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AFTER DEFEAT TO HABS, RANGERS LOOK TO TURN OVER NEW LEAFS

NEW YORK RANGERS at TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, 7:30 p.m. ET
Air Canada Centre – Toronto, ON
Rangers: 38-19-2 (78 pts)
Maple Leafs: 28-20-11 (67 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 60th game of the 2016-17 season tomorrow, Feb. 23, against the Toronto Maple Leafs in an Original Six matchup at Air Canada Centre (7:30 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 1050 AM). The Blueshirts have won seven of their last nine games (7-1-1), as well as 10 of their last 14 contests (10-3-1). The Rangers have posted a 38-19-2 record this season. Continue reading

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

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)

IT’S THE BATTLE OF BLUE, SHIRTS VERSUS JACKETS IN COLUMBUS TONIGHT

NEW YORK RANGERS at COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, 7:30 p.m. ET
Nationwide Arena – Columbus, OH
Rangers: 36-18-1 (73 pts)
Blue Jackets: 35-14-5 (75 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

TONIGHT’S GAME

The Rangers play their 56th game of the 2016-17 season tonight, Feb. 13, against the Columbus Blue Jackets in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Nationwide Arena (7:30 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts enter the contest on a five-game winning streak, which is tied for their longest winning streak this season. In addition, New York has won eight of its last 10 contests (8-2-0). The Rangers have posted a 36-18-1 record this season. 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

CHEESESTEAKS UPSET RANGERS STOMACHS IN 2-0 SHUTOUT AT MSG

    Game Summary                                           PHI: S. Mason (W)  NYR: H. Lundqvist (L)               Event Summary

SHOOTING GALLERY – The Blueshirts registered 34 shots on goal in tonight’s contest, as 15 of 18 skaters recorded at least one shot on goal in the game. New York has registered at least 30 shots on goal in six of the last eight games and in nine of the last 14 contests.

SHUTTING THE DOOR – The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in regulation in each of the last four games and in 30 of 49 games this season.

FULL HOUSE – Tonight’s game was the Rangers’ 210th consecutive regular-season sellout and the Blueshirts’ 251st consecutive sellout (regular season and playoffs combined). The Rangers’ sellout streak dates back to Nov. 3, 2011.

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 24 of 26 shots he faced in the contest. He has allowed two goals or fewer in each of his last four appearances, posting a 3-1-0 record, along with a 1.50 GAA, a .945 SV% (104 saves on 110 shots), and 1 SO over the span.

Alain Vigneault coached his 295th career game as the Rangers’ Head Coach in tonight’s contest, tying Phil Watson for sixth place on the franchise’s all-time games coached list.

Derek Stepan tied for the game-high with five shots on goal and led the Rangers with eight faceoff wins in 18:55 of ice time.

Nick Holden tied for the game-high – and led the Rangers – with five hits in 19:44 of ice time in the contest.

  • Alain Vigneault, New York Rangers head coach 

On the team’s play…

“I thought the guys competed real hard tonight, they came ready to play.  I felt we set the tone early and had some broken opportunities.  We played the right way, and there’s no doubt that tonight our power play struggled a little bit.  We had a lot of opportunities.  Our five on five play was good.  We had an opportunity to clear the puck on their goal on the power play.  Grabs [Michael Grabner] had it right on his stick, and I think they got a bounce off Grabs again.  It’s the type of game where you feel you deserve more, but there’s some games like this.”

On the first fifty games of the season…

“We’re a team that definitely added some youth, and added some speed.  And the further [into] the league we’re in, talent has no age.  We’ve got some talent on this team, and we’re trying to put it together.  We’re trying to improve on a daily basis, and that’s what we’re going to continue to try and do.  It’s a tough league, it’s a league where you’ve got to battle every night.”

On tonight’s power play…

“It’s all about our execution.  You’ve got to handle the puck, and we didn’t handle the puck.”

On the second half of the season…

“One game at a time.  Again, it’s such a competitive league where, in my estimation, there are no bad teams.  And if you look at the standings right now, in our conference, everybody’s still in, so you’re going to have to get ready for every game and prepare yourself to go out and work hard and execute.  I thought we did that tonight, and unfortunately, we didn’t have the finish.”

On tonight’s game…

“We did what we had to do to get through the first two periods, the first period we gave up a couple of outnumbered rushes and got a couple of good saves from Mason. Second period we just didn’t win enough battles in key areas, down low in our zone and our own blue line and at different times down low in their zone. We did what we had to do to be in the game and tied 0-0 going into the third period. We had a good third-period power play score and the penalty kill did its job and it was a good road win.” 

On Steve Mason regaining his footing …

“Yea he was good again tonight, he did a good job. I don’t know that he ever lost his footing, there are ups and downs for every player in this game but for sure he did a great job for us tonight.”

  • Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers goaltender

On what he saw from the Flyers tonight…

 “They defended really well.  I thought we played a pretty good game.  We just didn’t get it done on the special teams.  They kill off our power play and then get one opportunity on their power play and for some reason, we didn’t get a player there and they cashed in.  It was a tight game but it felt like we had an edge.  We created a little bit more and we had good energy, but we came up short.  Obviously, you go 50 minutes and it’s a tie game, then a bounce like that where we don’t manage to clear the puck, and after that, they kind of shut it down.  You have to give them some credit there, they defended really well.  We wanted to finish strong before the break.  There were a lot of good things, but it was not enough.”

On what he wants to see from the team after the break…

 “A lot of the things we’ve been doing lately.  I think defending better, we’re doing that.  We’re focusing on a lot of different things in our game to help the team to have success.  You look at our record; I don’t think we should change too much.  It’s going to come down to determination every night, wanting to win every game and pay the price, because as you go down the stretch more and more teams are going to have that desperation and you’re going to have to match it.  The difference between the teams is not very big, so it’s just the mindset.  We definitely have the skill and we have the structure to be a really strong team, and then it comes down to that desperation, and we have that.  So we will go and enjoy the break and go for the push here.”

  • Ryan McDonagh, New York Rangers defenseman

On tonight’s game…

“I think we did a lot of good things five-on-five.  We looked fast out there.  We didn’t spend time in our zone and we didn’t give them too many looks.  It came down to special teams here and against this team it usually does.  It seems like whoever gets power play goals, whoever’s power play gets it, a goal or something like that, it’s the difference.  So it was unfortunate because we had a lot of opportunities but couldn’t get much out of it, and you know it’s gone cold here this last stretch of games.  This break will be good here.  We’ll get to look at some things and come back refreshed and recharged and ready to go.”

On what he’s looking for from the team after the break …

 “I still like what our team does night in and night out and we should have a lot of confidence in this team.  It didn’t happen tonight but I think we’ve got a stretch of home games here coming out of the break so that’s a good opportunity for us to get back on a roll again and rest up here a little bit.  But ultimately I like what our team’s done and we’re still in a good spot here as we continue to go on with the season.”

  • Derek Stepan, New York Rangers forward

On tonight’s game…

“We had our looks. We hit a post or Mason made a save. That was the outcome of the game tonight.” 

On why the power play isn’t converting…

“The last few games you could argue a number of things in why it wasn’t working. Tonight, I thought we worked extremely hard and we got the same results. Power plays, it’s important to have swagger and you have to go out and work hard. Sometimes you have to get a bounce.” 

On whether the Flyers contained them…

“No, we had our looks. We had a lot of looks. They did a good job of defending, no doubt, but I thought we did a good job offensively creating our chances. We had some grade-A chances that we missed the net on late, too. Zuke hits a pipe, and then they come down and score on us.”

  • J.T. Miller, New York Rangers forward

On the team’s performance…

“I thought we played a great 60-minute game. For most of the game, we were the better team. Early on we definitely had some good looks and could’ve been playing with a lead, but their goalie made some great saves. A couple unlucky bounces on their goals, but sometimes that happens. I thought we did a lot of good things tonight.” 

On special teams making the difference tonight…

“Yeah, they got one late there to make it 2-0. I thought we had some good looks on the power play, too. We just couldn’t cash in.” 

On the All-Star break…

“I think we’re just focused on getting our last little bit of rest before the final stretch here, the last 30 games or so. Everybody’s going to enjoy it and then we’re going to look forward to Tuesday.”

  • Steve Mason, Philadelphia Flyers goaltender

On the team’s last two wins…

“It’s definitely something to build off of for everybody.  It’s been a tough stretch the last month or so mentally I think for everybody.  We’ve had two games recently over here on the road against two quality hockey clubs and to be able to come away with four points is definitely something to build off of.  We’re going right back home tomorrow night and going to have a real strong test as well.” 

On the team’s play in front of him…

“I try to just focus on my job and that is to stop the puck regardless of what’s going on in front of you.  At no point was I worried that we weren’t going to get anything.  I was more focused on not trying to give them anything.”

  • Wayne Simmonds, Philadelphia Flyers forward

On the team’s mood heading into the third period…

“We’ve got Mase [Steve Mason].  Mase played great for us.  He allowed us to get our feet under us.  I thought we started coming on in the second half of the second.  The first half of the game wasn’t the greatest but Mase stood in there and made some unbelievable saves for us.  We got a little bit going in the third and got two there.” 

On the team heading into the break on a three-game win streak …

“I think it would be unbelievable for us.  We have to focus shift by shift and can’t jump ahead.  Toronto is a great team that has been playing really well and we can’t look past them.  We have to make sure we’re ready for tomorrow night and that we’re getting a better effort than tonight and same as the second half of that third period there.”

Thursday, Jan. 26 – Sunday, Jan. 29: NHL All-Star Break (Team is OFF)
Monday, Jan. 30: Practice, 2:00 p.m. at MSG Training Center
Next Game: Tuesday, Jan. 31 vs. Columbus (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG 2)

RANGERS WELCOME KINGS TO NEW YORK

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. LOS ANGELES KINGS
Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 30-16-1 (61 pts)
Kings: 22-20-4 (48 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

TODAY’S GAME

The Rangers play their 48th game of the 2016-17 season and conclude a back-to-back set today, Jan. 23, against the Los Angeles Kings at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 1050 AM). The Blueshirts have won each of the last two games, allowing two goals over the span. The Rangers have posted a 30-16-1 record this season.

RANGERS VS. KINGS

  • All-Time: 67-45-16-3 (37-20-6-1 at home; 30-25-10-2 on the road)
  • 2016-17: Tomorrow’s game is the first of two meetings between the Rangers and Kings, and the only meeting between the two teams at MSG. Following tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers and Kings will face each other on the following date: Mar. 25 (at Los Angeles).
  • 2015-16: The Rangers posted a 0-0-2 record (0-0-1 at home; 0-0-1 on the road). New York registered at least three goals in each of the two contests. Kevin Hayes led the Rangers with two goals and three points in two games, while J.T. Miller, Derek Stepan, and Mats Zuccarello each recorded one goal and one assist during the season series.
  • The Rangers have earned at least one point in eight of their last 11 games against the Kings, dating back to Dec. 17, 2008 (5-3-3).

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RANGERS: LEAFS NOT HOSPITABLE GUESTS AT MSG

Game Summary                                TOR: F. Andersen (W)  NYR: H. Lundqvist (L)         Event Summary

–        THREE’S COMPANY – The Chris KreiderDerek StepanMats Zuccarello line has tallied 27 points (11 goals, 16 assists) over the last eight games (including tonight). The three players have registered 51 points – including 19 goals – in the Rangers’ 19 games since Dec. 1. Zuccarello has registered an assist on 11 of Kreider’s last 12 goals, dating back to Dec. 3 vs. Carolina.

–        SHOOTING GALLERY – The Rangers registered 36 shots on goal in tonight’s contest. The Blueshirts have recorded at least 30 shots on goal in each of the last two games and in five of the last eight contests.

–        FULL HOUSE – Tonight’s game was the Rangers’ 207th consecutive regular season sellout and the Blueshirts’ 248th consecutive sellout (regular season and playoffs combined). The Rangers’ sellout streak dates back to Nov. 3, 2011. Continue reading