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Rangers Can't Overcome the Storm As Hurricanes Prevail

Sometimes being a fan sucks. Instead of just enjoying an exciting, hard-fought game I end up angry because my team lost. That's what happened last night as the Rangers dropped a 4 - 3 decision to the Carolina Hurricanes. Sometimes I think it would be easier if I didn't care so much. The fact of the matter is the Rangers and Canes played a highly competitive, back-and-forth game that had a little of everything; bad-bounces, bunting for goals, tremendous skill, 18 year-olds making key plays and plenty of hitting. Here are some of my impressions from last night's contest: The first line of Cally, Dubi and AA is on fire. Through 9 games, this line has combined for 11 goals and 26 points...

Rangers Can’t Contain the Hurricanes in 4-3 loss

New York, NY - Eric Cole scored the go-ahead goal on a power play with 3:59 left to give the Carolina Hurricanes (5-4-0) the 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers (4-4-1) in hockey action on Friday night. Also contributing was Hurricanes first-round draft pick Jeff Skinner who had his first two-goal game. Also netting a goal was Tuomo Ruutu, while Cam Ward made 40 saves in net for Carolina. For the Rangers Ryan Callahan, Marc Stall and Brandon Dubinsky all netted goals while Henrik Lundqvist made 34 saves for New York who is 1-3-1 at home. Ruutu was able to connect on a power play goal at the 15:29 mark of the first period, hammering home a rebounded shot of Anton Babchuk point shot. ...

Rangers Winning Streak Snapped in 6-4 loss to Atlanta

New York, NY - The New York Rangers (4-3-1) could not complete a comeback in Wednesday night hockey in a 6-4 loss to the Atlanta Thrashers (4-4-1) in hockey action at Madison Square Garden. Things started out well for New York as Ryan Callahan pounded in a wrist shot at the 0:36 mark of the first period to give the Rangers the 1-0 lead. Atlanta responded with a goal of their won at the 11:28 mark as Bryan Little came up big with a sweet puck handling move at the 11:28 mark. The Rangers completely fell apart during parts of the second and third period and gave the Thrashers not only the shooting advantage but the advantage on the scoreboard as Niclas Bergfors, Eric Boulton and Dustin By...

Rangers Gut Out 2nd Win In A Row

Remeber that winning blueprint I was telling you about? Well the Rangers sure did. Just like Thursday, the Rangers came out Saturday and got two early goals agains the Boston Bruins, matched the opponents physicality, and held on for a 3 - 2 win. One word to describe the Rangers effort would be "gutsy." It definitely wasn't a pretty performance but any time the Rangers can win a game on the road against a surperior team they'll take it. It was a physical contest featuring 3 scraps (all in the 1st period), 61 hits (NYR - 28, Bos - 33), and 34 blocked shots (NYR - 16, Bos - 18). Boston seemed to initiate much of the physicality but the Rangers wouldn't back down. Sean Avery played more l...

Rangers Find Winning Blueprint

On Thursday night the Rangers put forth the type of effort they'll need more of in order to remain in contention until the return of several key players. The Blue Shirts avenged an earlier OT loss to the Maple Leafs with a solid effort in downing Toronto 2 - 1. New York showed a better commitment to team defense and blocked 30 Leaf shots. They were led by Michael Del Zotto (7), Marc Staal (6) and Dan Girardi (5). The Rangers also did a terrific job of stepping up in the neutral zone and not allowing the Leafs to gain entry into Blue Shirts territory with speed. That was a huge problem the first time these clubs met up. The Rangers dominated the first period outshooting the Leafs 15 to...

New York Can’t Contain the Colorado Third Period Flurry, lose 3-1

New York, NY - The New York Rangers (1-2-1) could not contain a third period scoring flurry, as the Avalanche (4-2-0) defeated the Rangers by the score of 3-1 in hockey action on Monday night. For Colorado they were able to obtain key Metropolitan area victories over New York and New Jersey. Chris Stewart scored twice for the Avalanche while Daniel Winnik added one goal to lead Colorado to the victory. Craig Anderson made 31 saves in net for Colorado. The Rangers actually tied the game early in the first period and had some momentum on their side. It was a goal from Alexander Frolov who connected on a wrist shot at the 18:09 mark with the assist from Derek Stephan. In net for New York...

Early Season Adversity Confronts Blue Shirts

It was a game to forget for the Rangers and their fans Friday night as the Blue Shirts dropped their home opener to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Not only did the team get severely outplayed by the Leafs but 2 of their key forwards (Marian Gaborik and Chris Drury) were forced to leave due to injury. At the end of the evening the Rangers were lucky to even come away with a point but somehow they did. After opening with a ceremony commemorating the start of their 85th season, the Rangers struck first when a weak wrist shot by Michael Rozsival sneaked through several players and by Leafs’ goalie Jean-Sebastian Giguere. The Rangers were outshot 16 – 7 in the opening period yet were still a...

Rangers lose game and suffer key injuries in 4-3 overtime decision to Toronto

New York, NY- The New York Rangers (1-1-1) came roaring back but could not defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs (4-0) falling 4-3 in overtime on Friday night in the team’s home opener at Madison Square Garden. Not only did the Blueshirts lose the game but they also lost right winger Marian Gaborik and team captain Chris Drury to injury. New York who had a solid first period taking an early 1-0 lead as Michal Rozsival connected from Sean Avery and Ruslan Fedotenko at the 7:58 mark. It was a sluggish second period that cost the Blueshirts as Toronto struck for three goals from Clarke MacArthur, Mike Komisarek and Phil Kessel. The Rangers though made a roaring comeback in the third period as ...

Rangers Fall To Isles in Monday Matinee

Why in the world is the NHL scheduling a Monday matinee game between the Islanders and the Rangers? I realize it’s Columbus Day but does anyone besides government employees get that day off? I know I don’t which is why I can only report on the game with my impressions of the box score today. The Islanders overcame a late, 1-goal deficit Monday to down the Rangers 6 – 4 at Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders were the beneficiaries of a late 2-man advantage and former Ranger P.A. Parenteau knotted the contest at 4 apiece on a PP goal with just 4:24 remaining. Blake Comeau scored another PP goal, his second goal of the game, during the second portion of the same PP. Frans Nielsen added a...

Rangers Rookie Stepan Studly In Debut

If the season was only one night then I suppose you could crown the Rangers champions today after last night’s 6 – 3 thrashing of the Buffalo Sabres in the Sabres home opener. Of course last night was just game 1 of 82 so there is a lot of hockey left to be played before awarding the Rangers anything. How impressive was Derek Stepan last night? The 20 year-old rookie became just the 4th NHL’er to record a hat trick in his NHL debut. The last to do it was the Stars’ Fabian Brunnstrom. But I must point out Brunnstrom had a year of professional hockey in the Swedish Elite League under his belt before making his NHL debut. Stepan is fresh off completing his sophomore season at the Uni...