Rangers Trade Zuccarello to Dallas for Draft Picks

The Rangers traded right wing Mats Zuccarello to Dallas Saturday, receiving two draft picks in return; a 2nd round pick in 2019 and a 3rd round pick in 2020.

Each of those picks could improve, due to the conditions in the deal: the 2019 2nd rounder could become a 1st round pick if the Stars win two rounds in the upcoming playoffs, and the 2020 3rd rounder could become a 1st round pick if Zuccarello signs new contract with Dallas in the off-season.

Zuccarello’s contract is expiring at the end of the current season and he is to become an unrestricted free agent. He can sign with any team July 1st.

Rangers Stop Sabres, 6-2

Pavel Buchnevich and Vladislav Namestnikov scored goals eight seconds apart in the 3rd period, to break open a one-goal game, and the Rangers cruised to a 6-2 win over the Sabres Friday night in Buffalo.

Alexandar Georgiev got the start in goal for the Blueshirts, and made 31 saves for his 9th win of the season.

The Rangers jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one period, on goals from Boo Nieves and Jesper Fast. Fast goal at the 14:03 mark, deflecting a Namestnikov shot past Buffalo goalie Linus Ullmark, was his 8th goal of the season.

Jeff Skinner made it a 2-1 game just 53 seconds into the 2nd period, scoring his team-leading 35th goal of the season. Jimmy Vesey made it 3-1 New York at 1:51 of the period, off a brilliant pass from Buchnevich behind the net. Skinner would score again, at 16:56, to make it 3-2 after two periods.

It stayed a 3-2 game until there was 4:01 to play, when Kevin Hayes faked a shot, and passed it to Buchnevich, who scored to make it 4-2. Then, after a misplay by Ullmark, Namestnikov stole the puck and scored with 3:53 remaining to make it 5-2.

Namestnikov would add an empty-net goal for the final 6-2 margin. He finished with two goals and one assist; he had gone 23 games without a goal.

The Rangers [now 25-24-8, 58 pts] play the Penguins Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh.

Georgiev Makes 55 Saves, as Rangers Beat Toronto, 4-1

Alexandar Georgiev stopped 55 of 56 shots, on his 23rd birthday, as the Rangers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-1, Sunday night at The Garden. The Blueshirts have won two of their last three games, and 6 of the last 10.

Mika Zibanejad got the Rangers on the board just 28 seconds into the game, putting a rebound past Maple Leafs backup goalie Garret Sparks for a 1-0 New York lead.

Kasperi Kapanen tied the game at the 10:35 mark of the 1st, scoring his 16th goal of the season. But Jimmy Vesey gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead at 14:05, taking a pass from Chris Kreider and beating Sparks up high for his 12th of the season.

Neither team scored in the 2nd period. In the 3rd, Adam McQuaid scored his 2nd goal of the season, and 2nd goal in seven days, to make it 3-1 with 8:01 to play. Kevin Hayes added an empty-net goal with 20 seconds to play for the final 4-1 margin.

The Rangers [now 24-23-8, 56 pts] play the Jets Tuesday night in Winnipeg.

Kings Edge Rangers in OT, 4-3

Adrian Kempe scored the game-tying goal with 59 seconds remaining in regulation, and Tyler Toffoli scored just 25 seconds into overtime, as the Los Angeles Kings came-from-behind to beat the Rangers, 4-3, Monday night at The Garden. The Rangers have now lost three of their last four games.

Toffoli’s game-winner came moments after Mika Zibanejad hit the post at the other end.

The Blueshirts led 1-0, 2-1, and then led 3-2 with 10:45 to play, on Adam McQuaid‘s 1st goal as a Ranger. McQuaid’s wrist shot from just inside the blue line beat Jonathan Quick, a most unexpected goal from an unlikely source.

Chris Kreider [8:32 into the 1st period] and Zibanejad [just 32 seconds into the 2nd period] scored the other New York goals. Zibanejad finished with a goal and an assist and now has 52 points in 52 games this season.

Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves.

The Rangers [now 22-22-8, 52 pts] host the Bruins Wednesday night at The Garden.

Kreider-Zibanejad-Zuccarello Line Sparks 4-3 Rangers Win over Chicago

Linemates Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad, and Mats Zuccarello each scored a goal, powering the Rangers to a 4-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks Thursday night at The Garden.

Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves, notching his 445th career win, tying him for 6th place all-time, with Terry Sawchuk.

After Brandon Saad scored a power play goal 5:41 into the game to make it 1-0, Filip Chytil scored an electric, unassisted goal at 13:20 to tie the score, 1-1. Zuccarello pushed in a loose puck at 17:38 to make it 2-1 Rangers.

In the 2nd period, Kreider’s team-leading 22nd goal of the season, at 13:09 made it a 3-1 New York lead.

Alex DeBrincat score a power play goal 1:40 into the 3rd period to cut the lead to 3-2, and then, as has happened so often this season, it was a matter of whether the Rangers could hold a 3rd period lead. Zibanejad’s empty-netter with 19 seconds to go made it 4-2, and Dominik Kahun‘s goal with one second left gave the game its 4-3 final score

The Rangers [now 20-20-7, 47 pts] play the Bruins in Boston Saturday night.

Rangers Calm Hurricanes, 6-2, as Zibanejad Has 4 Points

Mika Zibanejad had two goals and two assists, one of a trio of Rangers to score twice, as the Blueshirts beat the Carolina Hurricanes, 6-2, Tuesday night at The Garden. Pavel Buchnevich scored a pair of power-play goals, and Anthony DeAngelo scored his 3rd and 4th of the season.

The Rangers have now beaten the Hurricanes at The Garden 16 straight times.

Coming on the heels of Sunday afternoon’s clunky 7-5 loss to Columbus, the Blueshirts played one of their strongest games of the season, playing solid hockey in both ends of the ice.

Saku Maenalanen had both Carolina goals.

Mats Zuccarello had three assists. Chris Kreider and Boo Nieves each had two assists. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 34 of 36 shots to get the win.

The Rangers [now 19-20-7, 45 pts] host the Blackhawks Thursday night at The Garden.

Blue Jackets Thump Rangers, 7-5

Five goals should be enough to win most hockey games. In fact, it would’ve been enough to win about 35 games so far this season.

Sunday night in Columbus was not most hockey games.

The Blue Jackets scored early and often, beating the Rangers, 7-5, Sunday night, despite two goals from Mats Zuccarello. Columbus outshot the Blueshirts, 40-27.

After digging a 6-3 hole in the first minutes of the 3rd period, the Rangers got goals from Zuccarello and Jimmy Vesey to narrow the gap to 6-5 with 3:12 to play. But Nick Foligno’s goal at the 18:14 gave Columbus their winning margin. It was Foligno’s 2nd goal of the game.

Ryan Strome (his 7th) and Chris Kreider (his 21st) scored the other New York goals. Artemi Panarin, Anthony Duclair, Cam Atkinson, Lucas Sedlak, and David Savard had the other Blue Jacket goals.

The Rangers [now 18-20-7, 43 pts] host the Carolina Panthers Tuesday night at The Garden.

Penguins Punish Rangers, 7-2

The Pittsburgh Penguins scored four goals in the 2nd period and three more in the 3rd, to wallop the Rangers. 7-2, Wednesday night at The Garden. The loss snapped New York’s two-game winning streak.

Seven different players scored for Pittsburgh. Zach Aston-Reese, Jake Guentzel, Kris Letang, Dominik Simon, Evgeni Malkin, Tanner Pearson, and Sidney Crosby, all scored. The Penguins have now won seven straight games.

The seven goals allowed was the third time this season the Blueshirts had allowed that many [Oct. 7 at Carolina, a 8-5 loss, and Nov. 15 at the Islanders, a 7-5 loss].

The 1st period was scoreless. The Blueshirts actually out-played Pittbsurgh, displaying a strong, fast, and feisty style. Things went south in the 2nd.

Henrik Lundqvist left the game in the 3rd period, after giving up six goals on 18 shots. Ryan Strome and Pavel Buchnevich scored for the Rangers.

The Rangers [now 17-15-7, 41 pts] hit the road, for a game Friday in Denver against the Avalanche.

Marner Paces Maple Leafs Over Rangers, 5-3

Mitch Marner scored a pair of 3rd period goals, and the Maple Leafs scored four goals in the period, to beat the Rangers, 5-3, Saturday night in Toronto. The Maple Leafs have won four straight. The Rangers are now 3-6-3 in their last 12 games.

Kevin Hayes and Neal Pionk each had a goal and an assist for the Blueshirts.

The game was tied, 1-1, entering the 3rd period. Andreas Johansson gave Toronto a 2-1 lead 1:37 into the period. Morgan Rielly then made it a two-goal lead, 3-1, 5:26 in.

Kevin Hayes scored his 10th goal of the season 68 seconds later, at 6:34, putting a Filip Chytil rebound in to make it 3-2. Midway through the period, Marner scored, off a pass from John Tavares, to make it 4-2 at 12:53.

Chris Kreider deflected a puck in, at 16:19, to make it a one-goal game again, 4-3. Marner’s empty-netter with :19 to play provided the final 5-3 margin.

Alexandar Georgiev got the start, and made 31 saves in the loss. Frederik Andersen stopped 25 of 28 shots and got the win.

Marner [2G, 1A] and Rielly [1G, 2A] each had three points for Toronto.

The Rangers [now 15-14-5, 35 pts] host the Flyers tomorrow night at The Garden.

Rangers Score 3 in 3rd to Beat Anaheim, 3-1

The Rangers scored twice in a 21-second span, in the final minute of regulation, to pull off a stirring 3-1 win over Anaheim, Tuesday night at The Garden. Kevin Hayes‘ shorthanded goal with 40 seconds to play broke a 1-1 tie, and Filip Chytil‘s empty-netter with 19 seconds to go iced the win for the Blueshirts. 

Vladislav Namestnikov recorded a goal and two assists to lead the Rangers. Alexandar Georgiev was lightly tested, making only 14 saves, but recorded the win. 

After a scoreless 1st period, Pontus Aberg gave Anaheim at 1-0 lead, at the 14:09 mark of the 2nd, shooting from behind the net and scoring his 11th goal of the season. The puck deflected in off Mika Zibanejad and past Georgiev. 

Midway through the 3rd period, Namestnikov tied the game for the Rangers, taking a pass from Brett Howden and beating Anaheim goalie Chad Johnson at 9:52 to make it 1-1. 

For several minutes after the Namestnikov goal, it looks like the Blueshirts would go to overtime for the 3rd straight game, but, with Chytil in the penalty box for a questionable goaltender interference call, Hayes beat johnson for his 9th of the season, off a pass from Namestnikov, a shorthanded goal that dribbled past Johnson and into the net for a 2-1 New York lead.

Then Chytil, having come out of the penalty box, scored an empty-netter at 19:41, off a pass from Namestnikov, for his 6th goal of the season. The goal snapped a ten-game scoring drought for Chytil. 

The Rangers [now 15-13-5, 35 pts] play the Maple Leafs in Toronto Saturday night.