teams do: They capitalize on the chances they are given. If there’s a silver lining, look at this game as a step in the right direction. They played very well, but lost to a much better team. On to the goals:
Montreal 1, Rangers 0
Unlucky, but caught being lazy.
Michael Ryder made an innocent play to dump the puck into the zone while his linemates were changing. However, the boards behind the net in Montreal are lively, and the puck bounced oddly and wound up banking off the side of the net to the slot. Steve Eminger was a bit flat-footed, and Marty Biron made a lazy poke at the puck instead of trying to swat it behind the net. Ryder picked it up and had a lot of time to find the open net.
Montreal 2, Rangers 0
Broken play, led to a goal.
Ryan McDonagh rushed the puck in, but got knocked down in deep in front of the Montreal net. Marian Gaborik was back to cover for him at the half boards, but not back enough and was caught in no man’s land. The puck was a little deep, but it was clear that Montreal had the puck and was going to maintain control. Once Andrei Markov got the puck past Gaborik to Max Pacioretty, it was a guaranteed two-on-one with Dan Girardi back. Girardi took the pass away, but may have given Pax a bit too much room. Biron had no chance on the shot.
Montreal 3, Rangers 0
Del Zotto needs to play the body.
Brian Boyle won a key face off on the penalty kill, and the puck winds up swinging around the boards. Carl Hagelin, however, failed to clear the puck at the half boards, allowing the Canadiens powerplay to get a good chance. Markov took a shot from the point, and Boyle took out his man in front following the save by Biron. However, Michael Del Zotto didn’t take out Brendan Gallagher, and got caught watching. There was only so much Biron could do.
The loss gives the series sweep to the Canadiens, and makes the Rangers 0-7-1 against the Habs, Sens, and Jets. If they didn’t play Canadian teams, they’d be a team atop the Eastern Conference. Alas, they are not. That said, there are a lot of positives to take from this game. If the Rangers play like they did tonight throughout the rest of the season, they will win a lot more games.
BEST OF MAXIM
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Earlier today, the Rangers announced that they have sent Kris Newbury back to the Connecticut Whale of the AHL. In his second stint with the Rangers this season, Newbury played in four games, collecting an assist, a +1 rating, 2 PIMs, and 4 hits while averaging a little more than 8 minutes of ice time.
Just win please.
The Rangers lost to Montreal last night, which wasn’t all that unexpected considering past success there. With the loss, the Rangers sit in 8th place in the East with a 16-15-3 record. They are tied with the Islanders in points, but hold the tiebreaker at the moment. In essence, with the Islanders the only team tied in points, the Rangers control their own destiny...
We have a category for “Irresponsible Rumormongering,” but this post probably belongs under “Completely Irresponsible Rumormongering That Might Raise Eklund’s Eyebrows.” Sorry for that, but it’s that time of year…
Marian Gaborik to San Jose for Dan Boyle
Boyle for Gaborik is the rumor mentioned most frequently by those in the know and it also happens...
Larry Brooks at the New York Post reports that Marc Staal (eye) has not yet begun skating and with only 14 games remaining in the season there might not be enough time for him to be cleared and properly conditioned before the end of the season.
Brooks adds that Staal is being monitored continually and has undergone regular exams.
...got to assume the reason he hasn't...
The #NYR have agreed to terms with free agent defenseman Conor Allen, who played this season at UMASS-Amherst
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) March 29, 2013
Allen will report directly to the CT Whale on an Amateur Tryout Contract (ATO), with his Rangers contract beginning next season.
The 6' 1", 210lb Allen finished his career at UMass with 14 goals, 25 assists...
On Tuesday, I wondered with all the head shots Henrik Lundqvist has been taking lately along with his complains of headaches whether he was playing with a concussion.
Now comes this report from Pat Leonard at the Daily News that the Rangers will be monitoring Lundqvist to see if the effects of those blows will continue...
"...the Rangers will keep a watchful eye on...
When I first started The New York Rangers Blog back in 2007, it was out of my love for the Rangers. I wanted to create a one-stop shop for Blueshirt fans to get their Rangers fix. Updates, stats, rumors and more in one easy to find spot. There was nothing similar available and I felt Rangers fans deserved a blog with the same dedication and commitment they had.
Along the way...
Two straight shutouts. Offensive ineptitude on a grand scale. No sign of desperation. And with just 14 games remaining, the door is slowly starting to close.
These are your New York Rangers.
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from Stu Cowan of Hockey Inside/Out,
The Canadiens held a 10 a.m. open practice at the Bell Centre on Easter Sunday and attracted more than 17,000 fans to the Bell Centre.
Yet more proof that hockey is a religion in Montreal.
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Bob McKenzie tweeted today that Tomas Kaberle has been put on waivers and then followed up with this tweet...
Suspect we'll see more teams do same with waivers in coming days. Put bubble guys on, let em clear, hold onto em, demote only if req'd.