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Rangers 3, Kings 0

The New York Rangers (46-25-4) defeated the Los Angeles Kings (35-32-7) by the score of 3-0. For a box score, click here.

3 Stars

1st Star – Rangers not blowing a 2-goal lead in LA for once.

2nd Star – Darryl Sutter for not starting Ben Bishop who normally owns the Rangers.

3rd Star – Girardi not doing this in his return to the Rangers lineup in LA…

Post Game Cocktail Recommendation

Ok, not really, but it’s nice to get a win in Los Angeles.

Gif of the Game

Talk about taking one for the team. Literally seconds after this happens to the Buchnevich…

…the Rangers score on the ensuing power play to take a two-goal lead.

Raanta Rules

Maybe AV should give Lundqvist a couple of more games off to get healthy. Goodness Raanta was stellar tonight. And more importantly, he didn’t blow a two-goal lead the way Lundqvist normally does in LA…


Here’s my tweet the day before Lundqvist went down with his hip injury…

Can you say prophetic?

Grabner Leafs Flashback

The criticism of Michael Grabner in Toronto was his inability to finish. While that hasn’t been the case so far in New York, he had a bit of a Maple Leafs flashback tonight…

DeLury Reverse Mush Part VIII

In the eighth installment of the DeLury Reverse Mush (Part IPart IIPart IIIParts IV & V, Part VI, Part VIII), I give you the double reverse mush as a mere minutes after I sent out these tweets…

Stepen did this…

Penalty Kill Revival

Dan Girardi returns and the Rangers are perfect on the penalty kill after eight straight games of giving up a power play goal. Coincidence? I think not.

Mini Recap

After the first period this game was all Los Angeles (out shot attempted the Rangers 51-22 in final two periods). Fortunately for the Blueshirts they had Prince Raanta in goal tonight as well as a rejuvenated penalty kill.

This was the game AV should have dressed Glass so he could beat the shit out of Alec Martinez.

Despite Derek Stepan having God awful luck scoring this season he hit the 50 point plateau for the fifth time in his seven year career. How rare is that?

Regardless of Grabner’s inability to finish, the Miller-Hayes-Grabner reunion was almost as successful as…

Just 16 minutes of ice time for Brendan Smith which was the lowest for any defensemen despite being just one of two players on the entire team with positive possession numbers (60% 5-on-5 CF%). Skjei, not shockingly, was the other.

Meanwhile, McDonagh had a team high 24:55. Might be smart to get the captain some rest in the final seven games to keep him fresh for the playoffs.

With the Rangers continuing to dominate on the road, I might not be too concerned if they end up starting the playoffs in their House of Horrors in Montreal. Ok, I lied, I’m still nervous.

Power play goals in 6 of their last 8 games. Haven’t seen power play success like this since Brian Leetch was manning the point.

Two solid performances against the Devils and Islanders lead to losses, while being outplayed by the Kings leads to a win. Hockey.

Magic number down to just 2, so Rangers can clinch playoff spot in Anaheim on Sunday night.

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11 thoughts on “Rangers 3, Kings 0

  1. 2 points in a game they did not own. As you said… hockey.
    So I’m not a huge Glass fan, but if AV has him called up then this was the game to have him play. Just don’t get it.

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  2. Happy for Antti that he played so well and got a shutout – especially since he looked good in all of his last 7 starts but was sporting a 2-3-2 no thanks to his teammates. That being said, please do not make any more prophecies regarding the King! I want him healthy and mentally “happy” in time for the playoffs!

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  3. I didn’t check Twitter that much last night since I was using my phone to watch the game in my buddy’s garage. Trust me. If I was home I wouldn’t have even watched the game. I would’ve been sleeping. So how many people were crapping on the Rangers for anything last night?

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  4. OK… that was my line about Girardi and coincidence in the comments a couple days ago in reference to the penalty kill… I want credit… unless it won’t make me rich and famous in which case never mind. Dan had a decent return last night holding his position blocking a few shots and getting gritty at times.and like you say d the penalty kill was perfect.

    In general the team looked lazy and mental errors were common though we got better as the game moved on. Good thing LA was not playing too good. I liked the defensive effort in our own zone. Much better actually and I counted exactly one shot on Raanta he didn’t see. That’s damn good against a big team and combined with great reflex saves why he earned a shut out..

    Now time for my daily rant on personel/ line choices. Firstly good on AV reuniting the Hayes line and Fast/Lindberg. Both lines looked good. Other 2 lines not so much. They weren’t bad or anything but I think they should either switch centers ( oh right, you know that. Or reunite the KZB line and run Zucc with Nash and Step. The Step line as is isn’t bad and have gotten chances, thanks mainly to Zucc and Step has been playing some of his best hockey lately IMO especially with the quick decicive shooting and getting open but from what I observe this season Zib and Nash don’t have great chemistry (most of Nash’s opportunities come in individual effort) and Step and Kreid don’t click as well but Step and Nash have worked well together in the past and Zib and Kreids together crush it. Zucc has good chemistry with both centers but that’s Zucc. It’s a matter of players’ styles and how they mesh and though obviously our coach does something right his personal decisions appear devoid of understanding players interdynamics. While I’m on the subject can we please get Nash the hell away from the net on the PP. his strength is in having one of the best shots on the team and the ability to drive to the net but he doesn’t have the softest hands and won’t get you a whole lot of deflections or rebound goals down low. Find another body to screen the goalie and use your players to ther strengths…. OK rant over lol. Looking forward to playoffs!

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      1. You’re a good man Kevin lol… and your recaps and blogs are awesome. Better than ever. Hope the Rangers will be new, improved and betta than eva Thanks for reviving the site

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  5. 2 points to clinch
    or
    1 point and an islander or boston loss
    or 0 points and an islander and boston and tampa and carolina loss

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  6. This had to be one of the most one sided officiated games against the Rangers this season. Hayes was put in a headlock at one point and Nash was called for an invisible hooking penalty. LA was clutching and holding all over the ice and nothing was called.Kreider was pushed into the goalie and then tackled by a defenseman. LA guilty, Naw!

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