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Miller gives the Rangers overtime win in Detroit; Lundqvist picks up shutout and more records

Bobby Bevilacqua

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It was a slow game with not a lot of action, but the Rangers (30-16-1) picked up a shutout overtime win on the road against the Detroit Red Wings thanks to another game winning goal from JT Miller and a strong effort from Henrik Lundqvist.

The teams combined for a total of 40 shots through almost 62 minutes of play, but neither team was able to keep up sustained pressure for large portions of the game. The Red Wings had their best chances in the first period, but Thomas Vanek hit the post and Henrik Lundqvist made a nice glove save on Anthony Mantha. The other prime opportunity for Detroit came in the third period, where Henrik Zetterberg hit Lundqvist’s mask with his shot in the slot.

In overtime, the Rangers capitalized on a Red Wing falling in the neutral zone, giving Mats Zuccarello and JT Miller a two-man breakaway. It’s worth noting that Brady Skjei started the play with an outstanding breakout and pass off of the boards. Zuccarello faked a shot, froze Jared Coreau and passed it off to Miller for his 16th goal of the season and his fifth game winning goal. Read the rest of this entry

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Rangers aim for third straight win against Bruins; Kreider maybe more than day-to-day

Bobby Bevilacqua

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After a two day break following two weekend wins, the Rangers (4-2-0) will aim to extend their win streak to three games when they take on the Boston Bruins (3-3-0) tonight at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers are dealing with a few early injury bugs, forcing them to insert Oscar Lindberg into the lineup ahead of time and place Pavel Buchnevich on IR. Alain Vigneault said that leading scorer Chris Kreider was having “a tough time moving” and that his neck spasms might keep him out longer than day-to-day. Buchnevich is on IR for the time being but has been practicing in a non-contact jersey, so he may be ready for Friday.

The Bruins had a few of their own injuries, having to make two call-ups in net for their game last night against the Wild. Malcolm Subban and Zane McIntyre both played in Boston’s 5-0 loss. Tuukka Rask may have tweaked his hamstring and Anton Khudobin is out for about three weeks so it’ll probably be those two again tonight. Read the rest of this entry

5 Keys to a New York Rangers Stanley Cup Championship

Bobby Bevilacqua

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It’s that time of year again. The records are wiped, every team is equal ground, and 16 teams begin their quest for the greatest trophy in professional sports.

And for the sixth consecutive season, the Rangers are a part of that quest, looking to capture their first championship since 1994. They’ve come close in recent years, reaching the Eastern Conference Championship in three of the last four seasons and reaching the Stanley Cup Final in 2014.

Despite playing 44 playoff games since 2014, the most in the entire league, Alain Vigneault and his team are ready to make another run at the title. The team is loaded with experience, all the way from their veterans down to their youth. Everyone has big game experience which prepares them well for the high pressure situations. Read the rest of this entry

Rangers must capitalize on Lundqvist’s prime while they still can

John Dundon

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As the Rangers prepare to embark on their quest for the teams elusive fifth Stanley Cup, their one constant over the past 10 years in Henrik Lundqvist is once again at peak form.

On a night following a 1-0 shutout win against the Detroit Red Wings, Lundqvist put what the final minutes of a 0-0 game feel like from his perspective. “The last 10 minutes of the game you definitely know the next goal wins… I know I need to be perfect.” It’s a situation the Rangers veteran net minder has become more than comfortable with over the years as a Ranger. Lundqvist has played in more big games and high pressure situations, in the last three seasons especially, than most goalies do in their entire careers.

I’ve often said that being a goalie is unlike anything else in sports. You’re a part of the team, but it’s really just you alone out there. You have more influence on the game than anyone else on the ice. Only the highest level of focus, athleticism and anticipation will allow you to be successful. It’s a position that is unique in the fact that you can be an eraser for when the team is outplayed as a whole. The goalie is one of the few positions in sports that will often times single handedly determine the outcomes of events. Read the rest of this entry

Rangers look to start a win streak against the Hurricanes; Kreider questionable

Bobby Bevilacqua

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After a dominating win over Vancouver on Tuesday, the Rangers (25-16-5) will look to start a win streak for the first time in two months when they take on the Carolina Hurricanes (21-19-8) down in Raleigh for a Metropolitan Division showdown.

What would have normally been an unimportant, throwaway game against the Rangers and a Carolina team that’s usually low in the standings actually has some meaning now. In a weak Eastern Conference, the Canes have managed to bring themselves to within three points of a wild card spot, and they’re only five points behind the Rangers, although New York has two games in hand.

Despite the heavy snow and ice storm in Raleigh, the Hurricanes have announced that the game is still going on as scheduled. Don’t expect a big crowd in the stands though, with many Carolina area fans tweeting out that they wouldn’t be able to make the trip to the game. Read the rest of this entry