Saturday, February 2, 2013

New York Rangers earn their first road win with a strong showing against the Tampa Bay Lightning

The New York Rangers defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning by the score of 3-2 on Saturday night. The Rangers had come in to this game losing their last game and not having a road win on the season. They wanted to end that tonight and they played a strong game and were able to do so. Marty Biron got his first start in net of the season for the Rangers and played well. The Rangers got some balanced scoring and they were able to play strong defense to shut down Tampa Bays high powered attack. 
The Rangers goals were scored by Derek Stepan, Carl Hagelin and Rich Nash. The Rangers were trailing 1-0 in this game before scoring three straight and then enduring a late goal by the lightning but holding on for the 3-2 win.

The first goal of the game was scored in the second period by Steven Stamkos his sixth of the season. The goal was scored at the 4:22 mark of the period, the Rangers were able to tie the game at the 9:50 mark of the second period. The goal was scored by Stepan with assists by Hagelin and Taylor Pyatt. Nash scored at the 3:04 mark of the third period to give the Rangers the 2-1 lead. He was assisted by Brad Richards and Marc Staal. It was a beautiful goal as he went right around the defenseman and made a nice move to the front of the net and slid it past the goaltender. Hagelin scored on a tap in at the 14:47 mark of the third with an assist by Pyatt to make it a 3-1 Rangers lead. Tampa scored their second and final goal at the 19:39 mark of the third. The goal was scored by Stamkos.

The Rangers only took one penalty in the game and the Lightning took two. It was a clean game as all three penalties were in the second period. Biron made 30 saves on 32 shots and got the win and Garon stopped 27 of 30 for the Lightning. The shots were pretty even with Tampa getting two more 32-30.

The Rangers are now 4-4 on the season and the Lightning are 6-2. The Rangers will next play on Tuesday night in Newark, New Jersey against their rivals the New Jersey Devils. It will be the first time they have played since game six of the Eastern Conference finals last season when the Devils knocked the Rangers out of the playoffs.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The New York Rangers win their second game in a row

The New York Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers by the score of 2-1 on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. They came out flying and took an early 1-0 lead on a Michael Del Zotto goal. They held that lead for a while until they scored again in the second period on a Ryan Callahan goal. The Flyers were able to cut the lead to 2-1 early in the third on a power play but that would be it as the Rangers were able to hold them off especially in the end. 
The Rangers played a very solid game, Henrik Lundqvist was good, the defense for the most part was good and the offense was good. The Flyers goalie was very sharp otherwise it could have been worse. The Rangers power play even looked more in sync then it has been.

Ryan Callahan who scored the second and game winning goal left the game in the third period after getting into a fight. He has a hurt shoulder which turned out to be a shoulder sublaxation. He will miss 10-14 games which isn’t good but it could have been a lot worse.

The Rangers had 28 shots on goal to the Flyers 27. The Rangers are now 3-3 on the season and the Flyers are 2-5. Del Zotto was the number one star with Lundqvist being the second star and Rick Nash being the third star. The Rangers will next play the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night at home.

The Rangers still want to get better in certain areas but they are starting to come together and play their game. Rick Nash has played very well but he has only one goal and may need to start scoring soon especially without Callahan for a while. The Rangers have won three of their last four and two in a row, they will try to make that three in a row on Thursday night.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Rangers dominate the game but rally after an early deficit

The New York Rangers defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs by the score of 5-2 on Saturday night. The game took place at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Rangers had a very good first period out shooting the Maple Leafs 14-3 but they were trailing 2-1 on the scoreboard. They played well in the second period and made it a 2-1 game. In the third period they exploded scoring four goals including an empty netter to win the game 5-2. Henrik Lundqvist was good even though he didn’t have much work, the defense was really good and the top line of Marion Gaborik, Rick Nash and Brad Richards was awesome again. 
The Rangers got two goals from Gaborik, a goal from Richards, Marc Staal and Brian Boyle. The Rangers probably played their best all around game of the season. They played a full 60 minutes and deserved to win the game. It was a game that the Rangers badly needed as they only had one win in their first four games. They now have two wins and will play at home against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.

The Rangers trailing 2-0 got a goal from Richards at the 5:43 mark of the second period, the assists were from Gaborik and Nash. Staal scored the game tying goal at the 7:36 mark of the third period with assists from Gaborik and Michael Del Zotto. Gaborik scored to give the Rangers their first lead at the 12:57 mark of the third period. Boyle had a tip in at 17:08 of the third with assists coming from Del Zotto and Derek Stepan. The Rangers iced the game with an empty netter from Gaborik at the 18:45 mark, he got assists from Nash and Dan Girardi.

The one negative in this game was that the Rangers were 0-4 on the power play, they are now 2-22 on the season. It is something that plagued them all year least year and is doing the same so far this year. The Rangers do have more scoring power this season though and if they are going to score five goals it doesn’t really matter if they come on the power play or not. The Rangers had a 42-17 shot advantage in the game.

The Rangers were short handed three times and they allowed one power play goal. There were a couple of fights with Asham and Rupp taking part in them.

The Rangers will try to win two in a row for the first time this season and get to 500 on the season Tuesday night. They will try to avenge their loss to the Flyers in Philadelphia on Thursday night. They will then take on the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night before heading to Tampa Bay on Saturday.

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