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RANGERS LOSE AS PRICE OUT-DUELS LUNDQVIST IN SHOOTOUT

   Game Summary                                             MTL: C. Price (W)    NYR: H. Lundqvist (OT)          Event Summary                                                                                                                                          Shootout Summary

–        POINT TAKEN – The Rangers have earned at least one point in eight of their last nine games (7-1-1 record over the span), as well as in 11 of their last 14 contests (10-3-1 record over the span).

–        HOME COOKING – The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in each of their last six home games, dating back to Feb. 5 vs. Calgary (5-0-1 record over the span).

–        TWO GOOD – The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in regulation in 10 of the last 14 games and in 36 of 59 games this season. The Blueshirts have posted a 30-4-2 record in those 36 contests in 2016-17. Continue reading

DUAL ANTHEM NIGHT TUESDAY AT MSG

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. MONTREAL CANADIENS
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 38-19-1 (77 pts)
Canadiens: 31-20-8 (70 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 59th game of the 2016-17 season tomorrow, Feb. 21, against the Montreal Canadiens in an Original Six matchup at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts have won seven of their last eight games (7-1-0), as well as 10 of their last 13 contests (10-3-0). The Rangers have posted a 38-19-1 record this season. Continue reading

RANGERS FLATTEN HOT CAPS AT GARDEN

   Game Summary                             WSH: P. Grubauer (L)   NYR: H. Lundqvist (W)        Event Summary

–        WINNING WAYS – The Rangers’ 38 wins in 2016-17 are tied for the most the team has earned through the first 58 games of one season in franchise history. The Blueshirts have earned at least 38 wins through the first 58 games of a season four times in franchise history (1972-73, 1993-94, 2011-12, 2016-17). As of the conclusion of today’s game, the Rangers rank third in the NHL in wins this season and are the only NHL team that has earned at least 19 wins both at home and on the road in 2016-17. New York has won seven of its last eight games (7-1-0), as well as 10 of its last 13 games (10-3-0). Continue reading

ISLANDERS SNEAK PAST RANGERS ON THE HORRIBLE “ICE” IN BROOKLYN

    Game Summary               NYR: H. Lundqvist (L)  NYI: T. Greiss (W)      Event Summary

–        THIRD PERIOD TALLIES – The Rangers tallied one goal in the third period of tonight’s game. The Blueshirts lead the NHL in third-period goals in 2016-17 (80), and as of the conclusion of tonight’s game, the Rangers are the only NHL team that has recorded at least 80 goals in any period thus far this season.
–        ON POINT – Rangers defensemen tallied three points (one goal, two assists) in tonight’s game and have registered nine points (four goals, five assists) over the last three games.
–        KILL ZONE – The Blueshirts were 2-for-2 (4:00) on the penalty kill in the contest. The Rangers have not allowed a power play goal against in nine of the last 12 games, including each of the last three games.
–        SHOOTING GALLERY – The Rangers registered 27 shots on goal in tonight’s game, and 15 of 18 skaters recorded at least one shot on goal in the contest.
–        BLOCK PARTY – The Blueshirts were credited with 20 blocked shots in tonight’s contest, and five of the Rangers’ six defensemen recorded at least two blocked shots. Continue reading

WHILE RANGERS LOOK TO WIN 7TH STRAIGHT, ISLES LOOK SEE IT AS GAME 7

NEW YORK RANGERS at NEW YORK ISLANDERS
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Barclays Center – Brooklyn, NY
Rangers: 37-18-1 (75 pts)
Islanders: 25-20-10 (60 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 57th game of the 2016-17 season tomorrow, Feb. 16, against the New York Islanders in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Barclays Center (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts enter the contest on a six-game winning streak, which is their longest winning streak of the season. In addition, New York has won nine of its last 11 contests (9-2-0). The Rangers have posted a 37-18-1 record this season. Continue reading

MAKE THAT SIX STRAIGHT FOR THE BLUESHIRTS

    Game Summary                            NYR: A. Raanta (W)   CBJ: S. Bobrovsky (L)                 Event Summary

–        WINNING WAYS – The Rangers’ 37 wins in 2016-17 are tied for the second-most the team has earned through the first 56 games of one season in franchise history. The Blueshirts have earned at least 37 wins through the first 56 games of a season four times in franchise history (1972-73, 1993-94, 2011-12, 2016-17), and the only season in which the team earned more than 37 wins through the first 56 games was 1972-73 (38). The Rangers extended their winning streak to six games, which is their longest winning streak of the season. In addition, New York has won nine of its last 11 games (9-2-0). The Rangers are tied for second in the NHL in wins this season.

–        ROAD WARRIORSNew York leads the NHL in road wins this season (19) and also leads the NHL in road wins since the start of the 2013-14 season (91). The Rangers have earned 19 wins within their first 26 road games of one season for the first time in franchise history. In addition, the Rangers’ 91 road wins since the start of the 2013-14 season are the most road wins the team has earned in any four-season span in franchise history. The Rangers have won eight of their last nine road games (8-1-0). The Blueshirts have also earned a win in 18 of their last 23 road contests (18-5-0), including 12 of their last 14 road games (12-2-0). New York has won each of its last four road contests, allowing five goals over the span.

–        THREE’S COMPANY – The Michael Grabner-Kevin Hayes-J.T. Miller registered three points (one goal, two assists) in tonight’s contest. The trio has recorded 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in four games since Hayes returned to the lineup, and a member of the line has registered seven of the Rangers’ 15 goals over the span.

–        GOALS GALORE – The Rangers have tallied at least three goals in each of the last five games, in six of the last seven games, & in 37 of 56 games in 2016-17.

–        TWO GOOD – The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in regulation in eight of the last 11 games and in 34 of 56 games this season. The Blueshirts have posted a 29-4-1 record in those 34 contests in 2016-17.

–        FABULOUS FEBRUARY – The Blueshirts have posted a 26-5-3 record in 34 games in February since the start of the 2014-15 season, including a 6-0-0 record in games in February this season.

–        SPECIAL TEAMSNew York outscored Columbus, 1-0, on special teams in tonight’s contest. The Rangers have outscored their opponent on special teams in 21 games this season and have posted a 17-4-0 record in those contests. In addition, the Blueshirts have posted a 31-8-0 record in games which they either outscored or tied their opponent on special teams in 2016-17.

–        KILL ZONE – New York was 4-for-4 (6:45) on the penalty kill and tallied a shorthanded goal in the contest. The Rangers are tied for the NHL lead – and lead the Eastern Conference – in shorthanded goals this season (eight).

–        ONE AND WON – Nine of the Rangers’ last 15 games have been decided by one goal, dating back to Jan. 7 at Columbus. The Rangers have won each of the last six games they have played which were decided by one goal, dating back to Jan. 22 at Detroit. In addition, the Blueshirts have posted a 15-7-1 record in one-goal games this season.

–        DOWN, BUT NOT OUT – New York has posted a 14-11-0 record in games which the opponent has tallied the first goal in 2016-17. The Rangers’ 14 wins when allowing the first goal of the game rank third in the NHL this season.

–        THIRD PERIOD TALLIES – The Blueshirts registered two goals in the third period of tonight’s game. The Rangers lead the NHL in third-period goals in 2016-17 (79). The Rangers’ 79 third-period goals are the most a team has registered in any period thus far this season.

–        Jimmy Vesey recorded the game-winning goal, tied for the game-high with two hits, registered two shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating. He is tied for second among NHL rookies in game-winning goals this season (four), and he also ranks second on the Rangers in game-winning goals in 2016-17. He is the first Ranger who has registered four game-winning goals in his rookie season since Nigel Dawes in 2007-08. In addition, Vesey has tallied each of his last two goals against the Blue Jackets.

–        Antti Raanta stopped 30 of 32 shots he faced, including 24 of 25 shots he faced over the final two periods, to earn his 11th win of the season. Raanta also recorded 11 wins in his first season with the Rangers in 2015-16. Raanta has posted an 11-3-0 record, along with a 2.11 GAA, a .928 SV%, and 2 SO in 16 starts this season, and he has allowed two goals or fewer in 12 of the 16 starts. In addition, he has made at least 30 saves in 19 games in his NHL career; he has posted a 16-2-1 record, along with a 1.95 GAA, a .946 SV%, and 2 SO in those 19 appearances.

–        Kevin Hayes tallied two points (one goal, one assist), including a shorthanded assist, tied for the team-high with four shots on goal, and won six of 11 faceoffs (54.5%) in 18:41 of ice time. He leads the NHL in shorthanded assists (five) and shorthanded points (six) this season. He is the first Ranger who has recorded at least five shorthanded assists in one season since Mark Messier in 1996-97 (six), and he is the first Blueshirt who has recorded at least six shorthanded points in one season since Brandon Prust in 2010-11 (seven). Hayes extended his point streak to four games (two goals, five assists over the span). In addition, he is one assist, two goals, and three points away from tying his career-high in each category. The Rangers have posted a 26-2-0 record in games which Hayes has recorded a point this season, including a 13-0-0 record in games which he has tallied a goal in 2016-17.

–        Alain Vigneault earned his 181st career win as the Rangers’ Head Coach in tonight’s contest, tying Frank Boucher for third place on the franchise’s all-time wins list among head coaches. The only head coaches who have earned more wins with the Rangers than Vigneault are Emile Francis and Lester Patrick. Since Vigneault became the Rangers’ Head Coach prior to the start of the 2013-14 season, the Rangers are tied for the NHL lead – and lead the Eastern Conference – in wins.

–        Dan Girardi registered a shorthanded goal, tied for the team-high with three blocked shots, and recorded two shots on goal in 16:22 of ice time. He is the first Rangers defenseman who has tallied a shorthanded goal since Ryan McDonagh on Mar. 7, 2014 at Carolina. Girardi ranks second among Rangers defensemen in goals this season (four), and he has tallied a point in two of his last three games (one goal, one assist).

–        J.T. Miller recorded an assist and won three of six faceoffs (50.0%) in 19:23 of ice time. He recorded his first career shorthanded assist in tonight’s game, and he ranks fourth in the NHL in shorthanded points this season (four; three goals, one assist). Miller extended his point streak to seven games, tying his career-high (two goals, nine assists over the span). He has also registered a point in 17 of the last 19 games, recording 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists) in those contests. Miller has established career-highs in assists (28) and points (46) this season, and he leads the Rangers in points in 2016-17. Miller has tallied a point in 29 of the Rangers’ 37 wins this season, and the Blueshirts have posted a 29-5-0 record in games which he has recorded a point in 2016-17.

–        Derek Stepan tallied an assist on the game-winning goal and posted a plus-one rating in 20:18 of ice time. Stepan leads the Rangers in primary assists this season (21). He has notched an assist/point in each of the last two games (two assists) and has recorded 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) in the last 23 contests.

–        Nick Holden recorded an assist on the game-winning goal while skating in a team-high 23:56 of ice time. He is tied for first among Rangers defensemen in even strength points this season (22). In addition, Holden has recorded 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in the last 24 games, including 10 points (four goals, six assists) in the last 20 games.

–        Jesper Fast was credited with two blocked shots while skating in his 200th career NHL game.

 

Tomorrow (Tuesday, Feb. 14): Team is OFF
Wednesday, Feb. 15: Practice, 11:00 a.m. at MSG Training Center
Next Game: Thursday, Feb. 16 at NY Islanders (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network)

NEW YORK RANGERS PROSPECT REPORT: FEB. 6 – FEB. 12

NEW YORK RANGERS PROSPECT REPORT: FEB. 6 – FEB. 12

BY: The New York Rangers

 

1) Ryan Gropp, LW, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) – Gropp posted a multi-point game in all four games last week, registering 13 points (seven goals, six assists) and a plus-10 rating in the four contests. Gropp recorded a hat trick, including the game-winning goal, on Feb. 7 at Victoria, and he concluded the week by registering four points (two goals, two assists) on Feb. 11 vs. Portland.

The Rangers’ second-round pick (41st overall) extended his point streak to a WHL career-high 12 games, and he has tallied 26 points (11 goals, 15 assists) and posted a plus-20 rating over the span. He has recorded a goal in each of the last six contests, registering nine goals over the span. In addition, Gropp has recorded a point in 17 of the last 18 contests, registering 32 points (13 goals, 19 assists) and a plus-27 rating in those 18 games. During the 18-game stretch, Gropp has posted a plus-one rating or better in 16 different contests. Gropp leads Seattle in goals (22) and points (56), and he ranks second in assists (34) this season.

2) Igor Shesterkin, G, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL) – Shesterkin represented Russia at the 2017 Sweden Hockey Games last week, a four-nation tournament that includes teams from the Czech Republic, Finland, Sweden, and Russia. The Rangers’ fourth round pick (118th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft made 23 saves on 24 shots while helping Russia defeat Finland, 2-1, on Feb. 9, and he was selected as the best goaltender in the tournament.

3) Sean Day, D, Windsor Spitfires (OHL) – Day registered two points (one goal, one assist) and a plus-four rating in three games during the week. The Rangers’ third round pick (81st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft has recorded three points (two goals, one assist) and a plus-eight rating over the last six contests. Day has tallied 29 points (14 goals, 15 assists) and has posted a plus-18 rating in 49 OHL games this season with Windsor and Mississauga. He has established an OHL career-high in goals this season, and he is tied for third among OHL defensemen in goals in 2016-17.

  • Adam Tambellini registered his first career AHL hat trick on Feb. 10 at Springfield, recording all three of the Wolf Pack’s goals in a 3-2 win. The Rangers’ third round pick (65th overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft has notched five points (four goals, one assist) in the last five games and 11 points (five goals, six assists) in the last 12 contests. Tambellini is tied for second on the Wolf Pack in points (28) and is tied for third on the team in goals (11) this season. 
  • Nicklas Jensen recorded a point in each of Hartford’s two games last week (one goal, one assist), and he added to his AHL career-high in goals by tallying his 21st of the season on Feb. 11 at Hershey. Jensen has recorded a point in 21 of his last 25 games in the AHL, registering 25 points (15 goals, 10 assists) over the span. He is tied for fourth in the AHL in goals this season, and he leads the Wolf Pack in goals and points (36) in 2016-17. 
  • Brandon Halverson stopped 32 of 34 shots he faced and earned a win on Feb. 10 at Springfield. The Rangers’ second-round pick (59th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft has earned a win in three of his last four appearances, and he has made at least 30 saves in two of those four contests. 
  • John Gilmour tallied an assist on Feb. 11 at Hershey. He has notched five assists/points in the last four games and eight assists/points in the last 13 games.

 

  • Gabriel Fontaine, C, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL) – Fontaine notched an assist on Feb. 9 at Gatineau. The Rangers’ sixth round pick (171st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft has tallied a point in six of the last eight games (one goal, five assists), as well as 12 of the last 15 games (10 goals, eight assists). Fontaine has registered 43 points (19 goals, 24 assists) and a plus-16 rating in 46 QMJHL games this season (he recorded 20 goals and 25 assists for 45 points in 63 QMJHL contests in 2015-16).
  • Ty Ronning, RW, Vancouver Giants (WHL) – Ronning registered a goal and posted a plus-one rating on Feb. 8 at Prince George. The Rangers’ seventh round pick (201st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft has tallied a point in 11 of the last 20 games, recording 15 points (10 goals, five assists) over the span. He leads the Giants in goals (21) and points (43), and ranks third in assists (22) this season.
  • Tyler Wall, G, UMass Lowell River Hawks (NCAA) – Wall earned a win in both of his appearances/starts last week, posting a 2.00 GAA and a .902 SV% in the two contests. The Rangers’ sixth round pick (174th overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft extended his winning streak to four games, and he has allowed two goals or fewer in three of the four appearances. Wall has posted an 18-8-1 record, along with a 2.20 GAA, a .914 SV%, and 1 SO in 27 appearances this season.
  • Sergey Zborovskiy, D, Regina Pats (WHL) – Zborovskiy tallied an assist and posted a plus-two rating on Feb. 10 at Edmonton. The Rangers’ third round pick (79th overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft leads the WHL in plus/minus rating this season (plus-60). Zborovskiy has registered 29 assists and 35 points in 2016-17, both of which are WHL career-highs.

“I think I’ve become more of a reliable player defensively and more of a 200-foot guy. I think I’ve really grown a lot in that area this season, especially on the penalty kill. I’ve been doing that quite a bit. Just being good in my own zone and not cheating for offense and things like that.”Ryan Gropp

“He’s a quiet guy that goes about his business by himself, but right now he’s leading by example. When you see a guy like that … that’s definitely leading by example.”Seattle Thunderbirds Head Coach Steve Konowalchuk on Ryan Gropp

(SAT) LUNDQVIST WINS 400TH AS RANGERS COME FROM BEHIND TO WIN AT MSG

    Game Summary                              COL: C. Pickard (L)  NYR: H. Lundqvist (W)               Event Summary

        WINNING WAYS – The Rangers’ 36 wins in 2016-17 are tied for the third-most the team has earned through the first 55 games of one season in franchise history. The Blueshirts have earned at least 36 wins through the first 55 games of a season four times in franchise history (1972-73, 1993-94, 2011-12, 2016-17), and the only seasons in which the team earned more than 36 wins through the first 55 games were 1972-73 (38) and 2011-12 (37). The Rangers extended their winning streak to five games, which is tied for their longest winning streak of the season (the Blueshirts also posted a five-game winning streak from Oct. 30 – Nov. 6). In addition, New York has won eight of its last 10 games (8-2-0). The Rangers are one of two NHL teams that have earned 18 wins both at home and on the road this season (along with Minnesota) and are the only Eastern Conference team that has accomplished the feat thus far in 2016-17. Continue reading

HAYES-MILLER-GRABNER LEAD THE WAY TO ANOTHER RANGERS WIN

  Game Summary                                  NSH: J. Saros (L)  NYR: H. Lundqvist (W)               Event Summary

        WINNING WAYS – The Rangers’ 35 wins in 2016-17 are tied for the third-most the team has earned through the first 54 games of one season in franchise history. The Blueshirts have earned at least 35 wins through the first 54 games of a season five times in franchise history (1972-73, 1991-92, 1993-94, 2011-12, 2016-17), and the only seasons in which the team earned more than 35 wins through the first 54 games were 1972-73 (37) and 2011-12 (36). The Rangers extended their winning streak to four games, which is their second-longest winning streak of the season (longest is five games from Oct. 30 – Nov. 6). In addition, New York has won seven of its last nine games (7-2-0). Continue reading

RANGERS TO TANGO WITH PREDS AT MSG THURSDAY

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. NASHVILLE PREDATORS
Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 34-18-1 (69 pts)
Predators: 26-19-8 (60 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers 

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 54th game of the 2016-17 season and continue a season-long, four-game homestand tomorrow, Feb. 9, against the Nashville Predators at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts enter the contest on a three-game winning streak and have won six of the last eight contests (6-2-0). The Rangers have posted a 34-18-1 record this season. Continue reading