Steve Zipay takes you inside the locker room, home and on the road, with the New York Rangers, and also writes about the NHL, off and on the ice.
When coach Alain Vigneault was talking about Benoit Pouliot's game, and career, last month, the phrase that stuck was that the struggling winger, with his fifth team in five years, would only get "so many kicks at the can" and needed to produce.
One of the issues, Vigneault said, was losing focus, and tossed out a French phrase "dans la lune"...or as he translated, "goes...Read more »
It took a game-changing sequence to turn this one around and give the Rangers 10 road wins, the most in the East.
The save by Henrik Lundqvist on Cody Hodgson’s breakaway to preserve the one-goal lead in the third,...Read more »
BUFFALO--- When Alain Vigneault publicly called out his veterans and core leaders on Tuesday to be more consistent, he didn’t name names.
But the detective work was easy: The captain, Ryan Callahan, the alternates, Marc Staal and...Read more »
Simply put, if the 14-14 Rangers cannot get two points from the Sabres (3-11-1 at home, allowing 47 goals) here tonight, the troubles run deeper than on the surface.
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Almost $60 million just got pushed to the center of the table in the Stanley Cup poker tourney by Messrs Dolan and adviser/president Sather, who are banking on Henrik Lundqvist to come up with four aces. Or a King-ly flush.
In a move that underscores the NYR ownership belief that this continues to be a win-now team, the brass is asking Lundqvist to carry them farther than they've been since...Read more »
1. Fourth game in six nights, and after an emotional defeat of Torts and Vancouver, kinda expected this. Unravelled in third.
2. Would the non-call on Tobias Enstrom, who pulled Derek Stepan down on a breakway in the third changed the tone of the game? Maybe.
3. Have a feeling John Moore might be back in the lineup on the third d-pair in Buffalo. Michael Del Zotto (minus-3) struggled,...Read more »
A blip or seeds of a goaltender competition?
I'll take Door No. 1.
Alain Vigneault declared Henrik Lundqvist his No. 1 goalie, as well he should be, although he is not been vintage sharp.
So Vigneault chose to give the game against the Winnipeg Jets to first-year netminder Cam Talbot, who has been solid, with a 6-1 record and a 1.49 GAA.
Does he give the Rangers (14-13) a...Read more »
In the hallway at MSG, Torts went on for awhile, past the schedule time for AV at the podium upstairs. With no audience, he left and retunred when the huddled masses arrived after Torts.
Torts still feels that it is hard to sever all the ties here, but in his headline quote, he says: with all due respect, "I'm going to coach this game, hopefully kick...Read more »
The Bs are the Beast of the East for a reason. They rebounded a from a 6-1 loss Wednesday, and down 2-1 in the third today, used their depth and skill to edge the Rangers 3-2 in TD Garden.
Here's some extra quotes, stats and thoughts you won't find in my game story or notes online and in the paper.
I'm thinking Cam Talbot get the start against the Canucks and Henrik...Read more »
1. For U.S. viewers, nothing different. NBC in second year of 10-year deal worth $2 billion. You may see some changes in online coverage outta the North.
2. For NYR, Isles, Devs, other U.S.-based teams, the dough is split evenly, though the seven Canadiens teams get a tad more. So about $15 mil per season, over 12 years, starting next year.
3. Cap will rise, some say to $80 million...Read more »