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The Pittsburgh Penguins made a pair of major trades to bolster their attempt at a run for the Stanley Cup.
The New York Rangers are hoping their move can help them reach the playoffs.
While the recent acquisitions were unable to keep the Penguins' staggering winning streak intact, they'll try to continue another Wednesday night when they open a home-and-home set by visiting the Rangers, who may have Ryane Clowe available.
Pittsburgh (28-9-0) reeled off 15 victories in a row before falling 4-1 at home to Buffalo on Tuesday. It was also the Penguins' first game without Sidney Crosby, who was lost indefinitely to a broken jaw in Saturday's 2-0 win over the New York Islanders.
"It's a tough feeling; you just want to keep that (streak) going," said Jarome Iginla, who scored his first goal with the Penguins. "But at the same time it's very impressive to see what this group accomplished."
Pittsburgh, which is atop the Eastern Conference, seemed to improve its status as Stanley Cup favorites by acquiring Iginla from Calgary and Dallas' Brenden Morrow last week.
New York's postseason prospects aren't nearly that definite. The Rangers (17-15-3) are ninth in the conference, two points behind the Islanders and New Jersey for the last two playoff positions.
They're hoping Clowe can provide an edge.
With Wednesday's trade deadline looming, New York acquired the rugged left wing from San Jose on Tuesday in exchange for three draft picks. Clowe has 101 career goals and 170 assists in eight seasons with the Sharks, but has only 11 assists this year. However, his leadership qualities and playoff experience were key motivators behind the deal.
"He is a unique combination of size, skill and toughness," Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather said. "His strong leadership and character make him a tremendous addition to our organization on and off the ice."
Coach John Tortorella is more concerned with what happens on the ice.
"I don't give a damn about a deadline or anything else, except trying to win," he said. "It's pretty simple as far as the coaches and players that are here right now.
"We just want to win. We as a group just want to win. Nothing else is being talked about or discussed; we just want to win."
The Rangers did that Monday, beating Southeast Division-leading Winnipeg 4-2 after being shut out in their previous two games.
Making it two wins in a row could be difficult given their history with Pittsburgh. The Penguins have won the last seven matchups by a combined 28-8.
Iginla seems ready to add to Pittsburgh's dominance in the series with 12 goals and five assists over his last 12 games against New York.
The Penguins have won each of the last two meeting by 3-0 scores, including the most recent visit to Madison Square Garden on Jan. 31 when Evgeni Malkin had one goal and one assist. The center has six of each over the last six games with New York.
Marc-Andre Fleury also thrives against the Rangers, winning five straight starts behind a 1.00 goals-against average and two shutouts after making all 23 saves at home March 16. He may be back in net again after stopping all 16 shots he faced Tuesday after Tomas Vokoun was pulled early in the second period for surrendering four goals on 13 attempts.
Ryan Callahan has five goals and two assists in his past five home meetings with the Penguins, but missed the latest one due to a shoulder injury. The captain gave the Rangers a major lift Monday, scoring a short-handed goal while adding three assists.
BEST OF MAXIM
… Ryane Clowe said he always wanted to wear this hat after seeing it on 24/7. Well Ryane, in only your first game as a New York Ranger your wish has come true! Amazing game from Clowe last night.
Welcome to the Sports Blitz’s March Round up of NHL action around the league. We’re releasing this one early thanks to the big Iginla trade and so we could cover the trade deadline before TSN blankets your Twitter account on Wednesday. We’ll be back next week with a full recap and reaction to every trade that goes down.
The Pittsburgh Penguins continued riding their hot streak...
The New York Rangers have acquired forward Ryane Clowe from the San Jose Sharks for three draft picks.
The teams announced the deal Tuesday night. The Sharks get the Rangers' second-round pick and a third-round pick in the 2013 draft, and a conditional second-round pick in the 2014 draft.
If Clowe re-signs with the Rangers or the team wins two playoff rounds, the pick remains...
The wheels of the trade deadline continued to churn on Tuesday, as the San Jose Sharks sent winger Ryane Clowe to the New York Rangers in exchange for draft picks. Two of the picks are the Blueshirts second and third-round picks in this upcoming draft, while the Sharks can receive New York’s 2014 second-round pick if Clowe re-signs or the Rangers win two playoff rounds. If neither...
NHLTags: Alex PietrangeloBoston BruinsCarolina HurricanesDavis DrewiskeJamie McBainJaromir JagrJay BouwmeesterKevin ShattenkirkLos Angeles KingsMark StreitNew York RangersRobyn RegehrRyane CloweScott HartnellSt. Louis BluesThe Philadelphia Flyers continue to be linked to various potential trade pieces across the NHL, but aside from the trade...
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...
The New York Rangers got immediate results for their late-season overhaul.Newcomers Derick Brassard, Ryane Clowe and John Moore combined to score four goals and four assists as the Rangers blasted the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-1.Those fellows had no time to get acclimated to coach John Tortorella or his system. They just went out and tore up the first-place Penguins on the ice.“Throws...
The trade deadline is today at 3pm, and the Rangers have already been active. They’ve acquired Ryane Clowe for draft picks, and are rumored to be in on Ryan O’Byrne, a right handed defenseman form Colorado. Jamie McBain was a name rumored to be available, but with Joni Pitkanen getting hurt, it’s unlikely the Canes move him.
Use this as your open thread to discuss the deadline...
After trading Ryane Clowe to the New York Rangers yesterday, the Sharks have bolstered their strength by adding Raffi torres for a 2013 third rounder. On July 1, 2011, Torres signed a two-year contract worth $3.5 million with the Phoenix Coyotes. He recorded his first goal nearly a month into the 2011–12 season, in a 3–2 shootout loss [...]
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We're starting a new month, *******. Against the Sabres, of all people. Ew.
And the coaching staff has scratched Joe Vitale without our permission.
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