Stepan Scores Two as Coyotes Edge Rangers in OT, 4-3

Former Ranger Derek Stepan scored two goals, including the game-winner in OT, as the Arizona Coyotes came-from-behind to beat the Rangers, 4-3, Friday night at The Garden. The Rangers are now 2-5-2 in their last nine games.

For a long while, it looked like the Rangers’ power play would propel them to a victory. The Blueshirts got power play goals from Pavel Buchnevich, Kevin Hayes, and Mika Zibanejad, and held a 3-0 lead in the 2nd.

Buchnevich, back in the lineup after missing 13 games, scored 4:01 into the 1st period to the Blueshirts a 1-0 lead. Hayes, off a great pass from Mats Zuccarello, made it 2-0 at the 17:26 mark with a power play goal of his own. It was Hayes’ 8th goal of the season.

In the 2nd, Zibanejad made it 3-0 at 5:48, with the team’s 3rd power play goal of the night. But, similar to the home game December 2nd against Winnipeg, the Rangers watched a 3-0 lead evaporate.

The Coyotes got on the scoreboard at 10:42 of the 2nd when Jordan Oesterle scored his 2nd of the season to make it 3-1. Then in the 3rd, Arizona rallied to tie it.  Josh Archibald made it a 3-2 game, with 6:49 to play, off an assist from Stepan. And with 3:01 to play, Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s blistering snapshot found the goal, to tie the game, 3-3. 

In overtime, Stepan beat Henrik Lundqvist with just 32 seconds left, for the 4-3 win. Stepan now has 7 goals on the season. 

Hayes finished with a goal and an assist.

The Rangers [now 14-13-4, 32 pts] host the Vegas Golden Knights Sunday afternoon at The Garden. 

Rangers Squander Three-Goal Lead, Lose in Shootout to Jets, 4-3

The Rangers took a 3-0 lead into the 3rd period Sunday night at The Garden, but couldn’t hold it, eventually losing to Winnipeg in a shootout, 4-3, wasting a terrific performance by Henrik Lundqvist.

It was a night that saw the team honor former Blueshirt Vic Hadfield, retiring his number 11 up to The Garden’s rafters alongside former linemates Rod Gilbert and Jean Ratelle.

New York got a late 1st period goal [at 17:32] from Jesper Fast, who celebrated a birthday Sunday to make it 1-0.  Fast played give-and-go with Mika Zibanejad, who had just left the penalty box.

Then in the 2nd period, Marc Staal‘s wrist shot past Conor Hellebuyck at the 12:11 mark made it 2-0 Rangers. Chris Kreider‘s goal with 1:06 to go in the period made it 3-0. Kreider deflected Zibanejad’s shot into the net for his team-leading 14th goal.

With 20 minutes to go, it looked like the Blueshirts might beat Winnipeg, one of the league’s best teams, but the Jets got two early goals to tighten things up. With Brendan Smith in the box for an ill-timed cross-checking penalty, the Jets got a power-play goal from Mark Scheifele at 2:10 to make it 3-1. Jack Roslovic followed at 4:36 to make it 3-2, on a shot that Lundqvist didn’t see until it was past him.

Then the Rangers seemed to slip into a ‘prevent’ mode instead of an aggressive one, trying to play out the final 15 minutes and escape with a win, but Bryan Little‘s goal with 2:30 to play tied the game, 3-3.

After a scoreless five-minute overtime, the Jets got shootout goals from Patrik Laine and Scheifele. Zibanejad was the only Ranger to score.

Lundqvist stopped 39 of 42 shots. The Rangers only recorded 19 shots on goal in the game. Staal had a goal and an assist. Zibanejad had two assists.

The Blueshirts are now 1-4-1 in their last six games.

The Rangers [now 13-12-3, 29 pts] are off until a game Saturday night in Miami against the Panthers.

Offense Sputters as Senators Blank Rangers, 3-0

Craig Anderson made 27 saves for his 41st career shutout, and the Rangers’ offense was held without a goal for the second time in four games, as the Senators beat the Blueshirts, 3-0, Thursday night in Ottawa. The Rangers have now lost three of their last four games. In October, the team had two separate streaks where they lost 4 out of 5.

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 31 of 34 shots.

The Rangers had beaten the Senators, 4-2, Monday night at The Garden.

Ottawa got goals from Drake Batherson and Magnus Paajarvi in the 1st period, and one from Matt Duchene in the 2nd period. Neither team scored in the 3rd.

Vlad Namestnikov and Mats Zuccarello missed the game with injuries, and Brendan Smith actually played as a forward on the 4th line.

The Rangers [now 13-11-2, 28 pts] play the Canadiens Saturday night in Montreal.

Three Goals in 3rd Period Lead Rangers Over Senators, 4-2

The Rangers scored three goals in the 3rd period, including Lias Andersson’s first goal of the season, and the Blueshirts went on to beat the Ottawa Senators, 4-2, Monday night at The Garden. The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Blueshirts.

Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves; he has now won his last six starts at The Garden.

The teams exchanged goals in the 1st period. Marc Staal got his first goal of the season at 10:55, to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead, but Mark Stone tied it for Ottawa at 13:03.

After a scoreless 2nd period, Andersson gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead at 3:26 of the 3rd. Ryan Strome‘s shot was deflected and bounced off Andersson’s back and into the net. The Senators challenged the goal, but it stood.

Chris Kreider then made it 3-1 at 8:18, burying a pass from Filip Chytil for his team-leading 13th goal of the season.

Stone would score again, with 2:43 remaining, with Craig Anderson pulled for an extra attacker,  to make it 3-2. It was Stone’s 11th of the season, tops on the Senators. But Mika Zibanejad‘s empty net goal with 1:39 to play gave the game its 4-2 final margin. Zibanejad finished with a goal and an assist on the night.

The Rangers [now 13-10-2, 28 pts] play the Senators again Thursday night in Ottawa.

Flyers Blank Rangers, 4-0

Two days after Alexandar Georgiev and the Rangers blanked the Islanders, 5-0, for their first shutout of the season, the Blueshirts were themselves shut out for the first time; the Flyers blanked New York, 4-0, Friday afternoon in Philadelphia.

Filip Chytil‘s goal-scoring streak ended at five games. Henrik Lundqvist played valiantly, making 42 saves.

Sean Couturier scored twice for the Flyers, including an empty-netter with 1:37 to play. Travis Konecny and Jordan Weal had the other Philadelphia goals.

The Rangers [now 12-9-2, 26 pts] host the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals Saturday afternoon at The Garden.


Georgiev Blanks Islanders for 1st Career NHL Shutout

The Rangers scored early and often, and Alexandar Georgiev made 29 saves to post his first career NHL shutout, as the Blueshirts blanked the Islanders, 5-0, Wednesday night at The Garden. The Rangers have now won seven straight home games.

The Rangers got three goals in the first 8:04 of the 1st period to take a 3-0 lead, and never looked back. 19-year-old Filip Chytil scored for the fifth straight game, scoring just 29 seconds into the game, to give the Blueshirts a 1-0 lead. Cody McLeod scored his first goal as a Ranger at the 3:30 mark to make it 2-0, and Neal Pionk‘s blistering snapshot for a power play goal at 8:04 made it 3-0.

Kevin Hayes made it 4-0 late in the 2nd period, putting a backhander past Robin Lehner at 17:17. And Chris Kreider‘s laser beam from a tough angle with 3:41 to play gave the Blueshirts their final 5-0 margin. It was Kreider’s 12th goal of the season, tops on the team. He now has four goals in his last four games.

Mika Zibanejad and Kevin Shattenkirk each had two assists. Kreider finished with a goal and an assist.

The Rangers [now 12-8-2, 26 pts] play the Flyers Friday afternoon in Philadelphia

Chytil, Lundqvist Spark 2-1 Win Over Dallas

Filip Chytil scored his 4th goal in as many games, and Henrik Lundqvist and the New York defense stood tall in the closing minutes, as the Rangers edged the Dallas Stars, 2-1, Monday night at The Garden. It was the team’s 6th straight home win.

The Blueshirts are now 8-1-1 in their last ten games.

After a scoreless 1st period, Tyler Seguin gave Dallas a 1-0 lead just 2:17 into the period, for his 7th goal of the season. But the Rangers answered minutes later, when Jimmy Vesey, with his back to the Stars’ goal, backhanded a shot past Ben Bishop for a highlight reel goal at 9:38 to make it 1-1. Vesey now has four goals in his last eight games.

Bishop would leave the game after two periods, with what was described as a lower body injury, replaced by Anton Khudobin.

Chytil’s wrist shot at the 4:32 mark of the 3rd period gave New York a 2-1 lead. Skating in toward the Dallas net, he skidded to a stop, used Dallas defenseman Joel Hanley as a screen, and beat Khudobin up top for his 4th goal of the season. It was also his first career game-winning goal.

The Rangers managed to kill off the remaining time, with Lundqvist and the defense stopping the Stars. Fredrik Claesson made a huge block on an Alexander Radulov shot with 0:15 to play.

The Rangers [now 11-8-2, 24 pts] host the Islanders Wednesday night at The Garden.


Ryan For Ryan: Rangers Trade Spooner to Oilers for Strome

The Rangers traded 26-year-old Ryan Spooner to the Edmonton Oilers Friday, in exchange for 25-year-old winger Ryan Strome.

Spooner had 1 goal and 1 assist in 16 games for New York. Strome had similar numbers: 1 goal and 1 assist in 18 games for Edmonton.

Spooner was acquired by then Rangers last February, in the Rick Nash deal.

Rangers Top Montreal, 5-3, as Win Streak Hits Four

The Rangers rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the 2nd period to score four straight goals and beat the Montreal Canadiens, 5-3, Tuesday night at The Garden. The win extended New York’s winning streak to four games, and improved their record on the season to 7-7-1.

With the score tied, 3-3, late in the game, Neal Pionk took the puck behind the New York goal, skated the length of the ice, and beat Carey Price with 2:44 to play to give the Blueshirts a 4-3 lead. The highlight reel goal was Pionk’s 2nd goal of the season.

Kevin Hayes had three assists to lead the Rangers with three points. Chris Kreider [1G, 1A] and Mika Zibanejad [1G, 1A] each had two points. Tony DeAngelo and Pavel Buchnevich tallied the other two Rangers goals.

Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves, for his 436th career win.

The Rangers [now 7-7-1, 15 pts] play the Red Wings in Detroit Friday night.



Lundqvist Shines in 3-1 Win Over Sabres

Henrik Lundqvist made 39 saves and Jimmy Vesey scored a pair of goals, as the Rangers beat the Buffalo Sabres, 3-1, Sunday night at The Garden. The win extended the team’s winning streak to three games.

After a scoreless 1st period, the Blueshirts scored two goals in 19 seconds in the first minute of the 2nd period. Neal Pionk, off a nice pass from Vlad Namestnikov, scored his first goal of the season just 41 seconds into the period, to make it 1-0. Nineteen seconds later, Vesey – off a terrific assist from Brett Howden – beat Carter Hutton with a wrist shot to make it 2-0 just 60 seconds into the period.

Howden would leave the game later in the 2nd period, after a collision into the boards, and did not return to the game.

In the 3rd, Conor Sheary put a rebound past Lundqvist at the 6:07 mark to make it 2-1. Vesey’s empty-netter with 1:51 to go provided the final 3-1 margin. Vesey now has five goals on the season.

The Sabres out-shot the Rangers 40-22 in the game. Buffalo went 0-for-4 on the power play.

The Rangers [now 6-7-1, 13 pts] host the Montreal Canadiens Tuesday night at The Garden