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Rangers fall in the shootout to Florida; Zibanejad out 6-8 weeks

Alexandra Russo

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Photo courtesy of MSG Photos.

 

The New York Rangers started the game a little late, but for a great reason. The Rangerstown family honored Sam Rosen pending his well-deserved induction into the Hall of Fame on Monday, as they stated that this would be one of those moments that would truly “last a lifetime.”

In their first game back at the Garden after finishing up a road trip, which they went 3-1-0 on, the Blueshirts walked away with a point in their first overtime game of the season. Coming into the game, they were the only NHL team to not play an overtime game yet. In a hard fought matchup, they dropped a 3-2 decision to the Florida Panthers Sunday night in the shootout.

But the real loss came in the overtime period when Mika Zibanejad went down awkwardly into the boards. His foot jammed against the boards and you saw his ankle bend the wrong way. He was helped off of the ice, putting no weight on his leg. Alain Vigneault announced after the game that he broke his fibula and will be out for the next 6-8 weeks. He has 15 points (5-10-15) in the team’s 19 games. Read the rest of this entry

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Rangers look for bounce-back game in Toronto; Raanta expected to start

Bobby Bevilacqua

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Photo courtesy of MSG Photos.

After watching two points go out the window last night, the Rangers (32-19-6) will look to rebound on the road tonight as they battle the Toronto Maple Leafs (20-26-9) at the Air Canada Centre.

The Rangers scored three straight goals, including two on the power play, to take a lead early in the third period. But their weak penalty kill let them down, surrendering two goals and giving up the lead with three minutes remaining in the third, ultimately losing the game 5-3. It snapped a 10 game point streak (8-0-2) on home ice and it was their first regulation loss at MSG since December 20th.

Tonight is the third and final game between the Rangers and Maple Leafs this season, and New York will be looking for a sweep of the season series. On October 30th, Mats Zuccarello recorded his first NHL hat trick in a 3-1 win at the Garden, and Zuccs led the Rangers to another home win on November 30th with a goal and a pair of assists. Read the rest of this entry

Rangers look for a more complete effort in Colorado; Top line of utmost importance

Bobby Bevilacqua

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The Rangers hope to continue their road trip on a positive note when they take on the Avalanche tonight at 9 PM. Photo courtesy of MSG Photos.

With some of the player’s fathers along for the ride, the Rangers (31-16-5) will continue their road trip out in Denver, Colorado where they will take on the Avalanche (22-21-11), a team that is trying to stay relevant in the Western Conference.

The Annual Father’s trip started off pretty well, albeit it a rollercoaster game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, with the Rangers coming away with a 4-4 victory. Mats Zuccarello was the Rangers best player, scoring two goals, including a perfect wrist shot for the game winner. Rick Nash, who is normally the one scoring goals, was the playmaker for the night, tallying three assists, the first time he has done so since 2009. Derick Brassard also added two assists, breaking the 40 point mark in arguably the best start to a season in his NHL career. Read the rest of this entry

Rangers Practice Report; Vigneault changing the power play units

Bobby Bevilacqua

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Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello have built a ton of chemistry since last season, and have played well together this season. Alongside Rick Nash, they will get an opportunity on the Rangers top power play unit. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Following the sloppy victory over the Maple Leafs last night, the Rangers practiced in Toronto ahead of their travel to Denver for their game against the Avalanche tomorrow at 9 PM.

In that game, we saw a resurgent Mats Zuccarello, who extended his point streak to a career high six games, scoring two goals, including the game winner. While he has always been a great passer, and continued to rack up assists during his goal drought, Tuesday night saw him register five shots on goal, which is something that Vigneault and Zuccarello both knew needed to change. Read the rest of this entry

Rangers avoid collapse against Toronto; Zuccarello scores game winner

Bobby Bevilacqua

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The Rangers found a way to avoid a collapse, thanks to a Mats Zuccarello game winner in the late stages of the third period. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

It wasn’t pretty, but the Rangers (31-16-5) found a way to get a win on the road against the Toronto Maple Leafs, avoiding a late game collapse and coming away with a 5-4 victory at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto scored two goals early in the second period to tie the game at four, but Mats Zuccarello came through in the clutch, sending the Rangers to Colorado with two points.

Offense was certainly not the problem, as the Rangers managed to find twine five times, including two goals from Zuccarello, on a total of 39 shots. 31 of those shots came in the first two periods alone.

The Rangers struggled in the faceoff circle again, winning just 40 percent (27/67) of their draws. This has been a continued problem, with Kevin Hayes and Derek Stepan the two worst faceoff guys on the team. It has gotten them into trouble, and may be something that needs to be addressed. Read the rest of this entry