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Fortune Shines On Blue Shirts

As of Friday morning I had two obvious topics bouncing around in my head in regards to this blog post. I was either going to be doing the Rangers season in review or a playoff preview. Thanks to Tampa I get to postpone the review and touch on a preview of the upcoming Washington Capitals and New York Rangers series. Before I look at washington, let's recap how the Rangers got into the dance. I wasn't feeling too positive Friday morning. Last Sunday we were able to grind out a hard-fought shootout win over Philadelphia. Ironically, it was nearly a year to the day that Philly knocked us out of the postseason via that same shootout. That win enabled us to remain in control of our destiny. If...

The Morning After: One Fan's Day Following a Horrific Loss

Hey, I'm sure I'm not the only one that's gone through something similar. But for those of you that may not know what I am talking about, please continue reading. Every one of us probably handles it differently when our team loses in embarrassing fashion as the Rangers did last night to the Islanders. Not to take anything away from an Islanders team playing pretty good hockey of late but come on, how can we have just sucked like that in a game with so much importance. As I said earlier, everyone probably handles things a little differently but let me tell you how things work around my abode following a debacle like the one last night. First off, I'm sure my neighbors went to bed with poun...

Another Matt Cooke Incident: Time To Step Up Mario

A great and resilient win today by the Rangers has been overshadowed somewhat by yet another cheap shot by Penguins forward Matt Cooke. (For those of you who haven't seen the hit I will link to it in a bit). In essence, Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh was shooting the puck from the center red line along the boards into the Rangers offensive zone. Cooke skated from center towards an unsuspecting McDonagh. When the rookie defenseman moved slightly and Cooke realized he was going to whiff on contacting McDonagh, Cooke threw his left elbow out and caught McDonagh smack in the chin. The official saw it right away, handed Cooke a 5 minute major penalty and tossed him from the game. I am sick ...

Subban's Questionable Actions In Rangers Win

I’m not going to gloat about Friday’s big 6 – 3 win over Montreal. Okay, I won’t gloat too much. Seriously, it was a big win for the Rangers who happened to catch a Montreal team in the second-half of a back-to-back and in their 3rd game in 4 nights overall. The Canadiens were missing 4 regulars, Hal Gill, Tomas Plekanec, Jeff Halpern and Brent Sopel to injury or illness while scoring forward Mike Cammalleri was under the weather battling the flu. The Rangers caught a tired Montreal team and took advantage of them. The Rangers, by virtue of their position in the standings relative to Montreal’s, was the more desperate team and they played like it in the first period. New York we...

Rangers White Out Flyers

The Rangers have been abysmal at home this year. They are the only team currently in possession of a playoff spot with a sub-.500 mark in their own building. Last week, the Blue Shirts outplayed Tampa at home but lost, 2-1. They then dropped a heart-breaker to Buffalo, a team chasing NY hard in the standings, 3-2. The worst home loss last week was a 3-1 decision to Minnesota; a game in which the Rangers outshot the Wild 41-19 but couldn't take advantage of several glorious chances. Those were hard games to watch as a fan. It was difficult to be mad at the club since they were working hard, creating offensive chances and outplaying their opponents for the most part but coming up short. It ...

Rangers can’t hang in the Wild in 3-1 loss to Minnesota

New York, NY -The New York Rangers (33-29-4) got the offensive momentum early, but couldn’t hang on to the victory in the 3-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild (34-25-6) in hockey action on Thursday night. The Blueshirts could not pick up a win at Madison Square Garden, continuing a disturbing trend. For whatever reason the New York Rangers have not been able to take the energy their fans are giving them, and win games at Madison Square Garden. They are able to pick up emotional victories on the road, but on their own home turf with the Blueshirt faithful behind them there is no such luck. It seemed as if on this night the Rangers were going to pick up a victory, by gaining the early offen...

Penalties cost the Rangers Points in 2-1 loss to Lightning

New York, NY - It would be untimely penalties by the New York Rangers (33-27-4) that would cost them a vital two points, in their 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning (37-18-7) in hockey action on Sunday afternoon. Tampa Bay would spoil the Blueshirt debut for blue liner Brian McCabe. On Kids Day at Madison Square Garden the 18,200 in attendance rocked The Garden early and often. The Rangers were able to get an early power play opportunity. As Eric Brewer was sent to the sin bin at the 1:03 mark for cross checking Ryan Callahan. New York was not able to tally any goals on the extra man advantage and lost momentum of the game all together at the 5:04 mark as Martin St. Louis (24) would s...

Christensen Nets Two as Rangers Blanks Capitals, 6-0

New York, NY - The New York Rangers (33-26-4) were able to pick up a huge two points on the road in their 6-0 victory over the Washington Capitals (32-20-10) in Friday night hockey action. Center Erik Christensen tallied two points to lead the Blueshirts to victory. New York began the night with a Steve Eminger (2) slap shot at the 5:56 mark of the first period for the 1-0 lead. Christensen (7) would then tally his first of the night at the 14:47 mark of that frame to give the Blueshirts the 2-0 lead at the end of the first period. Christensen (eight) would record a wrister at the 4:19 mark of the second period on a power play opportunity for the third Blueshirt goal. The Rangers would...

Sather Must Stick With Patient Approach to Deadline

A Sunday matchup with the rival Flyers once again ended in defeat for the Rangers and only succeeded in amplifying the voices calling for GM Glen Sather to do something. We've known all season we lacked a true playmaking center and with Michael Del Zotto's struggles the need for a true PP QB has increased too. Some of our conference rivals have already been active making deals to improve their rosters and that would seem to add more pressure for Sather to make a move. Yet I would implore Slats to remain patient even in the face of a second consecutive postseason miss. Philadelphia acted first grabbing F Kris Versteeg from Toronto. Boston moved to add C Chris Kelly from Ottawa, finally com...

Recent Slide Nothing New For Rangers

Things are looking a bit grim on Manhattan for the Rangers and their faithful fans. Going 6 games without a win will do that. The recent streak of subpar play has threatened the Blue Shirts tenuous hold on a playoff berth. Unfortunately, this type of losing streak shouldn't be surprising to those of us who follow the Rangers. Then again, maybe it isn't even as unfortunate as it seems. The Rangers have earned a measly 1 out of a possible 12 points in their last 6 contests. Five of those 6 games ended in 1 goal defeats. The sixth game was a 2 - 0 shutout loss to Montreal with the Canadiens potting an empty net goal. In essence, the Rangers have had a chance to win each of the last 6 only to...