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Finally! Martin St. Louis Gets One as the New York Rangers Cut Down the Canucks 3-1
April 2nd, 2014 at 4:04 AM
When Martin St. Louis was acquired in the March 5th blockbuster that sent Ryan Callahan to Tampa, no one in their wildest dreams -- especially the winger himself -- could've possibly foretold it would that the Rangers' newest offensive weapon 15 games to find the back of the net for...

New York Rangers Spank the Franchise Formerly Known as the Edmonton Oilers 5-0
March 31st, 2014 at 3:09 AM
Do you really still get two points for beating Edmonton these days? The New York Rangers flattened the once-proud Oilers by a count of 5-0, in a game that could best be described as "no contest." Rick Nash had two goals, and several bids at what could've been his first hat...

New York Rangers Prepare for Showdown with Philly Without Chris Kreider
March 26th, 2014 at 1:44 PM
The New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers hook up tonight at the Garden for what is looking more and more like it could be a playoff preview. The Rangers have the Metropolitan Division's second seed with 84 points, and Philly sits just one point back in third, three ahead of...

New York Rangers Come Out Flat, Storm Back in Dramatic Fashion to Topple Coyotes 4-3
March 24th, 2014 at 11:55 PM
It was a tale of two halves as the New York Rangers took down the Phoenix Coyotes 4-3 in overtime. Halve number one, or more specifically, period one, belonged to Phoenix, as they built a 2-0 lead before the opening frame was nine minutes old. But, from that point on,...

A Look at the New York Rangers’ Improved Playoff Prospects; Martin St. Louis and Derek Stepan Have the Flu
March 24th, 2014 at 3:42 PM
Six teams for four spots. That's the scenario currently staring the New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Washington Capitals, Detroit Red Wings, and Toronto Maple Leafs in the face. Now having won three in a row, the Blueshirts find themselves in significantly better shape than they were in before...

Payback’s a B–Well, You Know the Rest: Brassard, Nash, Key New York Rangers in Important Triumph Over Columbus
March 22nd, 2014 at 12:08 PM
Make no mistake, this was a playoff game. The New York Rangers defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 Friday night, in a game with major playoff implications for both clubs. Derick Brassard notched the game winner against his former team midway through the third, and Henrik Lundqvist held the fort late,...

New York Rangers Get No Help Thursday, Take on Columbus Tonight
March 21st, 2014 at 5:12 PM
While the world was watching March Madness, hockey continued on last night as scheduled, and the results were not what the New York Rangers were hoping for. The Flyers, Jackets, Capitals, and Red Wings -- AKA the four teams that pose the most immediate threat to the Blueshirts' playoff hopes --...

Strength of Schedule, or Lack Thereof, Favors the New York Rangers Down the Stretch
March 18th, 2014 at 5:21 PM
Of the 13 games left on the New York Rangers' schedule, just five are against teams that are currently in or near playoff position. They'll see Columbus and Philadelphia once, in a pair of games that will essentially count double, Phoenix, Colorado, and Montreal in the season finale. The remaining eight...

New York Rangers Pepper the Net, Come up Short Anyway Against San Jose
March 16th, 2014 at 9:41 PM
The New York Rangers played well in a 1-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately, Antti Niemi was better. The Sharks tender turned aside 41 shots--many of them point blank chances--and Logan Couture converted a shorthanded breakaway in the first as the Blueshirts were blanked at the Garden. "At...

A Look at the Playoff Race, and the Hope That History Doesn’t Repeat Itself for the New York Rangers Against San Jose
March 16th, 2014 at 1:38 PM
The last time the New York Rangers and San Jose Sharks met, it was a disaster of epic proportions for the visitors. Rick Nash was concussed, Tomas Hertl retired Martin Biron, and the Blueshirts limped out of San Jose on the wrong end of a 9-2 whooping. But, that was in October, and...

New York Rangers Head to Winnipeg in Search of Offense…and a Win
March 14th, 2014 at 4:53 PM
The New York Rangers enter tonight's matchup with the Winnipeg Jets losers of 5 of 8 since the Olympic break, and with a tenuous 1-point lead over Philadelphia for the final playoff birth in the Metropolitan Division. At least it isn't difficult to figure out what the problem has been. With...

Alain Vigneault Mulling Line Changes as the New York Rangers Prepare to Face the Wild
March 13th, 2014 at 5:53 PM
When the New York Rangers (35-27-4, 74 points) visit the Minnesota Wild (34-22-9, 77 points) tonight, there will be two lineup changes for the Blueshirts: Cam Talbot will likely spell Henrik Lundqvist and get his first start in over two weeks, and Dan Carcillo will reclaim his spot on the...

New York Rangers Hit Snooze Button, Fall to Carolina 3-1
March 11th, 2014 at 11:33 PM
The good news? It's only one game. The bad news? Everything else. Flat from the start, the New York Rangers dropped a should-win against the Carolina Hurricanes, a team all but eliminated from the playoff hunt, 3-1. Kevin Klein provided the lone highlight of the game for the Blueshirts, notching his...

New York Rangers Enter Break on a High Note, Slip Past Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3
February 8th, 2014 at 12:46 PM
***PHOTO1***The Rangers followed up one of their most disappointing losses of the season with one of their most impressive wins, beating the Penguins on the road 4-3 in a shootout. Benoit Pouliot had two, Dan Girardi one plus a litany of blocks, and Brad Richards notched the shootout winner.  If they played...

The Classic Trap Game: New York Rangers Fall to Oilers 2-1, Take on Pittsburgh Tonight
February 7th, 2014 at 12:10 PM
***PHOTO1***Chalk this one up to "live and learn." The Rangers came out flat against an inferior opponent, played a sloppy first, and were never able to fully seize control of the game in falling 2-1 to the downtrodden Oilers. Some notes on the performance: -Edmonton is a talented--but bad--hockey team. When dealing...

Rangers Host Oilers Tonight in Last Game Before the Ryan Callahan “Deadline”
February 6th, 2014 at 4:05 PM
***PHOTO1***The New York Rangers enter tonight's matchup with the Oilers playing perhaps their best hockey of the year. The Blueshirts are on a season-best 4-game winning streak that's seen them massacre opponents by a cumulative score of 18-6. With 65 points, and a 15-5-1 mark their last 21, the Rangers are officially...

New York Rangers Blitz Islanders Late, Put Their Rivals Playoff Hopes on Life Support with 4-1 Victory
February 1st, 2014 at 10:00 AM
***PHOTO1***It was a lot closer than the typical 4-1 game, but it counts all the same.  After being outplayed for the majority of the first two periods, the New York Rangers took control in the third and struck for three unanswered goals--the last one an empty netter--to secure a 4-1 win...

New York Rangers Squeeze by Islanders 2-1, Sweep Frigid Stadium Series
January 30th, 2014 at 9:30 AM
***PHOTO1***Dean Martin once crooned "Baby, it's cold outside," and none of the 50,000+ that were on hand at Yankee Stadium would be inclined to disagree. The New York Rangers dispatched the New York Islanders 2-1 with temperatures hovering in the teens, and a wind chill factor making it feel like single digits at...

New York Rangers and New York Islanders All Set to Take the “Battle of New York” Outdoors
January 29th, 2014 at 3:16 PM
***PHOTO1***The "New York" part of the title phrase is perhaps a bit liberal, but when the Rangers and Islanders get together, it is always a battle. When they take it outside tonight under the lights in Yankee Stadium, it doesn't figure to be any different. While part one of the Stadium...

New York Rangers Victorious in “Let’s Take This Outside” Part 1; Need to Raise Their Level of Play Within the Division
January 27th, 2014 at 3:07 PM
***PHOTO1***The Rangers scored an impressive 7-3 victory over the Devils yesterday in the first of two games they'll play in the big ballpark in the Bronx, but the win serves to illuminate an ongoing issue for the Blueshirts: Winning--or more specifically their failure to win--within their own division.   The Stadium...