Found March 05, 2012 on
The Rangers Tribune:
Michael Del Zotto
New York Rangers
Tampa Bay Lightning
With defenseman Michael Del Zotto out of the lineup on Friday against the Tampa Bay Lightning, it was expected that the first pairing of Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh, as they so often do, would have to take on a heavier workload in DZ's absence. However, much to the surprise of many, that duty was passed straight over Girardi and McDonagh and splatted on the plate of Marc Staal, who was playing in just his 25th game of the season at the time. At the end of the night, Staal led the New York Rangers in ice time and was an absolute wall on defense for his club. At that point, at least in my opinion, it was time to consider Marc "back to normal."
The coaching staff has very slowly eased Staal back into the process after he missed four months of the season including training camp due to post-concussion symptoms. He returned on January 2 against the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2012 Winter Classic, in what was a wake-up call for him in many ways. As he repeatedly said, t...
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When the Rangers signed Anton Stralman in early November, it was pretty much an afterthought for most fans. After all, Stralman would need time to get into hockey shape, then more time to learn coach John Tortorella’s system. And who even knew if he was a Torts guy.
A month after his signing, Stralman had played just one game, and many were beginning to wonder if he would ever...
The New York Rangers held their annual Garden of Dreams Casino Night last week at Gotham Hall, and Blueshirts United did a terrific job catching the action on video for those who did not attend. I was not there, but I know some of you were, so feel free to share your experience in the comments as well.
Here's the video:
- Henrik Lundqvist and...
The New York Rangers are returning to their winning ways as we enter the home stretch of the 2011-12 regular season. Their 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden on Sunday was the team’s fourth win in their last five games, which has put them in the first place spot in the NHL and atop the Eastern Conference standings by an astounding twelve points over...
Derek Stepan and Marian Gaborik both scored tiebreaking goals in the third period, and the New York Rangers held on to beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 on Sunday.
Gaborik gave the Rangers a 3-2 lead 3:14 into the third with his 32nd goal, but David Krejci tied it for Boston at 11:42. The Bruins barely had time to celebrate before Stepan ripped a drive from the left circle that sailed...
The Hockey News polled five players from each NHL team on who they thought were the top five players in the league today. After tabulating the votes, they ended up with a ranking of the top 50 players in the NHL.So far they have released numbers 50-31 with Marian Gaborik landing at #31.Gaborik has 32g, 26a this season....loving Gaborik getting the dirty goals recently by going to...
Eklund over at Hockey Buzz wonders if Ryan Callahan has become the predominant captain in the NHL..."Callahan is a phenomenal leader by example, who cares about one thing and one thing only: the success of the New York Rangers. The team's over-achievement so far this season is certainly owed in large part to its outstanding goaltending and defense, but I think you should...
Ryan Callahan is not the lineup today for the Rangers in their matinee against the Bruins, due to a bruised foot that has kept him for the last three games. Nevertheless, I think today is as good a time as any to ask if Callahan has become the predominant captain in the NHL. There are many different styles of captaincy in hockey, and there is no one single "right" way...
The Rangers report that Ryan Callahan will not play against the Boston Bruins today, while Michael Del Zotto and Ruslan Fedotenko will be game time decisions....assuming if Fedotenko can't go, Bickel will be moved up to forward and Eminger will be inserted on defense. If nothing else the Rangers will have plenty of toughness in the line-up.Jim Cerny notes that Callahan's...
Larry Brooks at the New York Post has this quote from Brandon Prust on today's game vs. the Bruins..."These are fun games when Boston comes to town. It's always fun, and with two of the top teams in the league going at it, there's a lot of pride riding on it. I expect it to be a war out there."...so pumped for today's game!!!!!Christoper Botta at the New...
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy reports that the CT Whale have left Sean Avery off their 22-man Clear Day roster meaning he will not be eligible to play for the remainer of the season or the playoffs.Avery has played just five games since being waived and assigned to the Whale in December....no surprise here, this is just icing on the poop flavored cake for Avery....reports had the...
During the Boston College/Vermont game Saturday night, Glen Sather called into the CBS Sports broadcast to discuss Chris Kreider...
...did Sather say "if Kreider turns out to be as good as Brian Boyle I'll be overwhelmed with joy"? I'm sorry Glen, if Kreider ends up as a 3rd line player you are going to be the only member of the Rangers organization...
Saying yesterday's Rangers/Bruins game was physical, could be the understatement of the year. Here's the proof...Mike Rupp vs. Lane MacDermind...
...those two were throwing absolute bombs.Brandon Prust vs. Milan Lucic...
...appreciate the effort Prusty, but please leave the heavy lifting to Rupp, Scott and Bickel.For Stu Bickel vs. Gregory Cambell...
Saturday night was very much not for the faint of heart as New York Islander and New York Rangers prospects tried to make sure they kept their seasons going. It is March and now the question is just how bad you want to keep playing this season?
We know that you want the NHL contract but what we the people who will be watching you, buying those tickets to see you, buying that...
TODAY’S GAME: The Rangers will face-off against the Boston Bruins today at Madison Square Garden (12:30 p.m.; TV: NBC; Radio: Bloomberg Radio), in an Original Six matinee match-up. The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, and rank second in the league overall, with a record of 41-15-7 (89 pts). The Rangers enter the [...]
Going into the afternoon tilt, one probably thought it was going to be a defensive battle for 60 minutes.
Instead, 7 goals were scored with the New York Rangers coming out on top over the Boston Bruins by a score of 4-3. It was not easy but the Rangers did what they had to do to win.
For starters, the team was able to get two big ones in the first period on goals by Ruslan Fedotenko...