Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Madison Square Garden before a game between the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Madison Square Garden before a game between the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

5/17/18 | On the 31 Thoughts podcast this week, Jeff Marek asked Elliotte Friedman about the Rangers and Sheldon Keefe and Friedman responded, "I don't think that it would be a huge surprise, Keefe's name has been out there a lot but I have been led to believe he is not the guy for the Rangers." (Sportsnet

Friedman continued, "Keefe's a name I have heard a lot but I have been told it's probably not him, he is the first guy that jumped into my head. They must be waiting to talk to Keefe who has the Marlies in the playoffs but guys tell me that they don't think that is it."

He added that he has heard that it likely won't be Washington assistant Layne Lambert or Pascal Vincent, the coach AHL coach for the Jets.

5/15/18 | On Hockey Central at Noon today, former Rangers forward Marc Savard said that he thinks the Rangers are waiting to speak with Toronto Marlies coach Sheldon Keefe.

Savard said, "I believe that and it's why they haven't made a move."

Damien Cox said that if the Rangers go after Keefe it would indicate that they "want to play a different way, they don't want to play the way they have been playing and they want to change how they are doing it."

Cox added, ""Keefe, given the way he coached in the SOO (Sault Ste. Marie in the OHL) and with the Marlies, he would be a culture change for how the Rangers play.

Larry Brooks has written recently that it appears Jeff Gorton is waiting to speak with coaches who are still involved with both the AHL and NHL playoffs. (NY Post)

Keefe's Toronto Marlies are the AHL Eastern Conference Finals against Philly's AHL team. That series begins on Saturday.

Keefe coached two and a half seasons in the OHL, including time where he coached Rangers prospect Brandon Halverson, and has spent the past three seasons coaching the AHL Marlies.

Ryan Ward, who worked with Keefe early on in his time with the Marlies, says that Keefe is a great teacher of "offense" and is a "very effective communicator as far as teaching the game, especially to young players." (The Athletic)

Keefe has been mentioned as a potential candidate for the Rangers since they fired Alain Vigneault.

Adam Rotter: The Rangers have no pressure to hire a coach until the week before free agency starts, so they can take their time and wait to speak with anyone that they even have a sliver of interest in. I'm guessing they have more than a sliver of interest in Keefe as he seems to check off a lot of the boxes for what they seem to be looking for. Keefe and Jim Montgomery were the two most buzzed about candidates after the season and with Montgomery gone, the Rangers may have to wait upwards of a month, if Keefe's team keeps winning, before they get a chance to speak with the Marlies coach. Keefe is going to be an NHL coach, either with the Rangers this summer or some other team that fires their coach after next year. He doesn't have any NHL coaching experience, but the Rangers are going to hire the person they feel is best and Keefe could be someone that grows alongside Filip Chytil, Lias Andersson and the rest.


New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrates with forward Mika Zibanejad (93) (James Guillory)
New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrates with forward Mika Zibanejad (93) (James Guillory)

BOSTON (AP) Mika Zibanejad scored two goals, Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves to take over sole possession of sixth place on the NHL's career wins and the New York Rangers beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 Saturday night.

Filip Chytil also scored for New York, and Lundqvist got his 446th win to break a tie with Terry Sawchuk and move eight behind Curtis Joseph for fifth. It was New York's fourth win in five games, and its eighth in the last nine meetings against Boston.

Danton Heinen and Brad Marchand scored for the Bruins, who lost in regulation for just the second time in 10 games (7-2-1). Boston also lost starting goalie Tuukka Rask to a concussion late in the first period.

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New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

A pair of former Vezina Trophy winners could be in line to add another honor to their impressive resumes on Saturday when Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins host Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers.

Should they get the start at TD Garden, Rask will look to become the Bruins' all-time winningest goaltender, while Lundqvist would have the opportunity to take sole possession of sixth place on the NHL victories list.

Saturday's contest also represents the final game for both teams before they hit their league-mandated break. Boston (27-16-5) and New York (20-20-7) return to game action on Jan. 29.

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New York Rangers players see improvements in chemistry and gameplay on the ice after their recent win against the Chicago Blackhawks

After erupting for six goals in their last game, the Rangers kept the ball rolling with four goals between four players -- Chris Kreider, Filip Chytil, Mika Zibanejad and Mats Zuccarello -- in a 4-3 win over the Blackhawks. >> Box score


First period:

  • 5:41 CHI Brandon Saad (Power Play); Assists: Artem Anisimov, Brent Seabrook
  • 13:20 NYR Filip Chytil (Unassisted)
  • 17:38 NYR Mats Zuccarello; Assists: Chris Kreider, Marc Staal
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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist praised an improved power play as what helped the Rangers defeat the Carolina Hurricanes.

After allowing seven goals in their last game, the Rangers went on a scoring spree of their own, erupting for six goals between three players -- Tony DeAngelo, Mika Zibanejad and Pavel Buchnevich -- in a 6-2 win over the Hurricanes. >> Box score


First period:

  • 1:16 NYR Tony DeAngelo; Assists: Jimmy Vesey, Boo Nieves
  • 9:24 CAR Saku Maenalanen (Unassisted)
  • 12:41 NYR Mika Zibanejad (Power Play); Assists: Chris Kreider, Kevin Shattenkirk
  • 14:22 NYR Mika Zibanejad; Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Chris Kreider
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Jan 12, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders right wing Jordan Eberle (7) shoots against New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev (40) in front of defenseman Brady Skjei (76) during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports  (Brad Penner)
Jan 12, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders right wing Jordan Eberle (7) shoots against New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev (40) in front of defenseman Brady Skjei (76) during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Rangers, on the other hand, are on a 1-6-0 slide since winning one-goal games in Nashville and St. Louis on Dec. 29 and 31. They are being outscored 34-15 and have held a lead for just 7:32 total during the streak.

New York stopped a five-game losing streak with Saturday afternoon's 2-1 win in Brooklyn against the New York Islanders but followed it up with a 7-5 loss at Columbus on Sunday. That result infuriated first-year coach David Quinn, who watched his team lose 47 of 68 faceoffs and be outshot 40-27.

"You're going to lose hockey games. But you better want to battle somebody. It's just ridiculous," Quinn told reporters. "Three games where we feel good about our effort and our compete (level), and then we come out here and do that? It's a freaking joke." >> Read More

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New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey and Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Scott Harrington chase down a loose puck during the first period at Nationwide Arena. (Russell LaBounty/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey and Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Scott Harrington chase down a loose puck during the first period at Nationwide Arena. (Russell LaBounty/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers' late rally fell short as they lost to the Columbus Blue Jackets 7-5 on Sunday at Nationwide Arena. >> Box score


First period:

  • 4:34 NYR Ryan Strome; Assists: Filip Chytil, Jesper Fast
  • 5:08 CBJ Artemi Panarin; Assists: Cam Atkinson, Pierre-Luc Dubois
  • 8:55 CBJ Anthony Duclair; Assists: Markus Nutivaara, Ryan Murray
  • 17:56 NYR Chris Kreider; Assists: Boo Nieves, Alexandar Georgiev
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Mats Zuccarello brings the puck up the ice.  (AP)
Mats Zuccarello brings the puck up the ice. (AP)

The Columbus Blue Jackets dealt with a disciplinary issue for starting goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and picked up two overtime wins.

Columbus seeks a third straight win Sunday night when it hosts the New York Rangers, though it is unknown if Bobrovsky will be in goal.

Bobrovsky has sat for the last two games because he reportedly was involved in an "incident" that "failed to meet expectations and values" of the Blue Jackets. The incident reportedly occurred in a 4-0 loss at Tampa Bay on Tuesday after he was pulled from the game.

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Jan 12, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders right wing Jordan Eberle (7) shoots against New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev (40) in front of defenseman Brady Skjei (76) during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports  (Brad Penner)
Jan 12, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders right wing Jordan Eberle (7) shoots against New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev (40) in front of defenseman Brady Skjei (76) during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Rangers finally broke their five-game slump on Saturday, edging the Islanders at the Barclays Center, 2-1, courtesy of a go-ahead goal from Mats Zuccarello 14:55 into the final period and 24 saves out of goaltender Alexander Georgiev. >> Box score


First period:

  • N/A
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Jan 10, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Neal Pionk (44) and New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) reacts after losing to the New York Islanders 4-3 during the third period at Madison Square Garden. 
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Jan 10, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Neal Pionk (44) and New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) reacts after losing to the New York Islanders 4-3 during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Rangers are on a five-game losing streak and during their longest skid of the season, they are getting outscored 26-8. The skid began with lopsided losses to the Pittsburgh Penguins, Colorado Avalanche and Arizona Coyotes before close losses to the Vegas Golden Knights and Islanders.

Thursday's loss was the second time in this skid the Rangers outshot their opponent and it occurred after a 17-1 advantage in the third period. New York also allowed two power-play goals to the Islanders and have allowed eight goals in 21 chances with the man advantage during the skid. >> Read more

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Feb 18, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 18, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Former Rangers left winger Rick Nash is calling it a career. 

The 34-year-old announced his retirement on Friday through his agent due to concussion-related symptoms.

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Jan 10, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Neal Pionk (44) and New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) reacts after losing to the New York Islanders 4-3 during the third period at Madison Square Garden. 
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Jan 10, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Neal Pionk (44) and New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) reacts after losing to the New York Islanders 4-3 during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Rangers couldn't hold off the Islanders, as Josh Bailey buried the game-winner with less than two minutes left in a 4-3 loss at home on Thursday night. >> Box score


First period:

  • 1:38 NYR Ryan Strome (Power Play); Assists: Jimmy Vesey, Filip Chytil
  • 2:31 NYI Mathew Barzal; Assists: Johnny Boychuk
  • 8:51 NYI Jordan Eberle (Power Play); Assists: Anders Lee, Mathew Barzal
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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

A battle against your cross-town rival is one way to snap out of a funk. Both the Islanders and Rangers need a victory Thursday night as the teams prepare to play against each other at Madison Square Garden in the front end of a home-and-home. 
 
The Rangers must find a way to prevent the ship from completely collapsing after an ugly four-game losing streak in which they were outscored 22-5 and Henrik Lundqvist was chased from the net twice.
 
The Islanders fell to the Hurricanes on Tuesday, snapping an impressive six-game winning streak highlighted by a dominant 4-0 win over the Maple Leafs in Toronto. 

Tags: Brock Nelson, Chris Kreider, Henrik Lundqvist, Jordan Eberle, Kevin Hayes, Kevin Shattenkirk, Mats Zuccarello, Valtteri Filppula
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Jan 8, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Vegas Golden Knights center Cody Eakin (21) celebrates after scoring a first period goal against New York Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev (40) at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)
Jan 8, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Vegas Golden Knights center Cody Eakin (21) celebrates after scoring a first period goal against New York Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev (40) at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

The Rangers continued to falter out west as they get swept on their road trip with a 4-2 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday.  >> Box score


First period:

  • 16:02 VGK Cody Eakin; Assists: Alex Tuch, John Merrill
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The Rangers head to Vegas looking to turn their fortune after losing 3 straight while allowing 5 goals in each game

If New York Rangers coach David Quinn has one message for his team heading into Sunday's game at Arizona, it's this: Stay out of the penalty box.

The Rangers gave up 10 power-play opportunities to the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night in a 6-1 defeat despite a season-high 41 saves from rookie goaltender Alexandar Georgiev, who was giving Henrik Lundqvist a night off.

"You have zero chance to win a hockey game in that way," Quinn said. "It wasn't our night from the get-go. We created a lot of our own problems with the penalties." >> Read more

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Dec 21, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks executive chairman James Dolan watches during the second quarter against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 21, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks executive chairman James Dolan watches during the second quarter against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

James Dolan believes the Knicks need some star power. 

The owner of both the Knicks and Rangers spoke with reporters on Monday, and as the Knicks dropped to 10-31 with a 111-101 loss to the Trail Blazers, he said the difference between the two teams he owns is that the Rangers have a star in Henrik Lundqvist.

"If the Knicks had a Henrik, they'd probably be competing for a playoff spot," he said, per Stefan Bondy of the Daily News. "No Henrik, no playoff spot."

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Arizona Coyotes left wing Lawson Crouse and New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei react after a goal buy Arizona Coyotes right wing Mario Kempe in the first period at Gila River Arena. (Matt Kartozian/USA TODAY Sports)
Arizona Coyotes left wing Lawson Crouse and New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei react after a goal buy Arizona Coyotes right wing Mario Kempe in the first period at Gila River Arena. (Matt Kartozian/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers allowed at least five goals for the third straight game as they were blown out by the Arizona Coyotes 5-0 on Sunday at Gila River Arena. >> Box score


First period:

  • 7:19 AZ Oliver Ekman-Larsson (power play); Assists: Alex Galchenyuk, Jakob Chychrun
  • 9:19 AZ Mario Kempe; Assists: Josh Archibald, Lawson Crouse
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Dec 29, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrates with New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) after a win against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Dec 29, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrates with New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) after a win against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

If New York Rangers coach David Quinn has one message for his team heading into Sunday's game at Arizona, it's this: Stay out of the penalty box.

The Rangers gave up 10 power-play opportunities to the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night in a 6-1 defeat despite a season-high 41 saves from rookie goaltender Alexandar Georgiev, who was giving Henrik Lundqvist a night off.

"You have zero chance to win a hockey game in that way," Quinn said. "It wasn't our night from the get-go. We created a lot of our own problems with the penalties." Read more

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Jan 4, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers center Vladislav Namestnikov (90) reacts after the second goal of the game is given up to the Colorado Avalanche during the first period at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Jan 4, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers center Vladislav Namestnikov (90) reacts after the second goal of the game is given up to the Colorado Avalanche during the first period at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

 >> Box score


 

 

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Oct 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes the game winning save against Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) during the shootout at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes the game winning save against Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) during the shootout at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

This was a year the New York Rangers were rebooting and the Colorado Avalanche taking the next step into serious playoff contenders.

But heading into their matchup Friday night at Pepsi Center in Denver, the two teams are separated by just five points at essentially the halfway point of the season. The Rangers (17-15-7, 41 points) are competitive -- despite the 7-2 home loss to Pittsburgh on Wednesday night -- and making noise in the Eastern Conference.

The Avalanche, meanwhile, are sinking fast. They have lost six in a row, two of those in overtime, and have gone 3-8-3 over the last month. The swagger that put them atop the Central Division is gone, and they have fallen to third after 41 games.

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New York Rangers coach David Quinn admits he should have rested goalie Henrik Lundqvist against the Pittsburgh Penguins and not play him.

The Rangers were dominated by the Penguins in a 7-2 rout at The Garden on Wednesday night. >> Box score


 

 

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Jan 2, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jan 2, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Rangers G Henrik Lundqvist was named to the 2019 NHL All-Star Game for the fifth time in his career on Wednesday. 

Lundqvist's five All-Star Game selections is now ranked second in Rangers history, with Ed Giacomin producing six over his career. Lundqvist, who was the only Rangers player to make it from the Metropolitan Division, was last named to an All-Star Game in 2012. 

The 36-year-old has posted a 12-9-7 record with a 2.81 goals against average and .916 save percentage over 29 games this season. He has been named to the game's Three Stars in 13 of those games as well. 

Lundqvist is also tied second among goalies with 22 games of 30 or more saves this season.

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Dec 31, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrates after defeating the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)
Dec 31, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrates after defeating the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

The Rangers turned to King Henrik in the 2nd and 3rd periods after Lundqvist allowed only one goal to secure his 443rd win of his career. >> Box score


First period:

  • 10:08 STL Ryan O'Reilly; Assists: David Perron
  • 19:40 NYR Mats Zuccarello (Power Play); Assists: Chris Kreider

 

 

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New York Rangers center Ryan Strome heads into the corner after the puck during the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. (John Geliebter/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers center Ryan Strome heads into the corner after the puck during the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. (John Geliebter/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers are coming off a 4-3 win at Nashville on Saturday night. The victory snapped a three-game skid, but the team has earned points in eight of its last 10 games.

Marc Staal and Jesper Fast scored third periods goals as the Rangers overcame a 3-2 deficit to beat the Predators.

"You could feel it," Rangers coach David Quinn told NHL.com. "There was excitement, guys understood what they needed to do. There was a different feel tonight for sure."

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Dec 29, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrates with New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) after a win against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Dec 29, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrates with New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) after a win against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

The Rangers scored two big goals in the third period to top the Predators, 4-3, while snapping their three-game losing streak  >> Box score


First period:

  • 2:42 NYR Chris Kreider (Power Play); Assists: Mika Zibanejad, Kevin Hayes
  • 8:43 NSH Nick Bonino; Assists: Mattias Ekholm, Kevin Fiala

Second period:

  • 3:51 NYR Jesper Fast; Assists: Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider
  • 4:44 NSH Kevin Fiala
  • 10:35 NSH Nick Bonino (Power Play); Assists: Craig Smith, Kevin Fiala

Third period:

  • 4:23 NYR Marc Staal; Assists: Jesper Fast, Mika Zibanejad
  • 7:35 NYR Jesper Fast; Assists: Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider
Tags: Chris Kreider, Jesper Fast, Marc Staal, Mika Zibanejad, Nashville Predators
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Oct 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) is congratulated by New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) after making the game winning save against the Colorado Avalanche during the shootout at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) is congratulated by New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) after making the game winning save against the Colorado Avalanche during the shootout at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

NASHVILLE -- New York (15-14-7) has managed to pick up a point in seven of its last nine games. But the Rangers have just two wins to show for the stretch following a 4-3 overtime loss Thursday night in Madison Square Garden to Columbus.

Chris Kreider's goal at 12:06 of the third period gave New York a late edge, but the Blue Jackets equalized via Zach Werenski at 17:40 and then skated off 31 seconds into overtime on Pierre-Luc Dubois' 14th marker of the year.

"We can't let this get in the way of moving on and getting ready for Nashville," said first-year coach David Quinn. "There were situations where we had a chance to get the puck out and didn't do what we were supposed to. It's about learning how to win."

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New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) skates with the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)
New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) skates with the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)

The struggling Rangers, who are 3-6-5 since Thanksgiving, are "very close" to getting three key players back from injury, according to head coach David Quinn.

Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk and forwards Jesper Fast and Cody McLeod could all return to the lineup for Saturday's game against the Nashville Predators, Quinn said Thursday.

Shattenkirk, who separated his left shoudlder on Dec. 10, was a full participant at Thursday's morning skate. New York is 1-1-4 in the six games Shattenkirk has missed, holding opponents to fewer than two goals just once in that span.

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Dec 27, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) and Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Oliver Bjorkstrand (28) fight for the puck during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Dec 27, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) and Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Oliver Bjorkstrand (28) fight for the puck during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

Chris Kreider scored two goals for the Rangers but the Blue Jackets tied the game late in the third period before scoring the winner in overtime. >> Box score


First period:

  • 9:17 CBJ Oliver Bjorkstrand; Assists: Boone Jenner, Cam Atkinson
  • 13:59 NYR Jimmy Vesey; Assists: Kevin Hayes, Vladislav Namestnikov
  • 16:08 CBJ David Savard; Assists: Oliver Bjorkstrand, Scott Harrington

Second period:

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Nov 23, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a kick save during the second period of the game against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports (John Geliebter)
Nov 23, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a kick save during the second period of the game against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports (John Geliebter)

NEW YORK -- These are enjoyable times for the Columbus Blue Jackets, who are starting to get on a roll and getting outstanding goaltending from Sergei Bobrovsky.

The Blue Jackets attempt to get their season-high fifth straight victory and Bobrovsky likely will be in net Thursday night when they visit the New York Rangers.

Columbus is trying to get its fourth winning streak of at least five games since the start of the 2016-17 season. The Blue Jackets also are 6-2-1 in their last nine games since a 9-6 home loss to the Calgary Flames on Dec. 4.

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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist defends the net against the Philadelphia Flyers in the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Catalina Fragoso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist defends the net against the Philadelphia Flyers in the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Catalina Fragoso/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers did not score once in four rounds during a shootout as they lost to the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score


Shootout:

  • PHI Jakub Voracek: MISS
  • NYR Mats Zuccarello: MISS
  • PHI Claude Giroux: MISS
  • NYR Mika Zibanejad: MISS
  • PHI James van Riemsdyk: MISS
  • NYR Pavel Buchnevich: MISS
  • PHI Nolan Patrick: GOAL
  • NYR Kevin Hayes: MISS
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Dec 14, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Arizona Coyotes right wing defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23) celebrates after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers in the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)
Dec 14, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Arizona Coyotes right wing defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23) celebrates after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers in the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)

NEW YORK -- A month ago, the New York Rangers visited the Philadelphia Flyers and played one of their worst games of the season. The dismal showing ended nearly a month of strong play and sent the Rangers into their current mediocre play.

Since the last meeting, neither team has racked up wins on a consistent basis and the division rivals will be seeking to rebound from tough losses Sunday night when the Flyers visit the Rangers.

On Nov. 23, the Flyers began the season series by getting 31 saves from Calvin Pickard and three assists from Claude Giroux in a 4-0 win. Those showings helped Philadelphia reach NHL .500 at 10-10-2, but since then the Flyers are 4-5-2 in their last 11 games.

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Dec 14, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Arizona Coyotes right wing defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23) celebrates after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers in the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)
Dec 14, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Arizona Coyotes right wing defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23) celebrates after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers in the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)

TORONTO (AP) Mitch Marner scored twice during a wild third period and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the New York Rangers 5-3 on Saturday night.

The teams combined for six goals in the final period, including Marner's empty-net goal with 20 seconds left after Chris Kreider cut the margin to 4-3.

Morgan Rielly had a goal and an assist, and Patrick Marleau and Andreas Johnsson also scored for Toronto (24-10-2). Frederik Andersen made 25 saves, and John Tavares and Johnsson each had two assists as the Leafs won their third straight game.

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New York Rangers center Ryan Strome heads into the corner after the puck during the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. (John Geliebter/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers center Ryan Strome heads into the corner after the puck during the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. (John Geliebter/USA TODAY Sports)

TORONTO -- The New York Rangers will need to be wary of the Toronto Maple Leafs revived power play Saturday night when the teams meet at the Scotiabank Arena.

After the Maple Leafs struggled through an 0-for-17 drought with the man advantage in their previous four games, they were 3-for-3 on the power play Thursday night in a 6-1 victory over the Florida Panthers.

"I don't think there was any sense of panic," said Maple Leafs center John Tavares, who scored twice, once on a power play Thursday. "We just tried to fine-tune, refocus, look at some things, get some practice time, some good video sessions, talk about it and sometimes you just get some better bounces and get rewarded. Overall, got some good results there and obviously, want to carry it forward."

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The Rangers scored three unanswered goals in the third period -- two coming with less than a minute left -- to defeat the Ducks, 3-1, at The Garden Tuesday night. >> Box score


First period:

  • 14:09 ANA Pontus Aberg; Assists: Ryan Getzlaf, Ondrej Kase
Tags: Anaheim Ducks, Brett Howden, Filip Chytil, Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes, Mika Zibanejad, Vladislav Namestnikov
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Mar 14, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev (40) makes a save against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 14, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev (40) makes a save against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

NEW YORK -- A couple of backup goalies could get their chance to perform on the big stage Tuesday night, when the New York Rangers host the Anaheim Ducks at Madison Square Garden.

The Ducks will be playing the second game of a back-to-back road set after earning their fourth straight win Monday by beating the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-2, on Monday night. The Rangers were off Monday after falling to the visiting Vegas Golden Knights, 4-3, on Sunday afternoon.

Both teams likely tipped their hands Monday regarding their goalie decisions for Tuesday.

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New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) looks on during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)
New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) looks on during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)

NEW YORK (AP) Alex Tuch buried a sharp-angled shot just over two minutes into overtime, giving the Vegas Golden Knights a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Sunday.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 27 shots in his 923rd career victory, which moved him into a tie with Tony Esposito for ninth on the NHL's wins list.

Paul Stastny, Reilly Smith and William Carrier scored for Vegas, which extended its points streak to four straight games.

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Mar 22, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast (17) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Philadelphia Flyers during the second period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Mar 22, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast (17) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Philadelphia Flyers during the second period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Rangers' winger Jesper Fast will be sidelined two-to-four weeks with an upper-body injury, GM Jeff Gorton announced on Sunday. 

Fast has three goals and 11 points with eight assists in 31 games this season. The 27-year-old was playing well recently, notching two goals in the last four games while alternating between the second and third lines.

Fast was drafted by New York in the sixth round of the 2010 NHL draft, spending his entire career with the Rangers.

 

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Nov 23, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a kick save during the second period of the game against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports (John Geliebter)
Nov 23, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a kick save during the second period of the game against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports (John Geliebter)

NEW YORK -- One thing is almost certain heading into Sunday's game between the New York Rangers and Vegas Golden Knights: Whomever loses probably can't do so in any weirder or agonizing fashion than they did Friday night.

A pair of teams looking to bounce back from their roles in a historic NHL evening will square off Sunday afternoon, when the Rangers host the Golden Knights at Madison Square Garden.

Both teams were off Saturday after blowing three-goal leads in a pair of shocking overtime losses Friday night, when the Golden Knights fell to the host New Jersey Devils 5-4 and the Rangers were beaten by the visiting Arizona Coyotes 4-3.

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Dec 14, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Arizona Coyotes right wing defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23) celebrates after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers in the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)
Dec 14, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Arizona Coyotes right wing defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23) celebrates after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers in the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)

The Rangers allowed four unanswered goals, including the overtime winner to fall to the Coyotes 4-3 on Friday night. >> Box score


First period:

  • 4:01 NYR Pavel Buchnevich (Power Play); Assists: Filip Chytil, Jimmy Vesey
  • 17:26 NYR Kevin Hayes (Power Play); Assists: Mats Zuccarello
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New York Rangers center Ryan Strome heads into the corner after the puck during the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. (John Geliebter/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers center Ryan Strome heads into the corner after the puck during the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. (John Geliebter/USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK -- No team in the NHL has run as hot and cold this season as the Arizona Coyotes. If the Coyotes are going to begin another surge Friday night, they'll need to take care of the puck better than they did Thursday night.

The Coyotes will look to snap a four-game losing streak Friday, when they visit the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

The game will be the second game of a back-to-back set by the Coyotes, who fell to the host Buffalo Sabres, 3-1, on Thursday. The Rangers last played Monday, when they capped a two-game road trip by losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning, 6-3.

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New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) skates with the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)
New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) skates with the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)

Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk will be out two to four weeks after separating his shoulder during Monday's loss to the Lightning, the team announced.

The 29-year-old Shattenkirk suffered the injury after a hard hit from former Rangers teammate J.T. Miller during the second period.

Shattenkirk has struggled in the second year of his four-year contract with New York, failing to emerge as a dependable offensive blueliner. He has tallied just one goal and seven assists in 29 games this season.

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New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes shoots and scores a goal past Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point during the first period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes shoots and scores a goal past Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point during the first period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers allowed four unanswered goals between the second and third periods as they lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 on Monday at Amalie Arena. >> Box score


First period:

  • 12:19 NYR Kevin Hayes; Assists: Ryan Strome, Vladislav Namestnikov
  • 14:09 TB Steven Stamkos (power play); Assists: Victor Hedman, J.T. Miller
  • 15:07 NYR Kevin Hayes; Assist: Jimmy Vesey

Second period:

  • 6:19 TB Steven Stamkos (power play); Assists: Victor Hedman, Brayden Point
  • 12:42 TB Ryan McDonagh; Assists: Brayden Point, Nikita Kucherov
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New York Rangers center Ryan Strome heads into the corner after the puck during the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. (John Geliebter/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers center Ryan Strome heads into the corner after the puck during the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. (John Geliebter/USA TODAY Sports)

The explosive Tampa Bay Lighting offense hosts a New York Rangers team on Monday that struggles to keep the puck out of the net while away from home.

Coming off a 7-1 dismantling of the Colorado Avalanche for a sixth consecutive victory, the Lightning lead the league with 122 goals scored, 13 more than anybody else. Tampa Bay has scored five or more goals in a game 12 times through 31 games.

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Dec 8, 2018; Sunrise, FL, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) scores the game winning goal past Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo (1) in a shootout at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Mayer)
Dec 8, 2018; Sunrise, FL, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) scores the game winning goal past Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo (1) in a shootout at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Mayer)

The Rangers couldn't hang on to their third-period lead, but they came away victorious in a shootout over the Panthers, 5-4, on the road. >> Box score


First period:

  • 3:37 NYR Mika Zibanejad; Assists: Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes
  • 18:10 NYR Vladislav Namestnikov (Short-Handed); Assists: Kevin Hayes, Fredrik Claesson
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Nov 9, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) is congratulated by teammates after scoring in the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)
Nov 9, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) is congratulated by teammates after scoring in the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers and the New York Rangers are seemingly going in opposite directions ... yet they are in virtually the same spot.

The Rangers, who decided this past February to trade assets and start a rebuilding process in 2018-2019 with a first-year NHL head coach in David Quinn and a bunch of young players, are 13-11-1 (29 points).

Meanwhile, the Panthers, who fell just one point short of the playoffs last season and decided to go for it this time around by acquiring high-scoring winger Mike Hoffman, are just 11-11-5 (27 points).

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Oct 7, 2018; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) looks on before the game against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the New York Rangers 8-5. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Oct 7, 2018; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) looks on before the game against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the New York Rangers 8-5. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

The Rangers could be getting back some major help sooner than they think. 

Pavel Buchnevich, out since Nov. 10 with a broken thumb, was a full participant in Tuesday's practice in an encouraging sign that he could be nearing his return. 

Head coach David Quinn sounded hopeful that the 23-year-old winger, who was projected to be out 4-6 weeks, could return in time for Saturday's game against the Florida Panthers -- which would be exactly four weeks since his injury.  

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New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal and Winnipeg Jets left wing Brandon Tanev battle for the puck during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Dennis Schneidler/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal and Winnipeg Jets left wing Brandon Tanev battle for the puck during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Dennis Schneidler/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers blew a three-goal third-period lead and lost to the Winnipeg Jets in a shootout 4-3 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score


First period:

  • 17:32 NYR Jesper Fast; Assists: Mika Zibanejad, Marc Staal

Second period:

  • 12:11 NYR Marc Staal; Assists: Ryan Strome, Lias Andersson
  • 18:54 NYR Chris Kreider; Assists: Mika Zibanejad, Neal Pionk
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Nov 23, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a kick save during the second period of the game against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports (John Geliebter)
Nov 23, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a kick save during the second period of the game against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports (John Geliebter)

NEW YORK -- The Winnipeg Jets will be the road team on Sunday night, but they'll be better-rested than the New York Rangers. And probably in a better mood, too.

The Jets will look to lock up a winning record on their Eastern Conference road trip Sunday night when they visit the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Both teams will be playing the second game of a back-to-back set. The Jets squandered a two-goal lead in the final five minutes of regulation before Mark Scheifele scored his second goal of the night 16.3 seconds left in overtime to lift Winnipeg past the host New Jersey Devils 4-3. The visiting Rangers traveled home immediately after falling to the Montreal Canadiens 5-2.

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New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) looks on during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)
New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) looks on during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)

MONTREAL (AP) Shea Weber and Artturi Lehkonen each scored twice and the Montreal Canadiens snapped a five-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday night.

Tomas Tatar also scored for the Canadiens, who won for the first time at home since Nov. 10. Carey Price stopped 20 shots.

Jimmy Vesey and Ryan Strome scored for the Rangers, losers in four of their last five games. Backup goalie Alexandar Georgiev made 37 saves on 42 shots. Mika Zibanejad had two assists.

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Nov 9, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) is congratulated by teammates after scoring in the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)
Nov 9, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) is congratulated by teammates after scoring in the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)

The New York Rangers will try and find a way to win on the road when they visit the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday at Bell Centre.

The Rangers are road worriers this season with a 3-7-2 record away from home, contrasted with a 10-4-0 record at home at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers will have veteran defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk on board against the Canadiens after he and Rangers rookie coach David Quinn addressed the issue that led to Shattenkirk's benching in the third period during a 3-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Thursday.

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