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Vigneault earns 600th win as the Rangers topple Anaheim; Lundqvist makes 43 saves

Alexandra Russo

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The New York Rangers got Kevin Hayes back in the lineup and added two important points in a 4-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks at the Garden, so far winning the first two games of their four game homestand. Alain Vigneault earned his 600th win, becoming the 2nd fastest coach in NHL history to reach that number. Only Scott Bowman reached that total faster.

Oscar Lindberg set the pace for the Rangers early in the first period, scoring his second goal of the season on the team’s first shot on goal. Buchnevich put the puck in front for Lindberg, who wasted no time sneaking it past Gibson for a 1-0 lead.

McDonagh gave up the puck at the blueline on a Rangers’ power play, and Getzlaf went down on a breakaway. The Captain made up for his mistake, though, saving the puck with his foot and preventing a short-handed goal.  Read the rest of this entry

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Kevin Hayes rejoins lineup as Rangers look to extend win streak against Anaheim

Bobby Bevilacqua

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  • New York Rangers (33-18-1, 67 PTS) vs. Anaheim Ducks (28-16-10, 66 PTS)
  • The Rangers are coming off of a 4-3 win over the Calgary flames in the first game of their four game home stand. Rick Nash, Michael Grabner, Chris Kreider and Jesper Fast all scored goals and Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves. Grabner’s goal was his 23rd, and his 22 even strength goals leads the NHL. Chris Kreider scored his 21st goal of the season, tying his career high. JT Miller picked up two assists.
  • The Ducks lost in the shootout against the Tampa Bay Lightning in their last game, giving them two straight losses and a 1-2-1 record in their last four games. Defenseman Brandon Montour scored his first career goal and Ryan Getzlaf also scored. Jonathan Bernier made 35 saves but got the loss.

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Rangers kick off homestand against the Calgary Flames; Kreider looks to tie career high in goals

Bobby Bevilacqua

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  • New York Rangers (32-18-1, 65 PTS) vs Calgary Flames (27-24-3, 67 PTS)
  • The Rangers won their last game, a 2-1 overtime victory over the Buffalo Sabres. They snapped a power play drought in the win thanks to Mats Zuccarello’s deflection goal, and Chris Kreider scored in overtime for his 20th goal of the season. Henrik Lundqvist was spectacular, making 36 saves in the win.
  • The Flames have won three straight games after snapping out of a rough stretch that saw them lost six out of seven. Their last game was a 4-3 overtime win over the New Jersey Devils. Mikael Backlund scored the game winner, Sean Monahan found the back of the net and TJ Brodie tallied four assists.

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Chris Kreider’s OT winner gives Rangers the win; Lundqvist makes 36 saves

Alexandra Russo

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The New York Rangers played a hard-fought game against the Buffalo Sabres on the road and skated off victoriously with a well-deserved 2-1 overtime win.

After giving up three of the first four shots on goal, the Rangers started to look alive. They had a great scoring chance when the net was left open on one side, but they weren’t able to put it home. Nash had a two on one and almost a breakaway on a shift that included some beautiful moves in the Sabres’ zone. Nash was arguably the best player of the first twenty minutes and one of the best throughout the rest of the game.

Halfway thought the first period of play, the Sabres pushed the pace and tried shots from all angles. Their best one was when Evader Kane made a move on the Rangers’ defense and came down on a brief two on one. The pass to Gionta made it through, but Lundqvist stuck out his pad for a blocker save. The puck then flew in the air and couldn’t be batted down into the net, trickling just wide. Read the rest of this entry

Rangers kick off second half against the Blue Jackets; Staal and Fast expected to play

Bobby Bevilacqua

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  • New York Rangers (31-17-1, 63 PTS) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (32-12-4, 68 PTS)
  • The Rangers were shutout in their last game against the Flyers. New York played an outstanding game despite not getting any goals, and they had the majority of the chances and had the two points stolen away by Steve Mason, who made 34 saves. There’s no such thing as a “feel good” loss, but this is about as close as you can get to one of them.
  • The Blue Jackets lost their last game against the Nashville Predators, 4-3, and have lost two straight games. Columbus had an incredible 16 game win streak earlier in the season, and since that was snapped, they’ve been about a .500 team. However, they still have the second most points in the league and have played well in their recent losses.

THE MATCHUP

  • This is the third of five meetings between the Rangers and the Blue Jackets and the first of two at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers, playing their 50th game tonight, won the last meeting on Jan. 7, erasing a three goal deficit and getting a four point night from Michael Grabner, including a hat trick. The teams have split the first two games of the series so far.
  • The Rangers have won eight of the last nine games against Columbus, dating back to Jan. 16, 2015, going 8-1-0 over that time span.
  • The Rangers sit just five points behind the Blue Jackets in the Metropolitan Division standings, so this game has important implications for playoff seeding.

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