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The Toronto Maple Leafs were able to do that to the New York Rangers tonight when they picked up their second regulation win at Madison Square Garden by a score of 4-2.
The Rangers certainly did not play poorly in this game. They were able to generate several good scoring chances (32 shots on goal), found a way to make the game interesting by trying to come back from 3-0 to make it 3-2 on goals by Artem Anisinov and Marian Gaborik, and was a game that they probably could have won had some bounces gone their way.
With that said, it certainly was not pretty for the Blueshirts either. The team hung its goaltender, Henrik Lundqvist (26 saves on 29 shots), out to dry on two of the goals and screened him on the other, and also took some needless penalties.
It is also apparent that Sean Avery’s ice time continues to decrease as each game goes by. Tonight, Avery had 7:32 of ice time and despite not getting a lot of ice, was still able to put three shots on goal. Not sure what team head coach John Tortorella wants him to do so it will be interesting to see how this continues to play out as each game comes and goes.
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The New York Rangers are starting to show the National Hockey League that for the first time in years, they have some real offensive depth.
The club’s offensive depth really came out last night in their 5-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. The team had five different goal scorers in Marian Gaborik, Ryan Callahan, Ryan McDonagh, Sean Avery and Michael Sauer.
With the win, the Blueshirts improved to 14-5-3 on the season, good enough for fourth in the Eastern Conference. Believe it or not, the team is also just three points behind the Eastern Conference and NHL leading Pittsburgh Penguins.
For the Rangers, last night’s game could have easily been a trap game. It could have been one where the team played to the level of their opponent and missed the opportunity to pick up the two needed points.
Luckily, the Rangers reversed the trend and played a solid road game to pick up their fourth straight win. On the other side, it was the Hurricanes’ fifth straight loss and second under new head coach Kirk Muller.
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That is what the New York Rangers are in after defeating the New York Islanders last night by a score of 4-2.
With excellent goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist, great penalty killing and timely goal scoring, the Blueshirts were able to pick up their seventh straight victory to improve to 10-3-3 on the season. It certainly was not an easy victory by any means for the Rangers.
The Rangers were undisciplined last night and gave the Islanders power play chance after chance to get the lead but thanks to the stellar play of Lundqvist, the Islanders were not able to cash in. Lundqvist (31 saves) and his never say die athleticism helped the Rangers steal two points last night on Long Island.
It was also great to see Rangers’ 9-year man Brad Richards come through in the clutch with the go ahead goal with just less than five minutes to go in the hockey game. This is why the team got him and right now, at least, he is delivering.
This is exactly what the New York Rangers used to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes by a score of 5-1 at Madison Square Garden tonight.
A determined Rangers’ club came out in the third period and broke a 1-1 tie by scoring four unanswered goals. Defenseman Dan Girardi started it with a power play goal followed by a goal nine seconds later from Brandon Dubinsky (his first of the season) and just shortly after, Ryan Callahan made it 4-1 when he scored on a Hurricanes’ delayed penalty. Then with just under two minutes to go in game, Brad Richards cashed in on a giveaway by Hurricanes’ netminder Cam Ward to seal the team’s sixth straight victory overall and fifth straight win on home ice.
After a slow start to this game, the Rangers put the pressure on the Hurricanes and kept it up for the rest of the hockey game. The team had just 8 shots in the first period but because of their willingness to put pucks to the net, drive to the crease and get in good position, they ended up finishing the game with 40 shots on goal.
Dubinsky had a solid game for the Rangers. He showed confidence with the puck, made some great plays for his linemates and now that he got his first goal of the season, will definitely have less pressure on himself heading into the team’s next game.
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The New York Rangers used a 3-goal first period to defeat the Montreal Canadiens by a score of 5-3 at Madison Square Garden last night.
Knowing that the Canadiens had played on Friday night against the Ottawa Senators, the Blueshirts came out and took advantage of a tired Canadiens’ team. The team got goals from Erik Christensen, Dan Girardi and a terrific goal from Michael Del Zotto to go up 3-0.
After that, the Canadiens found their legs and made it an interesting hockey game by cutting the lead to 3-2. However, instead of giving up the lead entirely, Rangers’ center Brad Richards came through and scored to make it 4-2 off a great shot from the slot, a place he has scored all his goals from this season.
While the Canadiens did end up cutting the lead to 4-3 late in the third period, Ryan Callahan sealed the game with an empty net goal. For the Rangers, it was there third straight win and more importantly, third straight win on Garden ice as the team improved its home record to 3-1-1.
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This is something the New York Rangers need to do in order to be successful and win hockey games this season.
With that in mind, Rangers’ bench boss John Tortorella will be sticking with the same lineup that won on Monday night against the San Jose Sharks tonight when his team takes on the Anaheim Ducks at Madison Square Garden. For the Blueshirts, that would be something consistent and something that they would hope to sustain.
What this does mean is that Rangers’ pest Sean Avery will not be playing tonight for the Blueshirts. This is understandable considering how the team played in its 5-2 win over the Sharks as it would not make much sense for Tortorella to change things when the team played well with a particular lineup.
The Rangers need to build on their win from Monday night and continue to lay the same kind of hockey. That means getting the puck to the net, driving to the net, playing responsibly in their own end and staying out of the penalty box. For the Rangers, those things are a recipe for success.
From Dan Rosen at NHL.com:
The Rangers summoned for Avery on Monday because, as Tortorella said, Mike Rupp’s nagging knee injury has turned into a long-term concern. Avery, who had 1 goal and seven penalty minutes in two games with the Whale, could immediately move into a fourth-line role if Tortorella elects to play him.
“This is the right decision,” Tortorella said Monday prior to the Rangers 5-2 win over San Jose. “It’s the right hockey decision now and it was the right hockey decision when we sent Sean down. That’s where it’s at.”
Tortorella stopped short of saying he would play Avery on Thursday, especially after the way the Rangers responded to win Monday’s game.
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According to multiple media reports, the New York Rangers on Monday have recalled forward Sean Avery from their American Hockey League affiliate.
Prior to rejoining the team, Avery must clear re-entry waivers. For a 24-hour period that starts at noon ET the day of the announcement, any team in the League can claim Avery and then will be responsible for half the value of his current contract.
The Rangers had placed Avery on waivers Oct. 4, just before the team started its season in Europe. He cleared waivers and the next day was assigned to the Connecticut Whale, the Rangers’ AHL club.
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The answer to that question is a resounding no.
At 3-3-3, the New York Rangers certainly have not played their best in this young season and at the same time, have yet to click on all levels. That is the good thing.
The bad thing is that the way has played in their last two games against the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators, both losses at Madison Square Garden. Their play in the third period in both games is also alarming.
In their loss to the Senators on Saturday afternoon at MSG, the team blew a 4-1 lead in the third period and lost 5-4 in the shootout. In a game that the team scores four goals, gets solid performances from both Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik and is at home, it should have been a Rangers’ victory.
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Unfortunately, that is all that can be said when it comes to waived New York Rangers’ forward Sean Avery, who was waived by the team.
The writing has been on the wall for awhile when it comes to Avery. It is/was apparent that head coach John Tortorella and the Rangers’ pest did not get along.
Last season, Avery found himself scratched several times and that was also the case this preseason as well. Tortorella even went as far to say that there are better hockey players on the club than Avery at the current time so it was obvious that this was going to happen whether fans liked it or not.
When looking at Avery, it is easy to see that there are both pros and cons.
It appears that is what it has come down to for New York Rangers’ head coach John Tortorella.
Rangers’ pest Sean Avery was benched for the second straight game earlier today. Based on that, one can assume that either team head coach John Tortorella is taking a closer look at forward Erik Christensen or that Avery has managed to play is way out of New York.
It is well known that many Blueshirt fans love Avery. They love the way he hits, the way he taunts, the way he stirs things up and sometimes, the way he produces. These particular fans love Avery for being Avery.
On the other side of the coin, there is not exactly troo much love for Christensen out there. Sure, he definitely has skill and talent but rarely does he show it on a consistent basis. Some fans also believe that he is a “soft” player.
Those words can best be used to describe last night’s 2-1 overtime New York Rangers’ loss to the New Jersey Devils in overtime.
The team was not great but the club was not horrible either. Yes, it took the Blueshirts awhile to get their first shot on goal but when they finally did, they seemed to setlle down a bit and generate some good scoring chances.
Overall, the club got good performances from the likes of Dale Weise (scored the game-tying goal in the third period), Dylan McIlrath, both goaltenders Henrik Lundqvist and Cam Talbot, along with line of Sean Avery-John Mitchell-J.T. Miller as the line forechecked hard and caught head coach’s John Tortorella’s eye.
Two players that seemed to be inconsistent last night were forward Erik Christensen and defenseman Michael Del Zotto. With regards to Christensen, it is all about playing with confidence, something he has struggled with in his NHL career. In the case of Del Zotto, it is about being consistent witht the puck as he needs to know when to hold onto it, when to dump it off and when to put it on net.
It is really early so fans should not read too much into last night’s loss. Like the players and the coaching staff, the fans must be patient and go with the process as the team continutes to shape up into a regular season hockey club.
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This is exactly where I stand when it comes to New York Rangers’ superpest Sean Avery.
A few weeks ago, I blogged about why I thought Sean Avery should be considered to play on the other wing of the Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik line. I mentioned how he has the hands, the speed, the forechecking ability and the toughness to be a solid potential fit on that line.
Now, after hearing about Avery getting arrested in his Los Angeles home, I am not so sure what to think. Part of me feels that when he plays within himself on the ice, he is one of the hardest working Rangers out there. He skates hard, he goes to the net, he creates scoring chances and he producers.
With that said, I am starting to wonder whether that is worth it due to his off-ice antics. Sure, it is always nice to see a Blueshirt in the headlines but certainly not in the way that Avery is appearing in the news.
New York Ranger Sean Avery was arrested and charged with battery on a police office earlier Friday, according to a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman.
Police responded to noise complaints at Avery’s Hollywood home at about 1 a.m. and arrested him. It wasn’t known what prompted the alleged assault on the officer.
The battery charge is a misdemeanor. Avery’s bail was set at $20,000.
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With the month of August finally upon us, that only means that hockey season is getting closer and closer.
With that in mind, here is what I will be watching for this season when it comes to the New York Rangers:
- Brad Richards: This is a no-brainer. Since the team signed him to a nine-year deal, it will be extremely important for Richards to live up to his contract by producing, scoring goals, setting goals up, playing on special teams, being a leader and more importantly, be a true No. 1 center, something the Rangers have lacked for several seasons.
- Marian Gaborik: This is also an obvious choice. After scoring 42 goals in his first season as a Blueshirt in 2009-10, Gaborik slumped to just 22 goals last season. Yes, this was without a true No. 1 center but he was able to score over 40 under the same situaiton in his first season. Hopefully, Gaborik will be ready to pile in goals and stay healthy in 2011-12.
- Derek Stepan: How will the second-year Ranger respond to a terrific rookie season in which he posted 45 points (21 goals and 24 assists)? Hopefully, he will not go through the all too common sophomore slump that plagues many second-year NHLers.
Now that the New York Rangers have their No. 1 center in Brad Richards, many are wondering what the top line is going to look like.
For starters, everyone knows that Marian Gaborik is going to be one of Richards’s wingers. After scoring 42 goals in his first season as a Blueshirt back during the 2009-10 season, Gaborik has a quiet year this past season. Gaborik scored just 22 goals and had 26 assists for 48 points.
While those numbers would be considered decent for some other players in the National Hockey League, these are not the numbers that the team is paying for. What the team is paying for is what he did in the first season when he scored over 40 goals and had over 80 points. He did that without a true No. 1 center as well.
With Richards in the fold, there is definitely a good opportunity for Gaborik to put up some terrific offensive numbers this upcoming season. Hopefully, that will come in the form of between 35 and 45 goals or so.
After the team went out and signed Michael Rupp, that is whay many New York Ranger fans are probably wondering as we head into the 2011-12 NHL season.
It became quite obvious last season that Rangers’ forward Sean Avery was placed in John Tortorella’s “dog house” for much of the season. Some games, he would get a decent amount of ice time, others he would get very little and in some, he would simply be a healthy scratch.
In my opinion, Avery is a Jekyl and Hyde kind of player. As one player, he forechecks hard, he produces, he sets up plays and he plays, as Tortorella likes to say, within himself.
On the other side, Avery can be someone who takes penalties at the wrong time, someone who attracts negative attention to himself on the ice and someone that every once in awhile takes his team out of the game. This is the player that Tortorella thinks Avery really is.
That is certainly what it looks like as the New York Rangers sent Mats Zuccarello down to Connecticut today. Like the Rangers, the Connecticut Whale are preparing for Game 4 of their AHL Playoffs’ series with the Portland Pirates.
Zuccarello will be able to help the Whale in their first-round AHL playoff series against Portland. The Whale, like the Rangers, lost the first two games on the road before winning Game 3 in Hartford, 3-1, on Sunday. Game 4 is Tuesday, also in Connecticut.
After a much-hyped signing last offseason for the Norwegian Hobbit following his MVP season in the Swedish Elite League, there is some question as to whether the 5-foot-7 Zuccarello will ever be able to adapt his game to the NHL. Tortorella admitted before Game 2 that Zuccarello’s size was a concern in the playoffs.
The 23-year-old Zuccarello had six goals and 17 assists in 42 games for the Rangers and often showed fine playmaking ability, looking and making passes other players either wouldn’t attempt or could not complete. But he definitely struggled to score and though he was not afraid of physically challenging bigger players, his efforts often had little effect.
Avery has definitely played better as of late so it makes sent to send Zuccarello down to help out the Whale. What say you?
From good friend of the blog Jim Cerny at BlueshirtsUnited.com:
Following Friday’s morning skate at the Verizon Center, Rangers head coach John Tortorella announced that rugged winger Sean Avery—-a healthy scratch in Game One—-would be in the lineup tonight for Game Two against the Capitals, and that Mats Zuccarello would be scratched.
Torts had this to say of Avery: “When Sean is consistent with his play, he can add some forechecking to us. He should also add some energy to our lineup. Hopefully Sean adds some juice.”
Avery’s reaction to playing tonight?: “I’m ready to go. I don’t worry about anything. I am just ready to play hockey.”
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Here are some Tweets from New York Rangers’ beat writer Andrew Gross regarding today’s line-up in the regular season finale against the New Jersey Devils:
Torts on Drury’s return: “He’ll give us some juice. Our captain’s back in the lineup.”
Torts says tough decision Gilroy over Eminger but thinks Gilroy can help get the puck out of the end zone a little quicker.
Drury in, Avery out. Gilroy in, Eminger out. Zuccarello in.
I am not quite sure what to think about the line-up changes that the head coach has decided to implement. While Avery has not played great, he is usually always a factor against Devils’ netminder Martin Brodeur. Yes, Drury is the captain and yes, it will be nice to have him in the game to kill some penalties and take key face-offs but to me, the move is still questionable.
According to Jesse Spector of The Daily News, Mats Zuccarello will be a healthy scratch this afternoon when the New York Rangers take on the Boston Bruins.
Replacing him will be Sean Avery, who has been a healthy scratch the last few games:
Mats Zuccarello will be a healthy scratch after sitting the entire third period on Thursday night, then playing just 26 seconds of overtime before missing his shootout attempt. Matt Gilroy also sits out today, his second straight healthy scratch.
This is the first healthy scratch of Zuccarello’s NHL career. The Norwegian rookie has played 40 straight games since making his debut on December 23 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. It’s the fourth time Gilroy has been a healthy scratch in the last six games after playing 30 consecutive games.
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That is exactly what will be happening at 1 p.m. today as the New York Rangers will take on the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden in Boston.
The Blueshirts are coming off a 2-1 shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden while the Bruins are coming off a big 7-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens. One team will be looking to score more goals while the toher will continue to do the things that made them successful in their last game.
As always, this is an extremely important game for the Rangers. Both the Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes won last night so the Blueshirts are now just two points up on the eighth place Sabres. With a win this afternoon in Boston, however, the Rangers could end up tied with the Canadiens for sixth place in the Eastern Conference. The Canadiens take on the Washington Capitals tonight.
It will be interesting to see if Rangers’ forward Sean Avery will be in the lineup this afternoon. Based on reports from team beat writers at yesterday’s skate, it appears that there is a good chance that Avery will be back in the lineup. However, nothing was confirmed.
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Good news, New York Rangers’ fans. Defenseman Marc Staal will be back in the line-up tonight against the Ottawa Senators after missing a few games with an undisclosed injury.
Here is what Rangers’ beat writer Andrew Gross had to say about it over at Ranger Rants:
Defenseman Marc Staal, who missed the previous two games with what was believed to be a re-aggravation of an earlier left knee injury though the Rangers would not disclose the problem, will be back in the lineup tonight when the Rangers host the Senators. Staal participated in the team’s full morning skate and also skated on his own yesterday when the rest of the team was off. His shot was a little rusty as one of his one-timers rose and hit Henrik Lundqvist in the mask, knocking the goalie over, though he reported he was fine later.
Sean Avery and Matt Gilroy will be the healthy scratches.
It makes sense for Rangers’ head coach John Tortorella to keep Avery scratched as the team has been winning games without him. There is no doubt that what Avery can provide to this team but right now, it is better to be safe than sorry and keep the nonsense on the ice to a minimum.
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The New York Rangers will look to win a “trap” game once again when they take on the Ottawa Senators tonight at Madison Square Garden.
Going into tonight’s tilt, the Blueshirts have won five straight games and have done so with timely goal scoring, smart play in the defensive zone, being disciplined and solid goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist. That has been the winning formula for the Blueshirts all season long and if they use it tonight against the Senators, the team will pick up its sixth straight victory along with points 85 and 86.
The Rangers need to keep winning because the eighth place Buffalo Sabres are just three points behind and are starting to heat up at the right time. With that said, if the Blueshirts continue to win, there is a chance that they could catch the Montreal Canadiens, who are currently sixth in the Eastern Conference with 87 points.
It will be interesting to see how the lineup looks for tonight’s game. One question is will Sean Avery be reinserted back into the lineup? If I am Rangers’ head coach John Tortorella, I stay the course and keep him out of the lineup for at least one more game. The team is doing just fine without him and should not want to change much when things are going right.
This is exactly what the New York Rangers need to do tonight at Madison Square Garden when they take on the Florida Panthers.
The Blueshirts are currently on a four-game winning streak and have a four point lead on the eighth place Buffalo Sabres in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The last thing this team needs is to lose to the Florida Panthers, a team that is out of the playoff race and looking to slow down any team that is trying to advance to the Stanley Cup tournament.
In the team’s last four games, they have shown that they can put the puck in the net, score on the power play, kill big penalties and get solid goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist on a somewhat consistent basis. Every one on the team is stepping up at the right time and one can only hope that it does not stop this week with their game against the Panthers tonight as well as against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night.
Upon hearing about Pittsburgh Penguins’ forward Matt Cooke’s suspension for his elbow to the head hit on New York Rangers’ defenseman Ryan McDonagh, I think it is more than fair.
The truth of the matter is that the National Hockey League needs to take a stand against these types of hits and suspending a repeat offender for 10 games as well as the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs is certainly one way to do that. This should show the offender that what he did was wrong and that because of that, he should miss part of the most important part of the NHL season: the playoffs.
It is pretty telling what former Penguins’ teammate and now Rangers’ forward Ruslan Fedotenko had to say about Cooke:
“I played with him, and I know what kind of player he is,” Fedotenko, now with the Rangers, told the New York Daily News. “Sometimes, he’s an effective player with what he brings to the team. He’s not necessarily a fighter, but an (agitator), one of the guys that gets guys off their games. Sometimes he was really effective for us.
“On the other hand, sometimes he’s just doing some — I would consider, dumb things. And it’s unfortunate. It’s unfortunate for the league, for the players, for his teammates, opposite team. I feel like, it’s too bad he can’t, I guess, control it.”
“I don’t know what he can say for that. I don’t know,” Fedotenko said. “And with the NHL trying to crack down on it, I’m sure it will be a big issue, especially with what’s happened with his teammate, Crosby.”
For the second time in the last three games, Sean Avery will be a healthy scratch tonight when the Rangers face the Canadiens at the Garden, while Matt Gilroy will be a spectator for the second game in a row.
Those two players were among eight on the ice at this morning’s optional skate, along with Artem Anisimov, Derek Boogaard, Erik Christensen, Chad Johnson, Vinny Prospal and Michael Sauer.
Avery’s banishment from the lineup hardly comes as a surprise after he took three minor penalties in Tuesday’s game, which turned into something of a circus after he clobbered the Islanders’ Justin DiBenedetto.
“I guess probably my discipline,” Avery said when asked if he had a sense of why he was scratched. “Penalties last game.”
Cannot say I am surprised given the way Avery played in Tuesday night’s 6-3 victory over the New York Islanders.
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When New York Rangers’ forward Sean Avery was scratched on Saturday night against the San Jose Sharks, many pundits and fans alike figured that he would come out and play a heckuva game against the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.
Unfortunately, both were wrong as Avery struggled in last night’s 6-3 victory over the team’s hated rival. He took three penalties, one of which led to a John tavares power play goal in the third period, and only got just over seven minutes of ice time.
One has to wonder what team head coach John Tortorella thought of his play last night. If I am Tortorella, I would hesitate to put him in the lineup against the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night as the last thing you want to do is give the Canadiens a bunch of power plays.
With that said, however, Avery is someone who works hard, can generate scoring opportunities and keeps the opponent on edge. Avery is one of the best when it comes to throwing an opposing team off its game.
According to Andrew Gross via Twitter, New York Rangers’ forward Sean Avery will be a scratch when the team takes on the San Jose Sharks tonight.
This is quite a curious move for the Blueshirts as Avery has not been terrible for the hockey team. He plays hard, he generates scoring opportunities and for the most part, has stayed out of trouble on the ice.
On the other hand, it has definitely been noticeable that team head coach John Tortorella continues to cut down on Avery’s ice time. Whenever someone asks Tortorella about Avery, Tortorella always says that he wants Avery to be engaged in the play but at the same time, play within himself.
May be Avery is confused by the message because he is not quite sure how exactly he wants to play. He wants to play the way he always has but at the same time, he does not want to put his team in penalty trouble.
What do you folks think?
Everyone involved in the New York Rangers’ organization from the brass, to its players and to its fans should answer that with a resounding YES.
The team is winless in their last five games and tonight, take on an Atlanta Thrashers hockey team that is just four points behind them in the Eastern Conference standings. To make things a bit more interesting, the Carolina Hurricanes are only three points behind their Blueshirts with one game in hand.
The Rangers need to stop the bleeding before they have nothing left and find themselves out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second straight season. To get back on the right track tonight, the team is going to need some offense, smart play in the neutral zone and strong goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist, who should be between the pipes tonight.
When it comes to the team’s offense, Marian Gaborik needs to step up and contribute. This is a guy who can skate and shoot with the best of them and yet, he has not been able to do so this season. If Gaborik can get a goal or two tonight, it should boost his confidence and may be get him going.
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When we first heard that New York Rangers’ forward Brandon Dubinsky was going to be out with an injury for the next three to four weeks, Blueshirt fans probably wondered who was going to step up and provide the offense.
As it turns out, the player that should have been supplying offense all season long stepped up in a big way last night with four goals and an assist for five points in a 7-0 white-washing of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The player I am talking about is Marian Gaborik.
Gaborik was simply an offensive force last night. He hustled, had a nose for the net, put pucks to the net and the puck always seemed to find him at the right time. These were all the things that he did last season that allowed him to score over 40 goals.
This is the Gaborik that team needs to have on a consistent basis. With someone like Dubinsky out, goals are going to be a bit harder to come by but if Gaborik can play like he did last night going forward, the team will be a lot better off.
For the second straight game, the New York Rangers had trouble getting the tying third goal in a 3-2 loss, this time to the Philadelphia Flyers.
Down 3-0 going into the third period, the team got goals from Wojtek Wolski and Derek Stepan before Flyers’ goaltender Brian Boucher and the rest of his hockey club shut the door and skated off the Madison Square Garden ice with two big points, handing the Blueshirts their second consecutive loss of the weekend.
The Blueshirts lack of offense is becoming a growing concern in 2011 as the team has yet to score more than two goals. One player that is really having trouble is Marian Gaborik.
Gaborik is not finishing his chances, is having trouble getting the puck to the net and is being made an example of by head coach John Tortorella, as the coach benched him for part of last night’s tilt with the Flyers.
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As we head a bit further into the month of January, games start to become increasingly important and points become spared as teams begin to really figure out whether they are a playoff team or not.
Heading into tonight’s game with the Dallas Stars, the New York Rangers currently find themselves seventh in the Eastern Conference with 49 points. They are just one point behind the sixth place Atlanta Thrashers, three points behind the fifth place Washington Capitals and fourth place Philadelphia Flyers and seven points behind the Atlantic Division leading Pittsburgh Penguins.
With all of that in mind, four points are on the line this weekend as the Blueshirts take on the Dallas Stars tonight and the St. Louis Blues tomorrow night. The Stars are currently third in the Western Conference with 52 points while the Blues are seventh in the West with 46 points. As such, these are big games against two playoff calibre hockey teams.
Before getting into the details of the blog, I first must admit that I was not around to watch the New York Rangers defeat the New York Islanders by a score of 6-5 as I had a men’s league hockey game.
With that said, however, it was nice to see the Blueshirts get strong performances from their “first line” of Erik Christensen, Sean Avery and Marian Gaborik. Each had multi-point nights and was a big part of the Rangers’ offense last night.
It was even better to see that Gaborik picked up his second hat trick of the season. It seems his goals come in bunches so Ranger fans are probably hoping they’ll see more from him in tonight’s tilt at Madison Square Garden in the second game of the home-and-home series.
I also saw that back-up goaltender Martin Biron was pulled after the Islanders took a 3-2 lead in the second period. Was he really that bad or did head coach John Tortorella make the move just to wake up the team a bit?
Any time a team plays their rival, the club wants to put their best forward and do everything they can to win the hockey game even if the said club isn’t doing well in the standings.
This is especially true for tonight in tonight’s tilt at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum between the New York Rangers and the New York Islanders. The Islanders may be at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings but you know that tonight, they will bring their A-game and do everything they can to beat the Blueshirts.
With that said, this is a game that the Blueshirts cannot afford to take lightly, especially since the Islanders scored six goals on them in a 6-4 loss back in October. The Islanders are a young hockey club that certainly has the opportunity to exploit the Rangers’ weaknesses.
According to team beat writer Andrew Gross of The Record, team head coach John Tortorella tinkered with the lines in practice yesterday and could use them in tonight’s game.
After watching last night’s pre-season game between the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils, it is clear that Sean Avery is on his game.
He’s battling hard, going after the puck, being a pain in the behind and generating a lot of scoring chances. So far tonight against the Detroit Red Winds, he’s doing all the same things but has a goal to show for it.
This is a Sean Avery that Rangers’ head coach John Tortorella can live with. It’s the dumb penalties, mouthing off to the referees or becoming a distraction to the team that Torts cannot deal with.
That is where the fine line for Sean Avery is and one that will be watched closely all season long by Tortorella. In fact, it is more than likely that Torts will use that line to determine how much playing time he gets in a given game.
Believe me, I know that many fans out there hate Avery. It’s completely understandable because he’s a pest and does everything he can to get under your skin.
When Sean Avery arrived on Broadway back in February of 2007, there were many questions surrounding the pest.
What could he do offensively? Could he control himself and not take unnecessary penalties? Could he get under an opposing team’s skin?
The answer to all those questions was a resounding yes and he strutted himself from then until May of 2008. He then went onto the Dallas Stars for about half a season before returning to the bright lights of New York and being the player he was when he first came to the Rangers.
This past season was up and down as he struggled a bit offensively (31 points in 69 games) and found himself in John Tortorella’s doghouse every once in awhile. Some games, he was ever present and other games, he disappeared.
On TSN a few days ago, the channel rated the best agitators in the National Hockey League of all time.
Surprisingly or not surprisingly, New York Rangers’ forward Sean Avery was ranked at No. 5. Every fan and pundit alike has their opinions about the Blueshirt agitator but no matter what it is, Avery is certainly effective in that particular role.
Avery is a guy that you love to hate when he’s on an opposing team but love to have when he’s on yours. He knows how to get under opposing players’ skins, he goes hard into the corners and to the nets and he’s not afraid to get into a scrap. These are all things that fans love about having Avery on their side.
On the other side, however, he is quite hated. He says the wrong things, he baits players into doing things they don’t necessarily want to do. Obviously, these are good reasons to hate such a player.
Many Ranger fans are wondering the same thing that I am: what will GM Glen Sather do next to help make this a better hockey team?
At this point, and may be every other point for that matter, it’s tough to read Sather. Sather will say all the right things to the press and the things he says make sense as he mentions giving the prospects a chance to play and trying to grow the team from within.
With that being said, he does things to the contrary and goes out and signs deals that don’t make too much sense, a.k.a Derek Boogaard. Yes, I know that Boogaard was not signed to put pucks in the net but the amount of money and years for a third/fourth line player do not make sense to me.
One thing all Ranger fans that Sather must do is find a way to get rid of defenseman Wade Redden. Sather needs to admit that he made a mistake and move on whethere that’s finding a way to trade him or even demote him to the Hartford Wolf Pack. If Sather can do that, in their heart, Ranger fans may find a way to forgive him for that.
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I know that you folks want some Rangers-related news but this is the best I could do. It involves Sean Avery and Aaron Voros. More from The New York Post:
Lindsay Lohan started another fight in a club—this time with New York Ranger skaters Aaron Voros and Sean Avery at 1Oak. The troubled starlet threw a drink over Voros’ model girlfriend, Jessica Stam, and then tried to get all three thrown out of the Wildfox fall-collection party the other night. A spy relates, “Lindsay threw a fit because she wanted to be at their table near the DJ. But she claimed she didn’t want to sit with Aaron and said, ‘He’s my ex-boyfriend. I don’t want him anywhere near me.’ Voros denied knowing her. A drink then flew in Jessica’s face, and Lindsay demanded their table be moved out. Club bosses refused and tried to calm her down. Stam, Voros and Avery were shocked but didn’t retaliate, and Lindsay left shortly afterward.”
From good friend of the blog Nicholas Montemagno at The Rangers Tribune:
Steve Zipay of Newsday is reporting that forwards Ryan Callahan and Sean Avery did not take the ice for practice this morning in Tampa Bay and are not close to making their return to the lineup. This means that there is a good chance we see the same combinations we did against the Islanders on Wednesday, tomorrow when the Rangers take on Steven Stamkos and the Bolts at St. Pete Times Forum. Missing Avery and Callahan may not have directly affected the team on Wednesday, but going down the stretch it will. There is still no timetable for their return.
Defenseman Matt Gilroy and forward Enver Lisin will again be the healthy scratches, while Anders Eriksson and Corey Locke will suit up. Locke and Eriksson, both recalled from Hartford, each received under eight minutes of ice time on Long Island, so I do not see how head coach John Tortorella could have possibly seen something in them that was impressive. In my opinion, Gilroy does not deserve to still be watching from the press box for the third straight contest. Being ineffective and not playing well are two majorly different things. Gilroy has been ineffective, and that is something you fix by coaching, not punishing.
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From Steve Zipay at Blue Notes:
It’s in the same vein as Ryan Callahan’s, according to a team spokesman. Will either play against the Islanders Tuesday? We’ll know more tomorrow.
One possible scenario: Hold both out for two-game Florida trip. That would mean three additional days off if neither player practices until Thursday with the team in the Sunshine State.
Should the Rangers decide not to call up another sub from the Wolf Pack for the game in Uniondale, winger Enver Lisin could be the 12th forward. He’ll add some speed because the Blueshirts are getting thin in that aspect upfront.
Not entirely bad news, I guess. Avery has been terrific the last two weeks and we all know that Callahan works hard every single game so obviously, it’d be great to have these guys in the lineup. However, it’s obviously better to have them when they are healthy.
From great friend of the blog Nicholas Montemagno of The Rangers Tribune:
The last thing the Rangers needed was two of their more energetic and passionate players suffer from injuries in the middle of a playoff push. Unfortunately, that is the case with Ryan Callahan and Sean Avery both injuring their legs when attempting to beat out an icing call this past week. Callahan’s occurred last Sunday in Boston when he collided with defenseman Zdeno Chara. Callahan did in fact make a return after that injury in the next game against the Islanders, but then re-aggravated the pain in his right leg Thursday in New Jersey.
Sean Avery has been playing some of the best hockey of his career as of late. It has not only been scoring goals, but using his mouth, skating, knowing how to get under the skin of opponents. Sean has been a key to the Rangers recent success, or, at least their two-game success. That being said, it is going to hurt this team if Avery is out long term after having his leg pinched along the boards when chasing a puck against Luke Schenn last night in Toronto.
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From good friend of the blog Andrew Gross at The Record:
Now, the Rangers desperately need his teammates to match Avery’s intensity as they host the Blues tonight after Tuesday’s sloppy 3-1 loss to the Canadiens left them three points behind the Bruins for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Boston has a game in hand.
“We need guys to play with that kind of energy and urgency,” goalie Henrik Lundqvist said. “The last two games he’s been really good.”
In fact, other than Lundqvist, Avery was the most effective Ranger on the ice both on Tuesday and in Sunday’s 3-1 win over the seventh-place Flyers. Avery has three goals in those two games – after being a healthy scratch in Friday’s 5-2 win at Atlanta because coach John Tortorella said he was not “engaged” enough – and led the Rangers with four shots Tuesday and tied for the team lead with three hits.
“I guess it’s the time of the year when you’ve really got to buckle down and get the job done as an individual,” said Avery, who chose not to talk to the media after each of the last two games. “I’ll feel good about playing in the playoffs. I don’t think anybody is thinking about their own game versus the team’s game and getting in the playoffs.”
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From Steve Zipay at Blue Notes:
Sean Avery didn’t seem totally shocked by tonight’s benching, his first since last year’s playoffs against Washington.
Asked if he was surprised, he said, “No…I don’t know, it’s not my decision… I just hope the guys come out hard tonight and get the two points.”
Avery, who didn’t commit a penalty against the Devils, was on ice for only two shifts in the third period Wednesday. “I know what’s been asked of me, so whenever I get my next opportunity that’s certainly the thing I’m going to have to do. I’m gonna keep that to myself.”
Giving you the link to Zipay’s Blog does not always work so I figured I’d just post what Avery said.
With the New York Rangers getting set for a very important game against the Atlanta Thrashers tonight in Atlanta, Larry Brooks of The New York Post reported the following on his twitter page:
Avery a healthy scratch “not engaged enough” according to coach.
Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants said the following regarding the scratch:
Sean Avery missed five games earlier this season due to injury but, tonight, here in Atlanta, he will be a healthy scratch for the first time this season. Coach John Tortorella just finished speaking to the media and his explanation was that Avery has not been “engaged” enough in “all facets.” Tortorella says the coaching staff has talked to Avery about this but finally felt it was time to take away ice time. Avery was also benched for most of the third period in Wednesday’s 6-3 loss at New Jersey.
“We’ve asked him for a while now for more engagement,” Tortorella said. “And honestly we just haven’t seen it.”
Nicholas Montemagno of Rangers Tribune brings up a good point when it comes to New York Rangers’ pest Sean Avery:
When Tortorella was hired in 2009, a big question upon his arrival would be how he would work with Sean Avery after making a comment on television earlier that season, stating Avery does not deserve to be in the league. It took a while until the two ran into a conflict here in New York, which resulted in Avery sitting in the press box as a healthy scratch for game four of the Quarterfinal Series against the Washington Capitals.
After that occurrence, I think Tortorella then made the decision that he is going to keep a leash on Sean, and keep it very tight to boot. The fact that we no longer see Avery’s antics as often as we did while Renney was coach is a clear sign Avery has been warned about how far he is allowed to go, and that Tortorella has made sure it is known who is in control here.
If you think back to mid-January when the Blueshirts took on the Montreal Canadiens at Madison Square Garden, Avery was called for roughing as he cross-checked a player to the ice after the whistle for no apparent reason. Upon returning to the bench after serving the two minute minor, Avery quickly attempted to explain himself but was cut short by Torts, who sent him to the end of the bench where he would sit until the end of the period. Yes, it was an unnecessary penalty and yes, his benching was lifted later that night, but this once again was another example of how Tortorella means no bones about who is boss.
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From Scotty at Scotty Hockey and Larry Brooks of The New York Post:
“You can say it’s a lack of preparation, but that’s BS; it’s a lack of competitiveness. I don’t have the explanation for it. I don’t know if it’s us not holding each other accountable, or what, but it’s a total lack of respect for our fans and the organization. It’s a joke.” -Sean Avery to The New York Post
Click here for more. Ain’t that the truth, though? Which of you Ranger fans out there agree with Avery’s sentiments?
From friend of the blog Scotty over at Scotty Hockey:
In an interesting turn of events, Sean Avery ended up with sloppy seconds for once and, pardon the lewd metaphor, he nailed them proper. Unlike half of the NHL falling in love with his exes, Sean Avery took a Dallas team that was broken in by the New Jersey Devils and put them over a barrel. Nicklas Grossman roughed Avery up in the opening minutes of the match and unleashed the beast as Avery went on to take Dallas for all they were worth - one goal, three assists and one victory.
He slapped them around and sent them home with their third straight loss.
And the best part of it? The Stars paid him to do it. Seeing as they are on the hook for half his salary after buying him out last year, the same Dallas team that openly loathed him when he was signed by their side - Marty Turco, Mike Modano, Brendan Morrow especially - were whipped like the gimp in Pulp Fiction. This was a performance by the Sean Avery of old, the one prior to the Tortorella playoff castration last season. It was a work of art from Mr. Avery, who was still hit by the officiating for 12 minutes in penalties (one an undeserved misconduct, the other a deserved cross check). Hopefully Grossman’s aggression not only unleashed his team’s demise, but that of the remainder of the Ranger opponents. With Sean Avery playing as he did and with Marian Gaborik and Henrik Lundqvist playing as they always do, this Blueshirt squad is that much more difficult to beat, despite all of it’s flaws.
Click here for more from our good pal Scotty. It was certainly great to see Avery have this kind of performance but like Avery said in the post-game scrum with Stan Fischler, he needs to do it on a consistent basis.
Let’s see if he can play the same against the Atlanta Thrashers tonight!
I know that this title sounds mysterious but believe me, it’s a good thing.
On Wednesday, New York Rangers forward Sean Avery was part of a Youth Hockey Clinic series that took place at Rye Playland, the team’s former practice facility.
You can check out the photos here.
I also wanted to remind you Blueshirt fans that friend of the blog Jim Cerny hosts Rangers Radio every Friday afternoon. You can check that out here.