This is another stat you can find on Behind the Net. It tracks how often a player starts his shift in his squad’s offensive and defensive zones. Among players that played 60 or more contests, Derek Stepan led the Rangers by starting 64.1% of his shifts which didn’t begin in the neutral zone, in the Rangers offensive zone.

Conversely, Brian Boyle led the team by beginning 59.7% of his shifts in the defensive zone. That makes sense considering he and his line generally played against the opposition’s top line and coach Tortorella would trust them to play in risky situations, including with a faceoff in their own zone. Considering Boyle started nearly six out of every 10 shifts in his own zone, it makes his twenty-goal season even more remarkable.

The other end of the equation is Zone Finish. Zone Finish reflects where the puck is when a player’s shift ends. Obviously it’s better if a player’s shift ends with the puck in the offensive zone because hopefully, that player’s teammates will maintain possession of the puck and will create scoring chances.

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Now if you look at both numbers together then they can tell you a story. For example; if we look at Stepan and his 64.1% Offensive Zone Start %, and contrast it with his 55.2% Offensive Zone Finish % (Fin Ozone% as it’s referred to on Behind the Net), you can see that he went backwards, figuratively and literally, on the ice.

Just looking at those figures you might conclude that Stepan finished nearly 9% of his Offensive Zone Start shifts in his defensive zone but that doesn’t account for any shift beginning in the neutral zone that may have finished either in the offensive or defensive zones. Still, having a lower Fin Ozone% than an Offensive Zone Start suggests Step and his line too often forfeited possession of the puck to the opposition and ended up defending their own goal rather than attacking the enemy’s cage.

On the other hand Boyle, who began a team-low 40.3% of his shifts in the offensive zone, finished 46.8% of his shifts in the attacking zone. That suggests Boyle was able to overcome the disadvantage of starting in his own zone and turned it into some offensive zone time on occasion.

Another way Zone Start is a useful tool for analysis is we can see who is getting “protected” ice time. Stepan, by virtue of beginning nearly 2/3 of his shifts in the offensive zone, began in less dangerous spots and received protected ice time as a result.

Boyle was put in situations far more likely to result in scoring chances against. His ice time was not protected.

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Mats Zuccarello scored the game winning goal in OT for the Rangers on Saturday against the Bruins and was also awarded the Broadway Hat.

Zuccarello said after the game on MSG:

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Oct 10, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) plays the puck in front of St. Louis Blues center Tage Thompson (32) during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 10, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) plays the puck in front of St. Louis Blues center Tage Thompson (32) during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Despite surrendering a 2-0 lead, the Rangers topped the Bruins, 3-2, in overtime thanks to a game-winning goal by Mats Zuccarello. >>Read more


First period:

  • 14:42 NYR Michael Grabner; Assists: Kevin Hayes, Brady Skjei

Second period:

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Oct 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Madison Square Garden before a game between the Vegas Golden Knights and New York Rangers. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Oct 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Madison Square Garden before a game between the Vegas Golden Knights and New York Rangers. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

3:22PM: Alain Vigneault spoke before the game against the Bruins and said (NYR):

  • On the quick turnaround, "every team has these situations in a season and now it's our turn. You gotta play smart, keep fresh legs on the ice as much as you can and we will be ready for the challenge tonight."
  • Same lineup with Pavelec?, "same lineup but with Hank."
  • Why Hank, "big game" (smile)
  • On concern about Hank with the quick turnaround, "our most important game right now is today against Boston and Hank played real well last night and we are confident he will do it again for us today."
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Dec 13, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) adjusts his mask after making a save on a shot from Ottawa Senators left wing Ryan Dzingel (not pictured) in the second period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)
Dec 13, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) adjusts his mask after making a save on a shot from Ottawa Senators left wing Ryan Dzingel (not pictured) in the second period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)

BOSTON -- Having failed in their bid to end one series losing streak, the Boston Bruins take aim at another one when the New York Rangers visit Saturday.

The Bruins, who lost their 11th straight game to the Washington Capitals Thursday night, have dropped six in a row to the Rangers, their old Original Six rivals.

The records of the two expected goaltenders in this latest matchup reflect the way the series has gone.

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Dec 5, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) handles the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at PPG PAINTS Arena. New York won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Dec 5, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) handles the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at PPG PAINTS Arena. New York won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Rick Nash has 9 goals and 8 assists in 32 games this season to go along with a minus one rating, a shooting percentage of 8.8% and an average ice time of 16:55 per game.

Nash had 5 shots on goal last night including the game winner in the third period.

Nash said that on his chances earlier in the game he had tried to go glove side but Quick stopped the puck and that he changed things up in the third and went low blocker. (MSG)

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Dec 15, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Kevin Hayes (13) celebrates his goal against Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) with right wing Michael Grabner (40) and right wing Jesper Fast (17) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports  (Brad Penner)
Dec 15, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Kevin Hayes (13) celebrates his goal against Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) with right wing Michael Grabner (40) and right wing Jesper Fast (17) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Rangers had the lead three teams last night with Rick Nash's third period goal proving to be the game winner.

The Rangers had 23 hits and 25 blocked shots including three from Ryan McDonagh and three from Marc Staal.

McDonagh said that the Rangers got better at winning 50-50 battles as the game went on and prevented the Kings from getting their cycle game going. (NYR Game Notes)

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May 4, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault coaches against the Ottawa Senators during the third period of game four of the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 4, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault coaches against the Ottawa Senators during the third period of game four of the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Alain Vigneault met with the media on MSG following the Rangers win over LA and said:

  • On Nash scoring, "there is no doubt. In the first period he had 3 great looks and unfortunately he wasn't able to hit the net and bury it but at the right time he came up real big for us."
  • On Nash getting looks but not scoring, "I know that at the end of the day those guys are supposed to score but there are other parts of the game that he was doing real well, in the first period he had a big blocked shot. This is a 200ft game and obviously our offensive guys have hot to put pucks in the net but need to play the full game. I thought that tonight, after a first period where they spent a lot of time in our end but didn't get a lot, in the second I thought we were better with our second guy getting in there. We were better on faceoffs, we went from 18% to 57% so we started with the puck more. We had a way better second period and in the third it was a hard fought game. They had one and Nasher was able to get that goal and that was huge for us.....onto Boston."
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Rick Nash secured the late lead for the Rangers as they beat the Kings, 4-2, at Madison Square Garden >> Read More


First period: 

  • 10:23 NYR Chris Kreider (Power Play); Assists: Kevin Shattenkirk, David Desharnais

Second period: 

  • 3:46 LA Marian Gaborik; Assists: Jussi Jokinen
  • 14:43 NYR Kevin Hayes; Assists: Ryan McDonagh, Michael Grabner

Third period:

  • 7:59 LA Torrey Mitchell; Assists: Marian Gaborik, Jussi Jokinen
  • 16:33 NYR Rick Nash; Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Jimmy Vesey
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Dec 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) is congratulated by left wing J.T. Miller (10) after defeating the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Dec 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) is congratulated by left wing J.T. Miller (10) after defeating the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Los Angeles Kings arrived in New York earlier this week to face the Metropolitan area's three squads as the hottest team in the NHL.

A 5-1 thumping at the hands of the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday, however, ended the Kings' eight-game winning streak and left them out in the cold.

Well, the "out in the cold" part was planned. >> Read more

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New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault gives instructions during an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Thursday, March 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) (Gene J. Puskar/AP)
New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault gives instructions during an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Thursday, March 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

Alain Vigneault met with the media on Friday before tonight's game against LA and said (NYR):

  • On Mika, "he's following the protocol, skated on his own yesterday. As far as I know, I haven't done a lot of checking, he's improving. We have a practice on Monday and he will practice on Monday."
  • On the PP, "we haven't had a lot of PP opportunities in the last few games. PP hasn't been a big part of the games but in the opportunities that we have, I do agree, one of the things you would like to do is get more pucks at the net to get more scrambles and we haven't do a good enough job of that but we haven't had a lot of PPs in the last few games."
  • On the leadership group, "our game in Ottawa, we gave up 8 scoring chances in the game. Didn't play a bad game, didn't play a great game. We gave up an early goal in the first and an early goal in the third and in this league, when you are chasing, it makes it more difficult. We were chasing that one, made it very difficult and tonight is another opportunity to get a good start and play a full game."
  • On switching Grabner and Nash, "Grabs has been one of our best offensive players in the last few games in terms of chances and finishing. I just wanted to make a little tweak. Nasher has been getting some good looks and maybe with JT and Zucc that he will be able to finish on a couple of them."
  • On LA, "they don't give up a lot, I think they are 1 or 2 in goals against, 1st on the PK, they are playing some real good hockey right now. We are playing against one of the best teams in the NHL and we will have to be at our best tonight."
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Oct 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) smiles after being named the first star after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Oct 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) smiles after being named the first star after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

12/15/17 | Alain Vigneault said that Zibanejad is still following the concussion protocol and that the plan is for him to practice with the team on Monday. (NYR)

12/14/17 | Sam Rosen noted during last night's broadcast that Mika Zibanejad skated on his own in New York on Wednesday.

Zibanejad had been skating for the last little while and practiced with the Rangers on Tuesday as a defensemen.

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10:40AM: At the morning skate on Friday, the Rangers are using the following lines (Steve Zipay):

  • Chris Kreider, David Desharnais, Pavel Buchnevich
  • Rick Nash, JT Miller, Mats Zuccarello
  • Michael Grabner, Kevin Hayes, Jesper Fast
  • Paul Carey, Boo Nieves, Jimmy Vesey

Mika Zibanejad is skating as an extra.

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Dec 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) is congratulated by left wing J.T. Miller (10) after defeating the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Dec 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) is congratulated by left wing J.T. Miller (10) after defeating the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Rangers enter tonight's game against the LA Kings with a record of 16-12-3, 35 points and are currently in the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Below the Rangers, Pittsburgh has 35 points 33 games, the Flyers have 33 points in 31 games and the Canadiens have 32 points in 32 games.

Above the Rangers, the Islanders have 37 points in 32 games, the Devils have 39 points in 31 games and Washington and Columbus both have 41, with Washington playing one more game.

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The Rangers are 3 for their last 34 (13 games) on the PP and now rank 11th in the league.

The last two PP goals the Rangers scored were from David Desharnais, off a turnover from Scott Darling, and Paul Carey, with 40 seconds left while already up 4-1.

The Rangers are 2 for 19 on the PP since Mika Zibanejad was injured but were only 3 for 19 in the 8 games prior to his injury.

Kevin Shattenkirk only has 3 points, all assists, in the past 13 games and said recently about the PP that adjustments are made but that "it's still up to us to execute." (NY Post)

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Nov 22, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Parel Buchnevich (89) waits for a face off against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 6-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Nov 22, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Parel Buchnevich (89) waits for a face off against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 6-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

Pavel Buchnevich has 11 goals and 12 assists this season in 31 games after only putting up 8 goals and 12 assists in 41 games last season.

Chris Kreider said that Buchnevich has "woven himself into the fabric of the team" and has never stopped learning on or off the ice. (SI)

Henrik Lundqvist said that Buchnevich is "more comfortably, more confident, physically stronger on the puck and more determined" this season. (SI)

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Road to the Winter Classic debuted last night on NBCSN and the following was said by and about the Rangers:

  • Alain Vigneault: "we have changed a little bit of our core, there is no doubt, by adding Shatty on D, giving a bigger role to Brady Skjei and up front there is no doubt that Grabs, in his second year, is more comfortable."
  • Jimmy Vesey: "it wasn't really a great start but we knew we had a talented and skilled team and now we are clicking and I think we have four lines that can score and we are playing with confidence. It's been a good stretch for us."
  • AV: "It starts with our goaltender. When he is on top of his game it just seems like our whole game is in tune, from the defensive part to the offensive part. I've been very lucky to get the opportunity to coach the Rangers. We have had some good teams and we came close in my first year. We are working to try and get the big prize, obviously."
  • Kevin Shattenkirk says that growing up he was a Rangers fan and that his experiences at MSG as kid helped him fall in love with hockey even more.
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Dec 13, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) battles with Ottawa Senators center Nate Thompson (17) for control of the puck in the first period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)
Dec 13, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) battles with Ottawa Senators center Nate Thompson (17) for control of the puck in the first period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)

Alain Vigneault said after last night's game that the Rangers did not execute the plays in front of them, on the first two Ottawa goals, and paid for it.

He added that Ottawa's goal 8 seconds into the third period also "hurt" the Rangers.

Henrik Lundqvist said that the Rangers had a good effort against the Senators but needed to have more awareness at the start of each period. (MSG)

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May 4, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault coaches against the Ottawa Senators during the third period of game four of the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 4, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault coaches against the Ottawa Senators during the third period of game four of the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Alain Vigneault met with the media on MSG following the loss to Ottawa and said:

  • On the third, "it had more to do with execution than confidence, we gave up an early goal in the first, an early goal in the third. We know this team well, how they defend and there are some plays in front of you that you have to make and their first two goals we didn't make those plays through the neutral zone and came back to make us pay. There is no doubt that that early goal in the third hurt us."
  • On the neutral zone, "the first two goals, we didn't execute the play that was in front of us and turned around and made us pay for it."
  • Has the momentum for the team stalled, "it's a tough league and every game is different. Tonight we had a real strong game plan where we had to execute in a couple of areas, we didn't and they made us pay for it. We weren't able to make them pay for their mistakes."
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Dec 13, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) adjusts his mask after making a save on a shot from Ottawa Senators left wing Ryan Dzingel (18) in the second period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)
Dec 13, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) adjusts his mask after making a save on a shot from Ottawa Senators left wing Ryan Dzingel (18) in the second period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)

Henrik Lundqvist met with the media on MSG following the loss to Ottawa and said:

  • On the third period goal, "it's the winning goal, it's the difference. It's hard to come back from two goals behind. We did a real good try, we had a good effort and a couple of good looks but we have to start the period better, just more awareness for all of us. I feel like this is a game that we should win but they find a way to get a couple of goals where we were not in the right place."
  • Were you screened on the second goal, "yea, it was a tough play and Smitty lost his stick, tried to get out...I didn't pick it up until it was in the net. It happens."
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Dec 13, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) adjusts his mask after making a save on a shot from Ottawa Senators left wing Ryan Dzingel (not pictured) in the second period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)
Dec 13, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) adjusts his mask after making a save on a shot from Ottawa Senators left wing Ryan Dzingel (not pictured) in the second period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)

The Rangers dropped their second straight game, falling to the Ottawa Senators, 3-2, on Wednesday night at the Canadian Tire Centre. Michael Grabner and Pavel Buchnevich tallied for New York. >> Box score


First period: 

  • 4:01 OTT Bobby Ryan; Assists: Mark Stone

Second period: 

  • 3:57 NYR Michael Grabner; Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Ryan McDonagh
  • 15:08 OTT Cody Cedi; Assists: Matt Duchene, Ryan

Third period:

  • :08 OTT Zack Smith; Assists: Tom Pyatt
  • 4:40 NYR Pavel Buchnevich; Assists: Chris Kreider, David Desharnais
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Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers celebrate after scoring a goal against Edmonton Oilers during second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers celebrate after scoring a goal against Edmonton Oilers during second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

 OTTAWA -- On the way home from their longest road trip of the season, the Ottawa Senators scraped bottom and suffered more damage.

When they face the New York Rangers at Canadian Tire Centre on Wednesday, the Senators will be just 24 hours removed from their fifth straight loss, a 3-2 setback at the hands of the Eastern Conference's last-place Buffalo Sabres.

Over a seven-stop, 15-day tour that began Nov. 29 in Montreal, that left the Senators with a 1-5-1 record and just three points ahead of the Sabres. While their season is not yet a write-off, they are at a loss for answers. >> Read more

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Sep 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) celebrates his game winning overtime goal against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Sep 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) celebrates his game winning overtime goal against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

5:46PM: Alain Vigneault met with the media in Ottawa prior to tonight's game and was asked about Filip Chytil, saying (NYR):

  • Why send Chytil to the World Juniors, "my experience at the World Juniors, I've been there twice. For junior players, it's one of the best experiences that you can have and for a coach it's the same thing. You talk about representing your country. Talking about playing in high pressure environments, important games. I think that for the development of any young player, if you have the opportunity to represent your country it's something you can't pass on. Filip was given the opportunity and I think it will make him a better player."
  • Are you surprised Chytil hasn't been called back up yet, "we've been, touch wood, fairly healthy up front, other than Mika in the middle. He is going through the development of any young player. He is going through it at this time at a very young age against men, I shouldn't say men, there are a lot of younger, 21-22 year olds. He's been, from what I understand talking to Keith and Dru who is following Hartford very closely and Jeff, he's coming along real well and we know we have a player there with a lot of potential."

11:58AM: The Rangers have announced that they have officially loaned Filip Chytil to the Czech Republic team for the World Junior Championship later this month.

Chytil has 5 goals and 7 assists in 15 games for Hartford this season but only has one point in the last 6 games.

He only has points in 2 of his last 9 games for Hartford.

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Oct 13, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save in net against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Oct 13, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save in net against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

Henrik Lundqvist is expected to start tonight against the Senators after Ondrej Pavelec started on Monday against the Stars.

Pavelec and Steve Kampfer were the only Rangers on the ice this morning. (Cyrgalis)

Today's morning skate was designated just for the extra players that are not in tonight's lineup. (NYR Game Notes)

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Gary Bettman projects that the salary cap for the 2018-19 season could be between $78 million and $82 million.

The salary cap is currently $75 million and Bettman said that the league has "never been healthier." (ESPN)

With an upper limit of $75 million, the Rangers are projected to have $23.5 million in cap space but with Brady Skjei, Boo Nieves, Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes and JT Miller as RFAs needing new contracts. (Cap Friendly)

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New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault gives instructions during an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Thursday, March 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) (Gene J. Puskar/AP)
New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault gives instructions during an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Thursday, March 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

Alain Vigneault met with the media on Tuesday after practice and said (NYR):

  • How was practice, "practice was good. It was good focus, good execution and guys worked hard and our guys are on the way to Ottawa to try and win a game."
  • On the lines staying the same, "I would say to you that our body of work lately. I think that for this last little stretch for over a month we have been pretty close to one of the top two teams in terms of winning percentage in the NHL. In that big body of work we have had some real good moments, some other games where a period might have been more challenging. We just came from Washington and I went to see Washington against Chicago and in the second period, Washington wins that game 6-2, but they don't touch the puck. It seems like this year, more than ever, that teams can take over a period. Last night we played a team that took over two periods but our body of work lately has been good and we will go to Ottawa with the same lines we have been using for a while and try to come up with a win."
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Oct 7, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) skates around the net with the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Oct 7, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) skates around the net with the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

12/12/17 | Vigneault said that Zibanejad looked "real sharp" skating as a defensemen today and that he may start seeing some time back in the middle during Thursday's practice. (NYR)

12/11/17 | 1:20PM: Zibanejad spoke with the media on Monday about how he is feeling and how everything went down.

10:40AM: Zibanejad is on the ice at the Rangers morning skate today. (NYR)

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Oct 14, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) during the first period against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Oct 14, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) during the first period against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Ondrej Pavelec made 44 saves on 45 shots for the Rangers last night in their shootout loss to Dallas.

He was the first Ranger since Dan Blackburn in 2001 to have more than 40 saves in two consecutive starts.

Pavelec said that he felt "really good" was able to see pucks and that the chances Dallas had early helped him get into the game. (NYR Game Notes)

Alain Vigneault said that there were only two positives out of last night's game, that "Pavs played unreal" and that because of his performance they were able to pick up a point. (MSG)

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(Adam Hunger)

In the first two periods last night, the Rangers were out attempted 64 to 23 in all situations and 54 to 20 at 5 on 5. (Natural Stat Trick)

By period last night the Rangers had 5 shots on goal in the first, 5 in the second, 9 in the third and 6 in OT. (Natural Stat Trick)

Ryan McDonagh said that the first two periods for the Rangers last night were a "total embarrassment" and that the Rangers "didn't show up" for 40 minutes. (MSG)

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Nov 2, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault during the third period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Nov 2, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault during the third period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Alain Vigneault met with the media on MSG following the Rangers loss to Dallas and said:

  • On Pavelec, "I don't think anyone in our dressing room doesn't know that other than him, we didn't play real well tonight. There are two positives, Pavs played unreal and because of his performance we were able to get a point. Other than that....we weren't good."
  • "I think I summarized it pretty good there. Thanks guys."
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Rick Nash scored in the third period to tie the game and help the Rangers avoid a shutout, but the Stars ultimately won in a shoout, 2-1.  << Box score

First period: 

  • N/A

Second period: 

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Oct 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Madison Square Garden before a game between the Vegas Golden Knights and New York Rangers. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Oct 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Madison Square Garden before a game between the Vegas Golden Knights and New York Rangers. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

NEW YORK -- The Dallas Stars recently put together five straight wins and were feeling good about their performances.

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New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault talks to reporters after a practice in Tarrytown, N.Y., Tuesday, April 25, 2017. The Rangers have advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs and will open the series against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault talks to reporters after a practice in Tarrytown, N.Y., Tuesday, April 25, 2017. The Rangers have advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs and will open the series against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

Alain Vigneault met with the media earlier today prior to tonight's game against Dallas and said (NYR):

  • On using Lindy to help prepare against his old team, "there is no doubt that we talked about their team, they have made some personnel changes and obviously with Hitch in there, he has his own tendencies that he likes his team to do. At the end of the day our job as coaches is the same as every game, get the players information for them to be able to execute and play hard."
  • On Pavelec, "I expect him to play well. He gave us a good game against Pitt and we expect, like we always do from our goaltenders, a chance to win the game. We have to be good in front of him and we will play hard."
  • On this game for Pavelec, "looked at the schedule, 6 in 9, I told you that in the 6 in 9 that he would get two and this is one of them."
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Apr 20, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad (93) plays the puck during the second period in game five of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)
Apr 20, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad (93) plays the puck during the second period in game five of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)

1:05PM: Mika Zibanejad spoke with the media on Monday and said (NYR):

  • "it's good to be back with the guys and see faces out there, it's always positive."
  • How do you feel, "it's getting better. We are following the procedures that need to be done and we are taking it day by day and we will take it from there."
  • Do you think you will be able to practice tomorrow, "we will see how I feel today. I can't look ahead too much in a situation like this. I felt good being out there again, we will see how the rest of the day goes and what else we are doing today and go from there."
  • Have you been cleared for contact, "I don't know, nothing new that I have been told so last time. I wasn't wearing a red jersey today so that was good."
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Oct 14, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) during the first period against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Oct 14, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) during the first period against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

12:57PM: Pavelec spoke this morning and said (NYR):

  • "it's one game right now and that is what I focus on. The Pittsburgh game helped me with my confidence. I got the win and it was good for me and now it's a new day and a new game. It's going to be a different game."
  • On starting at home, "it's fun to play in this building but for for me it doesn't matter to me if I start at home or away. The routine is the same, not a big difference but it's really fun to play at MSG."
  • On building off the Pitt win, "that helped me a lot and I felt really good but that was the past. Today is a new day and a new game and I need to be ready again."
  • On playing Dallas, "really good team, that offensive power is really good. They have a lot of skill players. To be successful we need to be disciplined."
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Nov 4, 2017; Sunrise, FL, USA; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) celebrates his goal as Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad (5) looks on in the third period at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Mayer)
Nov 4, 2017; Sunrise, FL, USA; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) celebrates his goal as Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad (5) looks on in the third period at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Mayer)

Larry Brooks says that now is the time for the Rangers to start discussing a potential contract extension with Michael Grabner. (NY Post)

Grabner,30, is a UFA at the end of the season and has a cap hit this season of $1.65 million.

Brooks wonders if a three-year deal for $10 million would be enough to keep Grabner with the Rangers and prevent him from becoming a UFA. (NY Post)

Over the past two years Grabner is 23rd overall in goals scored and has the 11th best shooting percentage. (Hockey Ref)

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12/10/17 | Alain Vigneault said on Saturday night of Fast, "I've always thought of him as a hard-working, two-way hockey player that is one of our guys that plays the right way in all situations. He is a real good example, he never gives up a play, puts his body on the line to get the job done. I'm hoping that will rub off on a couple of other guys because he is a real good example there." (MSG)

10/9/17 | 10PM: Rick Nash on Jesper Fast after the win over NJ, "he's like a hidden secret. Not too many people around the league know about him but he can do it all and jump up and down the lineup. He's a pretty special player and fun to play with an he is feeling it right now."

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Oct 23, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the San Jose Sharks during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 23, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the San Jose Sharks during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Henrik Lundqvist played both weekend games for the Rangers, stopping 36 of 40 shots on Friday and 26 of 28 shots on Saturday.

Over his last eight appearances, he has posted a 6-1-0 record, along with a 2.04 GAA, a .936 SV%, and 1 SO. (NYR Game Notes)

Lundqvist was asked if he would like to play in every game and said that if it were up to him the answer would be "yes."

He said that overall the Rangers take things day by day and that right now he feels "really good."

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Dec 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Dec 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Mats Zuccarello scored two goals last night and has points in 7 of the last 9 games.

Zuccarello has 13 points in the past 12 games and a plus 14 rating in the past 19 games. (NYR Game Notes)

He put the Rangers up 3-1 when he forced a turnover just inside the offensive zone and scored on a breakaway.

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Dec 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) is congratulated by left wing J.T. Miller (10) after defeating the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Dec 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) is congratulated by left wing J.T. Miller (10) after defeating the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Ryan McDonagh said that last night's game against New Jersey felt like a big game, especially after what happened on Friday against Washington. (NYR Game Notes)

McDonagh said that he liked how the Rangers played against NJ and that they were in control and in sync on the ice. (NYR Game Notes)

JT Miller said that the Rangers executed well, put the Devils on their heels and had a good five-man forecheck. (NYR Game Notes)

Henrik Lundqvist said that this was one of the Rangers better games as of late and that it was "what we needed" after the loss on Friday to the Capitals. (NYR Game Notes)

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Mar 9, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault reacts during the third period against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Hurricanes defeated the Rangers 4-3. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Mar 9, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault reacts during the third period against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Hurricanes defeated the Rangers 4-3. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

Alain Vigneault met with the media following tonight's win over the Devils and said (MSG):

  • On the game, "we got off to a good start, had a real solid first period. Zuccy's goal was obviously a turning point, not sure if it was PK goal or just at the end there but it was a great individual effort and real good shot and in the third we did what we had to do to get the two points."
  • On the home games, "I don't think you can put your finger on one specific thing. I know we have gotten off to better start and there is no doubt that the play in front of Hank and the play of Hank has been better. For quite some time we have been playing some pretty good hockey. It's a tough league and every game is competitive and hard fought. It was a battle and there were a lot of one on one, hard, gritty, greasy situations and our guys did what they had to do to win the game."
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Dec 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) reacts after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Dec 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) reacts after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Mats Zuccarello was awarded the Broadway Hat after scoring twice in the Rangers win over the Devils on Saturday.

Click below to see Zuccarello with the Broadwat Hat as well as his goals

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Dec 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; The New York Rangers celebrate after defeating the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Dec 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; The New York Rangers celebrate after defeating the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Mats Zuccarello nets twice as the Rangers beat the Devils 5-2 << Box score

First period: 

  • 6:14 NYR Jimmy Vessey; Assists: Boo Nieves, Paul Carey

Second period: 

  • 9:42 NYR Jesper Fast; Assist: Rick Nash
  • 13:45 NJD Damon Severson; Assists: Blake Coleman, Stefan Noesen
  • 16:03 NYR Mats Zuccarello (unassisted)

Third period:

  • 6:21 NYR Mats Zuccarello; Assists: Ryan McDonagh, J.T. Miller
  • 6:34 NJD Miles Wood; Assists: Pavel Zacha, Will Butcher
  • 11:59 NYR Kevin Hayes; Assist: Rick Nash
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The New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils will renew their rivalry when they meet at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.

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Oct 8, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a blocker save against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Oct 8, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a blocker save against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

5:42PM: Asked why Lundqvist is getting the start, Vigneault said "big game. First game of the year against Colorado was a big game. Tonight is a big game Monday against Dallas is going to be a big guy. I mentioned to Glen quite a few times that the game has changed a lot over the years. Back when he was coaching in the league they made the playoffs in October and early November. Now it's a battle, I don't think I have ever seen the league as competitive as it is this year. It should be a lot of fun and I thought Hank played well last night after missing in Pitt and decided to go back with him." (NYR)

Asked if his plan was to go with Henrik back to back, Vigneault said "it wasn't my plan not to play him in Pitt. He got sick....he's going tonight." (NYR)

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Henrik Lundqvist said that last night's loss was "disappointing, extremely disappointing."

Lundqvist said that it was "extremely disappointing" to lose after battling back against a "real good team."

Ryan McDonagh said that the loss "stings" and that while the Rangers made a comeback they let the Capitals make some plays and "they burned us." (NY Post)

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May 2, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault coaches against the Ottawa Senators during the third period of game three of the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 2, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault coaches against the Ottawa Senators during the third period of game three of the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Alain Vigneault met with the media on MSG following the Rangers loss to the Caps and said:

  • What did you see, "I didn't like our first period. We didn't play well at all but we responded with a much better second period. We had some good looks, their goalie made some big saves. We got that goal at the end of the second period and we were able to tie it in the third. Then we have a control breakout, a control situation, we know what their control forecheck is going to be and one of our guys doesn't do the right route, turnover and the turnover ends up in the back of our net. Unfortunately it's something that we didn't do as well as we should have and it cost us and after that we couldn't tie it up."
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Oct 13, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save in net against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Oct 13, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save in net against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

Henrik Lundqvist spoke with the media following the Rangers loss to Washington and said (MSG):

  • What did you see, "two teams that played pretty hard. First period was definitely their period, they had a lot of momentum. I think we turned it to our side in the second and battled back and a couple of big goals. It's disappointing, extremely disappointing. I don't know what to say. I have to look at that third goal. It's right there, 2 on 2 in front of the net but we couldn't get a hold of the puck. It's extremely disappointing with how we battled back against a real good team."
  • On the disappointment, "I thought we battled hard and personally I battled hard to try to help the team get back in the game. In the end it's a play in front where we can't track it down and they get hold of it and it's a 3-2 game. It happens but still it hurts when you work so hard to get back into it."
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(Geoff Burke)

The Capitals continued their hot streak as they won their fourth in a row against the Rangers, 4-2, in Washington, D.C >> Box score


First period:

  • 0:14 WSH Jay Beagle; Assists: Devante Smith-Pelly, Chandler Stephenson

Second period:

  • 11:42 WSH Nicklas Backstrom
  • 19:03 NYR Michael Grabner; Assists: J.T. Miller, Ryan McDonagh

Third period:

  • 9:37 NYR Jesper Fast; Assists: Paul Carey, Marc Staal
  • 16:28 WSH Matt Niskanen; Assists: Tom Wilson, Alex Ovechkin
  • 18:28 WSH Tom Wilson; Assists: Nicklas Backstrom, Dmitry Orlov
Tags: Jesper Fast, Michael Grabner
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May 4, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault coaches against the Ottawa Senators during the third period of game four of the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 4, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault coaches against the Ottawa Senators during the third period of game four of the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Alain Vigneault met with the media prior to tontight's game against the Capitals and said (NYR):

  • On the standings, "every game is important, hard fought and you gotta prepare yourself to go out and execute and compete. Washington is a very good team, we are aware of that and we will be ready tonight."
  • Do you think it will be this tight the whole season, "I'm not looking past tonight. You can't start looking at next week and next month. This is a day to day game. You gotta focus on whatever you are up to that day. If it's practice then it's practice and you gotta get better, if it's a game you gotta focus on the players being ready and going out and working real hard and that is what we are trying to do here."
  • On the Caps and Ovechkin, "I don't know if you can pay too much attention to a player like that. He is one of the best in the league and he's gonna get some looks. They have some real good players on that team and for us to compete and play hard and win against a team like that we need a real strong team effort and that is what we are going to need tonight."
  • On the goalies this weekend, "I can tell you that Hank is playing tonight and if you are trying to figure out who is playing tomorrow (laugh)..."
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