Rangers Skate Past Vancouver 5-1

Mats Zuccarello scored two goals, and Ryan McDonagh and Marc Staal each scored their first goal of the season, as the Rangers beat the Canucks 5-1 Saturday night in Vancouver.

The game’s first period was frenetic; McDonagh scored at the 2:36 mark, on assists from Jesper Fest and Dominic Moore, to make it 1-0. 43 seconds later, J.T. Miller scored, for the second straight game, to make it 2-0. Then, 6:46 into the period, Rick Nash passed to Zuccarello, who beat Vancouver goalie Ryan Miller stick-side to make it 3-0.

The second period brought more of the same for the Blueshirts; Staal got his first goal of the year, at the 7:17 mark, on a snapshot from just inside the blue line past a heavily-screened Miller, to make it 4-0. Late in the second, Zuccarello scored again, thanks to great individual effort and crisp passing from Nash and Derick Brassard.

Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves to pick up the win.

The Rangers [13-10-4] continue their four-game road trip Sunday night in Edmonton.

Rangers Begin Road Trip Tonight

Go west, young men! The New York Rangers begin a four-game road trip tonight in Vancouver against the Canucks. The Rangers have been off since a 4-3 overtime win over the Penguins last Monday.

The Blueshirts [12-10-4, 26 pts] have had an advantageous schedule when it comes to home games early in the season; 17 of the team’s first 26 games have been at The Garden [where they are 9-5-3]. Only nine road games so far [3-5-1].

The Canucks [18-9-2, 38 pts] are second in the Pacific Division. They’re coming off a long, seven-game, 15-day road trip that finished with a 3-1 loss at Montreal Tuesday.

Chris Kreider will be back in the line-up for New York after missing Monday’s win; J.T. Miller, who scored against the Penguins, will stay on the team’s #2 line with Derek Stepan and Martin St, Louis for now, while Kreider, who hasn’t scored in eleven games, will skate on the #4 line tonight with Dominic Moore and Jesper Fast.

The Rangers’ road trip continues with games Sunday at Edmonton, Tuesday at Calgary, and then next Saturday at Carolina.

Klein OT Goal Lifts Rangers Over Penguins

Just when you thought the Rangers were going to blow a two-goal lead for the second straight game, Kevin Klein scored in overtime, lifting the Blueshirts to a 4-3 win over the division-leading Penguins.

Trailing 1-0 at the start of the second period, J.T. Miller knotted the score at 1-all off a great pass from Martin St. Louis. Five minutes later, The Garden erupted as Rick Nash‘s 18th goal of the season gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead.

Things were looking even better at the 12:58 mark of the third period when Kevin Hayes scored an unassisted goal to make it 3-1.

But then the Blueshirts seemed lose their aggressiveness, and the Penguins pounced. Evgeni Malkin and Steve Downie scored 41 seconds apart to tie the score, setting the stage for Klein’s overtime heroics.

Klein had gotten clipped by a Zach Sill high stick late in the first period, a cut that needed twelve stitches and gave the Rangers a four-minute power-play, but the Blueshirts failed to capitalize on. Klein didn’t miss a shift, and turned out to be the hero at game’s end

The Rangers (12-10-4) are off until Saturday, when they begin a four-game road trip in Vancouver.

Babcock Wins 500th as Red Wings Beat Rangers

The Rangers saw a 2-0 second period lead evaporate, as the Detroit Red Wings rallied to beat the Blueshirts 3-2 in Detroit. Red Wings coach Mike Babock notched his 500th career coaching win, tying him for 18th place on the all-time list with legendary coach Toe Blake.

Kevin Klein and Rick Nash scored for the Rangers in the first period, and that 2-0 edge still stood up until midway through the second period. Riley Sheahan scored at the 14:14 mark and Luke Glendening scored 61 seconds late to tie the game at 2-all.

Then in the third period, Darren Helm scored for Detroit at the 7:40 mark, and sharp goaltending by Jimmy Howard stood up, as Detroit escaped with a 3-2 win.

Cam Talbot played well, but took the loss for the Rangers [11-10-4].

The Blueshirts are back in action Monday night at The Garden when they host Sidney Crosby and Pittsburgh.

Rangers Face Red Wings Tonight in Detroit

The New York Rangers are back in action tonight, after several days off. They’ll face the Red Wings in Detroit. The Blueshirts [11-9-4] have not played since losing to Tampa Bay 6-3 Monday at The Garden.

The Red Wings [15-6-5] beat Dallas at home Thursday night and will be finishing up a four-game homestead.

The Rangers beat the Red Wings 4-3 in overtime back on November 5th, in their only meeting so far this season.


Rangers Fall to Lightning. Again.

Well, the Rangers must be happy to be done with Tampa Bay for the regular season. The Blueshirts finished up their three-game season series with the Lightning Monday, losing to them for the third time in 15 days. Tyler Johnson and Brett Connolly each scored two goals as the Lightning topped the Rangers 6-3.

The teams were tied 1-all after one period, and when Martin St. Louis scored at the 9:24 mark of the second period, his 10th of the season, to give New York a 3-2 lead, things were looking good.

But Matthew Carle scored on a snapshot at 14:23 to tie things 3-3. And in the third period, the Lightning scored twice in 84 seconds to take a 5-3 lead, and Ondrej Palat added an empty-netter late for the final 6-3 margin.

Kevin Hayes scored New York’s first goal, on a great pass by Carl Hagelin from behind the net, at 12:14 of the first period. And Jesper Fast scored his second goal of the season – and second in two games – early in the second period.

Somehow the Lightning scored their six goals on only 21 shots.

The Rangers are off until Saturday night, when they face the Red Wings in Detroit.