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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...

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...