Posted December 25, 2011 on AP on Fox
The New York Rangers are emerging from the Christmas break leading the Atlantic Division, and their rivals across the East River are coming back entrenched at the bottom. Marian Gaborik and the Rangers hope the time off doesn't stunt their momentum, something the Islanders will look to do Monday night at Madison Square Garden. The holiday was likely more enjoyable for the Rangers (21-8-4) considering they are riding a four-game winning streak following a 4-2 victory over Philadelphia on Friday. They climbed within one point of Eastern Conference-leading Boston and into a tie atop the Atlantic with the Flyers, but the Rangers have won both meetings and played one fewer game. "We're right there at the top, and that gives us confidence going forward," captain Ryan Callahan said. "There's still a lot of hockey to be played, and we haven't seen our best yet." It would be hard to expect much better from Gaborik, who has scored six times during a fou...

Rangers Should Continue Cautious Approach With Staal Return

The New York Rangers currently sit in first place in the Eastern Conference with a tremendous 22-8-4 record through 34 games this season.  Making the record even more impressive is the number of injuries they have battled through on defense with the most significant being All-Star defender Marc Staal.  Staal has been sidelined for the entire season while he recovers from post-concussion...

Tortorella, Boyle, Lundqvist post-game

Sorry. Had some technical difficulties with the new computer system at the paper … so I missed most of the lockerroom. Here’s a quote from Brian Boyle about his shot-blocking at the end of the second period: “That’s old news for our team. That’s what we do. That’s a big part of how we defend. We get over there and we block it. That’s how we play. Everyone buys into...

Practice Notes: 8 Defensemen; Same Extras; & Staal Cleared for Contact

The Rangers report that all eight defensemen (no Sauer or Eminger) took the ice for the morning skate....assuming this means Woywitka will be back in the line-up and Erixon back in the AHL.Meanwhile, Andrew Gross reports Sean Avery along with Erik Christensen and Wojtek Wolski made up the scratch line again....only a matter of time till Avery and EC are waived.Speaking of Wolski...

Marc Staal Cleared For Contact In Practice

from Katie Strang of ESPN New York, “Today I felt fully confident going on the ice and taking some hits. There wasn’t a doubt in my mind that that wasn’t the right thing to do with the way I was feeling,” Staal said. Staal was encouraged that, after being jostled by teammates, he felt fine. “I took a few bumps, my head bounced off the glass a couple times, things like...

Merry Christmas from The New York Rangers Blog

From my family to yours, have a very Merry Christmas.Here's a great video of the Rangers players singing their favorite Christmas songs... My thanks to reader Phil L. for the Anisimov ornament pic.Remember to follow me on Twitter & Facebook or e-mail me at

NHL roundup: Rangers' Hagelin scores 2, Lundqvist blanks Isles

NEW YORK - Carl Hagelin scored twice for his second multigoal game in the NHL and Henrik Lundqvist stopped all...

Isles vs Rangers Pre-Game Report

The Islanders will face the New York Rangers for the second time in four days. The Islanders, who’ve dropped their last two games, will look to turn their misfortunes around and stay in the hunt for the playoffs. The Rangers won last Thursday’s contest against the Islanders, 4-2, at Madison Square Garden. Brandon Dubinsky scored the games opening goal to give the Rangers a 1...

Rangers' Hagelin scores 2, Lundqvist blanks Islanders

Carl Hagelin scored twice for his second multi-goal game in the NHL, and Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 28 shots he faced as the New York Rangers beat the New York Islanders 3-0 on Monday night for their fifth straight victory. Hagelin, in just his 16th NHL game, scored in the...

Slap Shot: Rangers' Staal, Still Battling Concussion, Is Cleared for Contact

Defenseman Marc Staal, who continues to recover from a concussion after a hit by his brother Eric on Feb. 22, was cleared for contact and took hits during the Rangers' practice Monday at Madison Square Garden.

View from the Top

That is exactly what the New York Rangers have after defeating the Philadelphia Flyers by a score of 4-2 last night at Madison Square Garden. The team came out and played an almost perfect home game by cashing in on their opportunities, never quitting on plays, forechecking, playing solid defense, and getting terrific goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist. Put these all together and...

Shakeup of roster looms as Rangers get healthier

Wojtek Wolski, sidelined since Oct. 27 with a sports hernia that required surgery on Nov. 7, should be ready to return to the lineup by the end of this week. Marc Staal, sidelined all season dealing with the after-effects of the concussion he initially sustained last Feb. 22, could be...

Staal one step closer to return

The plan is for Marc Staal to return and play for the Rangers sometime this season, and on Monday, the Blueshirts' All-Star defenseman entered the plan's final stage by taking contact in practice.

What The Hell Was Up With Linda Cohn Last Night?

We're generally fans of Linda Cohn, but last night's 11pm SportsCenter was bizarre. It started with a cold open featuring Cohn lamenting the onset of some kind of holiday-related depression, then continued to the above segment in which she seems genuinely surprised to be interviewing the New York Rangers' Derek Stepan. She alludes to...

Classic Edge?

Author: Dave Lozo | Staff Writer If Winter Classic experience means anything, the Philadelphia Flyers should have a decided edge against the New York Rangers on Jan. 2. The Rangers have two players -- Michael Rupp and Erik Christensen ...
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