Veteran RW Marian Gaborik racked up four points against New York Rangers teammate Henrik Lundqvist, lifting Team Chara past Team Alfredsson 12-9 to cap this year’s NHL All-Star festivities at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa. (more)
The defending champion Chicago Blackhawks are set to kick off their 2010-2011 regular season against the Colorado Avalanche Thursday, October 7th at the Pepsi Center. Opening day will also feature the Pittsburgh Penguins introduce the new CONCOL Energy Center against their in-state rival Philadelphia Flyers. Other October 7 matchups include Montreal at Toronto and Calgary at Edmonton.
The New York Rangers will begin their campaign Saturday, October 9th against the Buffalo Sabres before the Islanders welcome them into the Coliseum just two days later. A handful of teams are scheduled to showcase their talents in Helsinki, Finland; Stockholm, Sweden and Prague, Czech Republic (Carolina vs Minnesota, San Jose vs Columbus, Boston vs Phoenix).
With the NHL draft approaching, numerous hockey clubs are looking to make moves early on before the new selections are set in stone. It’s been rumored for the Chicago front office to trade away someone like Kris Versteeg (guaranteed $3 million next season) for higher draft picks. “We know the draft is important to our franchise,” said Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman. “If we can pick up another asset somewhere, that’s kind of our goal, because we have to continue to have young players developing and coming into our lineup each season.” More NHL updates to come right here at Ace!
Erik Christensen notched the go-ahead goal in the first round of last night’s shootout for the New York Rangers to win over the New Jersey Devils 4-3 at the Prudential Center. Ilya Kovalchuk found the net early to give New Jersey the early edge before Brandon Dubinsky evened the score on a power play 7:32 into the second period. The third block featured two goals from both sides, eventually setting the stage for Christensen in the end.
Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist came up with 38 saves, including the crucial stops in three rounds of OT. “We can’t let up because of the situation we’re in,” said Rangers coach John Tortorella. “There is no sense of feeling the pressure here. You lose a couple of games with so few left, you’re done. You have to just go out and play.” New York is next set to face the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday as the Devils play host to the Montreal Canadiens.
Miroslav Satan and Dennis Wideman each found the net for the Boston Bruins to claim victory over the New York Rangers 2-1 yesterday at the TD Garden. Following a scoreless first period, Vladimir Sobotka set up Satan across the way to tack one on the board with 4:24 left in the second. Wideman then added the necessary insurance 10:20 into the third with an impressive back hand to the top-right corner. Michael Del Zotto cut the lead in half for the Rangers just minutes later, but there from there it was too late to stage a complete comeback.
Tuukka Rask earned 23 saves on the night, most of which were collected during New York’s six power play opportunities. “I can’t even remember when we won the last game 2-1,” said Rask, “but it’s something the team needs. We need these tight games and we need to win them. I think that’s going to help us.” The Bruins are scheduled to face off against the Atlanta Thrashers tomorrow night before hosting the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday. Boston Bruins tickets are now available!
Ryan Callahan contributed two second period goals for the New York Rangers to defeat the Ottawa Senators 4-1 Tuesday at Scotiabank Place. The Senators were skating strong to start with a Milan Michalek score 3:51 into the contest. From there the Rangers took over, netting all four of their game total goals in the second. They kept the lead through the final block as both squads failed to further produce on the offensive end.
“I just thought we stayed with it,” said Rangers coach John Tortorella. “Even though we were down 1-0 – the first shot goes in – I thought we played a good first period. I thought we were pretty good through the neutral zone, our forechecking was coming, we give up an odd-man rush that cost us but we stayed with it and continued to just try to play a simple game.” The Rangers are next set to take on Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins tomorrow night while the Senators hit the road to matchup with the Carolina Hurricanes.
The New York Rangers scored four goals in the second period to coast past the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 yesterday at Madison Square Garden. The lightning started out strong in the first with a pair of scores before the Rangers really found their rhythm. Erik Christensen was able to produce back to back goals after assisting Vaclav Prospal before the start of the third.
Chris Drury knocked in the final dagger in the last minute on empty net to end the contest up three. “We try to get off to good starts every day, every game,” said Drury. “Some nights we can turn it on and win, but we are not consistent. Starts are crucial and we should be looking, when we get back, to improve on our starts.”
NHL players have some days to rest as others compete for their respective countries in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. The Lightning will return to host the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday, March 2nd as the Rangers travel to Ottawa to match up with the Senators.
Marian Garborik netted a goal in each period to lift the New York Rangers past the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 Sunday at Pepsi Arena. Gaborik last produced a hat trick during his five goal performance against his fellow Rangers as a member of the Minnesota Wild back in 2007. The 10-year veteran RW is currently leading New York in total points with 33 goals and 32 assists.
“It’s a boost of energy for this club and myself as well to finally get a win and feel good about ourselves,” said Gaborik after saving his team from losing their sixth consecutive contest. The Avalanche have also been struggling since falling short against Minnesota and Dallas last weekend.
“Anytime a guy scores a hat trick, it’s a good offensive night,” said Colorado’s T.J. Galiardi. “We’ve got to know a guy like that is going to be a threat all night and he burned us.” The Avs eventually broke the shutout through Cody McLeod’s goal 12:39 into the third. Colorado is set to face off against the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight as the Rangers travel west to take on the Kings.
Christopher Higgins notched the go-ahead goal with 1:30 left in the third block for the New York Rangers to win over the Boston Bruins 3-2 yesterday at Madison Square Garden. New York dominated the first two periods with a 2-0 lead, which led to a pair of Bruins goals supplied by Matt Hunwick and Blake Wheeler before Higgins eventually put the game to rest.
Bruins players and coaches believe they could have shown more consistency throughout the contest. “There is no doubt we have a lot of character,” said Wheeler. “I can’t even count the number of times where we’ve been down after two periods and we come out in the third and give a really solid 20 minutes. But it’s not good enough. If we compete for 60 minutes, it’s a different story.”
Boston will have to battle on without their leading scorer Patrice Bergeron, who was hit in the hand by a shot in the second fired by teammate Dennis Wideman. Bergeron is set to travel home as the rest of the Bruins head to Ottawa to matchup with the Senators. With Bergeron sidelined the organization will call to veteran winger Miroslav Satan to contribute immediately on the offensive end. Satan just recently signed a one-year $700,000 deal with Boston.
“I think this is a team which will have a chance to go deep in the playoffs and I think the way the team is built,” said Satan. “I think it could use a player like me.” The B’s will see the Rangers again on Saturday after hosting the Chicago Blackhawks this coming Thursday. Boston Bruins tickets are available right here at AceTicket.com!
The 2011 Winter Classic has been rumored to take place at Yankee Stadium and feature the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals. New York fans are thrilled to be up for major consideration after the league passed them by for the 2009 and 2010 events. Last year’s contest featured the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings at Wrigley Field. Fenway Park is scheduled to ring in the new decade, showcasing the highly anticipated regular season matchup between the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers.
Yankees COO Lonn Trost said they were very close to hosting the upcoming Classic that eventually found its way to Boston. “The NHL had issues with – it would have created too many logistical issues,” said Trost. “But we certainly were in discussions, and we certainly will continue to be. We want to do it.” Don’t miss the Winter Classic at Fenway in Boston, MA Friday, January 1st!