Blue Notes

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

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

Taylor Pyatt celebrates his second-period goal during a

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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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Post-Game Xtra from L.A.: Brad Richards scores two in 3-1 win

Brad Richards of the Rangers warms up before

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One goal, falling away from the net, showed skill. Another, with a pass on a 2 on 1 that deflected under Jonathan Quick, was fortunate.

Here's Brad Richards, after his second game on left wing:

"Some nights you get a lot of chances and they don’t go in, some nights you get one or two and they both go in. It was bound to happen eventually, our line had a lot of good chances, we were...

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Derek Stepan back: Preparing for Thursday's opener

Derek Stepan skates with the puck in the

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Derek Stepan, who practiced for ther first time since signing his two-year, $61.5 million contract on Thursday,  said he needs some more conditioning and time to adjust to the head coach Alain Vigneault's system, which requires different reads on offense than under John Tortorella.

And he was met with a twist: Brad Richards on left wing, a Vigneault experiment, and Ryan Callahan...

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