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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...

THN Published This?

Please allow me to preface this rant with the following; I am not a professional hockey writer like the gentleman I am about to criticize. I don't get paid for expressing my thoughts and/or opinions on the great game. As such, I tend to expect a certain level of rationality from the professional writers even if I may not necessarily agree with their position. I recently read a blog on THN by Ryan Kennedy in which he attempted to explain why a "player" might attempt to engage an "opponent" in a fight after said "opponent" lays a clean hit on "player's" teammate. Here's the more interesting quotes from this piece. -"The concept of fighting after clean hits – particularly big ones ...

PP Woes Killing Rangers Playoff Chances

The Rangers dropped another contest today, their fourth straight overall and 3rd in a row against the Canadiens. The Rangers still occupy the 7th slot in the East but are now just 4 points ahead of both Atlanta and Carolina in the standings. To make matters worse the Hurricanes have 2 games in hand on both the Rangers and Thrashers. A few weeks ago the Blue Shirts were securely holding their postseason spot. Now that spot is in jeopardy. Of course injuries have played a role in the Rangers slide but now just about everyone is back healthy. It appears that the influx of healthy players has disrupted the chemistry some of the forwards demonstrated earlier but that should work itself out. Th...

A Different Take on Staal/Prust Incident

I find it humorous and even insulting that some have called out the New York Rangers Brandon Prust for embellishment after Pittsburgh's Jordan Staal sucker-punched him in the 2nd period of last night's tilt. Prust is one of the toughest guys in the league. He's unafraid to drop the gloves with any player in the league. He's a standup guy and I take him totally at his word. Andrew Gross of Ranger's Rants quoted Prust as saying this,"It was kind of surprising, it happened quick, he caught me on the sweet spot, I got my bell rung," said Prust, who sat out the rest of the second period but played in the third. "It was just more the surprise. I told Rammer (trainer Jim Ramsey) I was ready to g...

Flower Power too much as Rangers fall to Pittsburgh, 4-3

New York, NY- The push for the playoffs have begin for the New York Rangers (29-20-4) so to be able to gain a overtime point over the Pittsburgh Penguins (35-15-4) will only help the Blueshirts in their push. In the end though Pittsburgh keeper Marc-Andre Fleury, was too much as the Rangers fell by the score of 4-3 in the shootout frame in hockey action on Tuesday night. New York got on the board early on a first period goal by Brandon Prust (eight) at the 3:52 mark. Prust tallied a 12 foot snap shot, which was assisted by Wojtek Wolski (15) and Brian Boyle (10) for the 1-0 lead. The Rangers would continue their offensive momentum in the second period as Artem Anisimov (11) recorded a...

Monday Night Delight for Rangers in 2-1 shootout victory over Capitals

New York, NY - The New York Rangers (29-19-3) continue to climb that Eastern Conference mountain with huge points, in spite of missing several key players. The Battling Blueshirts did it again with a 2-1 victory in a shootout over the Washington Capitals (27-14-9) on Monday night. Washington was able to get on the board in the first period of play at the 1:27 mark as Matt Hendricks (7) was able to tip-in a 27 foot shot, which was assisted by Marcus Johansson (6) and Scot Hannan (7) for the early 1-0 lead. After much heartache the Rangers were able to finally tie the game up in thrilling fashion. The Rangers would record their first goal in the third period of play as Marian Gaborik (16...

Addressing Gaborik Trade Rumors

I realize much of this discussion has been initiated by fans frustrated by Gabby's inconsistent season. He has 15 goals in 36 games which is respectable but no so much when you consider 10 of those have come in 3 games. They say goals come in bunches for goal scorers but if you remove those 10 goals Gabby has recorded just 5 markers in his other 33 games. That's not the type of production we expect from our star sniper. Regardless, there may be several factors for Gabby's struggles. He had great chemistry a year ago with Vinny Prospal en route to a 42 goal season last year. Prospal has been hurt all year. Gabby also was injured and missed 14 games with a shoulder and it's possible he just...

Battling Blueshirts Defeat Atlanta 3-2 in a Sensational Shootout

New York, NY - The New York Rangers (28-19-3) defeated the Atlanta Thrashers (23-18-9) by the score of 3-2 in hockey action on Saturday night. As these two teams would battle for position in the Eastern Conference-Rangers currently in seventh place and Atlanta in eighth place The Blueshirts who had to battle through much adversity to earn these two points, coming back twice in one game along with losing several core players throughout the night. In spite of those injuries it was a shootout goal by Mats Zuccarello on a 10 foot wrister that would give the Rangers the victory. Atlanta struck for the first goal on a 12 foot wrister by Nik Antropov (eight), at the 6:47 mark of the first pe...

Rangers Get Swept up by Hurricanes, 4-1

New York, NY - The New York Rangers (27-19-3) were swept away by the offense of the Carolina Hurricanes (23-18-6) by the score of 4-1 in hockey action on Thursday night. The Hurricanes were able to get on the board in the first period of play, at the 5:39 mark when Chad LaRose (10) wristed home the first Carolina goal. Setting up that goal was Jeff Skinner (22) and Tuomo Ruutu (26). Carolina would strike for their second goal of the game on a power play opportunity at the 14:43 mark when Jussi Jokinen (12) would tip-in the puck for the 2-0 lead. Brandon Sutter (eight) was able to backhand the third Carolina goal at the 5:41 mark of the second period of play giving the Hurricanes to mak...

Happy 50th Mess!!!

Today is Mark Messier's 50th birthday. Days like this make me feel old. Mess was my absolute favorite player growing up and the one guy I would have emulated my game after had I had any. He is the reason I am a Rangers fan today. And today my idol is a half-century old. I read an interesting question on TSN today. They wanted to know who the fans thought was the greatest Captain of all time. Messier was a candidate of course. As was Jean Beliveau, Maurice Richard, Steve Yzerman, Joe Sakic and Wayne Gretzky among others. Of course my vote was for Mess. Here's the thing; while he played on tremendously talented teams, I contend he was the straw that stirred the drink. The Great One was ...