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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...

Who's In, Who's Out Tonight For the Blue Shirts?

Coach Torts has made it official by revealing D Matt Gilroy will be scratched tonight and will have to watch tonight's season opener. Steve Eminger and Michael Sauer will evidently be together on the 3rd defense pair. Meanwhile Andrew Gross of Rangers Rants fame (via Twitter) says Michael Rozsival is with Marc Staal at the morning skate while MDZ is with Girardi. Up front Tim Kennedy and Todd White will join Gilroy in the press box. The probable lines for the Rangers tonight: Frolov-Christensen-Gaborik Dubinsky-Anisimov-Callahan Fedotenko-Stepan-Avery Boogaard-Boyle-Prust I like the 3rd lines potential to contribute offensively given the undeniable skill of rookie Stepan combi...

Are the Rangers a Playoff Team?

The one question every Rangers fan has pondered since the moment Olli Jokinen’s feeble shootout attempt on April 11, 2010 against the Flyers in a do-or-die game went awry is this: are the Rangers good enough to be a playoff team in 2010 – 2011? We watched the Flyers, who qualified for the postseason as a result of their win in the season’s 82nd game, roll all the way to the Stanley Cup finals. We wondered how we would have done in the playoffs had we been the winner of that play-in game. The goal for this team is to make the playoffs; the question is has this team improved enough to be a playoff team in 2011. Naturally last year’s squad was just one win away from making it. The cl...

Rangers Shootout leads to 5-4 Victory over Senators

New York, NY - For those who wondered if signing Marc Staal to a long term contract was a good deal for the New York Rangers, hopefully their question was answered. As Staal scored with 3:59 remaining in the third period, which eventually led to a Erik Christensen delivering a goal in the shootout frame to lead the New York Rangers to a 5-4 victory over the Ottawa Senators. The Sentators got late third period lead until the Blueshirts roared to a comeback victory. The crucial goal for Staal, which tied the game at 4-4 as the defensemen took a pass from just inside the Ottawa blue line and barged his way into the low slot, it was there that he proceeded to lift the puck to the top left co...

Rangers Impressive in 5-1 Victory over the Red Wings

New York, NY – Even though the Detroit Red Wings were missing their top line, fans of the Blueshirts had to be impressed with the 5-1 effort that the Rangers gave on Wednesday night, in hockey action at Madison Square Garden. As New York was crashing the net, displaying nice passing along with taking whatever shots were open. Also an encouraging sign was a four-on-four goal for New York along with a great defensive effort. Impressive in net was keeper Henrik Lundqvist, who only gave up a deflected goal The Rangers were aggressive, gritty and played with an aggressive style that will surely give them many successful nights at Madison Square Garden. One of the many offensive leaders fo...

My NY Rangers Dream Season

This is the time of year, right before the opening of the NHL’s regular season, when every fan indulges in dreams of Stanley Cup glory. It doesn’t matter how improbable or unrealistic said dream is; we still fantasize how our current roster will defy all of the odds and preseason prognostications and bring Lord Stanley’s chalice home to their fans.

 

As a Rangers’ fan, I realize it will be challenge enough to even qualify for the playoffs much less win a few rounds. I know our roster has too many holes (legit #1 defenseman...

Rangers Comeback Cut Short in Detroit

New York, NY - The good news for Rangers fans in the preseason game against the high powered Detroit Red Wings, was that the Blueshirts were able to come back from a 3-1 Wings lead. The bad news is that the Rangers weren’t able to finish the Wing’s off in a tough 5-3 loss. The Red Wings got off to a quick 2-0 lead in the first period before Sean Avery connected a wrist shot from Todd White at the 8:35 mark to make the score 2-1. Brian Rafalski found the back of the net with a wrist shot to give Detroit the 3-1. The Rangers stormed right back on goals from Erik Christensen and Artem Anisimov to tie the two teams at 3-3. Late third period goals by Detroit helped to propel them to th...