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Rangers shutout by Ottawa at the Garden; Ryan Bourque makes NHL Debut

Bobby Bevilacqua

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The Rangers fell short in a battle against the Ottawa Senators, snapping their five game win streak. Photo courtesy of MSG Photos.

In the last regular season home game, the Rangers (52-22-7) were shutout by the desperate Ottawa Senators (42-26-13), dropping just their 22nd regulation loss by a final score of 3-0. Ottawa’s win wound up being huge, propelling them into the first wild card spot with, ahead of the Penguins and Bruins. Boston lost tonight, putting them in a lot of danger of missing the playoffs.

The Rangers really used this as a rest game, giving Rick Nash, Marc Staal, and Mats Zuccarello the night off. Zuccarello missed his second straight game with “general body soreness,” and Nash and Staal are day-to-day with undisclosed injuries.

That meant that Ryan Bourque and Chris Summers were recalled from the Hartford wolf pack, with Bourque making his NHL debut. Both played relatively well tonight in what was an otherwise meaningless game for the Rangers. Read the rest of this entry

Rangers take on desperate Senators team in last regular season game at MSG

Bobby Bevilacqua

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The Rangers will salute the crowd for the final time this regular season as they prepare to battle in the playoffs. Photo courtesy of MSG Photos.

After clinching the Presidents’ Trophy on Thursday night, the Rangers (52-21-7) are back at Madison Square Garden for the last regular season home game, where they are set to take on the Ottawa Senators (41-26-13), a team still clinging onto their playoff hopes, and coming into tonight’s game with a must-win attitude.

Tonight will be a special night for both the players and the fans, as they get to cheer for their team, watch a special presentation before the game, and hopefully send them off to the playoffs on a positive note. This is just the third time in franchise history that the Rangers have won the Presidents’ Trophy, and the first time that they have done so since the 1993-94 season.

The Rangers have already tied the franchise record for wins in a season (52) set in the 199-3-94 season, and are just one point shy of tying their record for points in a season (112). Eclipsing both of those records would truly cap off an amazing regular season. Read the rest of this entry

Rangers are playoff bound after dominating win in Ottawa: Glass scores first goal as a Ranger

Bobby Bevilacqua

See you in the playoffs.

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The Rangers were dominant in a win against the Senators, getting goals from four different player, including Tanner Glass’ first as a Ranger. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Following a disappointing loss on Tuesday against the Kings, the Rangers (47-19-7) skated to a dominating 5-1 win against the hottest team in the NHL, making the Ottawa Senators (37-25-11) and Andrew Hammond, also known as the Hamburglar, look like a much worse team than they actually are.

With the win, the Rangers moved ahead of the Montreal Canadiens for sole possession of the first place spot in the Eastern Conference, and tied with the Anaheim Ducks for first in the President’s Trophy race. They also became the first team to clinch a playoff spot, and are very close to clinching home ice in the Metropolitan Division.

New York also hit the 100 point mark for just the eighth time in franchise history, and did so in only 73 games. That is tied for the second fastest it has taken to get 100 points in franchise history. Read the rest of this entry

Rangers face tough task against Ottawa and the “Hamburglar”

Bobby Bevilacqua

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The Rangers are looking to rebound with a win in Ottawa in what very well could be Cam Talbot’s last game as the starting goaltender. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

The Rangers (46-19-7) are looking to build off of their tough loss on Tuesday when they head to Ottawa to take on the red-hot Ottawa Senators (37-24-11), and their rookie goalie sensation Andrew Hammond, lovingly dubbed the “Hamburglar.”

This is the second of three games between these two teams, and the only one being played in Ottawa. The Rangers came away with a 3-2 overtime victory at Madison Square Garden, the final game before the All Star Break. Kevin Hayes and Chris Kreider scored the two regulation goals, and Carl Hagelin scored the overtime winner. Henrik Lundqvist was in net, stopping 33 of the 35 shots he faced.

The Rangers have a chance to equal or eclipse the 100 point mark this season for just the eighth time in franchise history. The Rangers could also clinch a playoff spot in two ways; a win over Ottawa and a Boston loss against Anaheim tonight, or an overtime loss against Ottawa and a Boston regulation loss. Read the rest of this entry