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Video- Alex Ovechkin Wins It In Overtime

Big stop by the Caps turns into the OT winner by Alex Ovechkin.

Ovechkin needs one more goal to reach #500 and the Washington Capitals are 31-7-3.

 

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Video- Dan Girardi Will Want This Pass Back

You can almost see Giradi saying "oh no" as soon as the puck leaves his stick.

Ovechkin with career goal #498 today.

 

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Emerson Etem Headed To Vancouver, The New York Rangers Will Get Nick Jensen

 

 

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It’s Look In The Mirror Time For The Tampa Bay Lightning

from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

Just two days after the Canadiens snapped a six-game losing streak by beating the Lightning, Tampa Bay coughed up another home game Wednesday, a 5-2 loss to the Rangers, who had dropped eight consecutive games on the road. It was another brutal defeat for the Lightning (18-16-4), on a national NBCSN broadcast, further hindering its climb back into playoff position.

Tampa Bay has dropped three of five on this critical six-game homestand.

"We've got to be a little more (angry) about the situation we're in," captain Steven Stamkos said. "We can't just be, 'We'll find a way because we know we have the talent in here.' It's not easy in this league. It's going to be up to us, hopefully we can all, myself included, take the next couple days and really start to worry about the future of this team going forward because we're running out of time."

Said defenseman Anton Stralman: "Every guy in the room has to look themselves in the mirror."

Lightning players have repeated they have a sense of urgency, but it's not showing on the ice. Tampa Bay opened with another slow start, just two shots in the first 12 minutes, including zero on the first two power plays.

"It's easy to say things, it's a lot tougher to do them," Stamkos said. "We've got to do it."

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Slump Continues For The New York Rangers

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

Turns out the post-Christmas Rangers are just like the pre-Christmas Rangers.

Because the 5-3 loss at the hands of the Predators on Monday night at Bridgestone Arena to begin the after-break schedule looked like so many before it — so many in this 16-game stretch that has now seen them go 4-10-2, stretching as well into a eight-game road winless streak of 0-6-2.

The going gets bad, the Rangers get worse, and then the fallout is more consumed by confusion of where that steady team went, and if they’ll ever come back.

“We don’t have enough guys right now bringing it,” said coach Alain Vigneault, who left the bench twice for short spurts during the game and looked unwell after it, though insisted he was fine. “We have some guys that are battling hard, but we don’t have enough guys bringing their ‘A’ game to the table, and we’re going to need to figure it out real quickly here.”

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Problems With The New York Rangers?

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Remember when the New York Rangers were being praised early in the season as an elite Eastern Conference power and a Stanley Cup contender? That seems a long time ago as the Rangers lurch towards the end of the calendar year.

After taking a 3-1 first-period lead against the Metropolitan Division-leading Washington Capitals on Sunday, the Rangers allowed six unanswered goals and were buried by a final score of 7-3. Washington now leads the Rangers by eight points in the Metro, which presents the enticing potential of a first-round showdown between the Rangers and New York Islanders come playoff time.

The Rangers' problems are perplexing, though, having ambled through a 2-6-2 December that has seen them allow 31 goals in their past six games. Yowzers. We also haven't seen the Henrik Lundqvist we know and love, with the King allowing 20 goals in his past five appearances as coach Alain Vigneault tries to figure out a crumbling defense that has seen veterans Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh have struggle mightily.

So, is this just a blip on the radar or is this team settling into a kind of non-threatening mediocrity that will foreshadow how their season ends?

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Who Are These New York Rangers?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

There are imposters in our midst and they are wearing Rangers uniforms.

Suddenly, they are The Faux Blueshirts.

Sunday night, descending to unprecedented midseason depths with Alain Vigneault behind the bench, these guys turned a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes into a 7-3 defeat to the Capitals at the Garden that was only that close because Washington chose not to step on the throats of the vanquished after scoring its final goal against Magnus Hellberg — yes, Magnus Hellberg — at the 4:36 mark of the third period.

Henrik Lundqvist was pulled for the second time in his past five starts after he and his teammates simply collapsed once the Caps cracked the King’s façade at 5:25 of the second period, Evgeny Kuznetsov’s neat redirect at the right post cutting the lead to 3-2 after J.T. Miller, Chris Kreider and Dan Boyle had scored in the first period.

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Another Loss For The New York Rangers

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

The message coming out of the Rangers’ locker room after another sloppy performance was clear — they understand this no longer can be thought of as a slide. With a second consecutive 5-2 loss, this one to the Jets on Friday night at MTS Centre, the Rangers are hard to describe as still in freefall.

Instead, with a 13-game run of 3-8-2, they’re beginning to define themselves in unfamiliar terms. Losing is becoming the norm.

“At some point you have to ask yourself as a player, ‘What more can I do to prepare? What more can I do to get my game to where it needs to be for this team to be successful again?’ ” said captain Ryan McDonagh, who was pointed and clear-eyed after a game when he was as culpable as many of his compatriots in helping the Jets to a plethora of terrific scoring chances.

“Nobody is doing quite enough, even close to what it takes to win games right now.”...

And coach Alain Vigneault is beginning to get upset when his defensive structure is questioned, instead going right to players’ execution as the culprit.

“I don’t consider a turnover a defensive breakdown. I consider that a bad pass,” Vigneault said, referring to McDonagh’s giveaway behind his net that resulted in the first of two goals for Bryan Little in the opening 7:34 to give Winnipeg that 2-0 lead.

“At the end of the day right now, we have a few guys — not to say quite a few — but a lot of our top players having a hard time with their game. It’s my job as the head coach to help them find their game. It’s as simple as that.”

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The New York Rangers Are Not Playing Well

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

When the Rangers were up by a goal late in third periods last year, Vigneault as often as not went with St. Louis, Hagelin and Dom Moore to protect the lead.

  • Rick Nash, unaccountably and unarguably, is playing his worst hockey as a Ranger. His play in the defensive zone and away from the puck, essentially impeccable even through those stretches when his production slipped, has disintegrated. The Rangers cannot survive with Nash playing this way.
  • Kevin Hayes did play more of a straight line, simple game after being moved back to the middle against Edmonton and Calgary (after Vigneault’s pointed, clipped message to him at the end of practice on Thursday) but No. 13’s apparent deficiency in front of his net on the Flames’ fourth goal Saturday was shocking.
  • The Rangers have allowed three goals or more in nine of their last 16 games, including four or more in five, after having surrendered three or more in only two of the first 15, and as many as four only once (shootouts not included).

But the swelled goals-against totals are more a reflection of a return to earth by Henrik Lundqvist and Antti Raanta than a sudden lapse in coverage. The Rangers have been delinquent in their own end from the get-go and everyone knows it.

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Monring Line- Daryl Reaugh

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