The New York Rangers remain one of the hottest teams in the NHL with a 9-2 record to start the year. They earned that 9th win last night in a win over the rival New York Islanders by a 4-2 score.
Rangers’ captain, Chris Drury got his first two goals of the year while Henrik Lundqvist earned another win between the pipes with 28 saves. Ryan Callahan and Scott Gomez each added a goal for the Rangers.
The Rangers haven’t won 9 out of 12 games since the 1983-84 season. The Rangers will face the Atlanta Thrashers in their next game on 10/30. New York Rangers tickets are available for this and all 2008-2009 games.
Upcoming Rangers Schedule:
Rangers vs Thrasher 10/30
Rangers at Maple Leafs 11/1
Rangers vs Islanders 11/4
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The NHL opened its 2008-2009 season in Prague, Czech Republic on Saturday with the New York Rangers playing the Tampa Bay Lightning. The two teams will also play on Sunday 10/5. The opening game went to the New York Rangers 2-1 on Saturday. The Rangers got goals from Markus Naslund and Brandon Dubinsky. This season marks the second year in a row that the NHL has opened in Europe. This years games in the Czech Republic were expected to have extra appeal with Jaromir Jagr as a member of the New York Rangers. However Jagr was not signed by the Rangers or any NHL team this year and instead opted to sign in Russia.
After Sunday’s second game in Prague against the Lightning, the Rangers will get a few days off before returning to Madison Square Garden on Friday to hose the Chicago Blackhawks.
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Unwilling to accept one year offers from several NHL teams, including the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins and the Edmonton Oilers, Jaromir Jagr has signed a deal to play for the Russian League team Avangard Omsk. The deal is for two years with an option for a third year and will pay Jagr about $7 million tax free per year. The move wasn’t easy for Jagr.”It was the toughest decision in my life, hockeywise. … No question about it. I hate making changes,” Jagr told The Canadian Press.
Rangers GM, Glen Sather wanted to bring Jagr back for another year, but grew tired of waiting for a response from Jagr’s camp. In the meantime Sather sealed Jagr’s fate with New York by signing free agent Markus Naslund away from the Vancouver Canucks.
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Forget about summer, it’s free-agent signing season in the NHL. Over the past few days, rumors have been flying around about what market will land the big names out there like Jaromir Jagr and Mats Sundin.
Sundin was reportedly offered a 2-year, $20 million dollar contract from the Vancouver Canucks, a deal that would make him the leagues highest paid player.
“We put a major offer together to try and attract the player we felt was the best center iceman on the market,” said Canucks GM Mark Gillis. “It’s an indication we are prepared to do what it takes to attract the best players here.”
The big signing of today was by far the Detroit Red Wings landing Marian Hossa to a one-year deal worth reportedly $7.45 million dollars. The high-scoring wingman was one of the top players who propelled the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Stanley Cup finals, which they lost to Detroit in six games. Hossa is 29 years old.
The Chicago Blackhawks made two big signings landing probably the top defensemen on the market in Brian Campbell as well as goalie Cristobal Huet. Campbell signed an eight-year $57.12 million dollar deal and Huet inked a four-year contract worth $22.5 million.
The two other big defensemen to reach deals Tuesday were Michal Rozsival and Wade Redden, who both signed with the New York Rangers.
Rozsival re-signed with the Rangers for a four-year contract worth $20 million while Redden signs a six-year, $39 million dollar deal after skating with Ottawa last season.
Defensemen Jeff Finger, formerly of the Colorado Avalanche, signed a four-year $14 million dollar deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Dallas landed forward Sean Avery to a four-year, $15.5 million dollar deal.
“We are excited about the opportunity to add a player like Sean Avery to our group,” Stars co-general manager Brett Hull said. “His ability to play the game with skill and tenacity makes us a better team and is a great complement to the players we have here.”
The Washington Capitals will say goodbye to longtime goalie Olie Kolzig after he signed a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning after spending 16 seasons in Washington.
The New Jersey Devils got their hands in the mix of the free agent pool by signing Brian Rolston and Bobby Holik to contracts. Rolston agreed to a four-year, $20 million dollar deal while Holik signed a one-year contract worth $2.5 million dollars.
The New York Islanders made a little noise by singing Montreal’s former defensemen Mark Streit to a five-year $20.5 million dollar contract while the Boston Bruins also signed a former Canadien in Michael Ryder to a multi-year deal.
With the NHL salary cap rising up this season, teams have not been shy about dishing out the money to lure top free-agents to their squads. Over the next two weeks, look for almost every free agent out there to receive offers from teams trying to help the players find a new place they can call home.
After some enthralling game 7′s the 1st round of the 2008 NHL Playoffs is now complete. 2nd round matchups are now set and NHL Playoff tickets are now available for all games.
Eastern ConferenceMontreal Canadiens vs Philadelphia Flyers: Both teams played a hard fought 7 game series in round 1. After getting off to a 3-1 game lead over the Boston Bruins the Canadiens were forced to play game 7 at home. The Habs shutout the Bruins 5-0 in that deciding game to advance. The Flyers won game 7 in overtime against the Washington Capitals.
Canadiens Playoff TicketsFlyers Playoff TicketsPittsburgh Penguins vs New York Rangers: The Penguins made quick work of the Senators in round 1, sweeping Ottawa in four straight. The New York Rangers also had a quick 1st round, eliminating the Devils in 5 games.
Penguins Playoff TicketsRangers Playoff TicketsWestern ConferenceColorado Avalanche vs Detroit Red Wings: The Avalanche needed 6 games to get past The Wild in round 1. Colorado will face the Red Wings in round 2. Detroit also had a 6 game 1st round series disposing of the Nashville Predators.
Avalanche Playoff TicketsRed Wings Playoff TicketsDallas Stars vs San Jose Sharks: The Stars needed 6 games to eliminate the Anaheim Ducks in round 1. They will face the San Jose Sharks in the 2nd round. The Sharks are coming off an exciting 7 game series with the Calgary Flames.
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The NHL Playoff Matchups are set. The eight top teams in the Eastern Conference are ready to fight for the chance to raise Lord Stanley’s Cup.
1. Montreal Canadiens vs 8. Boston Bruins
The Canadiens have owned the Bruins recently, sweeping the 8-game season series by a margin of 44-16, and winning the last 11 total games. The B’s will be getting Patrice Bergeron back in time for game one, which comes at the same time as the Canadiens suffering some pre-playoff injuries. This may be the edge they need to keep this series competitive.
2. Pittsburgh Penguins vs 7. Ottawa Senators
The tag team of Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby face off against the faltering Senators. The former Eastern Conference 1st place team has come up lame recently, but is still nearly the same team that made it to the Stanley Cup final a year ago, and went 15-2 to start the year. The Pens are still the heavy favorites in this series.
3. Washington Capitals vs 6. Philadelphia Flyers
The Washington Capitals were essentially dead in the water at midseason. Alexander Ovechkin led the Caps back into playoff contention, winning nine of the last ten games and locking up the number three seed in the Eastern Conference. The Flyers finished dead last in the East least year. This year they have been consistent throughoutall season, gaining a number six seed. The Flyers’ chances looked a bit better against the Hurricanes, who blew their playoff spot in the waning days of the season. The Caps are the early favorites in this matchup.
4. New Jersey Devils vs 5. New York Rangers
Formidable goaltenders Martin Brodeur and Henrik Lundqvist meet up in this Tri-State series. The Rangers have had more offensive firepower as of late, but the Devils’ D has been solid in the stretch. Look for low scores and exhausted top lines in this series. The Rangers hope that Chris Drury will provide some playoff magic, while the Devils look to season finale hero Patrik Elias to provide an advantage in the shootout.
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The New York Rangers bested the Boston Bruins in a shootout in an intense matchup at Madison Square Garden today. The two teams have been tied for the 6th seed in the playoffs for over a week now. Today’s win put the Rangers 1 point ahead of the Bruins for the 6th seed.
Despite some nice scoring chances on both sides, goaltending was the story today. Alex Auld stopped 34 shots from the Rangers, only giving up a goal in the shootout. Henrik Lundqvist got his 8th shutout of the year with 27 saves. Nigel Dawes was the difference in the game for the Rangers, scoring on New York’s 2nd attempt in the shootout.
The Bruins will return home on March 13 to host the Tampa Bay Lightning. Bruins tickets are available for this and all remaining Bruins games.
New York will play its next three on the road. Stay tuned for info on New York Rangers playoff tickets.
The Boston Bruins are on a tear. Their Saturday matinee win over the Atlanta Thrashers was their 6th straight. The B’s have used this streak to close the gap between themselves and the recently struggling Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators. Currently the Bruins sit in 6th place, tied with the surging New York Rangers. Phil Kessel showed his shootout prowess again, scoring the game winner for the black and gold.
Monday night the Bruins will match up against the Washington Capitals on the road.
The New York Rangers extended their win streak to 3 last night with a 4-2 win over the Hurricanes. The win was also their 6th in 8 games. The Rangers who have been playing great hockey of late kept pace with the Boston Bruins who were winners over the Penguins last night. The Rangers and Bruins are tied with 74 points each, but the Bruins hold the 6th playoff spot with the Rangers coming in at 7. With a tight race in the East, the Rangers have improved their focus and intensity over the last 2 weeks. After being picked by many to win the Eastern Conference, the Rangers now just want to make sure they make the playoffs.
Recap: Madison Square Garden has always been a great place to watch a hockey game and this year the New York Rangers have appreciated the home rink advantage winning 15 games in their backyard. That’s good for best in the division and 2nd best in the Eastern Conference. If all of their games during the second half were at home, you’d be watching a playoff caliber team. Unfortunately, the majority of the remaining schedule is road game, a place where they have struggled all year long. Veteran leaders Jaromir Jagr and Brendan Shanahan need to step it up and show the team what it takes to win on the road if they want any chance of making the playoffs.
2nd Half – The Rangers will score more goals in the second half of the season, their 118 in the first half was 3rd worst in the league. The problem is they will give up more goals as well. In only his second year in the league, starting goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has struggled at times and will have to play better on the road for the Rangers to make the playoffs.
Final Standing Predictions: 5th in Atlantic Conference, 9th in Eastern Division
Team Name: New York Rangers (22-21-6)
Atlantic Division Standing: 5th place
Conference Standing: 9th place