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Rangers’ Defense Is Hurting

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Ryan McDonagh, the team’s most indispensable player other than Henrik Lundqvist, is going to be out for an extended period of time after suffering a separated shoulder going into the rear wall on a tough but clean Evander Kane check at 11:46 of the first period.

It’s the same shoulder McDonagh injured last year on the Alexandre Burrows hit in Vancouver on April 1 that sidelined the defenseman for the final five games of the regular season and probably would have kept him out longer at another time of the year.

Meanwhile, Kevin Klein already had left the game at the 3:12 mark of the first, suffering from the after-effects of blocking a Jacob Trouba shot just 38 seconds into the match. Klein, whose ailment initially has been diagnosed as a “foot contusion,” will undergo an MRI exam on Sunday. So will McDonagh.

But with the Blueshirts already playing without Dan Boyle, who sustained a broken hand in the season opener, and John Moore, who has four games remaining on his suspension for Monday’s head shot against Erik Haula, the Blueshirts’ blue line hasn’t looked thinner since the bad old days of Roman Ndur and Chris Tamer.

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Video- Ryan McDonagh Appears To Have Injured His Shoulder On Hit From Evander Kane

added 8:23pm,

 

 

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John Moore Should Have Received A Few More Games

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Given Moore’s history, the five-game sentence is probably light by a few games. But a sentence of six games or more would qualify for an appeal to an independent arbiter. And a reduction of the suspension — which would surely be possible, if not likely, given precedent — would not exactly prove a ringing endorsement of Quintal in his first ruling after being named this summer as Brendan Shanahan’s successor as VP of the Department of Player Safety.

The NHL now has dealt with Moore twice in the last five months. That’s the stuff of Chris Simon and the some of the most notorious miscreants in NHL history. That’s the stuff of Chris (Mr. Justice) Pronger, who was suspended twice for a pair of headshots delivered within a five-game span of the 2007 playoffs.

Moore’s inexcusable lack of discipline is costing him and the Rangers, and what else is new? The 23-year-old has been among the team’s most disappointing players thus far. A tease with obvious talent who cannot seem to connect the dots from his skates to his hands to his heart to his head.

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Video- John Moore Suspened Five Games

The NHL announced John Moore has been suspended for five games.

Patrick Burke with the explanation. Note, videos from NHL.com are loading slow for me just in case you experience the same issue.

added 5:23pm, Using the YouTube video now.

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How Many Games Should John Moore Get?

John Moore received a two game suspension for this hit during the playoffs last season.

Watch below and also the hit again from last night...

added 12:34pm,

 

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Morning Line- Mats Zuccarello

“That’s the way we should play here at home: Don’t be afraid, and balls out. Sorry for the language, but I mean that’s when we’re one of the best teams in the league, when we play like that.”

-Mats Zuccarello of the New York Rangers after defeating the Minnesota Wild in come from behind fashion.

Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News has the game recap and post-game reaction.

If you missed the game, watch the highlights below...

thanks to Shnarped for the pointer on the quote

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Video- Dangerous Hit From Chris Kreider On Jonas Brodin

from Michael Russo of Russo Rants,

Chris Kreider got booted after he sent Brodin flying face-first into the yellow dasher between the ice and the end boards. In the waning seconds of the first period, Brodin stopped short in front of Kreider at the goal line, but the big Rangers forward dangerously shoved Brodin on the top of the numbers and downward five feet from the end boards.

Brodin after the game said it was a hand injury and one of his fingers was wrapped and swollen.

more on the stunning loss to the Rangers...

 

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Rick Nash Is Scoring Goals Again

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Six games into the new season, Nash is leading the NHL with seven goals. The Big Easy is finding open spaces and driving to the net, much as he did throughout his first nine seasons in Columbus and his first season in New York, the lockout-truncated 2012-13 in which he recorded 21 goals in 44 games.

Last year, Nash’s game changed after sustaining a concussion in the season’s third game, his second concussion within 10 months. He admitted to The Post during training camp he didn’t feel comfortable putting himself in certain situations after returning to the lineup following a 17-game absence.

Still, Nash again led the Rangers with 26 goals in 65 games. Still, he threw his body around with abandon during the playoffs and in the final. He led the tournament with 83 shots, five more than the Kings’ Marian Gaborik, who led the playoffs with 14 goals.

“I don’t know that I’m doing much different than in the playoffs,” Nash, who will remain on the Big and Tall Line with Chris Kreider and Kevin Hayes, said on Monday. “Except that the puck is going in.”

Nash has scored his seven goals on just 22 shots for an obviously unsustainable 31.8 shooting percentage.

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Morning Line - Adam Proteau

Try getting this to make sense in your head: the defending Eastern Conference champion New York Rangers have lost three of their first four games and their superstar goalie has surrendered 12 goals in his two most recent games – and their cross-town counterparts, the New York Islanders, as hard-luck and bad-news of an operation as has existed in recent memory, are basically unstoppable.

-Adam Proteau of The Hockey News where you can read more on this topic.

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The New York Rangers Having Trouble With Adversity

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The sky may not be falling, but the roof is caving in on the Rangers.

Yes, it is technically true a pair of egregious giveaways by sixth defenseman Mike Kostka that led directly to the tying goal late in the second period and lead goal early in the third period served as the gateway to the Blueshirts’ shocking collapse in Tuesday’s 6-3 loss to the Islanders at the Garden.

But pinning the blame for the Rangers’ third straight defeat — and third straight defeat in which they allowed at least five goals — on Kostka would miss the point entirely. For this latest debacle isn’t on one guy. In sports, it never really is.

This debacle, rather, is on a team that appears unable to maintain its poise when adversity strikes. One goal against, one bounce against, and the Rangers unravel more quickly than Joba Chamberlain in the ALDS.

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