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New York Rangers David Quinn’s Report Card

The New York Rangers are coming off a rough three-game stretch, all three games coming on the road and all resulting in a lose. The Rangers most recent road trip does not do David Quinn much justice, therefore looking past these three games but still considering them to some extent. Here is my take on the Rangers new head coach report card up until this point.

The Rangers entered this season with very little, to no intention on making playoffs. I’m sure there was still that one fan named Antonio from Brooklyn, New York who grew up a die hard Ranger fan that still believed the Rangers had a chance of making the playoffs this season. Sorry, Antonio but the Rangers are not going to be a playoff team for a little while. Quinn came into the Rangers organization for a few reasons (1) to help develop young players, he did a great job with players at Boston University (Jack Eichel, Charlie McAvoy..) (2) The Rangers were heading into a new direction, a younger more patient, looking to the future direction. Which made Quinn perfect role for this job. (3) They needed a new face, some new ideas, a shake up from a coach who never coached professional hockey, someone who can come in and brought new philosophies, attitude and certainly a new voice to that locker room.

I am not sure many thought Quinn would 17-18-7 with 41 points and 6th in the Metropolitan division. The Rangers were regarded as a team destined to finish last in the division and near 28th to 31st in the NHL. For that reason alone Quinn has, in my eyes exceeded my expectations for the first four months of the season. I cannot speak for every Ranger fan, I am a little less biased and realistic than most Ranger fans therefore the Dancing Larry type Ranger fans probably will disagree with me. Either way looking at three main key takeaways from Quinn’s first four months and 42 games in.

(1) Youth development: B- 

Speaking for myself I’d have to give him a B- in this area. In the beginning of the year it was frustrating to see Filip Chytil on the fourth line for many games. Pavel Buchnevich scratched, not many young defenseman on the roster and still playing Brendan Smith. Vinni Lettieri still in the minors, a glimpse of Lias Andersson, a cup of coffee for Steven Forgarty, no sign of John Gilmour, Rob O’Gara, Ryan Lindgren yet. We have seen Neal Pionk be the Rangers number one defenseman which is due to Quinn trusting the young defenseman in every situation, no matter the game, time, etc. I say a B- because while he did a decent job with Chytil and Buch it was the right move at the time. Buchnevich has not been the player we all expected him to be, he was struggling early on and still is therefore he probably deserved less minutes. Also not playing Chytil a lot early on has helped him see the game a little better. As well O’Gara, Gilmour will and hopefully be up very soon… and unpopular opinion. Either Quinn was not playing Andersson correctly or Andersson really is going to be a bust. My opinion, Rangers wasted that first overall pick in 2017.

(2) Game Management: B

I do like the way Quinn manages the lines and game honestly. Although he does change the lines a decent amount throughout the game and mixes guys up a lot, I think he is still trying to see what works. Plus he does a good job of playing the hot hand, some nights guy are hot and some are not and he does a good job recognizing who is on and who is not. My only concern is his defensive line choices late in games, numerous times I have seen Adam McQuaid or Smith out there on the back end when the Rangers are up by one-goal.

(3) Style of play: B

The Rangers were known to be a pretty gritty, get in the ugly areas, throw pucks on net and hope for the best type of team. While in the d-zone the Rangers D were not responsible, and hoped Hank made the first and second save. I like how Quinn in a sense has made us a better transitional team, a little more responsible in the d-zone and a little hungrier in the offensive zone. He has done a great job trusting Neal Pionk, reviving Marc Staal, not a great job with Kevin Shattenkirk but that is on Shattenkirk as well. He has also done a great job giving Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider and Kevin Hayes the free reign to do things and be creative in all areas of the ice. I like how Quinn allows the players to make mistakes, learn from their mistakes and not play such an old school game backed by an old school philosophy of “get pucks deep and chase”.

Overall: B

The Rangers will more than likely finish with a top-10 pick for the NHL 2019 draft which will really make or break Quinn’s time in New York. They will also probably be trading Kevin Hayes and Mats Zuccarello in the coming weeks. Quinn has done in my opinion a good job, he was not given an easy job, a young team, a crazy hockey market, the big city and bright lights. Quinn has come in and done what he can with what he has. It will be interesting to see the roster moves they make later in the season after the All-Star break in terms of bringing up AHL players so they can see some more NHL time before next season.


A Look At The New York Rangers Upcoming Road Trip

The New York Rangers have touched down in Denver, Colorado to begin their three-game road trip. The Rangers are coming into this road trip having dropped three of their last ten in regulation but another four in overtime/shootout. The Rangers have won just three games in their last ten games and to make matters worse they are not a favorable road team. Posting a 6-10-2 record on the road, and of their last ten games four have come on the road, in which they have lost two and won two (Nashville, St. Louis). Despite a big win in Nashville the other week, the Rangers have not done a great job in terms of scoring. In their last ten they have averaged, 2.3 goals per game, while allowing 3.3 goals per game. Sure, Penguins scoring seven Wednesday night does not help the case but even so they still have allowed 2.89 goals per game.

The Rangers head to Colorado Friday night, a team that is struggling greatly, on a six-game skid, 2-5-3 in their last ten and not playing the Colorado hockey we saw earlier in the year. They then travel to Arizona Sunday for an afternoon game vs a team that is subpar at home (7-12-1 at the moment) and cap the trip with one of the better home teams and best team of the three in this trip, Vegas Tuesday night. Vegas has lost three games at home this season (at the moment 13-3-3) and is starting to become the team we saw go on a immaculate run last season.

The big takeaway for this Rangers team and this road trip is be better than last road trip which they lost 2 of 3 and two of those games lost were to the leagues worst. Point two, how this young team responds to a rather difficult task at hand. This is not bizarre to see a team travel for three-straight away games but they get rest and a day in between each game yet with this young line up we will see how they fair in the thick of the schedule.

I would honestly expect the Rangers to take 2 of 3 this trip, the Avalanche struggling a win Friday is possible, a win in Arizona is more than possible and a loss to Vegas is likely. But at the same time the Rangers could lose all three, get a struggling Colorado team that needs a win badly, an Arizona team that is no cake-walk and the best home team in the NHL in Vegas. It will be interesting, that is why as writers we just sit here, drink a beer, relax and let the players do the playing.

Players to watch…

Kevin Hayes, Hayes is coming off a 8-point streak that was snapped vs St. Louis December 31st but this season Hayes has been one of the Rangers overall best players. He has 10 goals, 23 assists in 39 games and has honestly been the most noticeable and all around best player for the Rangers this season.

Neal Pionk-Marc Staal combination, the Rangers number one d-pairing has been to the test this season and it has been very surprising to see Staal’s game elevated this season and Pionk rise to the occasion. Pionk has 5 goals and 14 assists on the season with a -2 plus/minus rating and 12 power play points While Staal has 3 goals and 7 assists (already surpassed his total of 8 pts from last year) with a +1 plus/minus and zero power play points.

Chris Kreider, the 20 goal scorer has been involved in every Rangers scoring play it seems this year. Kreider has finally started to use his speed and quick shot to his advantage this year and keeping his game a little simpler than he has in years past. It will be interesting to see how Kreider comes out this trip.

Dan Quinn, the Rangers new head coach and former college coach has taken this team above expectations thus far, posting a 17-15-7 (41 points) record, eight points behind the last wild card spot and not dead last in the division or conference. He has head-scratching moments when he constantly shifts lines, dresses Cody McLeod more often than not, plays Filip Chytil on the fourth line, etc. But overall he has done a good job but this road trip will be a nice test for the young head coach and we’ll see how he can rally the troops to play on the road for three-straight.

Rangers upcoming schedule after road trip before All-Star break: 

New York Islanders @ MSG

New York Islanders @ Coliseum

Columbus Blue Jackets @ Nation Wide Arena

Carolina Hurricanes @ MSG

Chicago Blackhawks @ MSG

Boston Bruins @ TD Garden



Filip Chytil and Brett Howden goals help Henrik Lundqvist make history for 437th win

The Rangers have been off to one of the many surprising starts among some NHL clubs this year. With that said the Rangers are 9-7-2 through their first 18 games. They have won 6 of their last seven games. Many are puzzled by the Rangers success, while it is early it is still a positive sign for the rebuilding, young team.

The Rangers won 2-1 in regulation vs Vancouver, I say regulation because of the Rangers nine wins this season five of them have come past regulation, four in a shootout and one in overtime. Which is also puzzling because for a young team, being able to pull games out in a shootout or overtime is huge, keeping the game that close all the way until the third and into overtime is a great sign.

Canucks vs Rangers short recap

The Rangers won off a Filip Chytil power play goal and Brett Howden late third-period goal. The Canucks struck first, early in the second period, as Nikolay Goldobin came out of the box to a puck on his stick, 2 v 1 vs Neal Poink, Poink laid out to block the pass and Goldobin absolutely roofed a wrister past Lundqvist high blocker side to give the Canucks a 1-0 lead. After that Henrik shut the door and the Rangers scored 10 minutes later on a power play, Poink took a shot from the point as it bounced out in front to Chytil in the high slot and he just banged it home for his first of the year. Later in the third with 8 minutes and change remaining. Jesper Fast won the draw back to Vesey who fumbled the puck off the draw, Howden was right there puck on his stick, and just rifled it past Jacob Markstrom low glove side, for his fourth goal of the year and the game-winning goal.

Henrik earns 437th win, tied seventh all-time

The big story for tonight was the fact the Rangers had Neal Poink, Filip Chytil, Brett Howden and Jimmy Vesey all chip in on the score sheet and help the Rangers earn their ninth win of the year. Seeing these young guns chip in and be a big part of the Rangers success is something every Ranger wants to see right now. Also Henrik Lundqvist earned his 437th win to tied Jacques Plante on the NHL all-time win’s list. Henrik is now seventh in the NHL among goalies for wins in his career. He is 254 wins away from Martin Brodeur, realistically speaking he will not reach that, but Lundqvist can come close to Ed Belfour’s 484 career wins.

Rangers win vs Vancouver shows a common theme in teams success

This win is just a testament of what has made the Rangers successful this season, they are getting production form an array of guys, the young guys are chipping in and doing their part this year, Lundqvist is off to a great start posting a 2.54 goals against, .923 save percentage and six wins. It has been an adventure for the Rangers this season, the reason they are playing so well is probably because no one is expecting anything from them, they are just going out, enjoying the game, having fun and worrying about one game at a time and not looking too far ahead. The Rangers get ready for their first of four meetings with the local rivalry between the Islanders. The Rangers have not been all that successful vs the Islanders in the last few years but let’s see how these two rosters match up Thursday night in Brooklyn.

What went wrong: New York Rangers 2017-2018

Making the playoffs 11 of the last 12 years to then come back and have the season the Rangers did, is difficult to swallow. While yes the Rangers placed 24th in the NHL and posted a 34-39-9 record and had their first below .500 record in 15 years. The last time the Rangers posted a below .500 average record was in 2003-2004. The Rangers ranked 22nd in goals for(228), 4th in goals against(263), 14th in power play percentage(21.2), 12th in penalty kill percentage(81.4) and while the Rangers did not have an overall terrible looking season a lot has changed for this organization.

The Rangers started off the season on the wrong side of the puck after dropping several games at the beginning of the year and being behind it was difficult for the Rangers to get any momentum going. While they did turn things around for a short period of time, around the trade deadline is when things fell apart for the team. That is when the Rangers decided to shift their outlook and change things up trading away captain Ryan McDonagh, JT Miller, Nick Holden, Rick Nash and Michael Grabner while acquiring two first-round picks, and several other later drafts picks. Whilst at the end of the season firing head coach Alian Vigneault and hiring Boston University storied coach David Quinn.

The Rangers have now three first-round draft picks, two seconds and two third-round picks. Amounting to 7 picks in the first three rounds, the first time the Rangers have had this much to play with in a long time, perhaps the first. Anyways with these picks came a different looking line up as the Rangers now have 4 prospect defenseman playing, a defenseman coming off an injury, with the front end looking a tad different after acquiring Ryan Spooner and Vladislav Namestikov. What went wrong for the Rangers though? A lot did…

What went wrong?

  1. Injuries: The Rangers dealt with injuries to Chris Kreider, Kevin Shattenkirk, Mika Zibanejad, Ryan McDonagh(when he was on the team) these four players are the Rangers top players and players that play a huge role in their team’s success. With Shattenkirk being injured it made the defense a tad unbalanced and shifted things a bit. Kreider being out really left that speedy left winger hole wide open as the Rangers had nobody to fill it and when Shattenkirk and McDonagh are out it is tough to be competitive with two top four d out.
  2. Coach Alain Vigneault was terrible at putting lines together and developing players. This was one of the reasons AV was fired, his relationship with the players was not great and he had a hard time getting to these guys and getting them to do the right things. He was known for his odd line swaps and matchings and being a coach who never gave players the right chances when they would mess up. With a team that was struggling put together with a bad coach, only bad things will happen.
  3. No depth. The Rangers really had no one to fill the void when their top players were out or not producing, Paul Carey, Jesper Fast, Peter Holland, David Desharnias are not players you can substitute for a lack of production from Pavel Buchnevich and Jimmy Vesey or no Kreider, or no Zibanejad. Without depth, this team had some trouble.
  4. The domino effect. When the tough got going, it only got worse. When the Rangers were basically out of the race and trade rumors came up it only got worse from there. And when it finally did happen things continued to get worse, then firing AV came up and Lundqvist was playing poorly it was just one big domino effect of a bad event after bad event. Luckily the offseason is here and things may get better.

Will things get better?

We’d sure hope so with the picks and prospects they have coming up. As Ranger fans are probably also screaming for a better season they can’t deal with being bad New York fans so the Rangers need to get better. They have their two first round picks in 2017 coming up next year who have displayed excellent play in World Juniors, the IIHF and their respected leagues overseas and with Hartford. Filip Chytil and Liass Andersson will probably be in the Rangers line up full-time next season so that is a plus as it helps balance out the top six. They also have picks 9, 26 and 28. With the #9 they will probably land Noah Dobson the 6’3 defenseman from the QMJHL who just played in the Memorial Cup, this is a maybe though anyways they will land a top end prospect. With 26, 28 they can either trade one of these picks or draft a potential top-9, top-6 forward.

They also have 24.9 million in cap space but have to sign 4 RFA forwards, 3 RFA defenseman and 1 UFA defenseman and these players are must sign, well at least 6/8 are. To say things will be a tad better in New York is understandable, much better, who knows. A new coach, new players, different lineup, aging goaltender. It will be difficult especially playing in the toughest division in hockey. Expecting a 5th place finish from the Rangers in the Metropolitan and possibly a wild card spot but would not be surprised if they miss the playoffs again next season.

Rangers look to brave the Wild weather in Minnesota

The New York Rangers travel to Minnesota, to not only bare the treacherous cold but also hold off the Wild to make it three in a row and two of those games coming on the road. The center of all great U.S. born hockey players may have their mind elsewhere as the Minnesota High School championships approach, which usually packs the Excel Center more than Wild games do.

Quick rundown of Rangers & Wild 

The Wild come into this game off a 3-0 win on the road over Chicago, a struggling Western Conference team, so let’s not toot the Wild’s horn too much here. Nights before the Blackhawks game the Wild dropped a 4-3 overtime loss to the Arizona Coyotes, now that is game that makes one bat their eyes, scratch their head and look the other way. The Coyotes came back to beat the Wild down by three goals, oddly enough Devan Dubynk was in net, a goaltender who just received the third star of the week, posting a 2-0-1 record, 9.50 save percentage and 1.98 goals against. I guess that’s what makes this Wild team so deadly, their ability to bounce back the next night and earn a road shutout, over the Blackhawks.

The Rangers, on the other hand, come into this game with a mix of emotions winning back to back games, dealing with a ton of trade rumors right now and having lost seven of their last ten, with a 3-7-0 record in the last ten games. The Rangers who are seemingly in a rebuilding phase still only sit two points out of a playoff spot, which means a win tonight and they are right back in the mix? Ranger fans must be extremely confused and uneasy right now, one second they are hearing trade rumors, rebuild trade the house, next thing they know they are two points out of a playoff spot with playoff implications on the line tonight. They can’t have the best of both worlds, it’s either rebuild for an extended period of time or rebuild on the fly and come up short yet again. You choose…

Eight Minnesota born players to skate tonight

Anyways, the Rangers and Wild could possibly have eight Minnesota born players skating tonight, Brady Skeji, Ryan McDonagh(out), Vinnie Lettieri, Neil Poink, Matt Cullen, Zach Praise, Nate Prosser, Nick Seeler, Alex Stalock. The state literally breeds hockey players, as we can tell, this is just a few names in the NHL of players who are Minnesota born and raised.

Furthermore one of those names may sound unfamiliar(well maybe a few do) but Nick Seller the Minnesota native, a 24-year-old defenseman, 5th round draft pick and former two-year University of Nebraska-Omaha defenseman and one-year University of Minnesota player, Seeler will finally get his lick at the NHL level tonight. Seeler played in 106 AHL games for the Iowa Wild, racking in a whopping 17 points(2 goals, 15 assists) and an alarming 183 penalty minutes, the kid had more PIMS then games played. Good sign. Also played in 106 collegiate level games totaling, 29 points(6 goals, 23 assists) and again an alarming 159 PIMS, again more PIMS then games played. The 24-year-old defenseman must either be a real bruiser or have zero to little offensive ability, therefore he uses his 6’2 frame for good, I guess.

The exciting part about tonights game is that both the Wild and Rangers are playing some young talent as the Rangers have recently recalled Ryan Sproul, former Red Wings second-round pick, as well as Neil Poink playing in his third NHL game, John Glimour also playing in his third NHL game, the Rangers and Wild will test out their youth in an exciting Tuesday night match up.

What can we expect? 

We will not see much from the Rangers tonight as the Wild have one of the best home records in hockey with a 19-4-5 home record with the opportunity to be the fourth NHL team this season to reach 20 wins at home. The Rangers recent games are definitely a good sign but Lundqvist ultimately held them in that Winnipeg game, also in which the Jets had two goals called off and did outplay the Rangers. It will still be exciting to see players like Gilmour, Poink, Sproul play at the NHL level a little more. The Rangers youth has not failed them yet, let’s see what they can do against another top Western Conference team.

New York Rangers look to close out road trip with a win….. maybe?

Here we are again, the New York Rangers will look to close out their four-game road trip and three-game West Coast trip with a win, hopefully. They opened up the road trip with a loss to Colorado, ok the Av’s were on a tear and not much was getting in their way, next. They then faced off against the Kings, who at the time were playing terrible and should have been a win, most likely, but they lost, ok time to worry a little. Move to Anaheim, a game that had playoff implications and was a must win, well they lost, a terrible loss. Ok, now I’m worried, and you should be too.

Well, the final game of the road trip the Rangers are 2-6-0 in their last eight games, have dropped the last the three games, and currently sit outside of a wild-card spot. They have been jumped by the Penguins and the Flyers and quite frankly, a playoff spot is bleak right now. The good news is that the Islanders a team they are neck and neck with right now play the Golden Knights in Vegas, so that’s a loss but bad news the Penguins play the Wild on home ice. A loss tonight for the Rangers is concerning, very concerning, heading into the All-Star break.

The Rangers face-off against the San Jose Sharks tonight for a 10:30 PM (EST) puck drop, the Rangers coming into this game are 24-20-5, with 53 points and 6th in the Metropolitan division. The Sharks are 26-14-7, with 59 points and 2nd in the Pacific division.

Rangers key injuries…

The Rangers will be without Kevin Hayes again it seems and since Hayes absence, the Rangers offense has not struggled a whole lot. The absence of Chris Kreider has been that has hurt a bit, the speedy left winger brings a solid physical presence and a spark to this Rangers offense, not something they cannot replace as he does not score a whole lot, but he is a big piece to this puzzle. Again, Kevin Shattenkirk will be out and quite frankly since his absence I cannot complain about the Rangers defense, yes Branden Smith still makes terrible defensive plays and Marc Staal has to now play a bit more, so in that case, it is a loss with Shatty out. The positive side though is we get to Anthony De’Angelo a Rangers defenseman we have not seen much of this year and De’Angelo has two points since joining the team and he brings a certain side to the Rangers defense that not is refreshing. The speedy, offensively talented defenseman brings a spark to that Rangers back end that is needed I believe.

Sharks key injuries…

The Sharks, on the other hand, will be without two pieces that are the glue to this team, veteran leader and top scorer, Joe Thornton. For a 38-year-old forward that has been tallying 60 assists consistently for his career, was finding his way in the goal column more often this year. Thornton over the last month of play Thorton has tallied 6 goals, 5 assists and 5 power play points on the year he has 36 points in 47 games. Another key piece is Martin Jones, Jones has been sidelined for a week or so now and has confirmed to be out with a lower-body injury. It is said not to be serious but, Jones has been the Shark starter for three seasons now and has been the most consistent player for them over the past three years. On the year, Jones has 14 wins, 2.68 goals against, .910 save percentage and 3 shutouts.

Rangers keys to a win…

  1. The Rangers need to get the first goal, in all two of the three games they have lost they have not scored the first goal and have trailed in every single game for a period or more. Getting on the board early is a big key to the Rangers success, especially on the road and dropping the last three games. Getting up early and on the board early will be a huge momentum boost and give this team some confidence.
  2. Special teams battle. First off, staying out of the penalty box is another major key and something that has been their crutch as of late. The Rangers have allowed a power-play goal in every game they have lost in the last three and their penalty kill is not thriving, to say the least. Versus the Kings, they took 21 penalty minutes and allowed three power-play goals. Anaheim they took 12 penalty minutes and allowed one power-play goal. On the year their penalty kill is ranked 16th performing at an 81.5 percent. Secondly, the Rangers power play on this drought and over the past few games has been better, but winning that special team’s battle is important. They have scored a power-play goal in the last three games, but ultimately they have lost the special teams battle which has resulted in losses at the end of the game.
  3. Defensive lapses. Now, when I say this the Rangers cannot afford to take shifts off, make bad turnovers and make any defensive lapses. When I think about this I think the careless turnovers in the neutral zone, the lazy passes out of the zone and just being careless with the puck. The Rangers need to take special care of the puck, they turn over the puck over a decent amount and are a team struggling to win, therefore being careful with the puck in all areas of the ice is important not just for this game but for every game.

Minor NYR news…

The Rangers have some minor news coming out today, they have claimed Cody McLeod off waivers. McLeod is a fourth line grinder that will add very little to the Rangers line up, he is a gritty player that has made a living off banging bodies and causing trouble on the ice. He will more than likely be brought in to protect this team and serve as an enforcer. McLeod is 33-years-old has played in 23 games this season with Nashville and has tallied 3 points. McLeod has spent 12 years in the NHL and 10 of them with one franchise. He has never tallied over 20 points in his career, therefore while the Rangers struggle with scoring this move is a definitely a head-scratcher.

The Rangers know how they have been playing, they know their struggles and they know what they need to do. The only concern I have with this team is another road game against a solid Western Conference opponent and when things are bad for this team, they are ugly. Coach Alain Vigneault is claimed to be on the hot-seat and another loss tonight will surely put him on the spot. Heading into the break on a four-game losing streak, around this team is when teams make personnel changes and for all, we know the Rangers could come back with Lindy Ruff as the head coach, come February 1st vs Toronto.

NYR vs SJS starters…

The starters for tonight will be Henrik Lundqvist who is starting in his seventh straight game and posts a record of 21-13-4 in 41 starts with a 2.61 GAA, .922 save percentage. Lundqvist got yanked last game for allowing three goals on seven shots vs Anaheim. For San Jose it will most likely be Aaron Dell, now while Jones has been out, Dell has been the guy. Over the last his seven starts he has two bad outings but other than that he has allowed 2 or fewer goals and on the year posts a 16-12-3 record in 16 games started, with a 2.32 GAA and .923 save percentage.

Rangers win streak ends at six in 6-3 loss to Blackhawks

All good things must come to an end eventually. The Rangers’ six-game win streak came to an end Wednesday night with a disappointing 6-3 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. Artem Anisimov, the former Ranger, lead the charge for the Blackhawks with his first career hat trick. Corey Crawford made 25 saves to backstop the Hawks win.

The concerning thing for the Rangers is that they fell back into a lot of old tendencies that were going on before this six-game win streak. Mika Zibanejad, Kevin Hayes, and Rick Nash scored for the Blueshirts in this one, but the more concerning thing was the defensive side of the puck. All three of Anisimov’s goals came right in front of the crease, which is a telling sign. Not only were the Rangers outshot 43-28, but they lost a majority of the 50/50 battles.

It was obvious that Ryan McDonagh and Nick Holden struggled with the front of the net as they were unable to clear the net on multiple occasions. Henrik Lundqvist let in a bad goal, again. This time it was a snapshot from Alex Debrincat that went right through the wickets. Overall the defense and goaltending looked vulnerable and had their problems all night long. Even though the Rangers were able to bring it to a one-goal game in the third period, it was just too much Blackhawks offense on this night.


The Rangers play their final game of this short two-game road trip Friday night when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Blackhawks visit the defending Stanley Cups champions Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday night.