Adam Rotter

Adam Rotter is SNY's Manager, Social Media and has been writing for SNY's Rangers Blog since December 2009.

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (58) celebrates his empty-net goal with Pittsburgh Penguins center Matt Cullen (7) in front of New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) during the third period of game three of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. The Penguins defeated the Rangers 3-1 to take a two games to one lead in the best of seven series. (Brad Penner)
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (58) celebrates his empty-net goal with Pittsburgh Penguins center Matt Cullen (7) in front of New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) during the third period of game three of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. The Penguins defeated the Rangers 3-1 to take a two games to one lead in the best of seven series. (Brad Penner)

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The Pittsburgh Penguins ended their postseason hex against the New York Rangers emphatically Saturday, lighting up Henrik Lundqvist in a remarkably easy 6-3 rout in Game 5 to win the series 4-1 and advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Rookie Bryan Rust scored twice during a four-goal burst in the second period and Matt Murray made 38 saves for the Penguins. Pittsburgh which outscored the Rangers 14-4 over the final three games to gain a measure of revenge after New York ended the Penguins' seasons each of the last two years.

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11/3 | 7:49PM: During his first period chat with Al Trautwig, Keith Yandle talked about the prank that he pulled with Kevin Hayes on his teammates at the Rangers Halloween party last week.

Yandle said, "it was an inside joke. The guys tease me and Hayes about being really big fans of our team and we were making fun of ourselves a bit and dressed up as superfans and tried to get everyone's autographs. The guys were nice enough to give them to us."

He added, "the guys didn't know it was us, we made ourselves not look like us. We went that day and got some make up done, some fake noses, fat suits and just kind of be incognito."

Yandle said that there were a lot of laughs when the players found out. He said that he, his wife and Kevin Hayes waited outside the party the whole two hours but it was worth it to see everyone's face.

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Dylan McIlrath played 19:50, was a plus one and had 4 hits last night against the Caps.

McIlrath had one shot on goal and was credited with one blocked shot.

Alain Vigneault said that "for the most part" he thought McIlrath "played fairly well."

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Last night against the Flyers, Emerson Etem had one shot on goal, one shot attempt blocked, 1 hit, 1 giveaway and 1 blocked shot in 11:46.

Etem played 10:49 at even strength and 57 seconds on the PK.

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Last night against the Flyers Dylan McIlrath played 15:38, had one shot on goal, two shots that were blocked, 4 hits and 1 blocked shot.

McIlrath played 5:25 in the first, 6:28 in the second and only 3:45 in the third. He saw 13:35 at 5 on 5, while skating 9:41 with Keith Yandle, and 2:03 on the PK.

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Kevin Hayes was 9 for 12 on faceoffs last night with two shots on goal, 2 shot attempts that missed the net, 1 hit and 3 giveaways in 13:42.

He played center last night and skated between Jesper Fast and Viktor Stalberg.

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Alain Vigneault met with the media following the Rangers win over the Flyers (NYR & NYR):

  • On the Gudas hit? ?It was borderline. He?s a tough defenseman, he?s got to finish his checks. I thought we responded fairly well and at the end of the day, we got a power play off it.?
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    First Period:

    • Mark Streit (1) Snap shot - ASST: Jakub Voracek (1), Michael Raffl (1)
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      Viktor Stalberg said that he is feeling good about his game and that his style "fits well with how we play here." (NY Daily News)

      Alain Vigneault said after Saturday's game that Stalberg "had another good game for us."

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      Alain Vigneault says that Kevin Hayes, along with other Rangers, are in the process of trying to find chemistry with linemates on the ice. (Daily News)

      He said that no matter who you play with "you? should be able to make guys around you better, whether it be Step, whether it be Brass, whether it's Kevin, whether it be whoever we figure out on that fourth line." (Daily News)

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      2:15PM: Alain Vigneault says that he factors Etem's new surroundings in "a lot" when evaluating his play. He said that Scott Arniel and Darryl Williams have shown Etem video about the Rangers style and that when watching it Etem is able to pick up on what to do. (Daily News)

      He said that Etem's best game was on Saturday against the Devils, he is making strides and that "it's our job t work with him and develop him and that's what we're gonna do." (Daily News)

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      Brady Skjei and Mike Reilly were teammates at Minnesota for three seasons and Reilly says that he saw Skjei grow a lot during their time as teammates. (NHL.com)

      Reilly said that Skjei is a "great skater," "strong" and "very agile."?(NHL.com)

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      Antii Raanta will play all three periods for the Rangers tonight in their preseason game against the Flyers. (Daily News)

      Raanta played the first two games of the preseason and stopped 24 of 28 shots in almost 62 minute of play.

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      Alain Vigneault said today that the thinks the salary cap will limit the Rangers to only carrying 22 players and not the maximum number of 23. (Zipay)

      That would put the Rangers at 13 forwards, 7 defense and 2 goalies.

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      Kevin Klein, Tanner Glass, Raphael Diaz, Oscar Lindberg and Jayson Megna are the likely scratches for the Rangers tonight against Philadelphia. (NYR)

      The lines the Rangers are using at their morning skate are (Gross):

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      Henrik Lundqvist said that in the past the Rangers always "hoped" to be contenders but now "we all expect to be up there." (NYR)

      He said that the Rangers now have different expectations for themselves then they did in his first few years with the team. (NYR)

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      Derek Stepan said that when he is on the ice with Chris Kreider his plan is to "try an catch up as quick as I can." (Rangers Report)

      He said that he and Kreider have played together "almost since Day 1" and have built up a lot of chemistry. (Rangers Report)

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      Marc Staal played 18:36 last night with a minus one, a holding penalty and a roughing penalty.

      He had one shot attempt blocked, 2 hits, 1 giveaway and 1 blocked shot.

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      Henrik Lundqvist stopped 23 of 26 shots last night in the Rangers 4-3 win over the Devils.

      Lundqvist played all 60 minutes and stopped 15 of 17 at even strength and 8 of 9 on the PK.

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      Dylan McIlrath played 19:06 last night for the Rangers, was a plus one, had 1 shot on goal, 1 shot attempt blocked, 3 hits and two blocked shots.

      McIlrath played 5:52 in the first, 6:38 in the second and 6:36 in the third.

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      Following the Rangers cuts last night, the Rangers have 15 forwards, 8 defensemen and two goalies remaining in camp.

      The Rangers need to have their roster cut down to 23 players for the start of the season.

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      Alain Vigneault met with the media following the Rangers win over the Devils (NYR, Rangers Report):

      • On who impressed, "I like Diaz on the PP, I thought Stalberg had another good game for us. Not a lot going on at 5 on 5 for almost 50 minutes, it picked up a little with 10 minutes to go. Stepan's line had good time in their end. It's exhibition now, everyone is trying to find their timing and rhythm and the younger players are trying to impress."
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        The Rangers have announced that Luke Adam, Mat Bodie, Ryan Bourque, Brian Gibbons, Magnus Hellberg, Brady Skjei and Chris Summers have been sent to Hartford.

        The Rangers have 25 players remaining in training camp.

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        First Period:

        Second Period:

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        6:45PM: The lines the Rangers are showing in warmups tonight are (Zipay):

        • Kreider, Stepan, Miller
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          Alain Vigneault says that JT Miller has "great puck protection skills" and that when he is in control of the puck he isn't afraid to go to the net with it. (Ranger Rants)

          Vigneault said that Miller has made "real solid improvement" with and without the puck and the organization is hopeful that he can put it all together. (Ranger Rants)

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          Rick Nash says that even after scoring 42 goals last season he thinks he can "still be better." ? (NY Post)

          He said that at this point in his career all he wants to do is help the Rangers win. (NY Post)

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          Emerson Etem has played two games for the Rangers so far in the preseason and has 7 shots on goal.

          Through two games Etem has missed 3 shots, has 2 takeaways, 3 hits, 3 blocked shots and is a minus two while playing 16:46 and 16:23.

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          Kevin Hayes will play the wing tonight after two preseason games at center including one where he was 3 for 17 on faceoffs.

          Asked about Hayes yesterday, Alain Vigneault said yesterday, "I am expecting more from his game so far. I understand that it's training camp but Kevin needs to pick up his play a little bit."

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          9/26/15 | 9:09AM: Glass says that this year is no different for him and that he feels that every year he comes to camp and needs to earn a spot on the roster. (Rangers Report)

          Glass aid that the "pure tough guy" role hasn't been there for a few years and that know you need to forecheck or kill penalties in addition to being physical. (Rangers Report)

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          http://twitter.com/RMcDonagh27/status/647555001448054784
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          Mats Zuccarello returned to the Rangers lineup last night and played 19:37 with a goal, an assist, 1 shot on goal, 2 hits, 1 giveaway and 1 blocked shot.

          Alain Vigneault said after the game, ?it was obviously great to see, not just from the standpoint of him being healthy but being healthy and playing the way he did. I am sure he was very pleased and his teammates were also pleased."

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          Alain Vigneault met with the media today after the Rangers practice and said (NYR):

          • On Rick Nash, "he has always been a great player, before I had him he was a 40 goal scorer. I think the last 11 years it's 20 goals or more. He has been a great player for a long time. With us, there is the obvious. As you get older you need to put in more time to keep your skill set sharp. Steve Yzerman, I know that when he went to the Olympic games had a conversation with him about that, about how when he turned 30 he had to do a little bit more and I think that is what we are seeing from Rick. He is doing a lot of work on the ice, a lot of work off the ice to keep his skill set and form sharp and it paid off for us last year as the season went on and I see the same mindset and attitude right now moving forward. I am hoping, I think that he can continue to progress as a player, he is a great two-way player and I hope that it continues."
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            In his preseason debut last night, Henrik Lundqvist stopped 21 of 22 shots in 40 minutes.

            Alain Vigneault said that it was a "very good first game" for Lundqvist.

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            2:30PM: Hayes, along with Dominic Moore, will play as wingers tomorrow. (NYR)

            10:19AM: Kevin Hayes took 17 faceoffs last night in 17:51, winning only three of them.

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            4:38PM: Girardi said that he wants to get into the lineup and start to get a "feel for the game" with the season close. (NYR)

            4:30PM: Staal said that his ankle feels good and while it's a "little weak" he needs to get it into battle and game situations. (Ranger Rants)

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            You could win a 3-night trip for two to experience it all for yourself, including:

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            Brian Compton, Adam Rotter, and Nick Licalzi look back at the start of training camp as they discuss the return of Mats Zuccarello and what lies ahead for a talented defensive core. Plus, Brian chats with Rangers TV analyst Joe Micheletti about his thoughts on the Blueshirts this season.

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            12:26PM: The Rangers PP units today are (Zipay):

            • Chris Kreider, Rick Nash, Derek Stepan, Derick Brassard, Keith Yandle
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              9/26/15 | 12:31PM: Hrivik was placed on waivers for the Rangers to send him to Hartford. (Lavoie)

              9/25/15 | 10:52AM: The Rangers have sent five players down to Hartford (NYR) :

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              Alain Vigneault met with the media following the Rangers shootout loss to the Bruins (NYR):

              • On Mats Zuccarello, "it was obviously great to see, not just from the standpoint of him being healthy but being healthy and playing the way he did. I am sure he was very pleased and his teammates were also pleased. Very good first game for him, very good first game for our goalie tonight. It's training camp and everyone is trying to put it together."
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                After releasing him from his PTO yesterday and cutting him from training camp, the Rangers offered Kirill Kabanov an opportunity to join the Wolf Pack training camp on a tryout. (NY Post)

                Jeff Gorton said though that he did not think Kabanov would accept the tryout offer to go to Hartford. (NY Post)

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                http://twitter.com/zuccarello36/status/647238491001233408

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                First Period:

                • Tyler Randell (1) Tip-in - ASST: Joe Morrow (1), Zac Rinaldo (1)
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                  9/24/15 | 6:20PM: Kirill Kabanov and Jayden Hart were released from their PTOs and Richard Nejezchleb and Travis Oleksuk were sent to the Hartford training camp. (NYR)

                  12:39PM: Alain Vigneault said that following tonight's game against the Bruins the Rangers will cut down to 6 forward lines (18 players) and between 9 and 10 defensemen. (Zipay & NYR)

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                  Alain Vigneault met with the media earlier today prior to the Rangers game against Boston (NYR) :

                  • On Zuccarello tonight, "I just want him to go out tonight and have fun. I have him with Brass and Rick and he should feel comfortable with those two. Keep your shifts short and high percentage. First game in a while, first game after...everyone knows how series the injury was. Keep it simple, have fun and I think he will be real excited to be back with his teammates with a jersey on."
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                    Mats Zuccarello will play in his first NHL game tonight since suffering his brain injury during Game 5 of the First Round against Pittsburgh last year.

                    Zuccarello said that he feels good "body-wise" but that it will probably take some time for "things like timing, recieving passes and knowing where all the guys are on the ice." (Newsday)

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                    9/24/15 | 3:30PM: Vigneault said today that he has "really liked" what he has seen from Stalberg including "a lot of speed, good hockey sense" and finishing his checks. Vigneault said that he likes how Stalberg has played as well as his ability to play both the left and right side. (Daily News)?

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