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Rangers “Klein” aboard the Henrik Express to bury the Av’s

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Thanks to a pair of rockets launched by Kevin “Optimus” Klein and a stellar, 32-save performance from goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, the Rangers defeated the Colorado Avalanche at Madison Square Garden Saturday night, 4-2. The win was the Rangers’ 4th straight at MSG, 5th in a row overall and by backstopping his team to victory, King Henrik reached the 400 NHL wins mark during in his illustrious, 12-year career on Broadway. Even more impressive is that it only took Hank 727 games to record those 400 wins, making him the fastest to ever reach that milestone in league history. Faster than the likes of HHOFer Martin Brodeur (735), 3-time Cup champ Chris Osgood (742), 7-time Vezina winner Jacques Plante (753) and 3-time Conn Smythe winner Patrick Roy (753.) In addition, Henrik is just the 3rd goaltender to ever record 400 wins with one team, Brodeur (NJD) and Tony Esposito (CBH) being the others. Read the rest of this entry

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Rangers go for the homestand sweep against the Avalanche; Lundqvist in search of 400th win

Bobby Bevilacqua

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  • New York Rangers (35-18-1, 71 PTS) vs Colorado Avalanche (15-34-2, 32 PTS)
  • The Rangers are coming off of a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators in the third game of their homestand. Chris Kreider, Michel Grabner and JT Miller scored the goals for New York while Henrik Lundqvist made some impressive and timely saves, stopping 34 of the 37 shots he faced while securing his 25th win of the season.
  • Colorado has had a really tough season so far. After dismissing Patrick Roy in the offseason after the team had faltered in the two seasons after they went 52-22-8 in 2013-14. But now they have just 15 wins in 51 games and are firmly entrenched in last place in the league. They lost to the Penguins, 4-1, in their last game, with the only goal coming from Gabriel Landeskog. They had won two games in a row prior to the loss against Pittsburgh.

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Rangers flat and lifeless in home loss to Avalanche

Bobby Bevilacqua

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Photo courtesy of MSG Photos.

After an emotionally charged matchup against the Islanders last night, the Rangers (17-7-3) dropped their fifth game in their last six contests, falling 2-1 to the Colorado Avalanche (11-14-1) at Madison Square Garden.

Credit where credit is due, and Colorado came into the Garden and played a very organized, structured game that made it difficult for the Rangers to get anything going. But they only managed 18 shots on goal and still came away with the win.

Before the game started, the Rangers put on a fantastic display for their Garden of Dreams kids.Jordan Matalon, a cancer survivor, dropped the ceremonial first puck and Timolyn Benton sang the national anthem, a performance dedicated to three family members that passed away this year in service to the country. Read the rest of this entry

Rangers look to continue strong play and rebound against Colorado

Bobby Bevilacqua

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Despite their strongest performance in at least a month, the Rangers (17-6-3) came up on the short end of the stick against the Islanders, and they’ll look to get back on track with a win over the Colorado Avalanche (10-14-1), sitting in last place in the Central Division.

The Rangers will be playing the second game of yet another back-to-back series, losing in the shootout in their first game at the Barclays Center. The Avalanche won their last game on Tuesday, coming away with a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils.

This is the second and final meeting between these two teams this season, and the only one at Madison Square Garden. New York came away with a 2-1 win in a goalie battle, as Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 29 shots while Avalanche goalie Reto Berra allowed just two goals on 35 shots. Derek Stepan and Oscar Lindberg scored for the Rangers, Ryan McDonagh had two assists, and Nathan McKinnon scored for the Avs. Read the rest of this entry

Rangers perform well in shootout loss to the Islanders; Lundqvist makes 36 saves

Bobby Bevilacqua

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In the first ever rivalry matchup between the Rangers (17-6-3) and the Islanders (14-8-4), it was the home team from Brooklyn coming away with the victory, winning 2-1 in a shootout.

The game lived up to the hype, jam packed with excitement, action, scoring chances, great goaltending and aggressive, but clean, play from both teams.

Jaroslav Halak continued his history of strong performances against the Rangers, making a total of 33 saves, including three in the shootout, to pick up his seventh win of the season. Read the rest of this entry