HV71 has announced that they have signed Rangers 2010 sixth round pick Jesper Fasth to a two-year contract extension.

It says in the piece that Fasth is likely to sign a contract with the Rangers but he likes having the option of staying in Sweden to continue to develop his game.

This tweet translates to:HV 71 has posted a new 2-year contract with Jesper Fasth. Expect that he will stay one year and move to NY Rangers 2013th # twittpuck

Fasth has not played since brutally breaking his foot at the end of November. He is expected to miss three months.

Fasth, 20, had five goals and 11 assists in 21 games this season.

Spending at least one more year in Europe after missing this one is probably a good idea. He is still under Rangers control and as long as he is he can take his time in developing into another sixth round Swedish steal.

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Nov 15, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) controls the puck against the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)
Nov 15, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) controls the puck against the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)

In the past three games, JT Miller has not registered a point, is a minus two and only has 1 shot on goal while playing 15:10 against Boston, 16:07 against Edmonton and 18:20 against Chicago.

On the season, Miller has 3 goals and 12 assists with only 23 shots on goal in 19 games. He is averaging 16:31 per game.

On 11/5, Alain Vigneault said that he has liked Miller's game and noted that he has been working to get better defensively and is also making high percentage plays with the puck.

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Alain Vigneault confirmed on Thursday that Brendan Smith would return to the Rangers lineup on Friday against the Blue Jackets.

Smith had been a healthy scratch since struggling against Vegas on Halloween.

Vigneault said that Smith handled his time out of the lineup "like a pro," worked hard and will "hopefully play well for us" on Friday.

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

Alain Vigneault met with the media on Thursday before the Rangers traveled to Columbus and said (NYR):

  • "there are definitely some areas with the puck, especially entries into the offensive zone where we had some great looks and didn't get anything out of it. It's definitely something that we addressed something on the ice at practice and will address tomorrow with video. Hopefully our execution will be a lot better."
  • Is Smith going back in, "yes. It's been a few games now, like you saw, Kampf is coming out. If it was strictly on yesterday's game, Kampf wouldn't be coming out. Quite a few players didn't play as well as he did but the 6 games prior and the couple before played good and a few had money in the bank and Kampf will come out and Smytty will come in and hopefully play well for us."
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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Alain Vigneault announced that Henrik Lundqvist will start tomorrow against the Blue Jackets. (NYR)

Lundqvist stopped 30 shots lat night before being pulled in the middle of the third period.

In two previous starts against Columbus, Lundqvist has stopped 62 of 67 shots.

Brendan Smith will also return to the Rangers lineup. (NYR)

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

1:26PM: At Rangers practice on Thursday, Brendan Smith is skating on a pair with Marc Staal. (Cyrgalis)

Steven Kampfer is skating as an extra with Paul Carey. (Cyrgalis)

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Nov 15, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov (15) celebrates after scoring against New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the third period at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)
Nov 15, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov (15) celebrates after scoring against New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the third period at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)

The Rangers and Blackhawks were tied 1-1 to start the third period before the Blackhawks scored thrice in the first 5:14.

  • Artem Anisimov scored 1:07 into the period from 11 ft out
  • John Hayden scored 1:53 into the third period from 26 ft out
  • Anisimov scored again at 5:14 from 12 ft out

In the span of that 5:14, Chicago had at least 8 shots on goal and at least 10 shot attempts.

Henrik Lundqvist said that it was not a "fun feeling" to be out there early in the third and that Chicago took advantage of mistakes, especially in front.

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Apr 20, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault reacts during the third period in game five against Montreal Canadiens of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)
Apr 20, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault reacts during the third period in game five against Montreal Canadiens of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)

Alain Vigneault met with the media in Chicago following the Rangers loss and said (NYR):

  • On mistakes, "after playing a pretty solid first period, we didn't give them anything 5 on 5, they got a couple of looks on the PP, but in the second period our decision making coming into the zone, our execution wasn't very good and it led to transactions and counters from them and they got some good chances in the second, Hank kept us in and in the third we paid for the mistakes that we made."
  • On pulling Hank, "we weren't defending well, I wanted to throw Pavs in there to see if it would change anything, and it did, but we had one line going tonight, that's all we had."
  • On pulling Hank, "he give us chances, in the second period he had a number of Grade A chances and made some saves and gave us a chance. Tried to change the momentum in the third."
  • Did it you remind you of earlier in the year, "we didn't play well enough, obviously in the second and third. We got what we deserved tonight, we didn't deserve to win and we didn't."
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11/16 | 7:07AM: Henrik Lundqvist spoke after the game in Chicago and said (NYR):

  • "the way we started the third, it was not a fun feeling to be out there. The things we did so well in the first two periods were not there in the first 10 of the third and that was the game. They got to loose pucks and rebounds and we did that really well for two periods but they went up with their mindset in the third and we weren't really ready. If you look at the goals, it's in front, like I said, that is something we have been doing pretty good on this winning streak, trying to keep it tight and make plays in front and when you don't good players can make you pay."
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(AP)

The Blackhawks scored four unanswered goals -- including the first three of the first period -- to chase Henrik Lundqvist and end the Rangers' six-game winning streak, 6-3, on Wednesday night in Chicago.  >> Box score


First period:

  • 9:58 NYR Mika Zibanejad; Assists: Chris Kreider, Pavel Buchnevich

Second period:

  • 19:08 CHI Alex DeBrincat; Assists: Richard Panik, Duncan Keith

Third period:

  • 1:07 CHI Artem Anisimov; Assists: Patrick Kane, Nick Schmaltz
  • 1:53 CHI John Hayden; Assists: Cody Franson, Keith
  • 5:14 CHI Anisimov (PP); Assists: Franson, Schmaltz
  • 7:08 NYR Kevin Hayes; Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Rick Nash
  • 11:56 NYR Nash
  • 16:12 CHI Anisimov; Assists: Schmaltz, Panik
  • 18:30 CHI Jonathan Toews (ENG); Assists: Brent Seabrook
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Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers celebrate after scoring a goal against Edmonton Oilers during second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers celebrate after scoring a goal against Edmonton Oilers during second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

CHICAGO -- The New York Rangers will try to extend their six-game winning streak when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night at the United Center.

New York (9-7-2) has outscored opponents 26-16 during its streak, which has included two overtime wins on the road and four regulation wins on home ice. A dynamic offensive attack has powered the Rangers, who have scored at least four goals in seven of their past eight contests.

As the Rangers surge, Chicago (8-8-2) is looking to break out of a slump. The Blackhawks have lost three of their past four games and squandered a three-goal lead in their most recent contest.

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Mar 28, 2017; San Jose, CA, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault watches the game against the San Jose Sharks in the third period at SAP Center at San Jose. The Sharks won 5-4 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports (John Hefti)
Mar 28, 2017; San Jose, CA, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault watches the game against the San Jose Sharks in the third period at SAP Center at San Jose. The Sharks won 5-4 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports (John Hefti)

7:53PM: Alain Vigneault met with the media prior to tonight's game against Chicago and said (NYR):

On the PK and Lindy Ruff, "Lindy brought in some good ideas, it took us some time to to get accustomed to some of the trigger points that we want to establish as a team. Our PK has been good for quite some time, we are aggressive in the right situations and the combo of being aggressive and good saves makes for a good PK and that is what we are getting right now."

On Shattenkirk, "I can't pick one specific time. He was a work in progress, definitely in the back of his mind and understanding how his teammates, their tendencies and the way we like to go from offense to defense and defense to offense. Like any good player he keeps working at it and sooner or later the results come and he is an important part of our D group and playing well."

On the goalie situation, "I go back to what I mentioned at the beginning of the season and that I'm not picking a number for Hank, we are looking at the schedule, how he is playing and how he is feeling. Our schedule has been as easy as it could probably get and he is feeling well and playing well. We will play him and he is playing well. We will play him and figure it out as we move along."

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Nov 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Tonight against Chicago, Henrik Lundqvist will make his 7th straight start for the Rangers.

Alain Vigneault said that Lundqvist has gotten the past 6 starts and will get tonight's start due to a spread out schedule and that when the schedule changes the coaches will "make the best decision for the team."

Vigneault said that right now Lundqvist is "very fresh" and reiterated that the team has not set a limit on how many games Lundqvist will play this season.

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Oct 19, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville watches his team during a game against the Edmonton Oilers at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
Oct 19, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville watches his team during a game against the Edmonton Oilers at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville spoke about the Rangers earlier today and said (CHI):

  • "they are playing well, they got a very balanced team, lots of skill, some experience as well. They play the right way, play a real solid team game, don't give you much, patient in their structure, close checking. Let's manage the puck because that will be important."
  • "PP is extremely hot and dangerous. A real structured team game, patient in a lot of ways. They have four really deep lines, balanced on the back end and have a real solid goaltender. They are solid, that is the way they play. They don't give you anything and they take what you give them as well."
  • "they are deep in their lineup and they do keep the puck. Teams that I find are successful work hard without it and try to keep it as long as we can."
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Oct 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) smiles after being named the first star after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Oct 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) smiles after being named the first star after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

Mika Zibanejad said recently that he wants to be the player that he is expected to be and contribute as much as he can. (Hockey Sverige)

This season Zibanejad leads the Rangers with 18 points in 18 games, 10 of which have come on the PP.

Zibanejad is averaging 18:31 per game and is winning 53% of faceoffs.

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

Filip Chytil has missed the past three games for the Wolf Pack with a "stomach ailment" similar to the one that kept Boo Nieves out of the lineup recently. (NY Post)

Chytil is expected to play tonight for Hartofrd against Bridgeport. (NY Post)

Chytil last played on 11/4 against Providence and is a minus four in the last two games that he played.

Overall, Chytil has 9 points in 8 games for Hartford with a plus one rating and 21 shots on goal.

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Alain Vigneault and Henrik Lundqvist talk about the Rangers' confidence, as they look to push their winning streak to seven games.
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Sep 25, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) carries the puck against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Sep 25, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) carries the puck against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Rick Nash tells Larry Brooks that while he sometimes thinks about his future and being a pending UFA, that stuff isn't "weighing on him." (NY Post)

Nash reiterated that he wants to stay with the Ranger, saying "this is home," and that while contract issues are usually handled in the summer, he would be open to talk and possibly sign a new contract during the year "if both sides were happy with it." (NY Post)

He added that he understands the business side of things and that the Rangers will ultimately do what they feel is best for the organization, which might be trading him at the deadline. (NY Post)

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

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

  • On playing Chicago, "I would say that two good teams that play a similar brand of hockey, both have offensive skill, both want to play fast. It's been real good hockey. Even though they are in the other conference and we only see them a couple of times a year, I watched their last game against the Devils and they spent most of the game in Jersey's end. It was a game where Chicago played real well and Jersey made the most of their chances. That time right now, if you look at them statistically, they are outside looking in but they are playing some real good hockey, should be a good game for us."
  • On Zibanejad, "I like the way he has handled it. He has come in and worked extremely hard, he has put in some extra time. You can just tell that he wants to be on the ice, he wants to be on the ice in the last minute when we have a lead, when we are trailing. You can really sense that he wants to be the best that he can be, he's putting in a lot of time on the ice. He's very good at communicating with the players he is playing with, where he is and where he thinks he can help those players out. He's coming in stride. On the PP he has been more effective than he has been in the past, using his shot more, making some high level plays that are giving us some real good scoring chances. He is definitely on the right track and as long as he ha the attitude that he wants to continue to push himself and be the best that he can be he will continue to improve."
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Nov 2, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) is congratulated by center Mika Zibanejad (93) and teammates after he scored a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Nov 2, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) is congratulated by center Mika Zibanejad (93) and teammates after he scored a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

28 of the Rangers 60 goals this season have been scored by players who are 25-years old or younger. (NYR Game Notes)

The list includes:

  • Pavel Buchnevich (24): 8 goals
  • Mika Zibanejad (22): 8 goals
  • Jimmy Vesey (24): 4 goals
  • Kevin Hayes (25): 3 goals
  • JT Miller (24): 3 goals
  • Brady Skjei (23): 2 goals

The other Rangers who have scored this season include: Michael Grabner (30): 8 goals, Rick Nash (33): 6 goals, Kevin Shattenkirk (29): 5 goals, Chris Kreider (26): 5 goals, Mats Zuccarello (30): 3 goals, David Desharnais (31): 2 goals, Jesper Fast (26): 1 goal, Nick Holden (30): 1 goal & Marc Staal (30): 1 goal.

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Sep 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brendan Smith (42) against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Sep 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brendan Smith (42) against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

Alain Vigneault said last week that he is planning to get Brendan Smith back into the lineup after Smith has been out for the past five games.

Vigneault said on Monday that he was going with the same group of six defensemen for tomorrow's game against the Blackhawks and said that the reasoning is not only the winning streak but the overall play of the defense.

He said that against Edmonton the Rangers didn't allow a scoring chance in the final 25 minutes and said that the current group of six is playing "extremely well."

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

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

  • On when Brendan Smith will get back in, "sometimes the circumstances make it that it's not just the wins but the way our D group is playing. In the last game against Edmonton in the last 25 minutes we didn't give them a scoring chance. That group is playing extremely well, the team is winning, we are going to get him back in but for now, in the next game we will stick with the same group of D that we have."
  • On Kevin Hayes, "Like our team, it took him a little while to adjust and adapt. Last game he goes up against McDavid and they did a real good job. Not only did they limit that lines scoring opportunities at 5 on 5 but they also generated a quite a few. He had a couple, Nasher had a couple, Zucc had a couple. That, combined with the PK and the important minutes he has there, he is coming along and he needs to continue to be hard on puck battles, maybe move the puck a little quicker. Use his size and skill level but he is coming along, he is progressing and improving and that is what we need from him."
  • On Vesey, "he's good to go, he played the last game with the teeth in his lips and they took the teeth out. Spent part of the morning in the dentist chair to fix it up and he looks like a hockey player, a beautiful young man."
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Oct 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) celebrates a goal against the Vegas Golden Knights during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Oct 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) celebrates a goal against the Vegas Golden Knights during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

5:36PM: On Vesey, Alain Vigneault said on Monday, "he's good to go, he played the last game with the teeth in his lips and they took the teeth out. Spent part of the morning in the dentist chair to fix it up and he looks like a hockey player, a beautiful young man."

On players playing through pain, Vigneault said, "for me as a coach, you get to know which player can play through certain levels of discomfort and pain. Most of the guys, if they get to this level, it's because they have accustomed their body to playing through some pain. With the schedule and the demands of practice, yuo are never 100% , it just doesn't happen. You have to be able to play and once Jimmy was sewn up he came back and they came back, found the tooth, opened him up again and he was alright after that."

4:23PM: Jimmy Vesey met with the media on Monday following Rangers practice and said the following about what happened to his mouth and Saturday (NYR):

  • On what happened, "it's hard to say, it's almost like I saw the skate coming in slow motion but couldn't move out of the way. It hit me pretty hard square in the face and I knew right away that my teeth were gone. I guess the nerve was exposed and when I was breathing the air was hitting the nerve and it was really sensitive and painful."
  • On how he is feeling, "today has been the best day. Saturday night was painful and yesterday I went to the dentist again and got a couple of root canals and pretty much sat on the couch all day. Today I feel a lot better, the swelling in my lip has been really bad and once that goes down I will go back in and they will cap my teeth, should be good to go."
  • On wearing the cage, "it feels horrible now to go back to it, it's bulkier and you can't really look down, when the puck is at your feet you can't see it, it's definitely different. I don't think I will be in it that long."
  • When did you think of coming back into the game, "I knew I was going to need some sort of stitches when I was bleeding, didn't know if they would have to remove my teeth, didn't know what the deal was going to be but once we got in there I wanted to make sure they took care of the sensitivity with some Novocaine and then I was going to get back out there. The thing that delayed it a bit was the X-Rays and luckily enough they saw my teeth were in my lip on those. Glad we took those in the end."
  • "my mom was at the game and got on a 5PM train and thought that I just got stitches. She wasn't happy about the teeth."
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Nov 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Alain Vigneault confirmed on Monday that Henrik Lundqvist would start on Wednesday for the Rangers against the Blackhawks. (NYR)

Lundqvist has started each game during the Rangers six-game winning streak.

Vigneault also confirmed that the Rangers will go with the same defense they did on Saturday:

  • Ryan McDonagh, Nick Holden
  • Brady Skjei, Kevin Shattenkirk
  • Marc Staal, Steven Kampfer
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Oct 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Madison Square Garden before a game between the Vegas Golden Knights and New York Rangers. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Oct 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Madison Square Garden before a game between the Vegas Golden Knights and New York Rangers. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

11:43AM: Jimmy Vesey is on the ice at Rangers practice today wearing a full cage. (Cyrgalis)

Brendan Smith & Paul Carey are skating as extras at practice.

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Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers celebrate after scoring a goal against Edmonton Oilers during second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers celebrate after scoring a goal against Edmonton Oilers during second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

A few games into the regular season, Alain Vigneault said that the Rangers were a work in progress as they looked to sort out their identity as a team.

Following Saturday's sixth straight win, Rick Nash was asked about the identity and said "fast, for sure" and "simple." (MSG)

Nash said that the Rangers struggle when they can't get the puck deep/turn it over in the neutral zone and that when they keep things "simple" they are at their best. (MSG)

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Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) reacts in front of Edmonton Oilers defenseman Oscar Klefbom (77) after scoring a goal against Edmonton Oilers goalie Cam Talbot (33) during second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) reacts in front of Edmonton Oilers defenseman Oscar Klefbom (77) after scoring a goal against Edmonton Oilers goalie Cam Talbot (33) during second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Rangers were 2 for 3 on the PP on Saturday and are scoring at a clip of 39% (9 for 23) in the past 7 games. (NYR Game Notes)

The Rangers have scored at least two PP goals in a game six different times this season. (NYR Game Notes)

Alain Vigneault said after the game that the Rangers PP is "confident and executing" and helped take back the momentum against the Oilers.

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New York Rangers' Rick Nash celebrates his goal with Kevin Hayes (13) during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, in New York. The Rangers won 4-2. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (AP)
New York Rangers' Rick Nash celebrates his goal with Kevin Hayes (13) during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, in New York. The Rangers won 4-2. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (AP)

Rick Nash had two goals on Sunday and has four goals in the past four games.

Saturday was Nash's first multi-goal game of the season and has 8 points in the past 7 games.

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Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Edmonton Oilers left wing Patrick Maroon (19) shoots against New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Edmonton Oilers left wing Patrick Maroon (19) shoots against New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

In the third period last night at 5 on 5, while defending a 3-2 lead, the Rangers had (Natural Stat Trick):

  • 14 shot attempts for, 13 against
  • 11 shots on goal for, 5 against
  • 7 scoring chances for, 2 against
  • 4 high danger chances for, 1 against

Alain Vigneault said that the Rangers played their best period of the game in the the third.

He said, "when the game was on the line we were solid, I don't think we gave them a scoring chance in the third period, we did what we had to do to win the game."

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

Mats Zuccarello said that his agent has been told by the Rangers that there are no plans to move him. (Nettavisen)

He said that he was receiving calls from back home asking about rumors and responded that he hadn't heard anything. (Nettavisen)

Zuccarello said that his agent was recently in New York and assured him that the Rangers are not planning to move him. (Nettavisen)

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

Alain Vigneault met with the media on MSG following the Rangers win over the Oilers and said (MSG, ESPN Radio):

  • On the PP scoring, "when your PP is confident and executing it keeps the opposition honest as far as the degree of things they can do on the ice. After a good start, their PP had some good looks on their first and took the momentum away. We didn't start real well in the second period but then we had a couple of good 5 on 5 shifts and two PP goals and in the third we played our best period of the night. When the game was on the line we were solid, I don't think we gave them a scoring chance in the third period, we did what we had to do to win the game."
  • On the starts, "obviously the score has changed but as far as our mindset and game plan going into games, the things we want to do stay the same. We are executing better and with that execution it doens't lead to costly mistakes and we have been able to build off that the last few games and play, for the most part, some pretty good hockey."
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Sep 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) skates against the New Jersey Devils during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Sep 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) skates against the New Jersey Devils during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

Early in the second period, Jimmy Vesey took part of Zack Kassian's skate to the mouth, resulting in a cut.

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Sep 25, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) carries the puck against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Sep 25, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) carries the puck against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Rick Nash met with the media on MSG following today's win over the Oilers and said:

  • On the first goal, "Kevin has a lot of patience, you just try to give the puck to playmakers and open up and try to get your shot through and it was a great pass by him."
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Henrik Lundqvist and Rick Nash discuss how the Rangers capitalized on power play opportunities in a 4-2 win over Edmonton.

LW Rick Nash scored two goals and the Rangers topped the Edmonton Oilers at home, 4-2, to extend their winning streak to six games. << Read more


First period:

  • 12:19 NYR Rick Nash; Assists: Kevin Hayes, Mats Zuccarello
  • 16:26 EDM Jesse Puljujarvi; Assists: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Darnell Nurse

Second period:

  • 10:06 EDM Connor McDavid (Power Play); Assists: Milan Lucic, Oscar Klefbom
  • 15:10 NYR Pavel Buchnevich (Power Play); Assists: Kevin Shattenkirk, Zuccarello
  • 18:53 NYR Nash (Power Play); Assists: Brady Skjei, Ryan McDonagh

Third period:

  • 19:58 NYR Michael Grabner (Empty Net); Assist: Jesper Fast
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Kevin Shattenkirk and Brady Skjei have played 129:04 together this season, the most of any of Shattenkirk's partners, and when they are on the ice together at 5 on 5 the Rangers have 125 shot attempts for and 130 shot attempts against. (Natural Stat Trick)

When they are on the ice together at 5 on 5 the Rangers have 56% of the shot attempts and 50% of the goals. (Natural Stat Trick)

Alain Vigneault said that Skjei and Shattenkirk are "building chemistry" as a pair and that both of them understand "the importance of gap and defending and they have both been real good"

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Nov 2, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) is congratulated by New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) and teammates after he scored the game winning goal during overtime against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Nov 2, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) is congratulated by New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) and teammates after he scored the game winning goal during overtime against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

In the past 11 games the Rangers are 7-2-2, are averaging 3.91 goals per game, scoring 25% of the time on the PP and killing off 88% of the penalties they face. (TSN)

During their five game winning streak they have have scored their opponents 22-14, have had ten different players record a goal and 15 different players record at least one point. (NYR Game Notes)

Marc Staal said after Wednesady's win that the Rangers are a confident team but they know how quickly things can change, and how hard they need to keep working to pick up points. (NYR Game Notes)

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

  • Boo is able to play, "yep, Boo was able to skate yesterday and do off ice. He felt good yesterday, skated today and he is back with Quickie and Grabs."
  • Carey will come out and the D is the same, "yes."
  • On Shattenkirk's recent play, "right off the hop you saw the great talent he has as far as being able to get things done on the PP, the passing and getting his shot through at the right time. His game has progressed into him him understanding what we expect when we don't have the puck. He is a lot more in the way we play at both ends of the rink. He is making some solid reads, better gaps, and I would say that in the last 8-9 games he has been a real solid defensemen for us at both ends."
  • On Shattenkirk and Skjei, "both of them understand the importance of gap and defending and they have both been real good. One of the reasons why we have kept them together is that when they have a good gap and the other team dumps the puck in, Brady sometimes gets the puck and with hi speed and skating away from the forecheck or Shatty will make a subtle little play/breakout pass that permits us to spend a lot of time in the offensive zone. I like that those guys are building chemistry and it's a good sign for us."
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Oct 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Madison Square Garden before a game between the Vegas Golden Knights and New York Rangers. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Oct 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Madison Square Garden before a game between the Vegas Golden Knights and New York Rangers. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

11:27AM: Boo Nieves is skating between Jesper Fast and Michael Grabner at Rangers practice today. (Cyrgalis)

Paul Carey is skating with Brendan Smith as an extra defense pair. (Cyrgalis)

The rest of the lines remain as:

  • Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad, Pavel Buchnevich
  • Rick Nash, Kevin Hayes, Mats Zuccarello
  • Jimmy Vesey, David Desharnais, JT Miller
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Apr 12, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens center Andrew Shaw (65) is checked by New York Rangers defenseman Brendan Smith (42) during the third period of game one of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports
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Apr 12, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens center Andrew Shaw (65) is checked by New York Rangers defenseman Brendan Smith (42) during the third period of game one of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)

Brendan Smith has been scratched in the last four games after his struggles against Vegas last week.

Alain Vigneault said on Wednesday that Smith will get back into the lineup "at some point" and that he is working "extremely hard" in the areas where he needs to improve.

Vigneault said that Smith needs to be better in his puck battles as well as be quicker in going back to get pucks and then making the right decision with it.

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Nov 4, 2017; Sunrise, FL, USA; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) celebrates his goal as Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad (5) looks on in the third period at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Mayer)
Nov 4, 2017; Sunrise, FL, USA; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) celebrates his goal as Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad (5) looks on in the third period at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Mayer)

Michael Grabner has 6 goals and 1 assist in the past 7 games after only scoring once in the Rangers first 10 games.

Grabner had 13 shots on goal in those first 10 games and has taken 24 shots in the past 7 games.

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Nov 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Henrik Lundqvist is 5-0 in his past five starts, allowing 14 goals on 154 shots and stopping 91% of his shots.

Lundqvist has won 6 of his last 7 after going 1-3-2 to start the season.

Lundqvist said that he is feeling "better and better" but that his improved play goes "hand-in-hand" with the structure being played in front of him. (NYR Game Notes)

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Oct 8, 2017; New York, NY, USA; The New York Rangers celebrate after defeating the Montreal Canadiens at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Oct 8, 2017; New York, NY, USA; The New York Rangers celebrate after defeating the Montreal Canadiens at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

11/8/17 | On NBCSN, Bob McKenzie said "there is no question that Jeff Gorton would like to make a move" and "bolster the center ice position.

McKenzie said that things are "a little calmer," compared to last week, now that the Rangers are at .500 but that the Rangers still have that need.

McKenzie added, "Really the Rangers want to see how things unfold here, they have Rick Nash and Nick Holden on expiring contracts. It may be that the quote-unquote rebuild continues if the Rangers realize they are not good enough to be a strong playoff contender and guys like Nash and Holden and others could be in play but that is all for later. Right now there is no question that the Ranger would like to get some help at center but it's easier said than done."

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Oct 7, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) follows through as he shoots the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs beat the Rangers 8-5. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Oct 7, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) follows through as he shoots the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs beat the Rangers 8-5. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

11/8/17 | 8:57PM: McKenzie said on NBCSN that the Rangers were "very much in" on Matt Duchene or they would have liked to have been in on Matt Duchene with the Avalanche but the Avalanche were "absolutely insisting" that Brady Skjei be part of any package.

McKenzie said that including Skjei was "basically a non-starter" for the Rangers.

7:41PM: The Colorado Avalanche reportedly insisted on Brady Skjei as part of a potential deal that would have sent Matt Duchene to the Rangers. (FanRag)

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Nov 8, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Boston Bruins during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Nov 8, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Boston Bruins during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Jimmy Vesey scored two goals last night, doubling his season total to four through 17 games.

Vesey said after last night's game that he considers himself to be a goal scorer and hopes that the two "greasy" goals he scored will get him going.

He added that he is trying to consistently play with good habits such as finishing his checks and stopping in front of the net and looking for the puck.

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Nov 8, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) defends his goal against the Boston Bruins during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Nov 8, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) defends his goal against the Boston Bruins during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Rangers were able to defend a 3-1 and then 3-2 lead last night against the Bruins to bring them one game over .500 for the first time this season.

The Rangers were out-attempted 50 to 29 in all situations in the final 40 minutes and 37-26 at 5 on 5.

In the final two periods the Rangers were credited with (Natural Stat Trick):

  • 15 scoring chances at 5 on 5, compared to 19 for the Bruins
  • 10 high danger chances for at 5 on 5, compared to 6 for the Bruins
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Alain Vigneault met with the media on MSG following the Rangers win over Boston and said:

  • On the game, "there were a lot of things that I liked about this game, I liked our start. I liked the fact that the goals that we scored, we scored by going to the tough areas. Buchie went to the tough area, Jimmy's goals were both from in tight. PK came up big for us tonight and this is probably the best Hank has looked as far as in control. There were a lot of good things about tonight and we will get ready for the next game."
  • On Vesey going to the net, "we have to be careful, maybe he wasn't finishing on a lot but he was working hard. Like you saw tonight, before he scored the goals, he made a couple of real strong plays on the wall in our end that permitted us to get the puck out. There is more than just finishing, there is the 200ft game and tonight, positive thing and confidence builder for him is that he was able to finish on a couple of goals and he went to the tough areas. That is definitely, as far as finishing and contributing, that is real positive."
  • On the PK, "they did get a couple of looks and when they did, Hank made some big saves. Our guys are doing a lot of good things about stick positioning and getting into lanes and blocking shots. That is part of having a successful PK and it has to continue for us."
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Sep 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) skates against the New Jersey Devils during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Sep 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) skates against the New Jersey Devils during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

Jimmy Vesey met with the media on MSG following the Rangers win over Boston and said:

  • "we've been good as a line in most games, it was good to get rewarded offensively tonight. Playing with two really good players so it's easy for me out there."
  • On his production, "I think we need contributions from all four lines and I consider myself a goal scorer, I've been that my whole life. I have had the chances in some games and it hasn't necessarily fallen for me. Got a couple of greasy ones tonight and maybe it takes off from here."
  • On his goals, "right in front of the net, trying to get good habits in my game, finishing checks, stopping in front of the net and two pucks just laying there for me but I'll take it them."
  • On defending the lead, "it's definitely nice to play ahead of teams, for a while we were on the other end of that and you don't have a lot of success that way. We've been starting games a lot better and 5 in a row now, it's definitely working for us."
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Henrik Lundqvist and Jimmy Vesey break down the Rangers' 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

Jimmy Vesey scored two goals 29 seconds apart to cap a three-goal first period as the Rangers defeated the Bruins, 4-2, for their fifth straight win on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score


First period:

  • 9:53 NYR Pavel Buchnevich; Assists: Ryan McDonagh, Michael Grabner
  • 10:14 BOS David Pastrnak; Assists: Patrice Bergeron, Anders Bjork
  • 14:41 NYR Jimmy Vesey; Assists: Mika Zibanejad, Buchnevich
  • 15:10 NYR Vesey; Assists: Kevin Shattenkirk, David Desharnais

Second period:

  • N/A

Third period:

  • 6:44 BOS Bergeron; Assists: Torey Krug, Pastrnak
  • 19:52 NYR Rick Nash (ENG); Assists: McDonagh
Tags: Jimmy Vesey, Pavel Buchnevich, Rick Nash
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Nov 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) celebrates his goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets with teammates during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) celebrates his goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets with teammates during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

NEW YORK -- Neither the New York Rangers nor the Boston Bruins are off to the best of starts, but both teams come into Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night looking as though they are about to turn the corner.

The Rangers (7-7-2) are looking for their fifth straight win to put their 3-6-2 start even farther behind them. After rallying from down 2-0 in the second period and 3-2 in the third to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night, the Rangers are starting to feel like the team some thought would be playoff-bound before the season.

"It's high. It should be," Rangers center Mika Zibanejad said of the Rangers' confidence.

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

Alain Vigneault met with the media on Wednesday prior to tonight's game against the Bruins and said (NYR):

  • Same lineup, "yes."
  • Any inkling to change it, "at this time, Boo, again yesterday, wasn't feeling well so he didn't do anything as far as activity so I wasn't going to put him in with basically four days without going on the ice. On defense this group is playing pretty good and not going to change it at this time."
  • On Kampfer, "he is a real dependable defenseman. He skates well, puck battles are good. He keeps it simple and high percentage. I think he knows his limitations as far as not being a real big player but he skates well and is in good in puck battles and keeps it simple and doesn't put himself in a lot of trouble."
  • On Vesey, "depends on how guys are playing. When I shortened the bench in Tampa he was out there. Of the 12 guys that I have available sometimes I do that after the second TV timeout when I drop to three lines, sometimes I do it earlier but at the end of games, whether we are ahead or behind or tied, I usually go down to 9 forwards at that second TV timeout. Depends on how guys are playing and how his game is, in certain games his game has been real good and kept him in and in other games some other guys games were a little better and I kept those guys in."
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