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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.

MVP, Players' Player well-deserved honors for Ryan McDonagh

Ryan McDonagh sets before a faceoff against the

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The future is now for Ryan McDonagh.

We’ve seen the Rangers defenseman blossom this year into an all-around player who will no doubt be wearing a letter on his sweater next season and for a long time.

But it’s not only the writers and broadcasters who follow the team and who voted McDonagh as the Team MVP.

The U.S. Olympic brass felt the same way, picking him for the squad and...

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Blues no more: Morning musings after 3-2 win in Chicago

Henrik Lundqvist looks on during a game against

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Finally arrived at O’Hare, brutal traffic in the Windy City as usual….

(Highlight of trip: Between sets of blues vets Sonic Soul, who were killing it at Legends, briefly spoke with Buddy Guy at the bar. Always outspoken and still a tad crusty at 77, but he’s playing in his joint for most of this month. Congratulated him for being honored at the Kennedy Center annual festivities in Washington....

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Cam Talbot in net tonight vs. Wild; Marc Staal sidelined but skating

Cam Talbot prepares to play against the Winnipeg

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I'm travelling today and Newsday's Will Sammon is filling in tonight at MSG. I'll be back for the Leafs game tomorrow, then on to DC and Florida as 2013 winds down. Anyway, for Henrik Lundqvist, it’s time for a break. Talbot will start Sunday instead of Lundqvist in the eighth game of what has been a catastrophic franchise-record nine-game homestand. Lundqvist has started eight consecutive games,...

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Rick Nash update, Miller back in lineup, Dom Moore improving

 

           As for the speculation that with Rick Nash (concussion) missing his 12th game, the Rangers may be looking to add some offense in a trade,  head coach Alain Vigneault said:

             “I think we need to get the pieces that we have here to play better....

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Callahan practices, Moore out with oblique, Lundqvist in goal

 

               Although he’s frustrated with being sidelined, Rangers captain Ryan Callahan’s broken left thumb is healing on schedule and he skated with his teammates Thursday morning before the Sabres game for the first time since the injury.

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Lundqvist better but sidelined; Talbot starts in Philadelphia

Henrik Lundqvist will be in Philadelphia with the team tonight and tomorrow, but not in a Rangers uniform. 

As reported this morning from practice, the team's No. 1 goaltender is dealing with an undisclosed injury, and is listed as day to day.  Rookie Cam Talbot will make his NHL debut in goal against the Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Thursday. Jason Missaien will serve as backup,...

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Updates, preview, lineups for Rangers-Caps

John Moore of the Rangers controls the puck

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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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Nash KO'd by elbow to head; 'embarrassed' NYR fall 9-2 to SJ

Rangers left wing Rick Nash skates on the

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SAN JOSE -- Rick Nash walked out of SAP Center late Tuesday with a headache that had worsened as the game went on, and was worried about a possible concussion. The rest of the Rangers walked out humbled and sullen after a pathetic effort in a 9-2 trouncing by the Sharks in the third game of the season.  

Nash was caught by a high elbow from defenseman Brad Stuart just 2:32 into the game...

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Post-Game Xtra III: Lundqvist, McDonagh on goal gaffe

Goaltender Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings

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The Rangers third goal will make all the highlight, or lowlight, films, Ryan McDonagh's  180-foot shorthanded clearing pass/bank shot off the right boards that Kings netminder Jonathan Quick totally misplayed at 4:39 of the third period here in Staples Center.  It was a moment that left 18,118 fans and players and media stunned, scratching noggins and looking for a replay.

“I didn’t...

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Post-Game Xtra II: Vigneault on Callahan & first win

Ryan Callahan skates during warmups before a game

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"Good to have our captain back," said Alain Vigneault, after Ryan Callahan delivered a check to Robyn Regehr on his first shift after shoulder surgery in May. "It was my first time seeing him live, being with him as a coach; he brings a lot to the table, poise with the puck, competitive nature when he doesn’t have it, finishes every check. For a player who’s not big in size, he certainly...

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