Mar 13, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) scores against Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Peter Budaj (31) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 13, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) scores against Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Peter Budaj (31) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

After missing five games with a hip injury, Michael Grabner has 1 goal, 2 assists and 4 shots on goal since returning on Sunday.

Prior to his injury Grabner had been scoreless in 8 games.

Against Detroit, Grabner played 15:52, and saw 5:09 in the first period, 4:36 in the second period and 6:07 in the third period with 2:07 coming on the PK.

Against Tampa Bay, Grabner played 13:35 with 3:35 in the first, 4:46 in the second and 5:14 in the third with 1:04 coming on the PK.

Grabner leads the Rangers this season with 27 goals.

Adam Rotter: He was gifted the puck in front of Peter Budaj on Monday but still made a nifty move to get goal 27. Even with him leading the Rangers in goals I still see Grabner as a depth player but an important player who the Rangers missed when he was out. He's important on the PK, important with his speed and important in his ability to finish this season on that line with JT Miller and Kevin Hayes. Hopefully he is passed this hip issue and can return to playing at the high level he has all season.

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Feb 15, 2019; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast (17) celebrates with center Vladislav Namestnikov (90) and defenseman Tony DeAngelo (77) after scoring a goal against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)
Feb 15, 2019; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast (17) celebrates with center Vladislav Namestnikov (90) and defenseman Tony DeAngelo (77) after scoring a goal against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)

The Rangers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Boo Nieves and Jesper Fast and never looked back, en route to a 6-2 win over the Sabres. Vladislav Namestnikov had two goals, including going back-to-back with Pavel Buchnevich within eight seconds of each other to put the game out of Buffalo's reach in the third period. >> Box score


First period:

  • 4:09 NYR Boo Nieves; Assists: Brendan Smith
  • 14:03 NYR Jesper Fast; Assists: Vladislav Namestnikov, Tony DeAngelo
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Feb 11, 2018; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello (36) skates against Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele (55) during the first period at Bell MTS Place. Mandatory Credit: Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Terrence Lee)
Feb 11, 2018; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello (36) skates against Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele (55) during the first period at Bell MTS Place. Mandatory Credit: Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Terrence Lee)

While the Sabres enter Friday four points behind Pittsburgh for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, the Rangers (24-24-8, 56 points) are 11 points back, and trade rumors are starting to surface ahead of the Feb. 25 deadline.

One candidate to be moved is Mats Zuccarello, who of late is forming strong chemistry with Mika Zibanejad.

Zuccarello recorded two assists in Tuesday's 4-3 loss at Winnipeg and has 19 points (five goals, 14 assists) in his last 12 games. He also has a multi-point game in six of his last 11 contests and has 24 points (six goals, 18 assists) in his last 25 contests.

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Zibanejad wants to see more wins 00:00:54
New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad has been happy seeing his shots go in goal but would trade them in for some wins.

Rangers C Mika Zibanejad has been seeing a lot of pucks fly into the twine recently. But he wasn't too thrilled talking about it at practice on Thursday. 

Zibanejad has five goals in the Rangers' six games this month, and 13 in his last 11 games. However, the Blueshirts are 2-4 in those games, with their most recent loss coming to the Jets on Tuesday in a 4-3 defeat.

That is why Zibanejad would trade wins for goals any day of the week...

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Feb 12, 2019; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) blocks a shot in front of Winnipeg Jets center Bryan Little (18) in the second period at Bell MTS Place. Mandatory Credit: James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports  (James Carey Lauder)
Feb 12, 2019; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) blocks a shot in front of Winnipeg Jets center Bryan Little (18) in the second period at Bell MTS Place. Mandatory Credit: James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports (James Carey Lauder)

The Rangers overcame an early two-goal deficit to take the lead at the start of the third period, only to let it slip as they fell 4-3 Tuesday to the Winnipeg Jets. Mika Zibanejad's two goals gives him 25 for the season, and he's scored 13 times in his last 11 games. Henrik Lundqvist didn't have his best night in allowing four goals on 36 shots. >> Box score


First period:

  • 4:58 WPG Mark Scheifele; Assists: Joe Morrow, Kyle Connor
  • 18:36 WPG Mark Scheifele; Assists: Blake Wheeler
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Feb 11, 2018; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello (36) skates against Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele (55) during the first period at Bell MTS Place. Mandatory Credit: Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Terrence Lee)
Feb 11, 2018; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello (36) skates against Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele (55) during the first period at Bell MTS Place. Mandatory Credit: Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Terrence Lee)

The Rangers head to Winnipeg coming off a 4-1 home win over Toronto on Sunday -- on his 23rd birthday -- highlighted by one of the best goaltending performances in team history.

Backup goaltender Alexandar Georgiev made 23 of his career-high 55 saves on the power play, recording the second-most saves in team history since saves began getting tracked by the NHL in 1955-56.

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New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Four different Rangers scored as New York beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score


First period:

  • 0:28 NYR Mika Zibanejad; Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Chris Kreider
  • 10:35 TOR Kasperi Kapanen
  • 14:05 NYR Jimmy Vesey; Assists: Chris Kreider, Ryan Strome
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Jan 17, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jan 17, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Maple Leafs have won four straight over the Rangers, averaging 5.00 goals in those games. Toronto has gone 7-3-2 in their last 12 road games against the Rangers, holding the Rangers to one power-play goal over those 12 games.

On Saturday, John Tavares experienced the rivalry between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens for the first time as a visitor.

On Sunday, he will make an appearance in a place he is highly familiar with from his years as part of the rivalry between the New York Rangers and Islanders when the Maple Leafs continue their season-high six-game road trip at Madison Square Garden.

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Rangers fall to Hurricanes 00:01:22
The Rangers react to a 3-0 loss at home on a night where all eyes were upon the 1994 Stanley Cup team.

The Rangers could not score against Hurricanes goalie Petr Mrazek as Carolina pulled ahead by scoring three goals in the third period to shutout New York, 3-0, on Friday night at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score


Third period:

  • 6:43 CAR Warren Foegele; Assists: Saku Maenalanen, Greg McKegg
  • 18:45 CAR Andrei Svechnikov (ENG); Assists: Brock McGinn, Brett Pesce
  • 19:31 CAR Brock McGinn (ENG); Assist: Brett Pesce
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Remembering the goal by Matteau 00:02:20
Mark Messier, Brian Leetch, Stephane Matteau and Mike Richter recount the infamous Eastern Conference Finals game-winning goal.

Stephane Matteau's goal in the Eastern Conference Finals back in 1994 etched his name into Rangers immortality. Now, 25 years later, he recalled that famed moment he jumped on the ice and sent New York to the Stanley Cup.

"Everything was in slow motion, I remember that," he told SNY. "I jumped on the ice and I didn't have a plan. A lot people ask me if I had a plan, I didn't have a plan. A lot of people want to make it like a great goal, but it was one of the luckiest goals I scored in my career."

Looking back at the tape, luck was definitely on Matteau's side as he lifted a puck from basically behind the net to get past Devils G Martin Brodeur. But that goal gave the Rangers a chance to shock the world, winning the 1994 Stanley Cup. 

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Celebrating the 1994 Stanley Cup 00:01:14
Mark Messier, Brian Leetch, Stephane Matteau and Mike Richter explain how they celebrated with the Stanley Cup in 1994.

The 1994 Rangers are as revered today as they were when they hoisted the Stanley Cup at the Garden 25 years ago, forever etched in New York sports lore for putting an end to the curse of 1940 and taking over the town.

As the Rangers' search for their next Cup continues, the hearts of Rangers fans grow fonder for the '94 team. Their playoff run was full of iconic moments, and with the Rangers celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Cup win before Friday night's game, we take a look back at the top five moments from the '94 playoffs.

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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 Carolina Hurricanes and New York Rangers may not make the playoffs this season, but they both appear eager to make it as difficult as possible for anyone else to reach the postseason.

A pair of teams looking to do more than play spoiler will face off Friday night when the New York Rangers host the Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden.

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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)

Spending an entire career with one organization used to be the norm in professional sports. But in this modern era, as player movement continually increases, it has become the exception.

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist could have chosen to waive his no-movement clause and chase a Stanley Cup title with another NHL organization after the franchise's leadership announced they were going to reset and focus on "building the next foundation" of a championship-caliber NHL team. However, Lundqvist's loyalty to the Rangers and appreciation for the city of New York never wavered.

"The Rangers treat you in a way where you feel the history of the organization and the NHL is important," Lundqvist said in an exclusive interview with SNY during Pepsi Zero Sugar's "Stop Everything" campaign, which will give fans a chance to win a "dream skate" experience at Madison Square Garden and meet and greet with the goalie. "You connect with the older players. Being here so long you appreciate the history and the players that have been a part of this organization. You have a list of why you want to play somewhere and there are so many things that make New York and the Rangers special."

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Rangers beat Bruins in shootout 00:00:51
The Rangers were down two goals in the third, but managed to come back to force OT. Tony DeAngelo played hero at the end of a long shootout.

The Rangers scored twice in the third period to force overtime and won 4-3 after a seven-round shootout to snap a three-game home losing streak. Teenager Filip Chytil tied the game with a power-play goal with 7:19 left in regulation before Tony DeAngelo netted the decisive shootout tally. >> Box score


First period:

  • 17:45 NYR Mika Zibanejad; Assists: Mats Zuccarello
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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)

A pair of backup goalies are scheduled to draw the start Wednesday night.

With the Bruins playing the second game of a back-to-back set, Jaroslav Halak will start in place of Tuukka Rask, who earned the win Tuesday by making 28 saves. Halak last played Jan. 29, when he took the loss after recording 24 saves as Boston fell to the Winnipeg Jets, 4-3, in the shootout.

Alexandar Georgiev will start for the Rangers as No. 1 goalie Henrik Lundqvist takes a seat. Georgiev also hasn't played since Jan. 29, when he took the defeat after making 18 saves in New York's 1-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.

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Mar 17, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Rangers left wing Cody McLeod (8) and St. Louis Blues right wing Chris Thorburn (22) fight during the first period at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)
Mar 17, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Rangers left wing Cody McLeod (8) and St. Louis Blues right wing Chris Thorburn (22) fight during the first period at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

The Rangers were able to turn Cody McLeod into an asset, dealing the rugged winger on Wednesday to the Predators for a 2020 seventh-round draft pick.

McLeod, 34, played in 31 games for the Rangers this season after the club re-signed him over the summer to a one-year, $750,000 deal. The Blueshirts claimed McLeod off waivers from Nashville last January. McLeod played parts of two seasons with the Predators after nearly a decade with the Avalanche.
 

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Los Angeles Kings center Adrian Kempe is congratulated after scoring a goal as New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk skates by during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Kings center Adrian Kempe is congratulated after scoring a goal as New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk skates by during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers blew three separate one-goal leads, including one in the final minute of regulation, as New York lost to the Kings in overtime 4-3 on Monday at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score


First period:

  • 8:32 NYR Chris Kreider; Assists: Tony DeAngelo, Mika Zibanejad
  • 17:23 LA Adrian Kempe; Assists: Ilya Kovalchuk, Carl Hagelin
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Jan 6, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brendan Smith (42) shoots the puck during the second period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)
Jan 6, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brendan Smith (42) shoots the puck during the second period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)

A slow start and an inability to finish Saturday night cost the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings chances to beat two of the NHL's elite teams and make up ground in their long-shot playoff pursuits.

The Rangers and Kings will look to author more complete performances Monday night, when New York hosts Los Angeles at Madison Square Garden.

Both teams were off Sunday following narrow defeats Saturday, when the Rangers fell to the visiting NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 and the Kings squandered a third-period lead in a 4-2 loss to the host New York Islanders.

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

The Rangers' struggles against the Lightning continued with a 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score


First period:

  • 6:51 TB Yanni Gourde; Assists: Ryan McDonagh, Mathieu Joseph

Second period:

  • 4:41 TB Erik Cernak; Assists: Ryan Callahan, Cedric Paquette
  • 8:33 TB Steven Stamkos; Assists: Victor Hedman, Nikita Kucherov
  • 16:17 NYR Mats Zuccarello; Assists: Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider
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Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Alex Killorn defends New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes during the third period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Alex Killorn defends New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes during the third period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Nearly a year ago, New York Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton penned a letter to season ticket holders, stating the team was going to start a rebuild by trading core players.

The Tampa Bay Lightning were the biggest beneficiaries as they acquired defenseman Ryan McDonagh and J.T. Miller from New York.

Heading into Saturday's visit to Madison Square Garden, Tampa Bay has won three straight meetings over the Rangers since the deal, achieving those victories rather decisively.

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Mika Zibanejad talks hat trick 00:01:06
New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad continues his hot shooting by netting a hat trick against the New Jersey Devils, thanks linemates.

The Rangers were in a hole early after the Devils jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period. But the men in blue came back thanks to two goals each from Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad for a 4-3 win over the Devils. >> Box score


First period:

  • 5:10 NJD Nico Hischier (Power Play)
  • 16:18 NJD Marcus Johansson (Power Play); Assists: Brian Boyle, Damon Severson
  • 17:38 NYR Mika Zibanejad (Power Play); Assists: Kevin Hayes
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Jan 29, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev (40) plays the puck against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jan 29, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev (40) plays the puck against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The New York Rangers were victimized Tuesday by a New Jersey-born goalie. The Rangers will hope for better fortunes against the NHL's Garden State team Thursday, when they visit the New Jersey Devils in a battle of Metropolitan Division teams on the outside of the playoff picture.

The Rangers were off Wednesday after suffering a hard-luck loss Tuesday, when they fell 1-0 to the visiting Philadelphia Flyers. The Devils have been off since Monday, when they returned from the All-Star break by beating the host Pittsburgh Penguins, 6-3.

The loss Tuesday snapped a three-game winning streak for the Rangers, who appeared to be in pretty good shape when the little-used Anthony Stolarz, who hadn't played since Dec. 15 due to a lower body injury, drew the start at goalie for the Flyers instead of red-hot rookie Carter Hart.

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Kevin Hayes talks Flyers loss 00:00:55
New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes discusses his how he feels after returning from injury and how the team can't afford any more losses.

Rangers C Kevin Hayes has been rehabbing from an injury since the beginning of the month, but he finally made his way back to the ice against the Flyers on Tuesday night. And he couldn't have felt any better.

"I felt pretty good actually," he told SNY's Justine Ward on Wednesday. "I thought the first period I was pretty good, I played with [Jimmy] Ves[ey] pretty much the whole first...Felt good with the puck, my legs felt pretty fresh, so throughout the rest of the game I felt pretty good."

The Rangers, who lost 1-0 to Philly, will look to get back on the winning side against another division opponent in the Devils on Thursday and Hayes looked ahead to playing in yet another chapter of the rivalry...

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Rangers fall 1-0 to Flyers 00:01:29
The New York Rangers need every win they can get in order to get back into playoff contention and Tuesday's loss to the Flyers didn't help.

The Rangers returned from their week-long All-Star break only to come out flat at home against the Flyers in a 1-0 shutout loss.

The Blueshirts put 38 shots on goal but New Jersey native Anthony Stolarz turned each of them away to record his second career shutout to give Philadelphia its fifth straight win while the Rangers snap a three-game winning streak. >> Box score


First period:

  • 1:40 PHI Oskar Lindblom; Assists: Sean Couturier, Jakub Voracek
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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)

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist spent the All-Star break explaining why he's happy to remain with a rebuilding team.

Philadelphia Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher spent Monday explaining why left winger Claude Giroux may be the lone star retained by the team as it retools.

A pair of teams in the midst of transitional periods will meet Tuesday night when the Rangers host the Flyers at Madison Square Garden.

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Oct 13, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) awaits the face-off against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Oct 13, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) awaits the face-off against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

The Rangers traded captain Ryan McDonagh in a blockbuster trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning last February. But New York reportedly was close to trading him in a different blockbuster trade in 2016.

The Rangers were close to trading McDonagh to the Edmonton Oilers prior to the 2016 NHL entry draft and would have received the No. 4 overall pick, according to the New York Post's Larry Brooks

Had the trade gone through, the Rangers would have targeted now-20-year-old forward Clayton Keller, who was drafted seventh overall by the Arizona Coyotes and has 34 goals and 68 assists in 135 career games.

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 (Stan Szeto)
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The NHL All-Star Game was an offensive display on Saturday night, except when Henrik Lundqvist was in net. 

The Rangers' goalie stopped all six shots on goal in the first period of the All-Star Game final to help lead Team Metropolitan to a 10-5 victoryover Team Central.

His first period shutout allowed the Metropolitan team to build a 5-0 cushion before handing the goaltending duties off to Braden Holtby.

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"King Henrik" was sitting on the throne at the end of the longest save streak during the NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Friday night. 

Rangers G Henrik Lundqvist managed to tally a 12-save streak to win the competion, beating Lightning G Andrei Vasilevskiy's eight-save streak. 

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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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Rangers defeat Blackhawks 4-3 00:01:18
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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Rangers defeat Hurricanes 6-2 00:01:13
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


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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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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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Rangers look to stop woes 00:00:26
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)

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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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Lundqvist allows 6 against Pens 00:01:00
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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