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Rangers Continue to Roll

No matter what the game is or who the team is playing, the New York Rangers always seem to find a way to win.

The team did just that last night in a 2-1 shootout win over the Phoenix Coyotes at Madison Square Garden. The Blueshirts probably could have won the game in regulation time if not for the outstanding goaltending from Coyotes’ netminder Mike Smith (31 saves) but since that did not happen, they won in the “skills competition”.

With the win, the Blueshirts improved to 27-9-4 along with picking up their fifth straight win and their 10th victory in their last 11 games. Not bad for a club that no one really knew how good they were going to be prior to the season starting, eh?

The Rangers really are playing to their identity. They work hard every night, they battle, they stick up for each other and because the team is doing all of this, they are finding ways to win hockey games.

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  Tags: derek+stepan, henrik+lundqvist, marian+gaborik, mike+smith, montreal+canadiens, new+york+rangers, ottawa+senators, phoenix+coyotes, radim+vrbata, toronto+maple+leafs

Dynamic Duo

Throughout training camp and preseason, New York Rangers’ head coach Tom Renney had Markus Naslund and Nikolai Zherdev together.

During this time, the two found instant chemistry by being able to find each other on the ice, utilize their speed, jump into open holes and more importantly, create scoring chances.

Two months later, the two players are doing it again and last night’s 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning was a perfect example.

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  Tags: eastern+conference, markus+naslund, mike+smith, new+york+rangers, nikolai+zherdev, steven+stamkos, tampa+bay+lightning, tom+renney

A Fish out of Water

This would be the perfect way to describe Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Mike Smith.

He’s up, he’s down, he’s to the left, he’s to the right, he’s on his belly, he’s on his feet, etc. However, it’s a style that works for Smith and his statistics through the first month and a half of the regular season.

In 14 games, the 26-year-old is 5-4-5 with a 2.35 goals against average, a .932 save percentage (fourth in the league) and 1 shutout.

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What to make of the Tampa Bay Lightning

Not only are the Tampa Bay Lightning not scoring, but they’re also making life difficult for their goaltenders.

Through two games, both of which the Lightning lost by a score of 2-1, the team has scored just two goals and has allowed 80 shots on goal. Yes, they’ve gotten away with it because both Mike Smith and Olaf Kolzig have been unbelievable in the two games but can they make it through a full season like that?

This blogger certainly doesn’t think so.

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  Tags: barry+melrose, martin+st.+louis, mike+smith, olaf+kolzig, steven+stamkos, vincent+lecavalier

Why is this still happening?

The New York Rangers dominated the Tampa Bay Lightning this afternoon in Prague and yet, only won by a score of 2-1, thanks to a late third period power play goal from second year man Brandon Dubinsky.

Is this a continuation from last season? Are the Rangers going to outshoot every team by a two-to-one margin and score just one or two goals? You would figure that after firing 40 shots against the defensively weak Tampa Bay Lightning, they would have more than just two goals. However, the Blueshirts made Lightning netminder Mike Smith look like Patrick Roy and also went 1-6 on the power play.

So I ask, again, why is this still happening?

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