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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Jesper Fast has won the Rangers Players' Player award for the second consecutive season.

The award has been given annually since the end of the 1958-59 season to the player, selected by his teammates "who best exemplifies what it means to be a team player."

Previous winners include Rick Nash in 2014-15, Ryan McDonagh in 2013-14 and Ryan Callahan, who won the award three straight years from 2010-2013.

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Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast (19) plays the puck against New Jersey Devils defenseman Andy Greene (6) during the first period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast (19) plays the puck against New Jersey Devils defenseman Andy Greene (6) during the first period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

11:19AM: The Rangers have confirmed that Fast will return tonight. (NYR)

9:53AM: Jesper Fast is expected to return to the Rangers lineup tonight after missing the past 7 games with a shoulder injury.

Vigneault said yesterday that when Fast is out the Rangers lose a "real dependable player" who "competes" and is one of their best penalty killers and shot blockers.

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Nov 15, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New York Rangers forward Jesper Fast (19) skates against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period at Rogers Arena. The New York Rangers won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports (Anne-Marie Sorvin)
Nov 15, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New York Rangers forward Jesper Fast (19) skates against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period at Rogers Arena. The New York Rangers won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports (Anne-Marie Sorvin)

5:02PM: On Fast, Alain Vigneault said today, "2-3 weeks, upper body injury. A big part of our PK, a guy who we can slot from fourth line to top line depending on who we are playing. Competitive player and it's a loss for us and an opportunity for some other guys who have been wanting to play and want a bigger role to step up and get the job done for us."

1:13PM: Fast is out 2-3 weeks with an upper body injury, according to EJ Hradek.

12:02PM: The Rangers are saying Fast has an upper body injury.

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( Adam Hunger)

Alain Vigneault said that when he can roll four lines and get Jesper Fast and Oscar Lindberg out there regularly the line plays with "pretty good pace."

He said that Fast is "such a hard worker" and that Lindberg has been "playing better" lately.

He added, "they have been getting some offensive zone time and getting some looks. Sometimes the flow of the game, with special teams on either side, you lose that flow and they don't play as much as I would like to get them out there."

In 16 games in 2017, Fast has 1 goal, 2 assists and an average of 12:59 per game.

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New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi celebrates a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the second period at Nationwide Arena. (Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi celebrates a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the second period at Nationwide Arena. (Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports)

Jimmy Vesey's go-ahead goal midway through the third period propelled the New York Rangers to a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday at Nationwide Arena. >> Read more


First period:

  • 8:12 COL Brandon Dubinsky; Assists: Brandon Saad, Seth Jones

Second period:

  • 0:12 NYR Dan Girardi (short handed); Assists: Kevin Hayes, J.T. Miller

Third period:

  • 4:49 NYR Hayes; Unassisted
  • 11:53 COL Nick Foligno; Assist: David Savard
  • 13:28 NYR Jimmy Vesey; Assists: Derek Stepan, Nick Holden  
Tags: Columbus Blue Jackets, Dan Girardi, Derek Stepan, J.T. Miller, Jesper Fast, Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes, Nick Holden, Oscar Lindberg
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(Adam Hunger)

Jesper Fast was awarded the Player's Player award last season which is given to the Ranger "who best exemplifies what it means to be a team player."

Fast scored the game-winning goal Sunday and ended the game by blocking a shot.

Henrik Lundqvist said that Fast "pays the price" every night. (Rangers Game Notes)

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Dec 8, 2016; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) warms up prior to the game against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports  (Bruce Fedyck)
Dec 8, 2016; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) warms up prior to the game against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports (Bruce Fedyck)

4:46PM: Alain Vigneault said on Monday that both Marc Staal and Jesper Fast could be available tomorrow when the Rangers return from the All-Star break against the Blue Jackets. (NYR)

Jesper Fast said on Monday that if he is put in the lineup he will be "ready to go" and that he spent the All-Star break getting treatment and getting ready to return. (NYR)

Marc Staal said that he felt good during practice on Monday and that he is "ready to go."

Staal said that he skated a few times during the All-Star break and that he is excited to be able to return and that he is "good to go, 100%."

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Nov 15, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New York Rangers forward Jesper Fast (19) skates against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period at Rogers Arena. The New York Rangers won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports (Anne-Marie Sorvin)
Nov 15, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New York Rangers forward Jesper Fast (19) skates against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period at Rogers Arena. The New York Rangers won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports (Anne-Marie Sorvin)

1:39PM: Fast is expected to be out until after the All-Star break. (NYR)

12:11PM: The Rangers have announced that Jesper Fast will be out 7-10 days with an upper body injury. (NYR)

Fast was a minus-2 and played 6:31 Tuesday night, with one shot on goal and two blocked shots.

Fast played 3:05 in the first period, 2:03 in the second period and 1:23 in the third period.

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Nov 15, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New York Rangers forward Derek Stepan (21) goes down after a hit by the Vancouver Canucks during the first period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports (Anne-Marie Sorvin)
Nov 15, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New York Rangers forward Derek Stepan (21) goes down after a hit by the Vancouver Canucks during the first period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports (Anne-Marie Sorvin)

Derek Stepan blocked a first period shot from the Canucks Troy Stetcher, cleared the puck from his knees and then struggled mightily to get to and over the Rangers bench.

Stepan then went to the locker room with medical trainer Jim Ramsay but returned to the ice at the start of the second period.

He only played 2:14 in the first and missed the final 11 minutes of the period.

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Vigneault after Rangers' loss 00:00:38
Rangers coach Alain Vigneault discusses his team's performance after a 5-3 loss to the Vancouver Canucks.

The Rangers struggled in the third period as they lost to the Canucks, 5-3, Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

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New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Winnipeg Jets during the second period at Madison Square Garden. (Danny Wild/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Winnipeg Jets during the second period at Madison Square Garden. (Danny Wild/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Rangers scored four goals in the second period en route to a 5-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • 2:12 NYR Kevin Hayes; Assists: Kevin Klein, Brady Skjei
  • 10:45 WIN Patrik Laine; Assists: Ben Chiarot, Mark Scheifele

Second period:

  • 10:02 NYR Mats Zuccarello; Assist: Chris Kreider
  • 12:02 WIN Scheifele; Assists: Paul Postma, Nikolaj Ehlers
  • 13:01 NYR J.T. Miller; Assist: Nick Holden
  • 16:24 NYR Jesper Fast; Assists: Klein, Brandon Pirri
  • 17:05 NYR Pavel Buchnevich; Assists: Pirri, Adam Clendening
Tags: Adam Clendening, Brady Skjei, Brandon Pirri, Chris Kreider, J.T. Miller, Jesper Fast, Kevin Hayes, Kevin Klein, Mats Zuccarello, Nick Holden, Pavel Buchnevich
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Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast (19) plays the puck against New Jersey Devils defenseman Andy Greene (6) during the first period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast (19) plays the puck against New Jersey Devils defenseman Andy Greene (6) during the first period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

11:46AM: Jesper Fast is on the ice this morning with scratches Adam Clendening and Antti Raanta. (Brooks)

Fast did not skate yesterday and was given a maintenance day. (NYR)

The Rangers have 12 healthy forwards with Pavel Buchnevich returning and the injury to Josh Jooris on Wednesday.

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GEICO SportsNite: Rangers win 00:01:37
Taylor Rooks reports from Madison Square Garden where the Rangers overcame an early deficit to defeat the Bruins behind their hot offense.

The Rangers erupted after falling into an early 2-0 hole as they beat the Bruins, 5-2 on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.First period:0:10 BOS David Pastrnak; Assists: Brad Marchand, Zdeno Chara14:44 BOS Austin Czarnik; Assist: David Krejci

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New York Rangers right wing Josh Jooris celebrates scoring a goal with teammates during the first period against Arizona Coyotes goalie Louis Domingue at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers right wing Josh Jooris celebrates scoring a goal with teammates during the first period against Arizona Coyotes goalie Louis Domingue at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Dan Girardi scored a go-ahead goal 1:55 into the third period to lead the New York Rangers to a 3-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

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New York Rangers forward Jesper Fast skates against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers forward Jesper Fast skates against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA Today Sports Images)

At the end of last season, Jesper Fast was awarded the Player's Player award which is given to the Ranger "who best exemplifies what it means to be a team player."

Fast said that he is very proud of winning the award and of his teammates recognizing him. (NYR)

On Fast, Alain Vigneault said that they can use him on any line and that he is one of the hardest workers on the team, if not the hardest worker. (NYR)

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Jan 11, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast (19) celebrates scoring the game-winning goal against the Boston Bruins with teammates during the third period of an NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers defeated the Bruins 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
Jan 11, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast (19) celebrates scoring the game-winning goal against the Boston Bruins with teammates during the third period of an NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers defeated the Bruins 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

Jesper Fast had to decline an invitation to play for Sweden at the World Championships because he had been playing hurt for the Rangers. (Aftonbladet)

Fast said that he talked with the Rangers and decided that it was best heal his nagging injuries, which he said were "minor," rather than play. (Aftonbladet)

Fast was named the Rangers Players' Player award winner this year, given to the player who, as selected by his teammates, "best exemplifies what it means to be a team player."

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Nov 29, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast (19) celebrates with goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) after defeating the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers defeated the Flyer 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)
Nov 29, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast (19) celebrates with goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) after defeating the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers defeated the Flyer 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)

Henrik Lundqvist has been named Team MVP for the 8th time in his career.

The only other players to win the award during Lundqvist's time with the Rangers are Jaromir Jagr (05-06), Ryan McDonagh (13-14) and Rick Nash (15-16).

From the Rangers release: "Lundqvist was selected as the Rangers' MVP for the eighth time in his career, which marks a franchise record. The award was voted on by members of the New York Rangers media and has been given annually since the conclusion of the 1941-42 season. Lundqvist had previously been named the Rangers' MVP in seven consecutive seasons from 2006-07 to 2012-13."

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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Sidney Crosby scored on a deflection at 4:30 of overtime and the surging Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Rangers 3-2 Sunday night in a potential first-round playoff preview.

Matt Cullen and Phil Kessel also scored for the Penguins, who have won eight of nine. Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves.

Eric Staal scored twice for New York, which had won three straight. Kevin Hayes and Jesper Fast assisted on both of Staal's goals. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 29 shots.

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 (Kevin Hoffman)
(Kevin Hoffman)

Mats Zuccarello had a goal and two assists, and the New York Rangers edged the Buffalo Sabres 4-2 on Tuesday night after nearly blowing a three-goal lead.

J.T. Miller sealed the victory with a backhander into an empty net with a minute left after he lost a glove on the rush up the right wing. Derrick Brassard and Jesper Fast also scored for New York, which extended its winning streak over Buffalo to nine.

The Rangers haven't lost to the Sabres since a 3-1 decision on March 12, 2013. They improved to 13-2 in their past 15 meetings. >> Read more

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GEICO SportsNite: Rangers 00:01:09
Marc Malusis and Sal Licata discuss whether the Rangers could hang with the Capitals in a playoff series after their win on Friday night.

Antti Raanta made 32 saves while subbing for the injured Henrik Lundqvist and Derek Stepan scored as the New York Rangers bounced back from a loss in Pittsburgh to beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 Friday night.

Raanta was pressed into starting duty after Lundqvist was ruled out because of neck spasms. He was stellar against the NHL's top team, helping the Rangers extend their streak of not losing consecutive games that dates to mid-December.

Jesper Fast and Keith Yandle also scored for the Rangers against Braden Holtby, who made 20 saves. Jay Beagle and T.J. Oshie had the Capitals' goals in the first game between the teams since New York acquired Eric Staal at the trade deadline. >> Read more...

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5:14PM: The lines tonight will start as (Cyrgalis):

  • JT Miller, Derick Brassard, Jesper Fast
  • Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan, Mats Zuccarello
  • Viktor Stalberg, Eric Staal, Kevin Hayes
  • Oscar Lindberg, Dominic Moore, Tanner Glass

5:01PM: Marc Staal will miss tonight's game against the Penguins due to the flu. (NYR)

Jesper Fast, who was thought not to be playing because of the flu, is in the lineup.

Dylan McIlrath will replace Staal in the lineup.

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New York Rangers forward Jesper Fast skates against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers forward Jesper Fast skates against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA Today Sports Images)

3/3/16: Fast has traveled to Pittsburgh and will skate this morning. (NYR)

3/2/15: 5:07PM: Alain Vigneault said today (NYR)

On Jesper Fast, "he is still sick. It looks like this flu is turning into a virus and he is still day to day and he still has a fever. I know he got checked out by the doctors this morning and he isn't coming on the trip with us right now so we will see what happens in the next couple of days."

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New York Rangers forward Jesper Fast skates against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers forward Jesper Fast skates against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA Today Sports Images)

Jesper Fast will play today for the Rangers against the Stars. (NYR)

Fast reportedly broke his nose yesterday at practice after taking a puck to the face.

Dylan McIlrath will be scratched and Henrik Lundqvist will be in net.

Update: After the game the following was said about Fast:

  • Dave Maloney said on Fast: "He is the little engine that can. He does all the little things that unless you are watching and paying attention you wouldn't even know he was in the building. Does the little things so well." (MSG)
  • Joe Micheletti said on Fast: plays the game with such courage. Will go to the net, hit, has more offensive ability. The way he battles, breaks his nose yesterday and has the full shield and just played a terrific game. (MSG)
  • On Jesper Fast, "tremendous courage on his part to go out there today. I guess he had blood coming out of his nose through the night, very hard for him to sleep. The full face on and he is a courageous Swede. We good, thanks guys?" (MSG)
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New York Rangers forward Jesper Fast skates against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers forward Jesper Fast skates against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA Today Sports Images)

3:21PM: Jesper Fast broke his nose after taking a puck to the face. (Gross)

Alain Vigneault believes that Fast will be able to play tomorrow, if not Dylan McIlrath will play forward. (Gross

2:39PM: Jesper Fast left the ice at the Rangers practice in Texas today after taking a puck to the face. (Zipay)

Fast was helped off the ice after a shot deflected off of his stick and went up into his face bloodying his nose and apparently cutting his cheek. (Gross, Cyrgalis)

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(Charles LeClaire)

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 34 shots for his third shutout of the season and 58th of his career, leading the New York Rangers past the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-0 on Wednesday night.

Lundqvist, who recorded his 27th win of the season, passed Martin Brodeur for most wins by a goaltender in his first 11 NHL seasons. He has won nine of his last 12 starts and allowed two goals or fewer in 13 of his last 18 appearances.

Kevin HayesDominic Moore and Jesper Fast scored for the Rangers, who won their fourth straight, and fifth in six games. The Rangers have at least one point in 14 of their last 20 games. >> Read more

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Jan 11, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast (19) celebrates scoring the game-winning goal against the Boston Bruins with teammates during the third period of an NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers defeated the Bruins 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
Jan 11, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast (19) celebrates scoring the game-winning goal against the Boston Bruins with teammates during the third period of an NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers defeated the Bruins 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

2:02PM: Alain Vigneault was asked about Fast today and said, "he is just playing his game and that is why we have a lot of faith and trust with what he will do with and without the puck. His hockey IQ is real strong and he knows what to do when he has the puck, those high percentage plays that you need to make and the good plays that he needs to make when he doesn't have it. When Zuccy went down last year in that last game against Pitt, he is the guy that we brought up and put with Kreids and Step and he did a great job for us. The whole team, his teammates have a lot of trust and faith in him." (NHL)

On Fast as a top-six forward, "he is a top-nine forward and if someone in the top-six isn't doing it, he can move up and do it for you. His hockey smarts permits him to do it." (NHL)

8:30AM: Jesper Fast had the primary assist on Keith Yandle's tying goal in the third period and has four assists in the last four games.

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New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast reacts to scoring the game-winning goal past Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask during the third period of an NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USATSI)
New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast reacts to scoring the game-winning goal past Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask during the third period of an NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USATSI)

Jesper Fast has three goals and three assists in the last 11 games, including the game winner late in the third period last night.

Through 40 games, Fast has already set a new career high in goals (7) and has tied his point total of 14 last year which was set in 58 games.

Fast played 13:31 last night and had four shots on goal.

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Jan 11, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast (19) reacts to scoring the game-winning goal past Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) during the third period of an NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers defeated the Bruins 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
Jan 11, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast (19) reacts to scoring the game-winning goal past Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) during the third period of an NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers defeated the Bruins 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
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New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast reacts to scoring the game-winning goal past Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask during the third period of an NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USATSI)
New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast reacts to scoring the game-winning goal past Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask during the third period of an NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USATSI)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Jesper Fast scored on a deflection in front with 1:42 to play and the New York Rangers rallied to beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 on Monday night.

Derick Brassard also scored in the third period and Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves, including a highlight-reel stop on Max Talbot, as the Rangers beat the Bruins for only the third time in 12 meetings (3-9).

Jimmy Hayes scored for the Bruins, and Tuukka Rask had 28 saves. Boston is 2-6-1 in its last nine games.

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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist after allowing a goal during the first period against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel/USATSI)
New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist after allowing a goal during the first period against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel/USATSI)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- James Neal scored twice, Mike Ribeiro had three assists and the Nashville Predators held off the New York Rangers 5-3 on Monday night.

Filip ForsbergCraig Smith and Ryan Ellis also scored for the Predators. Roman Josi added two assists, Pekka Rinne had 26 saves and Nashville won for the third time in four games.

Jesper FastRick Nash and J.T. Miller had goals but New York lost its fourth in five games.

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Dec 6, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast (19) carries the puck against the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 6, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast (19) carries the puck against the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Jesper Fast will play in his 100th career NHL game tonight when the Rangers play the Wild.

Fast played 11 games in 2013-14, 58 games in 2014-15 and 30 so far this season.

Fast has also played in 22 career playoff games.

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The New York Rangers bench congratulates New York Rangers center Derick Brassard against the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden. (Vincent Carchietta/USATSI)
The New York Rangers bench congratulates New York Rangers center Derick Brassard against the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden. (Vincent Carchietta/USATSI)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Derick Brassard scored twice and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 23 shots to lead the New York Rangers to a 4-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night.

Ryan McDonagh and Jesper Fast also scored to help the Rangers snap a two-game skid and win for the second time in seven games (2-4-1).

Marc Method scored for Ottawa and Craig Anderson finished with 27 saves. The Senators snapped a two-game win streak and lost for the third time in five games.

McDonagh and Brassard scored power-play goals in the first period. After Method got the Senators on the board in the second, Brassard got his second goal of the game midway through the third and Fast added an empty-netter with 1:31 left.

Tags: Derick Brassard, Henrik Lundqvist, Jesper Fast, Ryan McDonagh

Jesper Fast said that his game took a step last season but he wants to continue to improve and build upon his experience. (NYR)

He said that he wants to play "as much as possible" and needs to show the coaches that he is "getting better." (NYR)

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Jesper Fast showed last season that he is ready to take the next step in his career. (Dobber Hockey)

Fast played 11:48 last season, had 102 hits and 6 goals and 8 assists.

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Jesper Fast said that his goal for this coming season is to play more and to score more. (Hockey Sverige)

Fast played 11:48 last season, had 102 hits and 6 goals and 8 assists.

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Jesper Fast played 58 games for the Rangers in the regular season and averaged 11:48 per game.

In 19 playoff games, Fast averaged 14:49 per game and played 21:24 in the Rangers Game 7 win over Washington and over 18 minutes in both Game 6 and 7 against Tampa Bay.

Alain Vigneault said during the playoffs that Fast is a "real smart, hard working player."

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?Jesper Fast had two goals in the Rangers game three loss to Tampa but said after the game that he wasn't happy because the team lost. (NY Post)

He said that scoring is good for his confidence but he doesn't take any positives out of the game because the Rangers lost. (The Record)

Derek Stepan said that Fast has played "great" for the Rangers and has developed nice chemistry with himself and Chris Kreider. (The Record)

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4:29PM: Fast said today that he feels he can play well both offensively and defensively but always as part of a five-man unit. (Ranger Rants)

9:37AM: In game two on Saturday, Jesper Fast was moved up to skate with Derek Stepan and Chris Kreider and had an assist, 2 shots on goal, 2 hits and 2 giveaways in 15:05.

Fast played 5:36 of the third period including 5 shifts in the final 10:30 and a shift of 1:23 with Braden Holtby pulled.

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Jesper Fast has goals in two straight games for the second time this season and the second time in his career after scoring on both Saturday against Carolina and Sunday against the Ducks.

Fast has three shots in the past two games and has skated with Kevin Hayes and Carl Hagelin on the Rangers third line.

In the past two games, Fast has started 12 shifts in the offensive zone, 10 in the neutral zone and 3 in the defense zone. (War On Ice)

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Joe Micheletti said, "The goal he scored was so deserving."

Joe added that Fast has been given a chance to be more offensive now and his confidence is growing because of it. He said that Fast is a very smart player who the Rangers have relied on for his defense.

Tags: Jesper Fast (Jesper Fasth), Adam Rotter

Alain Vigneault said today that Jesper Fast is "very close" to returning to the Rangers lineup. (NYR)

For more on Fast and his injury, click HERE.

Fast said, It feels pretty good, getting better every day, feel like I am close to being ready. (NYR)

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12:33PM: Alain Vigneault said today on Fast, "I think probably 1-2 practices away, depends on if you consider a morning skate a practice, he is real close to getting the clearance from the medical staff."?(NYR)

10:28AM: Fast is skating with the defensemen today. (Gross)

10:26AM: Jesper Fast is skating this morning in a regular jersey and not the non-contact jersey he had been skating with. (Gross)

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2/23/15 | 11:58PM: Jesper Fast is skating again today in a non-contact jersey. (Gross)

2/22/15 | 12:08PM: Alain Vigneault says that Fast is expected to take part in full practice this week. (Zipay)

11:04AM: Fast is shooting the puck at the morning skate. (Zipay)

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2/19/15 |?Alain Vigneault said today, "he is coming along, riding the bike, I would say that within the next week he should be skating again." (NYR)

2/16/15 | 1:17PM: Jesper Fast is undergoing physical therapy but is not yet ready to resume skating because of his sprained knee. (NYR)

Fast was at the Nassau Coliseum today but limping around. He recently got his knee brace off. (Andrew Gross)

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2/8/15 | 8:05PM: Jesper Fast will be out 2-3 weeks with a first degree sprain of his knee. (NYR)

Fast took a hit from Anton Volchenkov in the second period against Nashville and did not return.

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Alain Vigneault says that he and the players have a lot of faith that when Jesper Fast is on the ice he will make the right play.? (Newsday)

Joe Micheletti said recently that Vigneault couldn't say enough good things about Fast, calling his work ethic "exemplary" and saying that he goes to the net and he gives it his all on every shift.

Right before the season Vigneault said, "when he is on the ice, coaches and management have a lot of trust that he will do the right thing. In his role it?s more of a 3/4 line player who will help us kill penalties."

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Since being called up in early November, the Rangers are 15-3-2 when Jesper Fast is in the lineup. (Rangers Game Notes)

On the season, the Rangers are 16-5-2 when Fast is in the lineup.

Fast has 3 goals and 3 assists in 23 games, has 18 shots on goal, 43 hits, 10 blocked shots, 1 giveaway, 5 takeaways and an average of 11:11 per game.

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