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April 18, The Goal That Wasn’t

April 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Hey guys,

Yesterday afternoon, the New York Rangers squared off with the Washington Capitals in game three of their first round match-up. The Rangers were able to get the best of Washington, winning the game 3-2, and decreasing their series deficit to 2-1.

The game however did not pass without controversy. At the end of the second period, Ruslan Fedotenko was pinned against the boards behind and to the right of Michael Neuwirth. It wasn’t looking like the Rangers would get another chance before the period ended, then suddenly the puck found it’s way on net. As the clock was ticking down under one second, the puck slowly crept towards the post to Neuwirth’s left. Almost at once, the puck crept passed the goal line, the siren sounded to end the period, and the ref was pointing at the back of the net to signal a good goal.

Inevitably, the goal call went to review by the NHL powers that be in Toronto. After three minutes of watching replays, and listening to the announcers break down the situation, fans were no closer to knowing what would happen than the moment it happened. From my dorm in Mahwah, it looked like a good goal, but it was still sketchy. Finally, after some deliberation, the referee had made his ruling that the clock read: 0:00, and the goal was taken off the board.

Depsite the controversy, the Rangers were able to muster two goals in the third period, one from Vinny Prospal, and one from Brandon Dubinsky. Rangers fans were relieved too see the “goal that wasn’t” did not come back to haunt them.

Take a look at Fedotenko’s non-goal, and you make the call, then enjoy highlights of the game.

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April 5, Eastern Conference Playoff Picture

April 5, 2011 Leave a comment

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So yesterday was a big day for the Rangers and the Bruins. With 99 points, the Bruins were hoping to add two points to their record in an effort to catch the Flyers and Captials (both have 103.) The Rangers are fighting for their playoff lives, and they were playing to add two points to their 89.

The game started out quite ominously for the Rangers, falling behind 3-0 in the second period. Vinny Prospal took control after the Bruins third goal, netting two goals before the end of the period, and making the score a managable 3-2.

The third period was all New York. Dubinsky netted his 24th goal of the season with less than four minutes to play. Dubinsky’s goal was followed shortly after by a Michael Sauer goal that just barely crossed the goal line, and with less than a minute left, Derek Stepan netted a 75 foot empty netter. Final score 5-3.

Here’s an updated look at the confence standings:

Eastern Conference Standings Heading into April 5

Even though the Rangers got a must needed win for their playoff hopes, the game did not go without dissapointment. Early reports indicate that Ryan Callahan injured himself, likely blocking a Zdeno Chara shot, and will miss the remainder of the season. The Rangers were fortunate to get the win last night, a win that will likely mean they will be playing playoff hockey, but at a devastating cost.

It’s going to be a lot harded for the Blueshirts to make a serious playoff run this season without their gritty leader, but they can still rally an effort to make a serious run. Especially with Henrik Lundqvist in net because as we all know, the best equipped playoff teams are those with the best/hottest goalies.

Watch the highlights of last nights contest:

March 21, Marc Staal’s Presence is Felt

March 21, 2011 Leave a comment

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It seems like it has become a weekly Sunday tradition to watch the Rangers on the national television game of the week on NBC. The Rangers are in the midst of a serious playoff push, so naturally they are an attractive option to play on the game of the week. It is also easy to play an Original Six team since they have so much history, and thus such loyal fan-bases.

Yesterday was a continuation of the Rangers’ strong playoff push, distinguishing themselves from Buffalo and Carolina. The Rangers defeated the Penguins by the score of 5-2, sweeping Pittsburgh in their new home arena, the Consol Energy Center, three game to none.

Marc Staal puts the Devils in their place. IMAGE // SNY

As well as the Rangers played yesterday, and as dominant of a victory as it turned out to be, I feel the game could have been a shutout. Not to be pessimistic about such a great win, but the element of the game that was glaring in my eyes was the absence of Marc Staal, and the manner in which the Penguins scored their two goals. On the Penguins first goal of the game, Girardi was on the ice with Steve Eminger, and their lack of feel for one another allowed Jordan Staal to waltz into the left side of the Rangers zone uncontested, and allowed the Penguins first goal. The second goal was more of a team effort to work against them. The puck was changing hand multiple times in the neutral zone before Chris Kunitz possessed the puck, and fired a fairly wide open shot to beat Lundqvist. Like I said, it was more of a team failure to allow the Penguins second goal, but If Staal was on the ice, things could have been different.

 

Thankfully, the Rangers were able to secure the win, but Staal’s contribution to the team can not be understated. Without Staal, I don’t see the Rangers getting far in the playoffs, with him, there is no limit to what this team can do. Not to say he is the only important player on this team. It would hurt the Rangers chances if they lost Dubinsky, Prospal, or Gaborik, but I feel that Staal, Callahan, and Lundqvist are the players this team can absolutely not afford to lose.

Enjoy the highlights of yesterdays big win!

March 19, Lundqvist Gets 30

March 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Hey guys,

Last night the New York Rangers played the Montreal Canadiens, and delivered a punishing win. The game was determined before the first period was over. New York jumped out to an early 1-0 lead off the unassisted goal of Artem Anisimov. Montreal retaliated shortly after with a goal from rookie P.K. Subban, but after that it was all Rangers for the rest of the first period. Halfway through the first, Girardi netted a goal making the score 2-1.

The changing of guard: The NHL makes the transition from the great goalie of years past to the great goalie of the future. IMAGE // hlundqvist.blogspot.com

Then the flood gates opened. Callahan scored a bizzare goal in the last three minutes of the period, which set off a series of fortunate events for New York. 32 seconds after the Callahan goal, Gaborik netted his fourth goal of the season on a quick wrister, and before the Garden could settle down, Brian Boyle tallied his 21st goal of the season only 35 seconds after Gaborik’s goal.

 

The Canadiens never even had a chance after the offensive explosion in the first period, but they were able to shrink the lead to 5-3 before Vinny Prospal put the icing on the cake with a third period goal. Final score: 6-3 Rangers.

The win was a momentous one for King Henrik, who recorded his 30th win of the season. It marked an NHL record six straight seasons of 30+ win goaltending for Lundqvist. No other goalie has started their career with 30 wins in each of their first six season. Lundqvist is clearly a talented goalie. I personally feel that there is no better goalie in the game right now than Henrik. There are plenty of goalies who are highly talented, but when Hank is on top of his game, he is in a class of his own. Congratulations Henrik, next step in a hall of fame to-be career; Lord Stanley’s Cup.

Check out some highlights of Hank from the other days game against the Islanders. This is what I mean about his brilliance and dominance.

March 16, Marian Gaborik

March 16, 2011 Leave a comment

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Last night Marian Gaborik did what he does; put up goals on mediocre teams. His two goals in last night’s contest with the Islanders brought his season total to 20, a far cry from what he is capable of. Last season Gaborik tallied 42 goals. To his defense, he has not been healthy this season, battling injuries throughout. Last night was the fourth time this season he has scored multiple goals in a game, and the least amount of goals scored in a game where he had more than one.

On November 14 against Edmonton, Gabby tallied a hat trick, On December 2 in Long Island, he added another hat trick to his season. On January 19, he scored four goals on the Maple Leafs, leading up to last night when he recorded his fourth multi-goal game of the season. So he has tallied a total of 12 goals in four games, and 8 goals in the rest of the season.

Gaborik needs to get some consistency in his game because right now he is not being as helpful as he can be. He is a super star in the league, and has evidenced it by his stellar play in four games this season. Now that Vinny Prospal is back he needs to start gelling, and making it work with his teammates.

To commemorate Gaborik’s ability to light up the score sheet, take a look at this video from when he was a member of the Minnesota Wild. On this particular night, Gaborik scored five goals on the Rangers. Now he needs to do that for us! Enjoy.

Sean Avery Followup

March 7, 2011 Leave a comment

I just wanted to say that I am glad that Tortorella is giving Avery a bigger role on the team lately. In yesterdays 7-0 rout of the Flyers, Avery played on the first line with Prospal and Gaborik. He also netted a goal on a pass through the crease, but upon further review the goal was disallowed since he had kicked the puck in. Either way, Sean has been in the right places, and made the right plays. Keep up the good work Avery.