Game 10: Rangers Tame Sharks, Win 5-2

October 31, 2011

After a heartbreaking loss Saturday in which the Rangers blew a 4-1 lead with about 10 minutes remaining to the Ottawa Senators, the Blueshirts bounced back Monday night with a convincing 5-2 win against a very good San Jose Sharks squad that came in winners of five straight.

The Rangers opened the scoring in the first period on a goal by Ryan McDonagh from the top of the circle on a nice feed from Ryan Callahan. They followed it up 10 minutes later on a beautiful feed by Brandon Dubinsky to Derek Stepan on a 2-on-1 for the power play goal. It was Stepan’s first goal of the season. The Sharks struck late in the first on a goal by Joe Pavelski.

The Sharks knotted the game at 2 midway through the second period. After about a minute and a half of pressure, Logan Couture blasted home a one-timer off a pass from Douglas Murray. The Rangers answered back with another power play goal by Callahan, and added two more insurance goals by Artem Anisimov and Callahan again to take a 5-2 lead into the third period. They wouldn’t relinquish it, and finally got a win on home ice after two unsuccessful attempts. Martin Biron made 24 saves for his second win of the season.

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Sean Avery Placed on Re-Entry Waivers

October 31, 2011

It’s official. Sean Avery has been placed on re-entry waivers by the New York Rangers effective today at 12 pm. If Avery is not claimed by another team by noon Tuesday, Avery will be a member of the Rangers again, and could dress as early as Thursday against the Anaheim Ducks.

Henrik Lundqvist said he had texted Avery several times, and that he is very excited at the possibility of re-joining the team, though a lot could happen by tomorrow.

Head coach John Tortorella said he still supported the decision to send Avery down before the season, but said calling him up is the right decision, especially with the potential injury to Mike Rupp, who’s knee is “a concern.”

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Rangers to Place Sean Avery On Re-Entry Waivers

October 30, 2011

According to a tweet by NY Post columnist Larry Brooks, the New York Rangers will be placing winger Sean Avery on re-entry waivers tomorrow. If no team claims him, Avery would be eligible to play in Thursday night’s game against the Anaheim Ducks.

The story was originally broken by a tweet from WFAN host Boomer Esiason, who said a source from within the organization tipped him off.

This decision is pretty brash, but I like it. This team needs a little shakeup, and no Avery isn’t a superstar, but he brings something to the team they’re lacking right now: energy. Coach John Tortorella, who isn’t an Avery supporter by any means, said the team was both mentally and physically “lethargic” following their loss against the Toronto Maple Leafs Thursday night.

I wonder if the chants and signs of adoration for Avery swayed the organization’s opinion. Probably not, but we can dream that a professional sports organization listened to the wants of its fans for a change.

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Rangers Reassign Erixon, Newbury, Recall Deveaux, Avery to Return?

October 30, 2011

Some quick roster moves for this Sunday afternoon as the Rangers prepare to host the San Jose Sharks tomorrow night at Madison Square Garden.

The team announced today that it has re-assigned defenseman Tim Erixon and forward Kris Newbury to the Connecticut Whale (AHL), and recalled forward Andre Deveaux.

Erixon, who didn’t make the team out of camp but was recalled when it was determined Marc Staal would not be playing and Michael Sauer went down with a shoulder injury, went pointless in nine games with the team with a minus-2 rating.

Newbury was recalled after the 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders when Mats Zuccarello was sent down. He too went pointless but was a plus-2.

Deveaux was one of the last training camp cuts before the team left for Europe in September. He is most known by Rangers fans as the player who was hit from behind by the Flyers’ Tom Sestito, which led to a small melee that ultimately led to Wayne Simmonds‘ alleged anti-gay slur towards Sean Avery. He has four goals and two assists thus far with the Whale.

Speaking of Avery, WFAN host and avid Rangers fan Boomer Esiason tweeted today that someone from within the Rangers organization informed him that Avery would be getting recalled by the big club. No writers have reported this, so I won’t give it too much attention, although I personally would be in favor of it.



For Erixon, he just wasn’t ready for the NHL yet, and I’m sure he understands it. The nine games he played here will go a long way towards his development, but some seasoning in the AHL will help him even more. Newbury for Deveaux seems like an even swap, though I would have preferred Zuccarello or Carl Hagelin get the nod over Deveaux.

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Game 9: Rangers Cough Up Three Goal Lead, Fall to Senators in Shootout

October 29, 2011

Every game you think this team has hit rock-bottom, but then they surprise you and cough up another stinker. Today, the Rangers blew a 4-1 lead with about 10 minutes left, and fell to the Ottawa Senators, 5-4, in a shootout.

The Senators opened the scoring with about seven minutes left in the first period, when Chris Neil deflected a shot from the point that beat Henrik Lundqvist just inside the near post.

In the second, Zenon Konopka boarded Artem Anisimov, leading to a five-minute major power play for the Rangers. Midway through the power play, Ryan Callahan went top shelf on Craig Anderson to knot the game at 1. A minute later, Brad Richards buried a pass from Marian Gaborik on a low 2-on-1 break to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead.

The Rangers appeared to blow the game open in the third on goals by Gaborik and Richards to give the Rangers a 4-1 lead with about 10 minutes left. Then the wheels came off. The Senators scored three goals in eight minutes, including a power play goal by Jason Spezza after Wojtek Wolski elbowed Daniel Alfredsson in the head.

After a scoreless overtime, Erik Christensen, Richards and Wolski failed to beat Anderson and Milan Michalek beat Lundqvist for the 5-4 victory.

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Game 8: Rangers Stink Up New MSG, Fall 4-2 to Leafs

October 27, 2011

Dreadful. After a blazing start at the first game at the semi-new Madison Square Garden, the New York Rangers fell back into their old ways of creating zero offense, and ultimately lost, 4-2, to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Rangers opened the scoring when Dan Girardi scored his first goal of the season at 6:23 of the first period. The play was created by Marian Gaborik driving to the net. Girardi blasted home a rolling loose puck, and it squeaked past Toronto’s Jonas Gustavsson.

The Rangers scored two more goals in the first period, but both were waved off because of goaltender interference. The team finished with 16 shots in the first and controlled play. Read the rest of this entry »

Preview: Rangers Take on Leafs at MSG Opener

October 27, 2011

We thought it would never come, but tonight the Rangers finally open their home season at the partially transformed Madison Square Garden against the Toronto Maple Leafs. From the photos and videos, the place looks great. Your’s truly, though, will be watching from the front seat of his living room.

The Rangers come in winners winning three of their last four games (3-2-2 overall), but haven’t put together a full 60-minute game. Marian Gaborik has been the teams’ best offensive player, and has clicked thus far with newly signed center Brad Richards. Last season’s productive line of Ryan CallahanArtem AnisimovBrandon Dubinsky has been dreadful, leading to coach John Tortorella to split them up.

On the blue line, Michael Sauer will return after he missed several games with a shoulder injury. He’ll more than likely skate with Michael Del Zotto as the team’s second pair. Henrik Lundqvist will be back in net. Read the rest of this entry »