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Henrik Lundqvist Makes 43 Saves In Rangers 2-1 Win Over Carolina

The New York Rangers picked up another down to the wire type of win. Not a pretty one by any means but a win is a win. Some Rangers may disagree with the way the Rangers season has went thus far as they are 20th in NHL one game above .500 with 60 points in 59 games played.

The Rangers picked up an ugly 2-1 win Tuesday night vs the Hurricanes. The first goal came just as many it seems like have come from the Rangers this season off a body crashing the net and in. What hockey analysts would call puck luck. The Rangers went down 1-0 early in the second period until a flying Filip Chytil came down the right side throwing a puck on net hoping for the best as streaking Connor Brickley came crashing towards the net and the Hurricanes defenseman happen to push Brickley into the crease area making the puck bounce off Brickley’s chest and in to tie it 1-1.

As the game ensued after, nothing else was scored in the second period. The Hurricanes did head into the third period outshooting the Rangers 26-16. The Hurricanes have been one of the most shot heavy teams in the NHL this season but that was no match for 36-year-old netminder Henrik Lundqvist. Who was playing in his first game since February 12th. Lundqvist has not seen the crease for the Rangers last two games with a day rest in between each game it was odd not to see Lundqvist in net for Pittsburgh or Buffalo. Still without seeing game action since February 12th in which he lost 4-3 to Winnipeg. Lundqvist made 18 saves in the third period and 43 in the game. The Rangers went onto win 2-1 off a power play goal by Vladislav Namestikov (7). Another ugly, “grinder” type goal for the Rangers as the chaos ensued in front Namestikov managed to find the loose puck among four other bodies and slam it home for the game-winning goal.

With this win Lundqvist now moves to 448 wins in his career, six shy of Curtis Joseph for 5th all-time and 35 behind Roberto Luongo the only other active goaltender ahead of Lundqvist at the moment. Lundqvist is 36-years-old with two-years left on his contract. Judging off the health of Lundqvist, Luongo’s ability to play at 39-years-old we would have to assume Lundqvist is capable to do so as well.

Now, if Lundqvist does play out his last two-years and play until he is 39-years-old we can probably make the assumption that he will surpass Luongo. Personally I believe Lundqvist has another 20-25 win seasons in him. He has 17 at the moment and will more than likely finish with 25 wins this season and another 25 win season in the next two years. Either way Lundqvist Stanley Cup or not, Lundqvist is a future hall of fame candidate.

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Rangers earn 13th win over Ottawa Senators off goals from Andersson, Staal and Kreider

The New York Rangers people, sure it was a win over the Ottawa Senators but it is extremely satisfying to see this team score goals and have it done by people of all different names. As well as seeing this team play as a unit, everyone chip in and never give up or look out of it. 

The Rangers picked up their 13th win of the year vs the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden winning 4-2. It was a back and forth game until the end. The Rangers and Senators combined for 64 shots on net total, Rangers with 33, Senators with 31, neither team scored a power play goal as the Rangers went 0/4 and Senators 0/2. Despite the numerous turnovers between the two, the Rangers managed to pull ahead in this game and take control of third place in the Metropolitan division. 

First period scoring

Tonight’s scoring led off with Marc Staal (1). The play originally starts with a Staal shot that got blocked into the corner, Staal followed his shot kicked it to Mika Zibanejad behind the net, as Zib walked the front, Staal was back door waiting for a one-timer, where he netted the first goal of the game and of the year for him. The second goal of the game and the Senators first to tie it at one a piece was off the only Senator goal scorer of the night. Mark Stone, who led the rush in the zone and made a beautiful saucer pass to Brady Tkachuk coming in late to the zone, Tkachuk just threw it to the net as Stone cleaned up garbage for his 10th of the year. There was nothing in the second period just an even period where both teams registered 9 shots on net. 

Third period scoring

The third opened with nothing in the first 3.5 minutes until the Rangers struck first to make it 2-1 off a Lias Andersson goal and Ryan Strome assist. Music to Rangers fan ears. Andersson scored his first of the year off Strome’s second assist with the Rangers. This was an odd goal as it came off a shot from and just happened to bank off Andersson’s back and just like that the Rangers went up 2-1. Not a pretty way to score your first of the year but a goal is a goal for the young Rangers forward. The next goal was the Rangers to make it 3-1, off a two on one, Filip Chytil with Chris Kreider a simple, saucer pass over the defenseman right on Kreider’s stick made it 3-1 and Kreider’s 13th of the year, as well as the game winning goal. Senators scored late but it would not be enough. Mark Stone scored his second of the night but the Rangers would eventually score an empty netter to seal the deal and make it 4-2. 

Rangers can thank Henrik Lundqvist for his 29 save performance helping the Rangers get their 13th win and Hank’s 9th win of the year. Lundqvist improves to 9-7-2 on the year and a .927 save percentage. The Rangers hit the road to play in Ottawa on Thursday and Montreal on Saturday before returning home to face the Jets on Sunday. 

All around a gritty win for the Rangers getting insurance from Andersson, Staal and having their top performers show up when they need it most is exactly what has made the Rangers successful. The Rangers top players are there when they need them, Lundqvist is playing great and their role players are chipping in when it is needed. Another win, and another Ranger prospect making a mark on the game.

NHL; Most underrated players this season

Elias Lindholm: This guy does not get enough credit for his consistency. He finally gets a chance to play with two of the top forwards in the league and he is not letting any second go to waste. Lindholm is accompanied by Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan this season. When playing with those two it seems like Lindholm’s 11 goals and 12 assists this season is not a great feat, but Lindholm has been a consistent 40 point guy that gets no love in the NHL. 

Mark Stone: Probably not a typically underrated spoken name but Stone does not get the recognition he should. He plays on a young, struggling and questionable team right now. Ottawa and Canada in general is not an easy place to play and thrive in, yet Stone finds a way to make it happen every year. This season he has 9 goals and 15 assists in 22 games this season. A former 5th rounder, performing like a 1st rounder his whole career in Ottawa is something that should be recognized more. 

Bo Horvat: Playing in Vancouver with two young studs in Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser, Horvat is often out of the lime light and forgotten about. The 23-year-old forward has been in the league for five years now and been around the 45-50 point mark every year. On the year Horvat has 21 points in 24 games, 11 goals and 10 assists. Extremely good skater, can play both ends of the puck and certainly not afraid to shoot the puck.

Tyson Barrie: He is usually bouncing around on the IR but when Barrie is healthy he is their clear number one and it is obvious. With the addition of some young defenseman in Colorado some of the light has been taken off Barrie but a lot of the Avalanche success this season comes from a guy like Barrie on the back end, who is extremely efficient 5 on 5 and on the power play. Barrie has 2 goals and 17 assists on the year. 

Ryan McDonagh: The Lightning have a slew of defenseman and unbelievable offense, therefore it is extremely easy to get lost on this roster. But McDonagh has finally brought what the Lightning were expecting, solid defense and an offensive style game too. McDonagh really stepped in when Victor Hedman went down but continues to be an impactful player on one of the best teams in the NHL. McDonagh 2 goals and 14 assists and two power play points. 

Carter Hutton: Coming to a new team, from a back up role to a starter role that. Hutton had a lot of pressure put on him right when he came to Buffalo. Hutton has done nothing but great things in Buffalo and a big reason they are a top team in the NHL right now. Hutton has 10 wins in 16 games started, a 10-6-1 record 2.57 goals against (GAA) and .917 save percentage (SV%). He’s made the 7th most saves among all NHL goalies this season as well. 

Henrik Lundqvist: Everyone said Lundqvist was done, he was aging out, his time was done and he could not be on the same level he once was. But Lundqvist is a major reason the Rangers have come out of the gates hot and a complete shock to everyone right now. Lundqvist has the 5th most saves in the NHL right now, a 2.61 GAA and .919 SV % with a 8-6-2 record in 17 starts this season. At 36-years-old the “king” has been off to a surprising start. 

New York Rangers vs New York Islanders; The Islanders have won 12 of last 13

The New York Rangers have not beat the Islanders since the beginning of the 2016-17 season. 

The Rangers head into Brooklyn to play the New York Islanders for the second time in the last week. The bigger head line is the Rangers track record vs the Islanders in the last few years. The Rangers typically never had a hard with the Islanders number, yet now it is the other way around. The Islanders have won 12 of the last 13 meetings.

The Islanders on the season are two points behind the Rangers on the year. The Rangers are 11-8-2 with 24 points the most surprising team in the NHL right now as the Islanders another surprising start are 10-7-2 with 22 points. The two teams have in a sense shifted their roster make up to a little younger style, neither team posses a real super star (Can we call Matt Barzal one yet?), both of them have three solid lines that can score, both are shifting to a younger core on the back end and both have brand new head coaches. These two teams for the first time in probably 20 years are pretty similar on paper yet the Islanders seem to always get in the head of the Rangers. 

Henrik Lundqvist sat vs Islanders 

The Rangers are not going with Henrik Lundqvist in net, whom has a poor track record vs the Islanders over the last few years. Lundqvist has been pulled three times vs the Islanders, has a 3.24 goals against, .894 save percentage in 10 starts vs Islanders. Tonight Alexander Georgiev will be getting the nod for the Rangers. Georgiev has started in 4 games this season with a 3-2 record, 3.61 goals against (GAA) and .894 save(SV) percentage. 

New York Islander vs New York Rangers key players 

Another key thing to focus on going into tonight is the key players for the Islanders and Rangers. Filip Chytil has scored in the last four straight games, Neal Poink has 10 assists on the year, Chris Kreider leads the team with 11 goals, Mika Zibanejad is second on the team in points with 17. The Islanders top scorers are Josh Bailey(19) and Matt Barzal(18), Anthony Beauvillier has 4 goals in two games, the Islanders bottom guys like Leo Komarov and Vlatteri Filppula have combined for 6 points over the last week. 

This game will be played on the Islanders home ice where they are 5-5 on as the Rangers are 8-3 on the road this season. The Rangers come into tonight’s game winning 8 of their last 10 getting a point in nine of those games as the Islanders are 6-3-1 in their last ten coming off a loss vs Dallas. Tonight’s starters are Robin Lehner 4-4-1, 2.77 GAA and .915 save percentage vs Alexander Georgiev 3-2-0, 3.61 GAA and .894 SV percentage. 

Can the Rangers snap the skid and take a game vs the Islanders for the first time since 2016-17 season?

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.

New York Rangers play for nothing, the first time since 2003-04

The New York Rangers have officially been eliminated from playoff contention. For the first time in 15 years, the Rangers will be playing in a game that essentially means nothing. Now, this does not come of shock since many knew what was happening after the trade deadline occured, but this is a surreal moment for some Ranger fans as they now will not be watching hockey come mid-April for the first time in nearly 13 years. The Rangers were eliminated after the Devils won Tuesday night over the Hurricanes. Instead of talking about some of the bad news the Rangers have brought their fans this year, some of positives like…

Rangers bright spots…

Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil have been recalled and played last game vs Washington. Andersson buried his first NHL goal, marking him the youngest rookie in Rangers history to score his first goal with the club. Chytil recorded an assist for his first NHL point. Ryan Lindgren signed an entry-level contract with the Rangers and has been assigned to the Hartford Wolfpack. Alexander Georgiev seems to be the probable back up next season, and the other Russian goaltender they have Igor Shestyorkin seems to be getting the call to Hartford next season and making a run at the starting spot soon. Kevin Hayes looks to be a scorer all of sudden now. The Rangers centers will look a little like, Ryan Spooner, Lias Andersson, Vladislav Namestkiov over the next several years. Also, the Rangers may be fortunate enough to receive a top-10 pick and also possibly another big-time free agent this offseason.

Anyways, the Rangers will face the Washington Capitals in a meaningless game for them but a game that has a lot of playoff implications for the Capitals. The Capitals sit atop the Metropolitan division with 97 points, and a win tonight marks them one point closer to securing a sure playoff spot. Although Washington is in the playoffs right now they have not officially “clinched” a playoff spot. They come off a game in New York vs the Rangers, where they won 4-2, scoring four goals in the first period.

Quick recap of last game Rangers vs Washington (March 26)

The first period consisted of a quick Washington goal coming from TJ Oshie who was left all alone coming down the right-hand side to sneak one past Georgiev. The Capitals would then score another goal three minutes later, off a Matt Niskanen doorstep goal. Niskanen was left all alone in front with two Rangers forwards around the net, as the Rangers defense was nowhere to be found. The shots kept coming as the Capitals were awarded a power play and yes, it happened exactly how you thought, a one-time rifle shot from Alex Ovechkin from the top of the left circle for his 45th of the year. The first and final goal for Washington came off Evegny Kuznestov stick during a Rangers power play, a breakdown and Rangers blunder left them 4-0 after the first.

The Rangers would score one in the 2nd off Lias Andersson stick for his first as a Ranger and his NHL career, off a feed from Jimmy Vesey from behind the net. The third would open with a Rangers goal 4 minutes in off a wrist shot from in close by Mats Zuccarello for his 16th, giving thanks to Filip Chytil and Rob O’Gara as the helpers.

That would be the game, Rangers suffering 33 shots on net, taking three penalties, six giveaways and an extremely flat and slow start, left the Rangers out early, with very little chance of coming back.

Capitals shining stars

The Capitals offense is led by the one and only 32-year-old Russian gunslinger, Alex Ovechkin, who is nearing in on an 85 point season, but on the year has 45 goals, 38 assists, and 83 points. Ovechkin’s highest assist marker in 7 years, a player who is known to be a goal scorer and shoot the first guy is dishing the puck along with burying it from all cylinders of the ice. To supplement Ovi, his other Russian counterpart, Evgeny Kuznetsov is having a career year with 75 points in 73 games, tallying a career-high 24 goals. On the back end, the Capitals are enjoying the Norris like season from soon to be free agent John Carlson, who has tallied 64 points in 79 games, with 15 goals and 49 assists and four game-winning goals. Even with Braden Holtby posting 3.03 goals against in 50 games played and a .906 save percentage, the Capitals still have been a top ten NHL team all season.

Starters for tonight

This game comes just a day apart, the real difference we will see in tonight’s matchup are the goalies in net. Last game showed Alexander Georgiev for New York and Phillip Grubauer in net for Washington. But, tonight the Rangers are going back to Henrik Lundqvist. Lundqvist has started in four games since March 2, he has been sidelined due to rookie goaltender Georgiev seeing more time and getting situated with NHL play but the Rangers feel comfortable throwing in the cold goaltender against another cold goaltender. As Braden Holtby will be the other netminder, who has not seen regular time due to some lingering injuries. But Holtby has started in five games dating back to February 25.

This matchup is to be aired on NBCSN once again, and the Capitals-Rangers series may not have that same fire to it as it usually does, with the Rangers down and out and the Capitals clearly the better team, this matchup, game 77 of the 2017-2018 regular season will mark the first time in a long time a Rangers vs Capitals game technically means nothing.