Friday, February 3, 2012
Wellman, 25, has been up and down with the Wild for parts of the last three seasons recording four goals and nine assists at the NHL level. However, Wellman has been very effective at the AHL level scoring 14 goals and 12 assists in 26 games this season. The Whale have been in desperate need of help after a winless January and this will provide them some while removing Christensen from the NHL roster.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Marian Gaborik scored three times and added an assist to earn MVP honors in the 2012 All-Star Game. Gaborik continues to erase any memories of last season's struggles and take his place amongst the elite snipers in the NHL. The fun party for Rangers fan today was that Gaborik went head-to-head with teammate Henrik Lundqvist.
After chirping all weekend with Lundqvist, Gaborik had the last laugh scoring two on Lundqvist during the first period. Following his first goal of the game Gaborik brought back Artem Anisimov's rifle celebration at Lundqvist. Coach John Tortorella said Gaborik will be fined $1,000 for the celebration, but for bragging rights alone, Gaborik will pay it with a smile.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
According to Josh Rimer, Rangers rookie Carl Hagelin has been added to the Rookies in the 2012 NHL All-Star weekend as an injury replacement. No official announcement on who he is replacing, but Devils' defenseman Adam Larsson appears to be the player.
Tremendous work by Hagelin to play his way into this opportunity. Hagelin has eight goals and eight assists in 29 games for the Rangers this season, but the numbers do not reflect the full impact he has had on the roster. His speed has added a different dimension to the Rangers roster and expect Hagelin to be showcasing it in the fastest skater competition, which he should win.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Saturday, January 21, 2012
The matchup of the best two teams in the Eastern Conference lived up to the hype as the New York Rangers game against the Boston Bruins had everything you could ask for in a regular season game. The first matchup between the two teams went to overtime with the New York Rangers winning 3-2 over the Boston Bruins on a Marian Gaborik power-play goal with 3.6 seconds left in the overtime period. Tukka Rask made two great saves in Ryan Callahan and Brad Richards before Gaborik netted the game-winner, his second goal of the game, 25th goal of the season, to give the Rangers the extra point and maintain their lead in the Eastern Conference standings.
The Rangers were on the power-play after Andrew Ference was assessed a five-minute major for charging when he ran Ryan McDonagh into the boards behind New York’s net 1:50 into the extra session. McDonagh laid prone on the ice for several minutes before finally skating off the ice on his own and into the locker room. Ference will likely face discipline from Brendan Shanahan in the coming days.
New York gets another win in the final seconds, but once again they are never in that position without stellar play from Henrik Lundqvist. Lundqvist made 32 saves, including multiple of the highlight variety, to allow the team to stay in there when the Rangers were being outplayed.
Ryan Callahan got the Rangers on the board early in the second period when coming out of the box Brandon Prust found Callahan and he beat Rask far post 1:31 in. The lead did not last long as Andrew Ference tied the game at 3:28 of the second off a beautiful cross-ice feed from David Krejci that left Lundqvist defenseless.
Marian Gaborik scored his first of the game, first in seven games, late in the second when he jumped on a loose puck and fired it past Rask for a 2-1 lead. Carl Hagelin attempted a shot, but it was blocked by Dennis Seidenberg, dropping down to Gaborik’s feet and there was no hesitation to let the shot go.
The Rangers seemed poised to head into the final period with the one goal lead, but Adam McQuaid had other ideas when he tied the game with 49 seconds left in the second. McQuaid fired from the right faceoff circle having the puck deflect off Brian Boyle’s stick and over the shoulder of Lundqvist.
- Great to see the Rangers bigger offensive players carry the load in a big game with Gaborik, Callahan and Richards being in on the winning goal.
- Ryan Callahan played his best game in some time being impactful all over the ice and adding some offense back in.
- Gaborik going to the front of the net is always the key to offense and today he got back to doing that more than he has in the past few weeks resulting in both his goals.
McDonagh was phenomenal all game and hopefully his injury is not too severe.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
- Bickel's fight in the first woke the team up, but this team has to be better early in games and it should not take him dropping the gloves to spark them.
- Staal is clearly still a work in progress as he varies from showing signs of his former self and being a player who missed half the year and is looking for his game. Playing 24:58 tonight is certainly a step in the right direction for his conditioning, but he is still off in reading the play at times.
- Hagelin is doing everything that the team can ask from him and then some.
- Richards, Callahan, Gaborik and Dubinsky need to step up and lead this team offensively right now by putting some pucks in the back of the net. Supporting players have been doing much of the work when the team actually scores.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
- Rangers forecheck was dominant in the third period as they were able to control the clock for much of the final 10 minutes.
- The penalty kill was excellent, especially when Gaborik was wrongly assessed a double minor for high-sticking against Mike Fisher while the Rangers were on the power play late in the second period.
- The power play at least threatened a few times tonight, but the conversion rate has to improve.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Both Brandon Dubinsky and Ruslan Fedotenko will miss tonight's hasn't against the Montreal Canadiens. Tonight will mark the third straight game Dubinsky has missed with a sore shoulder he sustained Tuesday. The hope is a couple extra days rest will have him ready for Tuesday against Nashville.
Fedotenko will miss his first game of the season after leaving last night with back spasms.
Kris Newbury, who was recalled today, will take Fedotenko's spot in the lineup.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
- Have to feel good for Boyle getting off the snide when it appeared he could not buy one no matter what he did. He has deserved one for a few weeks with his overall game level and maybe now he will stop pressing so much, leading to a few more.
- Ruslan Fedotenko left the game early in the second period and did not return because of back spasms. No word on whether he will be able to play tomorrow against the Canadiens.
Dubinsky was clearly missed on Thursday night against the Senators, but the Rangers are trying to be smart with his shoulder to make sure that it does not become something more serious and linger throughout the season. Brandon Prust is likely to take Dubinsky's spot with Callahan and Richards, but the entire lineup has to do more than they did on Thursday.
Starting Biron tonight is an interesting decision given Lundqvist's career struggles in Montreal, where the Rangers play tomorrow, but Biron did struggle earlier in the year in Montreal as well.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
- Wolski was noticeable through the first half of the game and solid for his first action in weeks.
- Anisimov has to raise his level back to where it was earlier.
- Dubinsky and his energy was clearly missed at different points tonight.
The efforts of all Rangers fans to put his name in the conversation through their write-in voting certainly did not hurt Girardi in getting the league recognition he deserves. Girardi was the key to holding the defense together in the absence of Marc Staal through much of the first half.
Ryan Callahan and Michael Del Zotto likely got significant consideration for the team, but the combination of others deserving to go and each team needing to be representing left them off the roster. Next comes the All-Star fantasy draft on January 26.
Carl Haglein was left off the rookie team, but the injury to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins could give Hagelin an outside chance to be a replacement selection later if RNH is not ready to return yet.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Tortorella made the right decision in going right back to Gaborik in the third round of the shootout with the Rangers needing to score to stay alive and Gaborik sped in, slammed the brakes and beat Smith the second time.
Lundqvist was not overly tested on the night, only needing to make 18 saves, but a number of them were on quality chances. The win was Lundqvist’s career-high seventh consecutive victory. Only Radim Vrbata was able to beat Lundqvist on the night as he scored in both the shootout and regulation.
The Rangers offense came from Ruslan Fedotenko who scored 2:27 into the third period. His line with Brian Boyle and Carl Hagelin had numerous chances on the shift and Fedotenko finally converted from the slot with Boyle creating a tremendous screen. It was the production that coach John Tortorella called for from his bottom six as the Rangers top two lines have been carrying the offense this season. The other lines have played well within games, but their contributions have been missing from the scoresheet.
The Vrbata tying goal came mid-way through the third period. After Marc Staal blocked a shot off his foot the Rangers defense was in scramble mode the rest of the shift when Marc-Antoine Pouliot found Vrbata in the faceoff circle for the goal high glove.
- Each line had dominate shifts during the game, and the Rangers only scoring once was more about Mike Smith tonight than any failures of Rangers offense to generate.
- Marc Staal is looking more comfortable with each passing game.
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Just under four minutes into the game a line brawl erupted with Shawn Thornton and Alex Burrows smacking each other with their sticks in front of the two benches. During the brawl Vancouver's Dale Weise and Boston's Nathan Horton squared off in the only true fight.
When all the penalties were sorted out the Canucks ended up with a 5-on-3 which Ryan Kesler scored on. Milan Lucic was also given a game misconduct for engaging in a secondary altercation while there was already one going.
Friday, January 6, 2012
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- Dubinsky had another excellent game and is continuing to show he has found his game. Hopefully the improvements in Dubinsky’s game can quell some of the calls for the Rangers to go out and trade for another top-6 forward.
- Enjoying the trust that Tortorella has in his fourth line to stick them out the shift after goals. They do not play a large number of minutes, but the situations in which Tortorella is using Prust-Mitchell-Rupp is showing he believes in them.
- Marc Staal certainly isn’t playing as if he is concerned about taking hits to the head as he dished out a few and is getting involved in a number of scrums after the whistle.