The New York Rangers were up on the Toronto Maple Leafs by just one goal heading into the third. After Sean Avery’s goal two minutes into the period, the festivities continued for the Rangers as they eventually went on to win 7-2 last night in New York. “We had a great start to the second period, but then it was like we stopped playing,” said Rangers forward Vaclav Prospal. “After two periods Torts came in and he wasn’t really happy. We responded the right way, took the play back to them, scored the fourth goal right away. It was a lot easier after that.”
Throughout the Rangers offensive party yesterday, eight players were able to earn at least one point. Defenseman Dan Girardi and Sean Avery both scored twice with Wade Redden adding a goal and two assists. Ryan Callahan and Marian Gaborik also scored for New York. Goalie Henrik Lundqvist came up with 27 saves. The Rangers will next host the Los Angeles Kings before heading to Toronto to rematch the Maple Leafs.
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Rangers RW Marian Gaborik was able to net two goals in the third period and lead New York past Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals 4-3 yesterday at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. The Rangers were down a goal until 8:09 into the 3rd when Gaborik tacked one on the board (assisted by Vaclav Prospal). Three minutes later it was Gaborik again, this time on a power play effort in favor of the Rangers. “It’s why players like him are so special,” said New York’s Chris Drury of Gaborik. “They can change the game on one play – and on one shot.”
After last year’s post-season when the Capitals came back from a 3-1 deficit on New York to further advance, the Rangers showed up for revenge today and certainly proved themselves as major contenders for 2009-10. The Atlantic Division is jam packed with talent between New York, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia. The Rangers are now scheduled to play on Sunday against the Anaheim Ducks, a team that just handled the highly favored Boston Bruins 6-1.
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New York Rangers defensemen Matt Gilroy scored the games final goal at the end of the second period as New York held on to win over the New Jersey Devils 3-2 yesterday in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils for the first time since 2002 have lost their intitial two regular season contests. The Rangers were down 2-1 early on but rallied back before both teams were eventually shut down throughout the entire third period.
“We didn’t come out ready,” captain Chris Drury said. “It was pretty obvious at the start of the game and he let us know. From that point on I thought we responded very well. You’re not always going to get away with bad starts like that.”
The biggest game changer for the Rangers was their ability to score in power-play opportunities. Before their matchup against the Devils, New York was 0-for-9 in all of their previous power-play attempts for the season. The Rangers will next face off against the Washington Capitals while New Jersey heads to Tampa Bay to take on the Lightning.
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The New York Rangers bounced back from their season opening loss in Pittsburgh with a big win at MSG last night, beating the Ottawa Senators 5-2. The Rangers got two goals from Brandon Dubinsky and two more from his linemates, Vaclav Prospal and Marian Gaborik. Henrik Lundqvist was sharp in goal for New York with 32 saves.
The Rangers will play their old rival the New Jersey Devils at NJ on Monday night. Rangers tickets still available for this and all Rangers games.
After six years away from the NHL, former veteran RW Theo Fleury is determined to make a comeback at the age of 41 years old. Fleury ran into trouble with the league after violating the NHL substance abuse policy during the 2002-2003 season. Since then with the help of Alcoholics Anonymous and his family members, the seven time All-Star reached out for reinstatement.
Drafted 166th overall by the Calgary Flames in 1987, Fleury is currently in the process of signing back with the first team that gave him a look to begin with. During his 15 previous seasons with the Flames, Colorado Avalanche, New York Rangers, and Chicago Blackhawks, he earned 455 goals with 633 assists. If he doesn’t make the Flames line up, he will be expected to be a part of the Abbotsford Flames farm team.
Aside from his quest to re-join the NHL, Fleury more importantly is happy to be back on the right track. “I think the biggest thing is that I’m healthy again,” he said. “I’ve lost a lot of weight and eating properly and sleeping well. It’s been all part of my personal growth more than anything else.”
Mark Messier is once again a part of the New York Rangers franchise. This time “the Captain” will act as the assistant to the GM. Many assume Messier is being groomed to replace current GM Glen Sather. Glen Sather and Messier have had great history together dating back to their days in Edmonton, with Sather as Messier’s coach. New York seems like a logical choice for Messier’s foray into the front office. He enjoyed some of the best years of his career in New York and in the fans minds is probably the most popular Ranger of all time. Messier famously led the Rangers to a Stanley Cup in 1994 after a long 54 year drought.
Messier will be joining a Rangers team that many consider to be on the upswing. With the right moves look for the Rangers at the top of Eastern Conference standings season.
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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundgvist came up with 38 saves to help the Rangers notch the win against the Washington Capitals last night at Madison Square Garden. “He’s amazing, he’s our heartbeat, and he gives everyone confidence that is playing in front of him,” said defenseman Paul Mara, who took the initial lead for New York with a goal 13:55 into the first. “He’s awesome. We love him. He’s the king.”
Chris Drury scored early in the second period to give the Rangers a two goal advantage. From there they were able to shut the Capitals offense down, aside from Alex Ovechkin who scored 2:13 into the 3rd. This marked his first goal of the series, despite leading the NHL with 56 goals this season.
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Alex Ovechkin conrtibuted two assists for the Washington Capitals as they went on to dominate the New York Rangers 4-0, cutting the series deficit to 2-1. “It was an important game, but it’s over,” said Ovechkin. “It?s done. It’s history. And we have to battle next game.”
The Capitals had a lot of help from their 20 year old goal-keeper Simeon Varlamov, who came up with 33 saves. Rangers coach John Tororella was very displeased with his team, saying “They played very well defensively and I thought we stunk defensively. That was the key to the game. They defended very well in front of their net and we were chasing our tail all night long ? spinning and watching the puck.”
The series will stay in New York for one more game before they move back to Washington for game 5. Game 4 will be played Wednesday, April 22nd at 7:00 pm. NHL playoff tickets are still available.
The New York Rangers shutout the Washington Capitals today in D.C. to take a commanding 2-0 series lead. The Rangers won on a first period goal by Ryan Callahan on the 2nd shot of the game for New York. Callahan’s goal was all the Rangers would need as Henrik Lunqvist completed a 35 save shutout, his 3rd career playoff shutout. The Capitals changed things up in net on their end, going with the 20 year old Simeon Varlamov. Varlamov was impressive, stopping 23 of 24 shots in his first playoff appearance.
The #7 seed New York Rangers were not expected to get past the 1st round but under the guidance of new coach John Tortorella, New York seems to have found an identity. With their mediocre regular season behind the Rangers could be a threat in these Stanley Cup playoffs. If so they will have to get past some tough times including a possible 2nd round matchup with a very tough Boston Bruins team.
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Brandon Dubinsky scored the go ahead goal with 8:17 left in regulation for the New York Rangers to beat out the Washington Capitals 4-3. This marks the first game of the quarterfinals, giving the Rangers the early 1-0 advantage. The Capitals offense seemed to be dominant for the majority of the game as they lead in shots taken, hits, and face-offs.
Rangers goalie Henrik Lundgvist was able to calm the storm, coming up with 32 saves for the game. Coach John Tortorella was more than pleased with the win. “I thought we were a nervous club, but that we rebounded well in the second period,” he said. “We found a way to get our legs underneath us. We had big plays at big times. We were fortunate to get a win.”
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