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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Mumps and “flu-like symptoms” are not just taking a toll on the Rangers’ lineup, but the illnesses affecting Tanner Glass and Dan Boyle, respectively, are exacerbating the club’s salary cap issues.
Down these two players, the Blueshirts are carrying the league maximum 23-man roster through these five days off between Monday’s Garden defeat to the Lightning and Saturday’s match in Detroit. This includes seven defensemen (six healthy) and 14 forwards (13 healthy).
This glut, combined with the previous use of long-term exemptions on both Derek Stepan and Boyle, has created a situation in which the Rangers currently have just over $65,500 in available cap space, according to calculations by both The Post and capgeek.com....
More importantly, however, the string of injuries and illnesses has created the scenario under which the Rangers are projected to have a mere $211,650 available at the trade deadline. This doesn’t exactly leave much in the way of maneuverability for general manager Glen Sather, who essentially will have to to go dollar-for-dollar to improve his team.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
This isn’t last year, when Henrik Lundqvist’s game bottomed out for a variety of reasons over the first three months of 2013-14. This hasn’t been close to that bad.
But the first two months of 2014-15 haven’t been close to good enough from Lundqvist, who has surrendered too many unsightly goals and has had way too many borderline nights for a team that isn’t good enough to overcome mediocrity in nets.
Lundqvist’s save percentage dropped to .905, 31st in the 30-team league among goaltenders with 10 or more starts after Monday’s misadventure in which he surrendered five goals on 20 shots — including a back-breaking softie for the winner — in the Blueshirts’ 6-3 empty-net-abetted defeat to the Lightning at the Garden that marked the team’s third loss in three games within 15 days to conference-leading Tampa Bay.
Last night the New York Rangers recognized the 1000 points for Martin St. Louis.
Unlike last week when the NHL Network showed the one hour ceremony of Lindros/LeClair Flyers Hall of Fame ceremony, the NHL Network did not start their broadcast of Lightning/Rangers until just before the puck dropped.
So here is the ceremony from last night.
from Randy Miller of NJ.com,
The Flyers were 8-6-2 after winning three in a row in mid-November, but since they've been outscored 30-16 and shut out three times in going 1-7-1.
Blanked 3-0 at home on Black Friday, the Flyers were outshot 35-22 in losing again.
• D Andrew MacDonald, traded to the Flyers last March and given a six-year, $30 contract extension in May, was a healthy scratch.
• The Flyers, after holding the Rangers to one shot in the first 11:37 of the second period, gave up 13 in being dominated in the final 8:23, including a goal that tied the game at 2-2.
• C Claude Giroux was given a double minor 1:00 into game after clipping Rangers C John Moore in the face with his stick. Derick Brassard made the Flyers pay by scoring a power-play goal at 2:50 for a 1-0 Rangers lead.
• LW R.J. Umberger, playing 14:54, was a minus-2 with no shots in his 16th consecutive game with no points.
• The Flyers allowed the opening goal for the 17th time in 23 games and 11th time in 11 road games.
It doesn't get any easier for the Flyers, they head west and play the Sharks, Duck and Kings starting Tuesday.
Martin St. Louis scored his 379th career goal to reach the 1000 points milestone.
from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,
Set to Bastille’s “Pompeii,” the video began with a shot of St. Louis with his hands on the top of his stick, head down and shuffling his skates during a pregame introduction, which was followed by a quick montage of goal celebrations through the seasons. That was followed by a replay of the triple-overtime, series-clinching goal St. Louis scored against the Washington Capitals during the 2003 first-round series, the first playoff series victory in franchise history.
That cut away to “With our sincere gratitude” before a replay of the double-overtime goal St. Louis scored against Calgary during the 2004 Stanley Cup final.
Then “For 13 seasons’’ flashed up on the board followed by a picture of the center-ice scene when the Lightning won the Cup, with a zoomed-in shot of a bleeding St. Louis with a smile on his face....
As the video concluded, St. Louis came off the New York bench, raised his glove to the fans and touched the glove to his chest, which he did on two occasions as the applause turned into a standing ovation.
“I was very flattered by the ovation, and I wanted to give them the proper thank you,” St. Louis said. “It was great, it brought up a lot of memories, I felt I wanted to give them the thank you that they deserved.’’
Watch the tribute video below...
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.
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