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This is going to be a short recap, as I only really saw what was going on for the second and third period (more on that in the bullets). But the Rangers are now 7-3-3, 4-1-1 at home, and doing this without Marc Staal. Remember why we preach patience? It’s because the season is filled with highs, lows, peaks, and valleys. Just ride it out, and you’ll do so without having a heart attack.
- First off: Shame on Madison Square Garden, the New York Rangers, and ticket sales representatives for not informing those in the 400s that some rows are now obstructed view seats. My season (10 game pack) seats are in section 415, row F, and I cannot see both nets at any given time, either sitting or standing. I cannot see the jumbotron, any scoreboard, or pretty much anything else in the arena. If I were informed of this prior to purchasing my tickets, I would not have purchased them. I understand that there is a three year renovation going on, and there will be limited sight lines, but transparency is the best way to go.
- That said, MSG realized they messed up, and I give them credit. There were several MSG employees wandering the 400s with stacks of tickets. If you are in an obstructed view seat, ask for new seats, and they will happily oblige. Becky and I wound up in section 101 after the upgrade, along with the majority of section 415. Kudos to MSG for doing what they can to rectify a bad situation.
- Because of the above two bullet points, I was unable to see most of what was going on in the first period. I was upgraded to section 101, row 25 after the period, so the second and third periods were where I was able to see most of the action.
- The Rangers powerplay was a bit off tonight, even if they did score in the first (remember, I barely saw that goal). They tried to use the umbrella formation, but the problem is that they didn’t shoot. And when they did shoot, they missed the net. During the extended 5-on-3, the Rangers switched to a spread formation, but again could not hit the net. The main problem with the Rangers spread was that the forwards were too high. The forwards need to be up by the faceoff dots to be effective, the Rangers were between the circles and the blue line.
- That Derek Stepan pass was a beauty, wasn’t it? Marian Gaborik’s reaction was priceless too. He kind of gave Stepan a look that said “Thanks for the gift.”
- Dan Girardi is one tough dude. We saw him go down twice, only to return without missing a beat. If there is one player outside of Henrik Lundqvist that the Rangers cannot afford to lose right now, it’s Girardi.
- Looking at my last statement, with the way Martin Biron is playing, Lundqvist going down may not be so bad.
- Kidding. No, seriously, I’m kidding.
- Back to Biron, what a game for him. He got bowled over a few times, and managed to stand tall and get the shutout. The fans chanting MARTY at the end of the game was fantastic as well.
- For a team that didn’t exist last year, the Winnipeg Jets travel well. But there were three college kids in from of my in section 101 who were obnoxious. I told them to go back to Atlanta.
- Michael Del Zotto sure is coming along, eh? Another strong game for him, and another reason to believe that last year was just a hiccup in his development.
After a 0-1-1 start at home, the Rangers won four straight, three against very good teams. Beating solid teams is a start, but beating those teams they should be beating is what made last season so maddening. There are three games against teams they should be beating coming up. Expecting three wins is greedy, but four points would be a success.
BEST OF MAXIM
It’s a good look for him. He scored a beauty of a goal in the first period and also logged over 27 minutes of ice time in the Rangers 5-3 win. Really impressed with MDZ’s effort tonight. Photo Courtesy of Pat Leonard, and the Daily News.
The New York Rangers announced todaythat left wing, Wojtek Wolski will be out for four weeks with a sports hernia. He will undergo surgery tomorrow in Philadelphia.
According to the press release, when Wolski returns, he will be playing his 400th NHL game.
Wolski has 2 assists this season in six appearances and is 9 goals away from his 100th career NHL goal.
The New York Rangers enter tonight's game against the Montreal Canadiens -- the first between the two this season -- having won their last two games against the San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks, and with a 5-3-3 record on the year. The Canadiens, on the other hand, have won their last four games after struggling early, and are 5-5-2 in their first twelve games. Both clubs have...
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with free agent defenseman Anton Stralman. Stralman, 25, has skated in 212 career NHL contests over four seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Columbus Blue Jackets, registering 11 goals and 63 assists for 74 points, along [...]
Last summer there was a push amongst many to have Chris
Kreider (2009 1st round pick) turn pro even though he had a subpar season at
Boston College. The idea behind it was
that you get him in the professional ranks with the New York Rangers and let
them take over his development. Part of
the theory for some was that Kreider seemed bored with college hockey and was
Opponent: Les Habitants (5-5-2)
Leading Scorer: Max Pacioretty (4-5-9)
Goaltender: Carey Price (2.45 GAA, .908 SV%)
Rangers Projected Lines: (Unconfirmed)
Ruslan Fedotenko-Derek Stepan-Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky-Brad Richards-Ryan Callahan
Artem Anisimov-Brian Boyle-Brandon Prust
Sean Avery-Erik Christensen-Andre Deveaux
Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto-Mike Sauer...
Marian Gaborik scored two goals and Martin Biron stopped 23 shots for his first shutout in more than two years as the Rangers defeated the Jets.
TONIGHT’S GAME: The Rangers will close out their six-game homestand when they face-off against the Winnipeg Jets tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their third game in four days. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 6-3-3 (15 pts). The [...]
Wojtek Wolski will undergo surgery Tuesday to repair a sports hernia. He's expected to miss four weeks.
JOHN TORTORELLA said last Thursday that Wojtek Wolski had reinjured his groin when he was “accordioned” into the corner boards by an Anaheim player.
Marian Gaborik scored on an odd-man rush and into an empty net in the third period and Derek Stepan had a goal and an assist to help the New York Rangers beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-0 Sunday night. Martin Biron stopped 23 shots for his first shutout in more than two years, improving to 3-0 in his fourth appearance of the season.
Erik Christensen scored one of New York's three first-period goals, and the Rangers overcame a 1-for-9 effort on the power play to hang on for a 5-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.
By Alexander Monaghan
By Resolute (Own work)
The New York Rangers certainly bolstered their blue line today, agreeing to terms with unrestricted free agent Anton Stralman. After not receiving a qualifying offer as a restricted free agent of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Stralman hit the market as a UFA. He then failed to sign with the New Jersey Devils following their preseason...