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New York Rangers
The Rangers got the better of the Carolina Hurricanes by a score of 4-2 at The Garden tonight. The Blueshirts were led by an unbelievable performance from the newly formed Hagelin-Richards-Gaborik line, resulting in all four Rangers goals and extended puck possession and pressure for the entire game. Let’s get to those bullets…
- 1st period
- The Rangers got off to a strong start, creating chances from multiple areas of the offensive zone.
- The forecheck was another positive facet of the Rangers’ game early. All four lines were able to create pressure in the offensive zone.
- Marian Gaborik started the scoring off early in the first. Dan Girardi sent a point shot wide, and Gabby popped in a beautiful little shot off Cam Ward’s pad. 1-0 Rangers.
- The penalty kill was working in the first period. Marty Biron made several key saves despite a somewhat boneheaded move to try and clear the zone up the middle. Ruslan Fedetenko made a great save to bail him out of that one.
- Oh that Jeff Skinner, you can’t take your eye off him for a second.
- It was very clear early on that the aforementioned Hagelin-Richards-Gaborik line was the best unit on the ice. Hagelin was absolutely flying in the first.
- 2nd period
- The second started off a little slow, but that wouldn’t last long. During the lull I remember thinking that John Mitchell is a pretty strong puck handler, but he always seems to try to make that one extra move or hold the puck one second too long.
- Martin Biron made an enormous save on Brandon Sutter to keep the game 1-0.
- The Rangers would extend the lead to 2-0 on a Brad Richards top shelf snipe. The Rangers had a strong forecheck and forced the Carolina defender to deflect the puck on goal. Cam Ward was clearly surprised by the play and lost his stick in the scramble. He tried to reset himself as Richards took a sneaky little shot through the defender and up where grandma hides the cookies. 2-0 Rangers.
- The (this line really needs a nickname) Richard’s line struck again with an unbelievable play by Carl Hagelin leading to another Brad Richard’s goal. He shielded the puck with his body before sliding a beautiful reverse pass to find Richards all alone in the slot. He carried the puck to the center for a better angle and fired another beauty into the top shelf. Ridiculously patient play by Richards. 3-0 Rangers.
- The Rangers would be stung by a couple of unfortunate deflections later in the period. The first Carolina goal was scored on the powerplay on a call I wasn’t a huge fan of. Mats Zuccarello was called for tripping when the reply showed he didn’t make nearly enough contact to justify a penalty, but whatever, it is what it is. 3-1 Rangers.
- Carolina would strike again :32 seconds later on a broken odd-man rush. The attempted shot slid right onto the stick of Drayson (I don’t think that’s a real first name) Bowman, who fired the puck past Biron. 3-2 Rangers.
- Cam Ward made several key saves at the end of the 2nd period to keep this one 3-2 going into the second intermission.
- 3rd period
- The third period started off with a symphony of iron. First, Eric Staal hit the post on a shorthanded chance. Then Mats Zuccarello hit iron on a Rangers’ powerplay, and Marian Gaborik hit the post on a laser shortly after the powerplay expired.
- The games really started to open up in the third period. Odd man rushes were common place and both teams exchanged chances. I would imagine this did not sit too well with Torts.
- Carl Hagelin would finally get the goal he deserved with seven minutes left to play. He made a nice little pass to Gaborik for a quality chance before getting the puck back behind the net. Tim Gleason cheated for the pass and Hagelin was able to walk right around Cam Ward for a much needed insurance goal. 4-2 Rangers.
- The ‘Canes pulled Ward with about 2 minutes left, but to no avail. The Blueshirts would hold on the win despite being without Lundqvist, Callahan and Del Zotto.
- I thought Cam Ward played well despite his statistical line. He had some trouble with rebounds, but was incredibly frustrating as Carolina clawed their way back. I think he’s going to get serious consideration for the Canadian Olympic team in 2014 (assuming NHL players play that is).
- Marty Biron rebounded nicely from some subpar outings recently and gave the Rangers exactly the kind of performance they needed. He made some big saves early and I wouldn’t put much if any blame on him for the two Carolina goals. Bad bounces.
- Just how good was the top line tonight? Gaborik: 1g, 2a, +4, 6 SOG. Richards: 2g, 1a, +3, 4 SOG. Hagelin: 1g, 2a, +4, 5 SOG. Dominant.
- The defense was very good overall tonight. There were times where it looked like Carolina would be able to create a chance and the whole zone would close in on them. Staal played big against his brother.
- If Tort’s decides to keep this line together, it will be interesting to see how the rest of the lines begin to take shape. Would you like to see a Dubinsky-Stepan-Callahan line? Anisimov-Stepan-Cally?
- Magic number is now just 4 pts for a playoff spot. The difference a year makes.
Off tomorrow, then the big showdown with Sidney Crosby and the Penguins on Thursday. Even if the Pens win, they will still be down 4 points with just 12 games to go, but wouldn’t an 8 point lead look nice?
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Free agent acquisition Brad Richards hasn't exactly had the season most of us expected him to. Do not translate that to mean he hasn't played well, though, because that hasn't been the case. After all, Richards has 21 goals and 50 points in 68 games played so far with the Rangers. I've always said that any player who can reach the 20-goal mark has a skill set in one...
Blueshirts United has these quotes from the Rangers new top line on their play last night...Brad Richards...We found each other tonight. (Gaborik and Hagelin) skate so good so if I can get just a little time with the puck I can throw it into areas and they jump on it, just like tonight. It forces me to play with pace, and I have to keep up with them.Marian Gaborik...It's a lot...
The New York Rangers held practice earlier today at their practice facility following last night's 4-3 overtime win against the Islanders, and according to Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants, neither captain Ryan Callahan (bruised foot) nor defenseman Michael Del Zotto (hip) participated. Neither suited up for Sunday's tilt with the Isles, either, so it's looking like they...
… if Brad Richards is starting to heat up, wow, what a great time for it to happen. As I said before, he looked possessed tonight. The Richards/Gaborik/Hagelin line could be something special if they start clicking now. Against the Isles they looked AMAZING.
… the display by Brad Richards was well deserving of the broadway hat. Keep that play coming Brad!
Dave Lozo at NHL.com reports that the Rangers players are excited about their unusual seven game homestand.Brad Richards..."To be honest, we don't usually like playing that many in a row at home because sometimes it'll get monotonous. But I think the way the schedule worked out with the amount of travel at the start of the year and the three games we lost, it's...
NEW YORK (AP) -- Brad Richards scored twice and Martin Biron, a last-minute replacement for Henrik Lundqvist, made 27 saves as the New York Rangers beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 on Tuesday.
New York's top line had a stellar night. Marian Gaborik also scored and Carl Hagelin had a goal and assisted on both of Richards' goals as they combined for four goals and nine points...
The Rangers report that neither Ryan Callahan (foot) nor Michael Del Zotto (hip) participated in this morning's practice....well that's not good. With them not practicing today, I'd be shocked if either one of them was in the line-up tomorrow vs. Carolina.Meanwhile, John Tortorella believes Mats Zuccarello will be back in the line-up tomorrow night, adding this about...
Bergen Record - Rangers top Hurricanes, 4-2, behind Brad Richards' two goalsNew York Post - Rangers beat Hurricanes 4-2Daily News - Rangers quiet 'Canes sans LundqvistNew York Times - Though Not at Their Best, Rangers Find a Way to WinNewsday - Biron, Richards, Hagelin steady the RangersRemember to follow me on Twitter & Facebook or e-mail me at ...
Good morning Thursday people. Apparently this is the morning where you’ve woken up to the biggest game of the season. Some media darling is skating into the garden today, he’s quite good apparently. Whatever.
Here’s a statistic for you: (I bragged about it earlier this year when I was in New York with Dave, the Suit and co.) Sidney Crosby is winless in Penguins games that I...
Brad Richards scored twice and Martin Biron, a last-minute replacement for Henrik Lundqvist, made 27 saves as the New York Rangers beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 on Tuesday.
New York's top line had a stellar night. Marian Gaborik also scored and Carl Hagelin had a goal and assisted on both of Richards' goals as they combined for four goals and nine points.
After Marian Gaborik scored his game winner in overtime against the Islanders last night he busted out his best Gene Simmons impression...Remember to follow me on Twitter & Facebook or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Tortorella talks the growing chemistry between Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards, the surprisingly strong play of rookie Stu Bickel, the solid game put forth by Mats Zuccarello on Sunday, and much more...
Ryan McDonagh, Henrik Lundqvist, Marc Staal, and Brad Richards were available to share their thoughts on a variety of topics Monday after practice...
For Mats Zuccarello...
By Bruce Berlet
When it comes to feel-good stories in the NHL this season, you’d be hard-pressed to find one better than New York Rangers defenseman Stu Bickel, who began the season playing on Asylum Street in Hartford.
Though Bickel will never be confused with elusive Hall of Famers Bobby Orr or Cheshire-bred Brian Leetch, he has proven to be one of the NHL’s all-time steals...
Standings: Penguins (26-28-15), Rangers (44-18-7)
NYR Leading Scorer: Marian Gaborik (34-30-64)
PIT Leading Scorer: Evgeni Malkin (38-46-84)
NYR Goaltender: Martin Biron (17 GS, 2.23 GAA, .910 SV%)
PIT Goaltender: Marc Andre-Fleury (54 GS, 2.26 GAA, .940 SV%)
Rangers Lines (probable):
Carl Hagelin-Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik
Artem Anisimov-Derek Stepan-Brandon Dubinsky