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New York Rangers
This, as expected, was a relatively boring game. The Predators ran their 1-2-2/1-4 trap to perfection, but the Rangers were able to adjust to a dump and chase and generate some goals off board play. In the end, it was a grind it out game that had the Rangers emerge victorious, with another shutout for Henrik Lundqvist. This was a very important win for the Rangers who had lost two of three. On to the bullet points:
- Zzzzzzzzzz….wait…the game is over?
- Carl Hagelin was rewarded for past play by playing on the top line with Derek Stepan and Marian Gaborik, and he in turn rewarded John Tortorella for his confidence. Hagelin had another strong game where he notched an assist.
- It’s amazing how much difference having Brandon Dubinsky and Ruslan Fedotenko in the lineup has. The Rangers were much stronger in their own zone tonight, and those two players in the lineup make a huge difference.
- Face off percentage, meet regression to the mean. Regression to the mean, meet face off percentage.
- As we mentioned in the pregame thread, the Predators played their 1-2-2 and 1-4 to perfection. The Rangers adjusted, and just outworked them along the boards. That is solid coaching with solid execution.
- How about that John Mitchell? He sure is earning his ice time. That was a good shot that Anders Lindback robbed him in the second, but then he followed that up with a nice curl back and a goal about three minutes later.
- When your big guns aren’t scoring, you need secondary and tertiary scoring. The Rangers got that tonight.
- Still wondering where Brad Richards is. Maybe Olivia Munn can give him a pity “date” so he can find his mojo?
- Dan Girardi with a lucky goal, but hey, I’d rather be lucky than good. In Girardi’s case, he was both tonight.
- There wasn’t much to really say about the rest of the Rangers defense, there wasn’t much to really notice. Which leads to the next point…
- The Rangers played a pretty good defensive game tonight, but they were definitely helped by the relative ineptitude of the Preds offensively. Not having Ryan Suter helped them too.
- It’s tough to say that the last two games played by Henrik Lundqvist were weak games, but the fact is they were not in line with his normal games. Tonight was Hank being Hank. He was solid again, and made a string of saves in the second period that preserved the Rangers lead.
- That was one bad call against Marian Gaborik on that double minor. Andrei Kostitsyn high sticks Mike Fisher, but Gaborik got the four minutes. Poor call, but tough to really tell.
- There were a lot of icings on both sides. Such is the life of a trapping team, the Rangers long outlet passes worked sometimes, but resulted in icings other times.
- The Predators, as we mentioned, are a team that win with various methods. But without Pekka Rinne and Ryan Suter, they were going to have trouble against a top-three team in the league.
- If the Predators can manage to get one Suter/Shea Weber under contract, and deal the other for a killer package of offensive players, then they can be pretty good for years to come.
- Anders Lindback had a nice game tonight. He had two goals against that were relatively flukey/screeny, but it is what it is. He played well.
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Yesterday, I posted that Henrik Lundqvist will be launching a clothing line called the "Crown Collection." Here's a preview of one of the items which will be unveiled January 19th...Proceeds from the sale will go to the Garden of Dreams Foundation....that hat is pretty sweet. Can't wait to see the rest of the collection.Remember to follow me on Twitter & Facebook...
Henrik Lundqvist tweets out the logo of his crown collection which will benefit Garden of Dreams......assuming this is going to be a clothing line. And if so, with Hank involved you know it's going to be hot. Also great that sales will benefit Garden of Dreams....Hank truly is "The Most Interesting Man in the World."Remember to follow me on Twitter & Facebook or...
Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves for his fourth shutout of the season, and the New York Rangers stayed atop the NHL standings with a 3-0 victory over Nashville that stopped the Predators' winning streak at five games on Tuesday night.
Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves for his fourth shutout of the
season, and the New York Rangers stayed atop the NHL standings with
a 3-0 victory over visiting Nashville that stopped the Predators'
After Henrik Lundqvist and his teammates bounced back from a modest slump by shutting out the Nashville Predators, New York Rangers owner James Dolan decided to say what's been on his mind for a while: his club is Stanley Cup title material. "I think we're pretty close to getting that back," Dolan said after the Rangers beat Nashville 3-0 Tuesday night.
No. 1 Star: Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
With no Ryan Suter and no Pekka Rinne, the Nashville Predators weren't quite themselves, falling 3-0 on goals by Dan Girardi, John Mitchell, and Ryan Callahan. That said, it might not have mattered on this night. Lundqvist was unbeatable, making 27 saves for his fourth shutout of the season.
No. 2 Star: Ilya Kovalchuk, New Jersey...
Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves for his fourth shutout of the season, and the New York Rangers stayed atop the NHL standings with a 3-0 victory over Nashville that stopped the Predators' winning streak at five games on Tuesday.
The Nashville Predators visited Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night in the second game of back-to-back contests, losing to the New York Rangers 3-0. The loss ended Nashville’s five-game winning streak.
Henrik Lundqvist picked up the his third shutout of the season for the League-leading Rangers, stopping all 27 shots on goal from Nashville.
Anders Linback picked up the loss...
... though not nearly as entertaining:
NEW YORK (AP) -- Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves for his fourth shutout of the season, and the Rangers stayed atop the NHL standings with a 3-0 victory over Nashville that stopped the Predators' winning streak at five games on Tuesday night.
Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves for his fourth shutout of the season, and the New York Rangers stayed atop the NHL standings with a 3-0 victory over Nashville on Tuesday night. The Predators had won five straight games and eight of 10. John Mitchell scored midway through the second period, and defenseman Dan Girardi had a goal in the first.
The Nashville Predators headed into New York to play the Rangers, who have the best record in hockey, without two members of their "big three" and the result was somewhat predictable. The Predators five game winning streak was snapped in a 3-0 loss.Henrik Lundqvist put on a perfect performance, stopping all 27 Predator shots. Dan Girardi, John Mitchell, and Ryan Callahan...
Had some technical difficulties with my story, and with my recorder.
So all I’ve got in the way of post-game audio is a short Dan Girardi/Henrik Lundqvist interview and the John Tortorella presser.
Dan Girardi/Henrik Lundqvist:
There is no clear leader in the NHL standings at this point in the season. Two teams have 60 points each to tie for the lead. Given that the New York Rangers have 43 games played and Chicago has 46 games played in that tie, the Rangers are first overall in the league.
The New York Rangers were not considered a serious candidate to be first overall in the NHL. After all last...
We had a major outage of all of our LoHud blogs last night, as I’m sure you are all aware. So apologies all around. Just glad it wasn’t my fault. I worried that maybe I pushed a wrong button or something, you know, being the techno wizard that I am.
Anyway, here are the belated pre-game notes, courtesy of the Rangers:
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