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But, the shootout goal by Dan Boyle was reveiewed and determined not to be a good goal, then the Pens score in the next round and the Rangers do not.
Dan Girardi did go the the Rangers dressing room but did return half way through OT.
via the Situation Room blog,
At 9:15 of the second period in the Pittsburgh Penguins/New York Rangers game, the referee informed the Situation Room that Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was prevented from doing his job in the crease. According to Rule 78.5 "Apparent goals shall be disallowed by the Referee when an attacking player has interfered with a goalkeeper in his goal crease." This is not a reviewable play therefore the referee's call on the ice stands - no penalty and no goal New York Rangers.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
The Rangers’ inability to reproduce a consistent work ethic is the most disturbing aspect of their stutter-step 6-6-2 first month.
You can give them somewhat of a pass on their difficulty in making the first pass in their own end to jump-start the attack game.
The extended twin absences of Ryan McDonagh (who, truth be told, was playing at a C grade with the “C” on his chest) and Dan Boyle, compounded by John Moore’s five-game sabbatical that ended on Sunday, has robbed the Rangers of their best puck-movers.
And it is the first pass, the clean breakout that gets the puck as quickly as possible onto the sticks of the forwards, that serves as the foundation of Alain Vigneault’s coaching philosophy. The Rangers not only want to get the puck from Point A to Point B as quickly and efficiently as possible, they must.
This is not a team built to win physical battles. The more games the Blueshirts play, the more evident their lack of size and strength on the boards. They don’t win nearly enough one-on-ones. And with so much time spent chasing the puck in their own end, they then become a dump-and-change team once they finally clear the zone. In and out. One and done.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
The Rangers had better hope this lost weekend represents a bottoming out, because if not, then how low will they go?
One night after a team-wide breakdown in discipline cost them a game in Toronto to a bad Maple Leafs team, the Blueshirts experienced a total eclipse of the heart in Sunday’s 3-1 Garden defeat to an inferior Oilers club that has the NHL’s worst defensive numbers.
“A lot of it was kind of the same as [Saturday]. We were chasing pucks and losing battles,” said Marc Staal, who struggled mightily. “We came out flat and then they just kept coming at us.
“It was unacceptable,” said No. 18. “It was a wake-up call for us.”
Henrik Lundqvist, blameless, disagreed. He said the alarm had rung before.
“It might be our second or third wake-up call,” said The King.
"I felt it right away. I grabbed my neck, I looked [at my glove] and I didn't see anything. I saw a little bit [of blood], but I was like, whew . . . I pushed him over, but he lost his balance too. That's what he told me."
-Dan Girardi who took a skate to the neck and was lucky to avoid a serious injury. More on the Rangers from Steve Zipay of Newsday.
from Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants,
Veteran defenseman Dan Boyle, after his first day of being cleared for contact since breaking his right hand in the season opener Oct. 9 at St. Louis, is not quite ready to make his return to the lineup. Both Boyle and coach Alain Vigneault are targeting sometime “next week,” for Boyle to rejoin the lineup.
The Rangers play back to back games this weekend - Saturday at Toronto and Sunday hosting the Oilers - and then have a mandatory day off on Monday. So it’s not likely Boyle will make it back into the lineup in time for Tuesday’s home game against the Penguins. But if he can practice on Wednesday, Boyle could be back for Thursday’s home game against the Avalanche.
Coach Alain Vigneault confirmed that Derek Stepan would make his season debut at Toronto as he’ll be activated off long-term injured reserve. He’s been out since fracturing his left fibula on Sept. 24.
“I feel good, I feel strong,” Stepan said. “It was good to get back in the mix.”
continued including Tomas Kaberle still skating with the Rangers...
from Craig Custance of ESPN,
Continuing to play without two of their most important players in Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan, the Rangers won again on Wednesday night, improving to 5-1-2 in their last eight games. It's even more impressive considering that depth was one of the uncertainties surrounding this team heading into the season after their offseason losses.
It's hard to imagine many teams surviving without their No. 1 center and No. 1 defenseman, let alone thriving, but New York continues to find a way.
read on for Burnside and LeBrun on Islanders/Ducks and Strang on the Blue Jackets...
from Andrew Gross of The Record,
Cam Talbot started Monday night and the backup goalie is also likely to be in net for one of the Rangers’ back-to-back games this weekend.
But make no mistake, November will be all about Henrik Lundqvist for the Rangers.
The defense corps is decimated right now through injuries to captain Ryan McDonagh, Kevin Klein and Dan Boyle and, an incredibly ill-timed five-game suspension for John Moore.
So the Rangers need their franchise goalie to keep the points coming, probably steal some games as the Rangers are two games into a grueling stretch of 15 in 29 days.
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