Update: Larry Brooks tweets that Mark Messier hopes to play in the game but has upcoming shoulder surgery

The team also tweeted that Mike Richter was going to check with his doctors to see if he can play.

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  • Goalies: John Vanbiesbrouck and Dan Blackburn,
  • Defensemen: Brian Leetch, Dave Maloney, Ron Greschner, Tom Laidlaw, Dale Purinton, Darius Kasparaitis and Mathieu Schneider
  • Forwards: Adam Graves, Glenn Anderson, Mike Gartner Darren Langdon, Stephane Matteau, Nick Kypreos, Darren Turcotte, Kris King, Brian Mullen, Paul Broten, Ron Duguay, Nick Fotiu and Pat Hickey.
  • Coaches: Mike Keenan, Emile Francis and Colin Campbell.
  • Off-Ice Ambassadors: Rod Gilbert, Ed Giacomin and Harry Howell.
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Brian Leetch #2 | Defenseman | 1987-2004

The 2009 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee skated in 1,129 games in 17 seasons with the Rangers, registering 240 goals and 741 assists for 981 points.  Leetch owns several franchise scoring records, including most career assists and the all-time leader in playoff assists (61) and points (89), and ranks second on the Blueshirts’ all-time scoring list.  He is a two-time Norris Trophy winner as the league’s top defenseman (’92, ’97), a Calder Memorial Trophy winner as the league’s top rookie (’89) and a two-time NHL First Team All-Star (’92, ’97).  During the 1993-94 season, Leetch became the only American-born player to be honored with the Conn Smythe Trophy as Most Valuable Player during the playoffs on his way to leading the Rangers to their first Stanley Cup Championship in 54 years.  The Corpus Christi, Texas native ranks second on the NHL’s all-time defenseman scoring list among American-born players behind Phil Housley, and is a silver medalist with Team USA at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Leetch’s No. 2 was retired at Madison Square Garden on January 24, 2008, becoming the fifth Ranger and first defenseman to join the select group.

Adam Graves #9 | Forward | 1991-2001

The two-time Rangers’ MVP (’93, ’94) skated in 772 games in 10 seasons as a Blueshirt, registering 280 goals and 227 assists for 507 points.  Graves played an instrumental role on the Rangers’ Stanley Cup team during the 1993-94 season, setting the franchise’s single season mark for most goals (52) en route to being named as a NHL Second Team All-Star.  He is a five-time winner of the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award (’92, ’93, ’94, ’99, ’00), and has been honored as a King Clancy Memorial Trophy winner (’94), a Bill Masterton Trophy winner (’01) and the NHL Player Foundation award winner (’00).  Graves became the sixth player in Rangers history to have his number retired at Madison Square Garden on February 3, 2009.

Darren Langdon #15 | Forward | 1995-1999

Langdon skated in 277 games in six seasons with the Rangers, registering 14 goals and 15 assists for 29 points, along with 735 penalty minutes.  The Deer Lake, Newfoundland native is a two-time Players’ Player Award winner (’97, ’98).

Stephane Matteau #32 | Forward | 1994-1995

Matteau skated in 85 games in three seasons with the Rangers, registering 11 goals and 10 assists for 21 points, along with 49 penalty minutes.  The Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec native’s most memorable moment as a Ranger came in the Conference Finals of the 1994 Stanley Cup Championship run, when his double-overtime goal against the New Jersey Devils in Game 7 of the series sent the Blueshirts to the Stanley Cup Final.

Nick Kypreos #19 | Forward | 1993-1996

Kypreos skated in 128 games in three seasons with the Rangers, registering seven goals and 12 assists for 19 points, along with 272 penalty minutes.  The Toronto, Ontario native was a member of the Rangers’ 1994 Stanley Cup Championship team.

Glenn Anderson #36 | Forward | 1993-1994

The 2008 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee was a late-season acquisition by the Rangers during the team’s 1993-94 Stanley Cup Championship run, tallying four goals and two assists in 12 games with the Blueshirts.

Darren Turcotte #8 | Forward | 1988-1993

Turcotte skated in 325 games in six seasons with the Rangers, registering 122 goals and 133 assists for 255 points, along with 183 penalty minutes.  The Boston, Massachusetts native led the Blueshirts with a career-high, 32 goals in 1989-90, and was selected to participate in the NHL All-Star Game in 1991 after tallying a career-high, 41 assists and 67 points.

Dave Maloney #26 | Defenseman | 1974-1984

The youngest captain in franchise history skated in 605 games in 11 seasons with the Rangers, registering 70 goals and 225 assists for 295 points, along with 1,113 penalty minutes.  Maloney served as the 17th captain in Rangers history from October 11, 1978 to December 6, 1980, leading the team to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1979.  The Kitchener, Ontario native was originally selected by the Rangers in the first round, 14th overall, in the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft, and made his NHL debut at Madison Square Garden on December 18, 1974 as the youngest player ever to don the Blueshirt at 18 years and four months old.  Maloney, who was named Rangers MVP following the 1976-77 season, returned to the Blueshirts as the team’s radio color commentator in 2005.

Kris King #19 | Forward | 1989-1992

King skated in 249 games in four seasons with the Rangers, registering 27 goals and 33 assists for 60 points, along with 731 penalty minutes.  The Bracebridge, Ontario native was selected as the “Crumb Bum” Award winner in recognition of service to New York youngsters in 1991-92.

Brian Mullen #19 | Forward | 1987-1991

Mullen skated in 307 games in four seasons with the Rangers, registering 100 goals and 148 assists for 248 points, along with 188 penalty minutes.  He became the second native New Yorker after Nick Fotiu to play for the Rangers following a June 6, 1987, trade with Winnipeg.  Mullen made his only NHL All-Star appearance in the 1988-89 season, joining his brother, Joey Mullen, as part of the first American born brother combination to play in the same NHL All-Star Game.

Paul Broten #37 | Forward | 1989-1993

Broten skated in 194 games in four seasons with the Rangers, registering 27 goals and 33 assists for 60 points, along with 194 penalty minutes.  The Roseau, Minnesota native was originally selected by the Rangers in the fourth round, 77th overall, in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft.

John Vanbiesbrouck #34 | Goaltender | 1981-82; 1983-1993

The 2007 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame inductee appeared in 449 games in 11 seasons with the Rangers, posting a record of 200-177-47, along with a 3.45 goals against average and 16 shutouts.  Vanbiesbrouck won his first NHL game for the Rangers at age 18, making 30 saves for a 2-1 victory over Colorado and becoming the fourth-youngest player to play for the Blueshirts at the time.  In 1985-86, he led all NHL goaltenders with 31 wins en route to capturing the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goaltender and being selected as a NHL First Team All-Star.

Ron Greschner #4 | Defenseman | 1974-1990

A member of the Rangers for all 16 of his NHL seasons, Greschner registered 179 goals and 431 assists for 610 points, along with 1,226 penalty minutes in 982 games.  The NHL All-Star (’80) served as the 20th captain in Rangers history from October 9, 1986 to December 3, 1987.  Greschner, who surpassed the 20-goal mark four times and the 50-point plateau five times, retired as the Rangers’ all-time leader among defensemen in goals, assists and points (since broken by Brian Leetch) and currently ranks seventh on the Blueshirts all-time scoring list.

Tom Laidlaw #2 | Defenseman | 1980-1987

Laidlaw skated in 510 games in seven seasons with the Rangers, registering 20 goals and 99 assists for 119 points, along with 561 penalty minutes.  The Brampton, Ontario native is a two-time Players’ Player Award winner (’82, ’83).

 

Ron Duguay #10 | Forward | 1977-1983; 1986-1988

The NHL All-Star (’82) skated in 499 games in eight seasons with the Rangers, registering 164 goals and 176 assists for 340 points, along with 370 penalty minutes.  Duguay holds the Rangers record for fastest goal from the start of a game, tallying a goal 9 seconds into the game on April 6, 1980 at Philadelphia.  In 1981-82, he led the Rangers with a career-high, 40 goals and finished the season with a career-high, 76 points in 72 games.

Nick Fotiu #22 | Forward | 1976-1979; 1980-1985

The first player born and raised within New York’s five boroughs to play for the Rangers, Fotiu registered 41 goals and 62 assists for 103 points, along with 970 penalty minutes in 455 games in eight seasons as a Blueshirt.  He was honored with the Frank Boucher Trophy as the Rangers most popular player in 1981-82, and was selected as the “Crumb Bum” Award winner in recognition of service to New York youngsters in 1982-83.

Dale Purinton #5 | Defenseman | 2000-2004

Purinton skated in 181 games in five seasons with the Rangers, registering four goals and 16 assists for 20 points, along with 578 penalty minutes.  The Fort Wayne, Indiana native was originally selected by the Rangers in the fifth round, 117th overall, in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft.

Darius Kasparaitis #6 | Defenseman | 2002-2007

Kasparaitis skated in 215 games in four seasons with the Rangers, registering six goals and 28 assists for 34 points, along with 260 penalty minutes.  The four-time Olympian represented Russia at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy, while in the Rangers organization, and skated in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

Mathieu Schneider #25 | Defenseman | 1998-2000

Schneider skated in 155 games in two seasons with the Rangers, registering 20 goals and 44 assists for 64 points, along with 149 penalty minutes.  He made his Rangers debut on October 16, 1998 vs. the New Jersey Devils, following his trade from Toronto two days earlier.

Mike Gartner #22 | Forward | 1989-1994

The 2001 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee skated in 322 games in five seasons with the Rangers, registering 173 goals and 113 assists for 286 points, along with 231 penalty minutes.  Gartner reached the 40-goal mark in each of his three full seasons with the team, becoming the first player in Rangers history to do so.  In 1991-92, he became the first player in NHL history to register his 500th goal, his 500th assist and 1,000th point in the same season.  Gartner appeared in his sixth NHL All-Star Game, and only as a Ranger, in 1993, taking home MVP honors by scoring four goals.

Dan Blackburn #31 | Goaltender | 2001-2003

Blackburn appeared in 63 games in two seasons with the Rangers, posting a record of 20-32-4 with a 3.22 goals against average, .894 save percentage and one shutout.  The Blueshirts’ first round selection, 10th overall, in 2001, he was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in 2001-02.  Blackburn was forced into early retirement in 2005 after suffering permanent nerve damage from a shoulder injury.

Pat Hickey #16 | Forward | 1975-1979; 1981-82

Hickey skated in 370 games in six seasons with the Rangers, registering 128 goals and 129 assists for 257 points, along with 216 penalty minutes.  The Brantford, Ontario native led the Blueshirts with a career-high, 40 goals during the 1977-78 season.  In 1976, Hickey left his mark on New York hockey by helping found the Ice Hockey in Harlem program, a non-profit community based organization for youth that uses the sport of hockey to promote academic achievement, responsibility, teamwork and good character.

Mike Keenan | 1993-94

Mike Keenan was named the 33rd head coach in Rangers history on April 17, 1993.  In his only season behind the Rangers bench, he led the team to the Presidents’ Trophy with a 52-24-8 (112 points) record and the franchise’s first Stanley Cup Championship in 54 years.  His .696 winning percentage during the 1994 championship run places him first all-time in team history, while his 16 playoff wins rank fourth despite only coaching the team for one season.

Emile Francis | 1964-1976

Emile Francis was a member of the Rangers organization for 13 years, serving as the fourth general manager in team history from 1964-65 to January 6, 1976 and head coach for 10 seasons across three different stints from 1965-1968, 1969-1973 and 1974-1975.  He is the Blueshirts’ all-time leader in games coached, wins and winning percentage, having posted a record of 342-208-103 (.602%) in 654 games behind the Rangers bench.  In addition, Francis is the franchise leader in all-time playoff games coached (75) and playoff wins (34).  Emile Francis was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a Builder in 1982.

Colin Campbell | 1994-1998

Colin Campbell was named the 34th head coach in Rangers history on August 10, 1994.  In four seasons behind the Rangers bench, he posted a record of 118-108-43 (.519%) in 269 games coached, as well as an 18-18 mark in 36 playoff games.  His 36 playoff games and 18 playoff wins rank third all-time in Rangers history.  Prior to becoming head coach, Campbell served as Associate Coach with the Rangers for three seasons, and was a part of the coaching staff on the 1993-94 Stanley Cup team.

Rod Gilbert | 1960-1977

A Rangers legend, Gilbert spent 15 full seasons with New York, skating in 1,065 games and tallying 406 goals and 615 assists and 1,021 points.  His 406 goals and 1,021 career points remain franchise records to this day, while his 615 assists are second only to Brian Leetch’s 741.  He also ranks third all-time with 1,065 games played. At the time of his retirement, his 1,021 points ranked second among right wingers in NHL history behind Gordie Howe.  Having played in eight NHL All-Star games (’64, ’65, ’67, ’69, ’70, ’72, ’75, ’77), his finest season came in 1971-72 when he registered 43 goals and 54 assists for 97 points and was named to the First NHL All-Star Team.  That season, he combined with Jean Ratelle and Vic Hadfield to form the renowned G-A-G Line (Goal-A-Game).  The three finished 3-4-5 in the NHL scoring race that season and led the Rangers to a berth in the Stanley Cup Finals.  He was also a Second All-Star Team selection in 1967-68.  In 1976, Gilbert won the Bill Masterton Trophy for perseverance and dedication to hockey.  He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1982 and the Madison Square Garden Hall of Fame in 1984, and captured the Lester Patrick Award in 1991 for contributions to hockey in the United States.  Gilbert was also the first person in Rangers history to have his number retired, when his No. 7 was raised to the rafters of Madison Square Garden on October 14, 1979.

Ed Giacomin | 1965-1975

Always a fan favorite in New York, Giacomin spent over 10 seasons with the Rangers, appearing in 539 games and posting a 267-174-89 mark, along with a 2.73 goals against average and 49 shutouts.  On the Rangers all-time goaltending list, he ranks first overall in career shutouts (49), second in wins (267) and third in appearances (539).  The legendary goalie also ranks near the top of several single season Ranger records, tied for third in wins for a season (37 in 1968-69), tied for fourth in appearances for a season (70 in 1968-69 and 1969-70) and tied for sixth in shutouts for a season (9 in 1966-67).  Additionally, he ranks second for most 30-win seasons by a Ranger goalie, reaching the benchmark five times (1966-67, 1967-68, 1968-69, 1969-70, 1973-74).  Giacomin played in six NHL All-Star Games (’67, ’68, ’69, ’70, ’71, ’73), including five straight appearances from 1967 to 1971.  The netminder was selected as a First Team All-Star two times (’67, ’71), and was honored as a Second Team All-Star three times (’68, ’69, ’70).  In 1971, he was awarded the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goaltender, sharing the honor with Gilles Villemure.  In addition to his puckstopping ability, Giacomin made Rangers history on March 19, 1972 when he became the first Blueshirt goalie to register a mulitple-point game with two assists vs. Toronto at Madison Square Garden.  He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1987, and became the second player in team history to have his number retired when the Rangers honored his No. 1 on March 15, 1989.

Harry Howell | 1952-1969

The benchmark for consistency and longevity, Harry Howell’s NHL career spanned 21 seasons, including an amazing 17 consecutive seasons in a Rangers uniform.  Howell skated in 1,160 games as a Blueshirt, registering 82 goals and 263 assists for 345 points.  His franchise record of 1,160 regular season games as a Ranger might never be broken.  Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1979, Howell joined the team as a 19-year-old on October 18, 1952, recording a goal in his first NHL game.  Over the next 17 years, he became a fixture on defense for the Blueshirts, missing only 40 out of 1,200 regular-season games.  Having played in six NHL All-Star Games (’54, ’63, ’64, ’65, ’67, ’68), his finest season came in 1966-67 when he registered 12 goals and 28 assists for 40 points to capture the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman and was selected to the NHL First All-Star Team.  Howell was the last player to win the Norris Trophy before Bobby Orr won the award over the next eight seasons.  The former team Captain (’55 – ’57) was also honored as Rangers’ MVP in 1964, and is one of only four Rangers – along with Andy Bathgate, Rod Gilbert and Mark Messier – to have won the Frank Boucher Trophy three straight seasons (’65 – ’67).  Harry Howell became the second defenseman in Rangers history to have his number retired when his No. 3 was honored on February 22, 2009, at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers have announced their roster for the Winter Classic alumni game:

RANGERS ROSTER SET FOR 2012 WINTER CLASSIC ALUMNI GAME AGAINST PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

New York, November 25, 2011 – The New York Rangers announced today their roster for the Rangers-Flyers alumni game on Saturday, December 31 at 1:00 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as part of the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

The game will feature the return to the ice of Rangers greats Brian Leetch and Adam Graves.  Joining Leetch and Graves are Hockey Hall of Famers Glenn Anderson and Mike Gartner,

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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)

1/18/17 | 3:26PM: Pierre LeBrun writes that St. Louis may have changed their stance regarding Shattenkirk and could look to trade him before the deadline. (ESPN)

Elliotte Friedman writes that if the Blues move Shattenkirk teams like Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton would be good fits as they chase for the playoffs. (Sportsnet)

He said that Shattenkirk would also get a big opportunity to look good ahead of being a free agent. (Sportsnet)

Freidman then adds, "Although, as I've said before, other teams are convinced he wants to play for the Rangers." (Sportsnet)

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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)

1/18/17 | 1:49PM: Marc Staal skated today and is expected to skate again tomorrow, according to Alain Vigneault. (NYR)

1/17/17 | 3:21PM: 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)

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1:43PM: Kevin Hayes will play tomorrow in Toronto and Oscar Lindberg will also return in place of Jesper Fast. (NYR)

12:21PM: Kevin Hayes has been given a maintenance day and is not skating today at practice.

Without Hayes and with Oscar Lindberg out 7-10 days the Rangers are practicing with the following lines (Cyrgalis):

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

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

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

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

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

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11:52AM: Chris Kreider has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for hitting Cody Eakin with his helmet during their fight last night. (NHL Dept of Player Safety)

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Nov 15, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New York Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad (93) skates against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period at Rogers Arena. The New York Rangers won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports (Anne-Marie Sorvin)
Nov 15, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New York Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad (93) skates against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period at Rogers Arena. The New York Rangers won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports (Anne-Marie Sorvin)

In his return to the Rangers lineup Tuesday night, Mika Zibanejad scored two goals, was a plus-1 and had seven shots on goal.

Zibanejad played 18:07, had 10 shot attempts and was 9-for-12 on faceoffs. He played 5:37 in the first period, 5:27 in the second period and 7:03 in the third period with 57 seconds on the power play.

Zibanejad skated with Rick Nash (2 assists) and Pavel Buchnevich (1 goal, 2 assists).

After the game, Alain Vigneault said "other than the one where I thought they left the front of our net too quick, they had a strong game. Lots of possession time. They had some good rush opportunities. For first game back it was a step in the right direction."

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While talking after the game last night, Ryan McDonagh said that the Rangers put Henrik Lundqvist in a "bad spot" and that he isn't to blame for allowing 7 goals. (MSG)

Dan Girardi said after the game last night that how the Rangers played in front of Lundqvist "wasn't fair" to the Rangers goalie and that they left players wide open in front of the net. (Rangers Game Notes)

Girardi said that in the third period the Rangers played "defense first" and were able to transition that to offense. (Rangers Game Notes)

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

Alain Vigneault spoke on MSG following the Rangers loss to Dallas and said:

  • On all the breakdowns in front, "there is no doubt that we need to do a better job in front of our net. Our offensive game is pretty good at this time. Defensively there are too many breakdowns. We have to be all business here, get back to work tomorrow and get ready for the next game."
  • On the plays in front, "I would say to you that on 3 of the first 4 goals we have someone or some people in front of the net, they just aren't taking the pass. Twice it was defensemen, once it was a forward. It's an easy read to make, it's an easy pass to take and we don't' take it and give the other team a Grade A opportunity. It's something we can work on and we will work on and try to get better for the next game."
  • On Henrik, "he will play the next game. He will try real hard and we will try to play better in front of him. This is a team and we are all in this with one another and we will do what we can to get out of this three game loss."
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Henrik Lundqvist fields questions after giving up seven goals to the Dallas Stars.

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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Recorded Prior to the Dallas Game

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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Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn scores a goal past New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger)
Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn scores a goal past New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger)

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)

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)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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.
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