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All About Second Chances For Flyers’ Mason

When looking at the NHL as a whole, it is easy to see that several NHL netminders thrive when given a second chance to prove their worth.

As an example, one can point out the likes of Ray Emery (Chicago Blackhawks), Carey Price (2010-11 with the Montreal Canadiens), Craig Anderson (Ottawa Senators) and so on and so forth. One can probably name several players in this particular category.

With that said, one player who really needs a second chance the most is Philadelphia Flyers' netminder Steve Mason. Mason, who won the Calder Trophy as the league's rooke of the year in the 2008-09 season with the Columbus Blue Jackets, has struggled to find his rookie form and is now looking to do so in the "City of Brotherly Love".

Mason, 24, burst onto the NHL scene in the 2008-09 season and dominated the league. That year, Mason went 33-20-0-7 with a 2.29 GAA, a .916 save percentage and 10 shutouts in leading the Columbus Blue Jackets to their first postseason.

While Mason did not play well in that postseason, the Blue Jackets thought they had their netminder of the future. Unfortunately, the team was wrong.

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More Offense

If the New York Rangers want to have any kind of chance to both get into the postseason and go far in them, they will need a lot more offense.

In Tuesday night's 3-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens, the Blueshirts probably had one of their worst offensive performances. There was no sustained pressure, not enough pucks thrown at Canadiens' netminder Carey Price and not enough flow to their game.

Things will not get any easier tonight as the team takes on the Ottawa Senators in Ottawa without one of their key offensive cogs, Rick Nash. Nash is out with an undisclosed injury and for Rangers' head coach John Tortorella, that means some serious creativity is going to be needed to come up with balanced offensive lines.

For whatever reason, scoring goals on a consistent basis has been a problem for the Rangers over the last few seasons. You can play great defense and get solid goaltending but without scoring goals, it will mean nothing and all go to waste.

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Players Under Pressure This Postseason

Over at RLD Hockey today, I look at five players who wll be under a considerable amount of pressure to step up their games to the next level to help their respective clubs in the playoffs.

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Top 5 Players Under Pressure This Postseason
By Patrick Hoffman

When it comes to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, every single player needs to step up their game in order to try and get their team to the Finals for a chance to win the Cup. With that said, there are five players who will be under more pressure than others to perform when it matters most in this year’s playoffs:

1. Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks
For the last few postseasons, the pressure has always been on Vancouver Canucks’ goaltender Roberto Luongo to perform.

It will be no different this season as the Canucks, the league’s President’s Trophy winner, are the favorites to win the Cup this season. Luongo has not been exactly stellar in the last two postseasons, especially against the Chicago Blackhawks, but did put together a great regular season.

As it turns out, the Canucks will end up facing the Blackhawks in the first round; so hopefully for the Canucks and their fans, their star netminder will be ready to raise his game to the next level.

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Goals A Plenty in Rangers’ 6-3 Win over the Canadiens

This may be hard to believe but the New York Rangers’ have won three straight home games by outscoring their opponents by a 19-6 margin.

The Rangers’ latest victim was the Montreal Canadiens in a 6-3 victory. The team scored five goals in the first period with five different goal scorers in Artem Anisimov, Dan Girardi, Ryan Callahan, Marian Gaborik, and Brian Boyle. Vinny Prospal scored the team’s sixth and final goal in the third period.

With the win, the Rangers hit the 80-point mark and remain four points up on the eighth place Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes, who had a huge OT win over the New York Islanders last night.

For a team that struggles with offense, they certainly know how to beat up on team’s when given the opportunity to do so. Last night, the team took advantage of a Montreal Canadiens’ team that played the night before against the Tampa Bay Lightning and a somewhat tired Carey Price, who was yanked after allowing the fifth Rangers’ goal. It certainly was not Price’s fault as he had no help out there.

The team also got a strong performance from goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who picked up his sixth consecutive 30-win season. With the 30th win, Lundqvist became the first goalie in NHL history to 30 or more games in his first six seasons in the league.

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Big Original Six Matchup on Broadway Tonight

There is nothing like an Original Six mtachup in hockey. There is the history between the two teams, a sense of rivalry, a game of importance and much more.

That will be no different tonight when the New York Rangers take on the Montreal Canadiens tonight at Madison Square Garden in what is a big game for both clubs. The Blueshirts are still seventh in the Eastern Conference with 78 points, just two points up on the eighth place Buffalo Sabres while the Canadiens currently hold down the sixth spot in the conference and are now just three points behind the Northeast Division leading Boston Bruins.

The Rangers have dropped their three previous meetings to the Canadiens so tonight will be important for the Blueshirts to beat the Canadiens. The Rangers come into this game having won four of their last five and having won two straight games on home ice.

The team is obviously playing with a lot of confidence now. They are putting the puck in the net, blocking shots, throwing the body, getting solid goaltending and playing a winning style of hockey.

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Where is the Rangers’ Power Play?

In a 2-0 loss to the Montreal Canadiens yesterday afternoon, it was the power play that lost the game for the New York Rangers.

The Blueshirts had four power play opportunities and were only able to put one shot on Canadiens’ netminder Carey Price. Yes, the Canadiens’ penalty kill was very aggressive and did a terrific job in clogging ...up othe defensive zone but the Rangers need to be heckuva lot more effective with the man advanatge going forward.

The Rangers may not have the most talented group of forwards but they do have guys that can shoot the puck such as Marian Gaborik, Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Callahan, and Artem Anisimov. They also have some talent at the points in Dan Girardi, Michael Del Zotto, Marc Staal and Matt Gilroy who can get pucks to the net.

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Montreal Canadiens Add to Blueshirts Winless Streak

This afternoon’s game between the New York Rangers and Montreal was the perfect example of one team doing almost everything right except winning.

Unfortunately, this description fits the New York Rangers as they lost to the Canadiens this afternoon by a score of 2-0 at the Bell Centre, the third time the Rangers’ have been shutout this season. It was a game in which the Blueshirts were given every opportunity to win a hockey game and pick up two crucial points but they just were not able to finish their chances, something that has been a growing concern over the last four games.

The Rangers got an excellent performance from Martin Biron, who made 27 saves in a losing effort. At the other end, Canadiens’ netminder Carey Price was terrific in making 35 saves for his fifth shutout the season. Price was especially good in the third period when the Blueshirts were pressing for the equalizer.

The back breaker in this game was a late second period goal by former Ranger Scott Gomez. Gomez took an errant shot from the point off the backboards and roofed a shot under the crossbar for a 1-0 Canadiens’ lead. Late in the third with the goaltender pulled, Tomas Plekanec would add an empter netter to seal the Rangers’ fate.

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Henrik Sticks Up For Himself in 3-2 Loss to the Canadiens

A National Hockey League goaltender can only take so much some times.

The perfect example of this is New York Rangers’ goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who threw some punches at Montreal Canadiens’ forward Max Pacioretty after Pacioretty crashed into Lundqvist in the second period. Lundqvist had clearly had enough as he was being bombarded by Canadiens’ shots (38 saves in the hockey game) and players.

Lundqvist’s punches manage to wake up his hockey club but it was too little too late as the Blueshirts fell to the Canadiens by a score of 3-2 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

Rangers’ head coach John Tortorella said the following to Rangers’ web site beat writer Jim Cerny after the game regarding Lundqvist:

Tortorella had no issues with what his goalie did.

“I loved Hank doing that,” said Tortorella. “I loved his emotion.”

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Big Game On Tap for the Blueshirts in Montreal

Coming off a 1-0 shutout over the league leading Vancouver Canucks, expectations are going to be high tonight for the New York Rangers as they get set to take on the Montreal Canadiens in Montreal.

The team’s victory on Thursday night was a great display of terrific goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist, timely goal scoring from Wojtej Wolski, great defensive play and strong penalty killing. If the Blueshirts want to win tonight in front of a loud Montreal crowd, they will once again need those facets of the game to be in full display tonight.

According to Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants (The Record), the line combinations will be as follows:

The Rangers one lineup change from Thursday’s 1-0 win over the Canucks is Kris Newbury, 28, being inserted on the fourth line for right wing Dale Weise, 22. But Newbury, a natural center, will play in the middle with Sean Avery and captain Chris Drury, who moves to right wing. The other combos remain the same: Brandon Dubinsky-Artem Anisimov-Mats Zuccarello, Wojtek Wolski-Derek Stepan-Marian Gaborik, Ruslan Fedotenko-Brian Boyle-Brandon Prust, Marc Staal-Dan Girardi, Steve Eminger-Mike Sauer, Matt Gilroy-Ryan McDonagh.

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Debating the Canadiens’ Goaltending Controversy

From the NHL on TSN panel at TSN.ca:

“You really get the sense that the Montreal Canadiens coaching staff and management really wants Carey Price to be ‘the man,’ said Keith Jones.

While Price was stellar in his rookie season, his statistics have taken a hit over the past two years.  Rumours have also swirled about his conduct off the ice in the hockey-mad city of Montreal, leaving the Canadiens with a very delicate situation on their hands.  TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie believes that the team itself is at least partly to blame for the situation.

“If there has been a criticism of how the Canadiens have handled their goaltenders, it is that they simply won’t give the job to Halak and leave Price on the bench for a little while,” said McKenzie.  “Every time that Halak has lost a game this year, he’s never gotten a start again in the following game.” 

While Halak has unquestionably been the better of the two netminders of late, there are several cases for keeping Price.  For one, the 22-year old is two years younger than Halak.  Also, Price’s pedigree is substantially more impressive.  He was a first-round draft pick by Montreal (fifth overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft) and was named the CHL’s goaltender of the year in 2007.  That same year he backstopped Canada to gold at the IIHF World Junior hockey championship.  In addition he was won the Jack Butterfield Trophy as the AHL’s playoff MVP when the Hamilton Bulldogs captured the Calder Cup in 2007.  The following season he was named to the NHL’s all-rookie team and started the All-Star game last season in Montreal.

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An Interesting Take on Carey Price

From good friend of the blog Scotty Wazz of The Strangest One of All:

You have to wonder what would become of Price if he wasn’t picked where he was picked and if wasn’t as good as he was in juniors. Had he been in a lower-pressure market, would he have developed to a bigger name, albeit in a longer time frame?? We all know that goalies take the longest to develop, so was Price brought up too quickly, even given his success in the lower-levels. Yet, it would have been a catch-22 in most cases, as more often than not, Price would have been selected by a team with a big goaltending issue—hence why they would have picked a goalie so high in the draft.

Now, if we do a what-if and Price was selected fifth overall again, he’d probably would have ended up with Phoenix or Columbus, depending on where the lotto balls fell. Either way, those are two teams who have had goalie issues in the past. Odds are, they could have ruined Price off the bat by throwing him in the fire too quickly, but it doesn’t seem like they would have been in a big rush in order to get him through the system and up to the pros in a time quicker than the speed of light. Odds are they would have developed him better and allowed him to grow. Again—at what point does he get sick of waiting, thinking he’s better than he is and lose confidence for not being called up. It’s a tight-rope walk, nowadays.

Click here for more from a good hockey pal of mine. Do you folks think the Habs would really deal Price away? Is Jaroslav Halak that trustworthy as a starter? I want to hear you Habs’ fans comment on this.

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Habs Questions

I know that many Montreal Canadien fans are angry about the way things went this season. It was their 100th in the league and many pundits and fans alike figured that the team would be contending for the Stanley Cup.

Well, as you all know, that dream came to an end last night when the Boston Bruins completed the sweep against their biggest rival. After the loss, I am wondering about a few things that I would like you folks to comment on:

1) Who is to blame?

2) What happened to netminder Carey Price? What did you think of his gesture to the crowd last night?

3) Will Bob Gainey be with the team next season? If so, in what capacity?

4) Who will coach the Canadiens next season?

5) What can the team do to get better for next season?

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What A Difference a Year Makes

It’s amazing how much things change over the course of a year in the National Hockey League. A perfect example of this would be the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens, who will meet tonight for Game one of the first round in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

About a year ago, these teams met in the first round of the playoffs but compared to this season, the roles were reversed as the Bruins now have the No. 1 seed while the Habs have the No. 8 seed. That’s not the only difference:

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Pressure?

Talk about pressure. You are the starting goaltender for the Montreal Canadiens, a team that has an unbelievable history of producing great netminders such as Georges Vezina, Jacques Plante, Gump Worsley, Ken Dryden and of course, Patrick Roy. This weekend, you are the starting goaltender for the Eastern Conference All-Star team at the Bell Center in Montreal. Not only that, but 16 years ago, Roy was the starting goalie for the Wales Conference at the Montreal Forum and later that same season, won the Stanley Cup.

Do you think that current Canadiens’ and now all-star netminder Carey Price is feeling the pressure? Well, if he is, he’s certainly not showing it as the 21-year-old masked man is having a fine season for Les Canadiens. In 27 games this season, he has 16 wins, a 2.35 goals against average, a .919 save percentage and one shutout. Not bad for someone who has the ghosts of past Canadien teams looking down at him.

Price also went into the break on somewhat of a role as he won three out of his last four games and in those games has a goals against of 2.00, certainly not a bad way to go into the grueling second half of the season, a half that could determine just how far the Habs will be willing to go come spring time. Again, you think Price has a lot of pressure?!

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