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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.

Brad Richards says Rangers in synch; Derek Stepan OK

Derek Stepan celebrates his second-period goal during a

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

WASHINGTON -- He never saw it coming. Fifty-one seconds into the third period Wednesday, Caps forward Troy Brouwer blindsided Rangers center Derek Stepan with a forearm in neutral ice, clipping him in the helmet.

Stepan went down and eventually skated to the dressing room; Brouwer was not penalized. The Rangers center returned to the bench with about 13 minutes left.  

“The referee...

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Updates, preview, lineups for Rangers-Caps

John Moore of the Rangers controls the puck

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

So, fellow citizens, the last time that the Rangers---and yours truly---were at the Verizon Center here in Washington, it was May 13, Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, and with a 5-0 win, the Rangers eliminated the Capitals from the playoffs.

Lot of water under the bridge since, eh?

To be sure, both squads are off to tepid starts: The Caps are 2-4; the Blueshirts 1-4.

The...

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Biron, Asham clear waivers; Miller, Talbot practice

 

Just a quick memo before I leave for D.C. ahead of  tomorrow's AM skate and the game against the Caps...

As expected yesterday, J.T. Miller and Cam Talbot were officially summoned from Hartford and practiced; vets Martin Biron and Arron Asham cleared waivers at noon.

Asham (if you read Newsday or newsday.com or my twitter account) had agreed to go to the WolfPack, work...

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Alain Vigneault: No timetable for Rick Nash, still 'feeling symptoms'

Rick Nash skates during a team practice at

(Credit: James Escher)

The Rangers will be without their top goal scorer from last season for awhile.

Rick Nash, out with a concussion, did not skate Monday and coach Alain Vigneault still does not expect him back soon.

"He's still feeling symptoms," Vigneault said.

The expectation is that at least one forward will be called up from Hartford later Monday to prepare to face the Capitals in Washington...

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Martin Biron, Aaron Asham placed on waivers; Rick Nash not skating

Martin Biron of the Rangers warms up to

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The news from practice indicates that the front office of the 1-4 Rangers isn't sitting on their hands:

Goaltender Martin Biron and winger Arron Asham have been placed on waivers. Biron has allowed nine goals already this season, and Asham was a healthy scratch against St.. Louis.  They could both clear, and then a decision has to be made whether they are assigned to the AHL.

There...

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Closer, but no cigar: Rangers fall to 1-4 with 5-3 loss to Blues

 

         There were signs of life for the Rangers Saturday at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. But not in the win column.

         Missing Rick Nash and using seven defensemen and 11 forwards, the Blueshirts (1-4) outplayed the undefeated (4-0) Blues for the first two periods, outshooting them 24-17,...

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NYR lines in St. Louis

Here in Scotttrade Center...seems as if AV, concerned about the defense, is going by the numbers, as in adding one.

Juston Falk, making his NYR debut, is dressing as a seventh d, so there are 11 forwards in warmups, with Arron Asham scratched

Lines: Richards-Brassard-Callahan; Pouliot-Boyle-Fast; Pyatt-Stepan-Zuke and Dorsett and DMoore as spares

On D, Falk is alternating with...

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Live from St. Louis: NYR, Biron hope to close road trip with win

The 1-3 Rangers face the 3-0 Blues at Scotttrade Center tonight, and Martin Biron gets his firts start of the year:

"I expect a good game from him. I expect him go in goal and stop the puck and give us a chance, this is a real tough league, one area that you need to be good night in and night out is goaltending. We need Marty  tonight to go in the net and play real well for us.

It's...

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Post-game: Rangers fall 6-0 to Ducks

Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks is pursued

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It’s been almost seven years, December 2006, to be exact (according to Elias Sports Bureau) that the Rangers have been this dismal in consecutive games. Thursday’s 6-0 loss to the Ducks in Anaheim came hard on the heels of a 9-2 thumping by the Sharks.

The last time the Rangers allowed 14 or more goals in consecutive games:  A 9-2 loss in Toronto on Dec. 16 and a 6-1 loss to the Devils...

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Live from Anaheim: What to watch for during Rangers-Ducks

Taylor Pyatt celebrates his second-period goal during a

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

For the third time in four games on this season-opening Western trip, the Rangers (1-2) will face a club staging its home opener, with all the inherent ceremonies, introductions and an energetic crowd.

For the Blueshirts, tonight's clash with the Ducks (2-1) will have a greater emphasis on intensity.

They presumably will be without Rick Nash, who apparently sustained a concussion on...

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