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The Stumbling New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

If the past three weeks represent what we’re going to get from the Rangers the rest of the season, then it will be crossover-and-out in the first round of the playoffs.

Because neither the effort nor execution has been anywhere near good enough over this stretch of nine games, through which the Blueshirts have been limited to two goals or fewer eight times in going 4-4-1 while being outscored 25-17....

Coach Alain Vigneault was fuming following the club’s fourth straight loss at home (0-3-1), the last three of which came in regulation to Columbus, Washington and Montreal by an aggregate 15-6. Henrik Lundqvist, very good early, but later victimized on a pair of softies, talked about will. Derek Stepan, who turned in another unacceptable performance in going through his 20th straight game without a goal, talked about getting back to work.

If there is more will, maybe the Rangers will find the way to create an attack and spend some time in the offensive end of the ice, but this horses-for-courses team has been forced onto a muddy track, their signature time-and-space game eliminated by opponents who seem to have it all figured out.

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Eddie Shack’s Return To The Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

A group of Rangers alumni will meet for Thursday’s game as they have across the continent in different cities on selected nights throughout the season in a program that is Adam Graves’ brainchild.

And among the half-dozen former Blueshirts to convene for this contest will be one of the unlikeliest alumnus imaginable, a man who, but for one exception, has been disconnected from the franchise for 56 years since he was traded at age 23.

I will introduce him to you as he introduced himself to me when I answered his return call on Tuesday: “Clear the track, here comes Shack.”

Yes, more than five decades after being run out of town, Eddie “The Entertainer” Shack will renew his ties to the Rangers, where he is expected to join Graves, Mike Gartner, Danny Lewicki, Wayne Dillon and Walter Tkaczuk in the season’s sixth such event.


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Is Alex Burrows A Fit With The New York Rangers?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Blueshirts are talented and resolute enough to win regularly when they get the goaltending they expect from Henrik Lundqvist. There is no doubt about it. This is a nice team.

But nice hockey gets you only so far in the playoffs, and so does tic-tac-toe hockey that is dependent on time and space. If Gorton is going to rent a top-six, better the GM find an abrasive personality than a pure-skill winger.

Which brings us to the semi-notorious Alexandre Burrows, the soon-to-be 35-year-old who spent much of his career in Vancouver playing with and riding shotgun for the Sedins (Henrik and Daniel) while Vigneault was behind the bench. This season, he most often has played with talented young studs Bo Horvat and Sven Baertschi.


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Islanders & Rangers Square Off in Cheapest Barclays Center Meeting Yet

By Tim Dolan,

Being a part of the playoff push in Brooklyn won’t be taxing on the wallet this Thursday. The Islanders set to take on the crosstown Rangers in the second and final meeting in Brooklyn this season, and it will be the cheapest matchup at the Barclays Center yet.

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Henrik Lundqvist Sits One Win Away From #400

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

...as Henrik Lundqvist prepared to go for career win No. 400 on Saturday night at the Garden against the last-overall Avalanche, he took a moment to reflect on what has been an inconsistent year for him personally in the midst of a career that has been anything but.

“Obviously every time you reach a milestone, you think back a little bit,” Lundqvist said after Friday’s practice, having passed his boyhood idol, Dominik Hasek, with win No. 390 in Denver on New Year’s Eve, making him the winningest European-born goaltender in NHL history.

“Recently, I tied Hasek, that was definitely a moment when you start to think about the people that helped you, and the players you played with,” he said. “There have been a lot of players that have come and gone here throughout the years, a lot of great memories. And reaching 400 is special.”

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The New York Rangers As The Trade Deadline Approaches

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

If ever a game illustrated the Rangers’ crying need for a defenseman who can control the puck and lead the way out of the zone, it was this one at the Garden on Tuesday against Anaheim in which the shots and shot attempts at even-strength, 36-18 and 62-33 against, respectively, looked like scores of a Knicks game.

But even with 22 shopping days until the March 1 trade deadline and even though the Rangers own a projected $10.1 million of space, there is really no one on whom general manager Jeff Gorton can spend it.

No one on whom he can responsibly spend it without overpaying in terms of assets that would have to go the other way and with no one on the market worthy of such short-sighted sacrifice, that is.

Look, the Rangers are pretty good and pretty resilient.


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Rangers-Avalanche Is This Week’s Most Expensive NHL Game

By Tim Dolan,

Business is booming at Madison Square Garden, and resale ticket prices are showing it. With the Rangers skating their way into the playoff picture despite an up-and-down first half, their Saturday night showdown with the Avalanche will be the top-priced gameof the week. The Maple Leafs, Capitals and Wild also appear on this week’s top games list courtesy of search engine TicketIQ. Check out the complete list below:

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Another Bad Game For Henrik Lundqvist

from Dan Martin of the New York Post,

The Rangers scored four straight goals in the third period — but instead of celebrating a victory at the Garden on Tuesday night, they suffered a 6-4 defeat to the Blue Jackets.

That’s what shoddy goaltending can do to a team, and once again, the culprit was Henrik Lundqvist, who struggled coming out of the All-Star break, much as he did earlier in January following the Rangers’ bye week.

This time, Lundqvist surrendered three goals on just 16 shots before he was yanked in the second period.

“I know I need to be better,” Lundqvist said in an uncharacteristically brief session with the media after the game. “That third goal is a killer. As a group, we responded really well in the third. Especially the third goal bothers me. It’s back to work [Wednesday] to get better [and] improve.”

Coach Alain Vigneault was at a loss to explain why Lundqvist was off his game again, but had a similar solution as the goalie.


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A Confidence Building Win For Henrik Lundqvist

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

On any other night in any other year, this one would have been routine for the Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist.

But considering the Bizarro World in which the franchise goaltender and has lived over the past days, if not weeks, Thursday’s 5-2 victory over the Maple Leafs, in which Lundqvist played a significant role, was anything but usual.

“I think this was a big game for me,” Lundqvist said in a king-sized understatement. “Sometimes a win means a little bit more and you enjoy it a little bit extra.”

The Rangers buckled down fundamentally all over the ice, but most especially in the area in front of the net they had begun to vacate as a matter of routine while losing three straight in regulation and six of their previous 11 (5-6), since Dec. 20.


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Video- Chris Kreider Fined For Hitting Cody Eakin With His Helmet


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