In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that the discussions between the Rangers and the Ducks never reached a point where proposals were exchanged.

He says that the Ducks never established which players they wanted for Ryan, but Glen Sather may have set parameters of which players he would likely move.

Brooks says that if Ryan is put back on the market and the cost is two roster players, a prospect and a draft pick "the Rangers will not be acquiring him."

Tags: Bobby Ryan, Adam Rotter

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) looks on from the bench during the third period against the Dallas Stars at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) looks on from the bench during the third period against the Dallas Stars at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)

Henrik Lundqvist spoke on MSG after the Rangers loss to Dallas and said:

  • On his struggles and how to figure it out, "it's hard stuff. I feel like it's embarrassing, frustrating and disappointing at the same time. Spent the last 24 hours working hard and correcting my game and having a pretty good start and then the first period, a couple of misplays where they made us pay. Most goals are scored right in front so as a goalie you need to be more aware. Bottom line is that I need to find another level. It's not good enough. When you are looking for confidence and a good feeling you are hoping for a game where there is a lot of structure and shots are more from the outside. That is not the case right now, it's a lot of opportunities right in front and I need to find a way to get going. It's hard. You try to do all the right things but it's not paying off."
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Henrik Lundqvist fields questions after giving up seven goals to the Dallas Stars.

The New York Rangers' three-goal third-period rally fell short as they allowed three goals in the first period and four goals in the second en route to a 7-6 loss to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • 0:27 NYR Derek Stepan; Assists: Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello
  • 12:34 DAL Patrick Eaves (power play); Assists: Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin
  • 12:46 DAL Patrick Sharp; Assist: Radek Faksa
  • 17:54 DAL Jamie Benn; Assists: Cody Eakin, Eaves

Second period:

  • 4:32 DAL Antoine Roussel; Assist: Lauri Korpikoski
  • 9:56 NYR Mika Zibanejad; Assists: Rick Nash, Pavel Buchnevich
  • 12:06 NYR Buchnevich; Assists: Kevin Klein, Adam Clendening
  • 12:54 DAL Patrick Sharp; Assists: Devin Shore, Faksa
  • 15:53 DAL Adam Cracknell; Assists: Korpikoski, Dan Hamhuis
  • 17:40 DAL Eakin; Assists: Eaves, Benn

Third period:

  • 3:11 NYR Kreider; Assists: Stepan, Zuccarello
  • 5:31 NYR Stepan; Assists: Ryan McDonagh, Zuccarello
  • 7:26 NYR Zibanejad; Assists: Nash, Buchnevich
Tags: Adam Clendening, Chris Kreider, Dallas Stars, Derek Stepan, Kevin Klein, Mats Zuccarello, Mika Zibanejad, Pavel Buchnevich, Rick Nash, Ryan McDonagh
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 (Bill Streicher)
(Bill Streicher)

10:31PM: On thinking about bringing in Hellberg earlier, Alain Vigneault said on MSG, "yes and no. I know Hank wants to work his way through this, fight his way through this and I made the decision after the second. Maybe I could have taken him out earlier, I don't know, but Hank wants to work his way out of this and we are going to work with him and everyone will try and get better here."

9:12PM: Magnus Hellberg started the third period for the Rangers in relief of Henrik Lundqvist.

Lundqvist allowed 7 goals on 27 shots in two periods of work.

Larry Brooks tweeted, "Over last his 7 periods, Lundqvist has allowed 16 goals on 76 shots in 138:18."

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 (Gene J. Puskar)
(Gene J. Puskar)

With the Islanders firing of Jack Capuano today, Alain Vigneault became the longest tenured coach in the Metropolitan Division.

Capuano was named interim head coach of the Islanders on 11/15/10 and became the full-time coach on 4/12/11.

Vigneault was hired by the Rangers on June 21, 2013 and as coach of the Rangers has a record of 172-95-23 in the regular season and 25-24 in the playoffs.

The rest of the Metro coaches:

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Jan 4, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault behind the bench against the Philadelphia Flyers during the third period at Wells Fargo Center. The Rangers defeated the Flyers, 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Jan 4, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault behind the bench against the Philadelphia Flyers during the third period at Wells Fargo Center. The Rangers defeated the Flyers, 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Alain Vigneault met with the media following the Rangers morning skate today and said (NYR)

  • On the roster, "there is always the question of the money. Whomever we would call up is playing in Hartford and if we need them it's not a big deal. Quick call and car service and they are here. Not that big of a deal."
  • On Mika's return, "That is a serious injury, Mika is a good skater and that was a broken leg. All I can say is that I have been watching him real close for the past 3 weeks. We had him do the on ice testing that we do prior to the season, we had him do it last week and his results as far as skating wise were better than they were in training camp. He has utilized the time here real well, you need to give him a lot of credit and are conditioning staff a lot of credit. At the end of the day all that work in the gym and skating on your own, he has had 1 practice on D, 1 at forward. I'm not quite sure. I know I mentioned yesterday that we will have to be patient with him, with Pavel, even with Nasher to some extent. Those were longer injuries than normal and you need to help the player and work with him. Right away we are putting him back on the PP, we will put Pavel there also. We will try and expose them and get them the quality minute and hopefully he can find the rhythm he had prior to his injury. He was on the upswing, he started off well, had a little dip and was then on the upswing at both ends of the rink. Puck battles, defensively, skating well, finding his linemates and I am hoping to see that real quick."
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Brian Compton, Nick Licalzi, and Adam Rotter are back for another podcast, as the guys discuss Henrik Lundqvist's struggling season, and ponder the question whether these on-ice issues are related to the King's age. Later, Scott Laughlin of SiriusXM calls in to the show for his two cents on Lundqvist, and to talk about the dominant Metropolitan division.

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New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

1:22PM: On Tuesday, Vigneault said of Zibanejad (NYR):

  • He re-did the skating tests they do in training camp and had better results than in training camp.
  • He has used his time rehabbing really well and deserves credit along with the Rangers conditioning staff

12:45PM: Alain Vigneault said on Monday that Mika Zibanejad will return to the Rangers lineup tonight against Dallas but that there will need to be patience with his game.

He said that Zibanejad will need to get his hands, lets and conditioning levels back up and hopes that he will pick up where he left off when he was injured.

Vigneault said that Zibanejad started the season hot, then saw his game dip and then he raised it again prior to his injury.

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Henrik Lundqvist, who will start in net tonight, went on the ice at the morning skate this morning to get in some extra work. (Cyrgalis)

Mika Zibanejad is on the ice in advance of his return to the lineup tonight. (NYR)

Magnus Hellberg came onto the ice with Chris Kreider, Matt Puempel, Brandon Pirri and Oscar Lindberg. (Zipay)

Puempel is expected to join the Rangers in practice tomorrow.

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Dec 17, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the first period against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Dec 17, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the first period against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

Alain Vigneault said that he has had to deviate from his ideal plan of games for Henrik Lundqvist to give him a few more games with the hope that he will find his consistency.

Vigneault added, "Hank has played some real great hockey for this year in some games and some other games he hasn't been as consistent. That is the issue right now and the body of work he has had through his career tells us that he will find the answer and become the goalie that we know."

Vigneault compared it to how Lundqvist played in 2013-14, Vigneault's first season as coach, when Lundqvist "dialed in" during some games and in others he was "looking for a bit more."

On January 17, 2014 Lundqvist was 16-17-3, had allowed 90 goals on 1,044 shots and had a save percentage of .914 in 2089:13.

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Dec 1, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)
Dec 1, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)

1/17/17 | 3:21PM: Alain Vigneault said that Staal had a scheduled day off but will skate on his own tomorrow. (NYR)

Vigneault said that Staal is continuing with the concussion protocol. (NYR)

1/16/17 | 4:22PM: Vigneault said today, "both Staal and Puempel skated this morning at 11. He skated the last 3 days. This would have been his fourth day. He is coming along and going through the protocol and so far it's been good. Same thing with Puemps. Unless something changes between now and Wednesday, I think Puemps will be skating with the team on Wednesday." (NYR)

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Jan 4, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault behind the bench against the Philadelphia Flyers during the third period at Wells Fargo Center. The Rangers defeated the Flyers, 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Jan 4, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault behind the bench against the Philadelphia Flyers during the third period at Wells Fargo Center. The Rangers defeated the Flyers, 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

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

  • On Raanta, "he is 7-10 days. He has had treatments and I would say that 7-10, possible he is available to the All-Star break but I would say that it's doubtful because of the position."
  • On Hank, "Simple answer would be yes....he has had the same number of games that he has had in the past, compared to my first year in the first 41 games he played 31 and this year he has played 30. It's the same number and more than I wanted to give him to tell you the truth, it's why my ideal plan through my goalie coach research about the number of games, we haven't been able to follow that to the letter because we have been trying to give him a couple of more games to get that consistency. Hank has played some real great hockey for this year in some games and some other games he hasn't been as consistent. That is the issue right now and the body of work he has had through his career tells us that he will find the answer and become the goalie that we know. This is a lot like my first year, where we are getting him to be real dialed in and playing real well and giving us the best chance to win and in another game he is looking for it a bit more. If history is anything then he will find his groove and be the great goaltender that he is."
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Sep 27, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) reacts after scoring a first period goal against the New York Islanders during a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 27, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) reacts after scoring a first period goal against the New York Islanders during a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

1/16/17 | 2:30PM: Zibanejad said that everyone was on the asme page about playing tomorrow and that it's been a "long time coming" towards his return. (NYR)

He said that it's hard to mimic a game in practice and that it will be good for him to get game action. (NYR)

1:38PM: Alain Vigneault announced today that Mika Zibanejad would return to the Rangers lineup tomorrow after being out since 11/20 with a broken leg.

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Nov 13, 2016; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Antti Raanta (32) makes a save during warmup against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)
Nov 13, 2016; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Antti Raanta (32) makes a save during warmup against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)

1/16/17 | 4:24PM: Alain Vigneault said today, "he is 7-10 days. He has had treatments and I would say that 7-10, possible he is available to the All-Star break but I would say that it's doubtful because of the position." (NYR)

1:18PM: The Rangers have announced that Raanta will miss 7-10 days with a lower body injury.

1/14/17 | 8:17PM: Antti Raanta is out for the rest of the game after suffering a lower body injury in the first period.

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12:16PM: The Rangers PP units at practice are (Cyrgalis):

  • Clendening, Zibanejad, Buchnevich, Miller and Nash
  • McDonagh, Pirri, Stepan, Zuccarello, Kreider

12:05PM: Mika Zibanejad is centering Rick Nash and Pavel Buchnevich at Rangers practice today. (Cyrgalis)

Oscar Lindberg is the spare forward at practice. (Cyrgalis)

The Rangers other lines today are (NYR):

  • Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan, Mats Zuccarello
  • Michael Grabner, Kevin Hayes, JT Miller
  • Jimmy Vesey, Brandon Pirri, Jesper Fast
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Dec 29, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Rangers left wing Marek Hrivik (46) carries the puck during the third period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)
Dec 29, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Rangers left wing Marek Hrivik (46) carries the puck during the third period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)

1/16/17 | The Rangers have sent Hrivik down to Hartford. (NYR)

Hrivik has cleared waivers. (McKenzie)

1/15/17 | The Rangers have placed Marek Hrivik on waivers. (Lavoie)

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Mats Zuccarello has 12 points in the past 11 games and has 17 points in his last 19 games.

All 12 of Zuccarello's points in the past 11 games are assists and 16 of his 17 points during this stretch are assists.

Zuccarello has not scored a goal on a goalie outside of the shootout in the past 27 games, dating back to 11/15 against Vancouver.

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 (Bill Streicher)
(Bill Streicher)

10:29AM: The Rangers have announced the call up and had the following as part of their press release:

  • Hellberg, 25, has appeared in 25 games with the Wolf Pack this season, posting a 10-9-4 record, along with a 2.91 GAA and a .905 SV%. Hellberg has allowed two goals or fewer in four of his last five appearances, including one goal in two of those contests (3-2-0 record, 1.80 GAA, .942 SV% over the span).
  • The 6-6, 209-pounder has appeared in 176 career AHL games over five seasons (2012-13 - 2016-17), posting an 82-65-13 record, along with a 2.45 GAA, a .915 SV%, and 13 SO. In his first season with the Wolf Pack in 2015-16, Hellberg posted a 30-20-3 record, along with a 2.40 GAA, a .918 SV%, and 3 SO in 53 appearances. He established AHL career-highs in appearances and wins last season, and he became the first Wolf Pack goaltender to register 30 wins in one season since 2004-05 (Jason LaBarbera).

10:09AM: Magnus Hellberg has been called up by the Rangers according to the AHL transaction wire.

He is 10-9-4 this season in Hartford with a GAA of 2.91 and save percentage of .905.

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Jan 4, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save as Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) looks for the rebound during the second period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Jan 4, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save as Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) looks for the rebound during the second period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Henrik Lundqvist has allowed 9 goals on 49 shots in just over 98 minutes of the past two games.

Lundqvist said after Saturday's loss that he is trying hard to be positive about his game and that pucks in the past two games have not bounced the right way.

He added that he isn't very good at coming into a game in relief and that it's something he has to work on and get better at.

Dave Maloney said that Lundqvist is disappointed in his game and has reasons to be so after his performance on Friday and Saturday.

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Sep 27, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a first period goal against the New York Islanders during a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 27, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a first period goal against the New York Islanders during a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

After it was originally announced that Pavel Buchnevich would not play on Saturday in a back to back , he played 17:39 and had an assist.

Buchnevich had 2 shots on goal and played 5:39 in the first period, 5:23 in the second period and 6:37 in the third period, with 3:08 coming on the PP.

When Buchnevich was on the ice at 5 on 5, the Rangers had 9 shot attempts for, 18 against, 6 shots on goal for, 10 against and 1 goal for and 1 against. (Natural Stat Trick)

At 5 on 5, he played 13:18 with Kevin Hayes on Saturday and 13:06 with Rick Nash. (Natural Stat Trick)

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Nov 18, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; Montreal Canadiens forward Andrew Shaw (65) reacts to a third period penalty call against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Hurricanes won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports  (James Guillory)
Nov 18, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; Montreal Canadiens forward Andrew Shaw (65) reacts to a third period penalty call against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Hurricanes won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

In the first period last night Andrew Shaw was ejected and given a five minute major for a hit he put on Jesper Fast.

Shaw said on Sunday that he disagreed with being thrown out of the game but that he hasn't received a call from the league about the hit. (Stein)

He said that his hit was "maybe a half a second late" but that he made sure it was shoulder to shoulder. (Stein

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Jan 14, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers forward Rick Nash (61) reacts after scoring a goal during the second period of the game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)
Jan 14, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers forward Rick Nash (61) reacts after scoring a goal during the second period of the game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)

In two games since returning to the Rangers lineup, Rick Nash has one goal on five shots.

Nash is averaging 16:47 per game and played 15:39 against the Leafs and 17:54 against Montreal.

Against the Leafs:

  • Nash had 2 shots on goal, 2 shots that missed the net, 2 hits, 2 giveaways and 1 takeaway while playing 4:49 in the first, 5:48 in the second, 5:02 in the third, 4:14 on the PP and 2:03 on the PK.
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Jan 14, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens forward Paul Byron (41) reacts with teammate Phillip Danault (24) after scoring a goal against New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the third period at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)
Jan 14, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens forward Paul Byron (41) reacts with teammate Phillip Danault (24) after scoring a goal against New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the third period at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)

With the Rangers up 3-2 last night in the third period, the Montreal Canadians scored thrice in 62 seconds to take a 5-3 lead and eventually win 5-4.

Alain Vigneault said that the puck seemed to have "eyes" in that stretch and that the Rangers made some mistakes that ended up in their net.

Ryan McDonagh said that the Rangers were playing well in the first part of the third period and that for just over one minute the Rangers lost their focus and structure. (MSG)

JT Miller called it a "one minute lapse" that they can't let happen. (MSG)

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Alain Vigneault met with the media following the Rangers loss in Montreal and said (MSG):

  • What happened to Raanta, "Antti suffered a lower body injury in the first period and wasn't able to come back."
  • On the 62 seconds, "we made a bad pass on the icing and then the puck seemed to have eyes and find the back of the net. We came to play and unfortunately in that short span we made a couple of mistakes that ended up in the back of our net but we battled hard and came out and scored four goals on Price which we hadn't done in a while. Unfortunately the game got away from us and we tried to battle back at the end and weren't able to get it done."
  • On the Shaw hit, "it was a late hit and the refs called it and that's it."
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Jan 14, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) looks on during the warmup period before the game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports  (Eric Bolte)
Jan 14, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) looks on during the warmup period before the game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)

Henrik Lundqvist spoke with the media on MSG after the Rangers loss and said:

  • On those 62 seconds, "you can't. It's just things going wrong extremely fast. It happened yesterday too after a goal we gave up a couple of chances right away. It's disappointing and personally coming in like this and not being able to come up with the saves. It's definitely not an easy game to play when it opens up like that in the second. The third was kind of quiet but the bounces were tough to defend."
  • On his confidence, "I'm just trying hard to be positive right now. The last two games have not been bouncing the right way. You feel tired when you sit here and you are looking for a good feeling but we take a day off tomorrow and then get ready for the next game."
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Montreal's Alexander Radulov plays the puck as Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein (8) defends during the first period. (Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports)
Montreal's Alexander Radulov plays the puck as Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein (8) defends during the first period. (Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports)

First Period

  • 12:24 NYR Brandon Pirri (Power Play) Assists: Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan

Second Period 

  • 3:08 MON Alex Galchenyuk Assists: Mark Barberio, Max Pacioretty
  • 6:20 NYR Rick Nash Assists: Kevin Hayes, Pavel Buchnevich
  • 7:58 MON Brian Flynn Assists: Phillip Danault, Jeff Petry
  • 11:07 NYR J.T. Miller (Short Handed) Assists: Kevin Hayes

Third Period

  • 10:53 MON Alexei Emelin Assists: Phillip Danault
  • 11:29 MON Max Pacioretty
  • 11:55 MON Brian Flynn
  • 14:53 NYR Derek Stepan Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Nick Holden
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6PM: Alain Vigneault said before the game (NYR):

  • On Marc Staal, (To Rangers PR) "any updates on Marc? No. I haven't asked."
  • On rebounding after a loss, "I have a lot of faith in our group about responding from a game where we could have played better. There were parts of our game that I liked and other parts that could have been better. Tonight we are focused on Montreal. We have a plan and we will try and execute it. We know they are a real good team and will be focused and ready."
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Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) skates against the New Jersey Devils during the third period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) skates against the New Jersey Devils during the third period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

In his return after missing 27 games, Pavel Buchnevich had an assist, 1 shot on goal, 2 shots that missed the net and 1 takeaway in 10:43.

Buchnevich played 2:06 in the first, 3:51 in the second and 4:46 in the third including a primary assist on his final shift.

He played 6:39 at even strength and 4:04 on the PP.

Alain Vigneault said after the game on Buchnevich, "first game in a while back in the NHL. He had a couple of more shifts in the third and get a couple of looks." (MSG)

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 ( Adam Hunger)
( Adam Hunger)

Henrik Lundqvist is 6-3 in his last 10 starts with a save percentage of .903 and 27 goals allowed.

He has allowed at least 4 goals in 4 of his last six starts with his other two starts being games where he has only allowed two goals against.

Larry Brooks writes that the idea of limiting starts for Henrik Lundqvist to keep him fresh throughout the year and playoffs is "sound" but not working. (NY Post)

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( Adam Hunger)

The Rangers were 0-6 last night in 10:55 of PP time while the Leafs were 2 for 4 on the PP in 4:56.

The Rangers only had 5 shots on goal in their PP time.

Henrik Lundqvist said that being minus two on special teams was "the difference tonight" and that the PK starts with him and that the guys on the PP "know what they have to do." (MSG)

Ryan McDonagh said that the Leafs seemed to outwork the Rangers when the Rangers were on the PP and and that they struggled to sustain pressure. (Rangers Game Notes)

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Jan 4, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault behind the bench against the Philadelphia Flyers during the third period at Wells Fargo Center. The Rangers defeated the Flyers, 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Jan 4, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault behind the bench against the Philadelphia Flyers during the third period at Wells Fargo Center. The Rangers defeated the Flyers, 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Alain Vigneault met with the media following the Rangers loss to Toronto on Friday and said (MSG):

  • On special teams, "it played a part in the outcome of this game. Our PP which had been a real strong weapon for us in the last little while had quite a few opportunities but didn't get any good looks other than off a faceoff where we hit the post. Their PK pressure was hard as far as us getting quality looks and there is no doubt that our PK gave them some real good opportunities and they made us pay for them."
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The NY Daily News and Newsday had their front and back covers honor Steven McDonald.


Jan 3, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at Madison Square Garden.  (Brad Penner (USA Today))
Jan 3, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner (USA Today))

Henrik Lundqvist spoke on MSG after the Rangers loss to Toronto and said:

  • On early first period goals against, "I don't know, I don't have the answer. If we did have it it would be easy to correct but sometimes you get into a situation like this where it happens a few games and we put ourselves in a tough spot in the end. The big kill of this game was the third goal. We turned it around a bit, score our first goal and have the momentum and then a bad bounce and that was a tough one. The energy went down after that and it was hard for us to create the big chances."
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Henrik Lundqvist and Dan Girardi speak to media following the Rangers' 4-2 loss to the Maple Leafs.

First Period

  • 4:49 TOR William Nylander; Assists: Nazem Kadri, Matt Hunwick
  • 17:28 TOR James van Riemsdyk (Power Play); Assists: Mitchell Marner, Tyler Bozak

Second Period 

  • 9:05 NYR Chris Kreider; Assists: Ryan McDonagh, Mats Zuccarello
  • 14:27 TOR Connor Brown; Assists: Auston Matthews, Jake Gardiner

Third Period

  • 13:20 TOR Connor Carrick; Assists: Tyler Bozak, Mitchell Marner
  • 18:35 NYR J.T. Miller; Assists: Pavel Buchnevich, Adam Clendening
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The Rangers honored Steven McDonald with a video tribute featuring current and former Rangers including Henrik Lundqvist, Mike Richter, Adam Graves, Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello.

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As part of their plan to honor Steven McDonald, the Rangers have set up a stall in their locker room in his honor.

The Rangers will wear jerseys with his name during warmups.

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Alain Vigneault spoke with the media on Friday before tonight's game against the Leafs (NYR):

  • On Buchnevich, "I would say that he was strong enough but his back had some issues from probably past years so there needed to be some strengthening of his core area that we figured originally would take us three weeks and it was double the time. After playing the three games that he did in the American league we called him up. We won't play him for a while in back to back situations. He will play tonight but not tomorrow. The docs want to be on a prudent side. I feel that with everything he has gone through and the daily work he is getting with our conditioning staff and medical staff, that should not be an issue anymore."
  • "I'm still waiting to find out from Jesper how he is feeling. I talked to him briefly on the ice, he said that he felt okay. I gotta talk to Rammer, one I sort that out I will figure out my lines for tonight...Step and Hayes aren't changing, it's the other two that could change."
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Oct 28, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes forward Elias Lindholm (16) skates with the puck against New York Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich (89) during the third period at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the New York Rangers 3-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Oct 28, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes forward Elias Lindholm (16) skates with the puck against New York Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich (89) during the third period at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the New York Rangers 3-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

3:22PM: Alain Vigneault said on Friday, "I would say that he was strong enough but his back had some issues from probably past years so there needed to be some strengthening of his core area that we figured originally would take us three weeks and it was double the time. After playing the three games that he did in the American league we called him up. We won't play him for a while in back to back situations. He will play tonight but not tomorrow. The docs want to be on a prudent side. I feel that with everything he has gone through and the daily work he is getting with our conditioning staff and medical staff, that should not be an issue anymore."

11:30AM: Pavel Buchnevich will return to the Rangers lineup tonight against Toronto but he will not play tomorrow in the second half of a back to back. (NYR)

Vigneault reportedly said that Buchnevich won't play back to backs for a while. (Cyrgalis)

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10:56AM: The Rangers are using the following lines at today's morning skate today (Steve Zipay)

  • Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan, Mats Zuccarello
  • Michael Grabner, Kevin Hayes, JT Miller
  • Jimmy Vesey, Oscar Lindberg, Rick Nash
  • Pavel Buchnevich, Brandon Pirri, Jesper Fast

The Rangers defense pairs are Ryan McDonagh and Brady Skjei, Dan Girardi and Nick Holden, Kevin Klein and Adam Clendening. (Zipay)

The Rangers PP units at practice are McDonagh, Pirri, Kreider, Stepan and Zuccarello & Clendening, Buchnevich, Hayes, Vesey and Nash. (Cyrgalis)

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Nov 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) receives congratulations from his bench after scoring a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Nov 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) receives congratulations from his bench after scoring a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

3:21PM: Alain Vigneault said today about Nash, "had a talk with him yesterday prior to practice. 100%, ready to go, before he got injured he was one of our best two-way players if not our best two-way player at that time. He was competing real hard and using his tools that make him the player that he is, a power forward that can take pucks to the net and make it really challenging on the opposition. The guy that can defend, knows how to use his body and stick to defend against elite players because most of the time he is playing against of the other team's top personnel. He looked anxious to get back. I think he wanted to get back prior to the break but this was on the safe side and we are good to go."

1:06PM: Nash said this morning that he is "good, everything feels good. No setbacks." (NYR)

9:21AM: Rick Nash will return to the Rangers lineup tonight after missing the past 8 games with a groin injury.

Tags: Rick Nash
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The Rangers will honor Steven McDonald tonight before their game against the Maple Leafs.

The team has posted this jersey that features his badge number.

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Henrik Lundqvist and Mika Zibanejad talk about the team getting healthy and their preparation for the second half of the NHL season.

Dec 15, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault watches his team take on the Dallas Stars during the third period at the American Airlines Center. The Rangers shut out the Stars 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Dec 15, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault watches his team take on the Dallas Stars during the third period at the American Airlines Center. The Rangers shut out the Stars 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

Alain Vigneault met with the media on Thursday following Rangers practice and said (NYR):

  • Is Rick playing tomorrow, "yes."
  • Is Buchnevich, "I would say that unless something happens between now and then that both guys should be available to us. Pavel played three games in Hartford. First one they liked, second one they felt was just okay and the third one they liked. Skated well today, I think we are good to go."
  • On Mika talking his way in, "he could if he really wanted to, but no, he just hasn't had any practice time. The other guys had been practicing, Pavel was playing, Nasher was practicing a long time with the group. In Mika's cast, he skated today as a defenseman, he will skate tomorrow morning with the group and I would say that his first real practice will be on Monday so after that it will probably be day to day."
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Nov 6, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) skates during the third period against the Winnipeg Jets at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Nov 6, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) skates during the third period against the Winnipeg Jets at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

9:29AM: Vigneault said of Buchnevich's time in Harfford, "like I mentioned, he played real well in the first game, very pleased with his first game back. Just okay in his second and they liked his third. They thought that he made some plays and got involved. Conditioning wise he seems to be where he is supposed to be. Hopefully that three game experience will prepare him to contribute here, before he got hurt the second time he was playing real well for us and that is the player we are looking for."

On the rehab and training Buchnevich has had, "that is what we are hoping on and that is why we took the time that we did to strengthen his core and his back where he had some issues. We are keeping our fingers crossed and with all the hard work that he put in, we are hoping and we are confident that it will pay off. He's looked real good, he's been telling everyone that he feels fine and he has played and practiced and looked good."

5:33PM: Alain Vigneault said today that both Rick Nash and Pavel Buchnevich are expected to play tomorrow when the Rangers return from their bye.

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

1/12/17 | 5:35PM: Alain Vigneault said that Staal is doing "a little bit better" and is going through the concussion protocol. (NYR)

Vigneault said "Marc is feeling a little bit better, is going along, is going through the concussion protocol and it's a day by day and feel by feel thing. He has been through it before and hopefully he will be back sooner than later."

9:42PM: Staal is believed to be symptom free after working out at the Rangers practice facility this week. (NY Post)

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Oct 28, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad (93) gets off a shot during the game against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the New York Rangers 3-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Oct 28, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad (93) gets off a shot during the game against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the New York Rangers 3-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

1/13/17 | Alain Vigneault said on Thursday that Zibanejad hasn't had any practice time and that he would skate on Friday and Monday and then likely be day to day.

Zibanejad said that he has been feeling good but is taking things day by day and that after a few more skates they will see where things are. (SNY)

Tags: Mika Zibanejad
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Dec 20, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Nick Holden (22) at the face-off circle against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at the PPG PAINTS Arena. The Penguins won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Dec 20, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Nick Holden (22) at the face-off circle against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at the PPG PAINTS Arena. The Penguins won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

4:19PM: Matt Puempel is still out as he recovers from a concussion. (Brooks)

4:07PM: Rick Nash is skating today. (Brooks)

4:04PM: Jesper Fast, Nick Holden and Marc Staal are not skating today as the Rangers return to practice following their bye week. (NYR)

Fast is dealing with the flu, Holden is being listed as having a personal day and Staal reportedly missed the two games prior to the bye week with concussion symptoms.

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Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) shoots against New Jersey Devils defenseman Steven Santini (34) during the second period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) shoots against New Jersey Devils defenseman Steven Santini (34) during the second period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

2PM: The Rangers have called up Buchnevich from Hartford.

9:17AM: Since being sent down to Hartford last week, Pavel Buchnevich has played in 3 of 4 games for the Wolf Pack.

Buchnevich had a primary assist last night, 4 shots on goal and was a plus two in the Wolf Pack's 3-1 win.

Tags: Pavel Buchnevich
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Jan 4, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) shoots the puck in the game against the Ottawa Senators during the second period at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Jan 4, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) shoots the puck in the game against the Ottawa Senators during the second period at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk is slated to be a UFA this summer and Darren Dreger said last week that the big question will be how much money he will get. (Fanrag)

He said that seven-years and $7 million per are what some people think Shattenkirk will be able to get. (Fanrag)

Dreger said that the rumor has always been that Shattenkirk has wanted to play on the East coast and pointed to the Bruins, the Rangers and maybe the Flyers as teams that could be interested. (Fanrag)

Last week Dreger said that Ken Hitchcock has nothing but praise for Shattenkirk's play on the ice and leadership and said that the Blues are likely going to keep him for a playoff run. (Fanrag)

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Dec 17, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) and left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) celebrates with goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) after a shootout win against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. The Rangers won 2-1 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Dec 17, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) and left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) celebrates with goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) after a shootout win against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. The Rangers won 2-1 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

The Rangers have entered their bye week with a record of 28-13-1 with 57 points and currently hold the first Wild Card spot in the Metro Division.

After being asked about the first half of their season, Alain Vigneault said last Monday that the Rangers faced a lot of questions coming into the season and that "for the most part our game is headed in the right direction"

He said that teams aim to get better during the regular season and "that is what we are doing right now."

Vigneault added that the Rangers don't really have a choice other than to get better because of how competitive their division is.

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