Jeff Gorton was on The Michael Kay Show at 4PM on Monday and said the following:

  • Did AV's post game comments expedite you firing him, "no, I think, it's a godo questionm based upon what he said. We had made the decison to do it once the decision was made I wanted to do it after the game and not have it linger any more. It didn't have any effect."
  • Did it get contentious, "not really. For anyone who has ever had to do that, it's never a great conversation. AV felt he should still be coaching the Rangers and said so and I can appreciate that and I will leave it at that."
  • Why did you make the decision, "I think that in sports five-years is a long time and watching our team over the last several months and thinking about going forward with youth, it just felt like it was the right time to make the change. Have the timing of a new coach and, essentially, a young team start together."
  • On Lindy Ruff, "I just had a brief conversation with him today. He will head home and then we will talk in a few weeks and see where things are at. I will talk with some people and see where they fit for head coach and then we will talk to Lindy at the end of the process."
  • How hard was the conversation, "it was hard. We worked closely for five-years and I consider him a friend. It's difficult. That night, after the game, I am getting off the train to grab him and talk to him and go through that. It was hard, those are hard things to talk about and difficult conversations but I guess I sleep at night thinking it was the right thing to do."
  • On AV's player development, "I hear that too and heard it when he was coming out of Vancouver. I don't neccesarilly agree with that as a broad statement, that he doesn't develop young players. He has had success, Kreider and Skjei are a couple of guys that come to mind. We had Pionk and he had no problem playing him. It wasn't a huge issue for me. Our group, we just felt that maybe the guys who have been here could use a fresh start and a message from somebody else. It had more to do with that than anything."
  • On balancing development and wanting to win the Cup, "no question, good point. It's definitely a fine line. When you are trying to win and that is the coaches job. Sometimes as managers, we are sitting from ten floors up saying put these young guys on the ice but the reality is that we are trying to win and everyone is trying to win that night and it's a fine line of winning and developing players."
  • Is the next coach currently employed, "Good question, I would say that I don't know the answer to that. We have to go through a process and talk to a bunch of people and get some ideas from other people, what they are thinking about our group and maybe here from some people outside our group that have insight that we don't have, that we are close to it. We will find out and go from there."
  • Do you have a guy that you want, "I think someone is going to have to convince us. We do have a number of names that we want to talk to and start to do but I think someone is going to have to convince me and our group that they should be the next coach of the Rangers."
  • Do they have to have head coaching experience, "I think it's important that you would have been a head coach somewhere along the way and had success with it. It's a pretty hard job to learn on the fly."
  • On experience, "I think it could be from junior, really any league but they would have had to have been a head coach to have that experience."
  • Would you involve someone like Lundqvist in this, "no, not really. These guys will come in tomorrow, have our exit meetings with them and talk to them and find out on a personal level how they felt about the season, a team level, which we know wasn't good, but I like to hear from the players and their thoughts and what they are thinking and Hank is certainly someone we want to hear from. As we go through a coaching search I think that will be my role."
  • Did you know AV would be out when you made the moves, "I would say no. When we did all of this we had conversations and AV was fine with the things we were doing and understood. As time went on over the last couple of months it became clear to me that we needed a change and I definitely didn't know at the deadline or when we did stuff, it just became clear in the last week or so."
  • Is there any timetable, "I don't think the draft is that important except that free agency is right behind it. That is probably the best target date."
  • On the lack of toughness, "I agree and it does have to be addressed. We do want to be a team that plays harder and in the last couple of months we were void in that area and it became more and more clear and it's something that will be addressed."
  • On the young players, "I'm certainly happy with the first round picks from last year. Chytil's speed and skill is pretty evident for an 18-year old player to make plays and skate like he does. Lias is a real competitive player that I think will have a bright future. When Georgiev came up and played so well in goal, I think that was a bright light. Pionk, to play over 20 minutes and get the points that he did and be on the plus side and be competitive, those are the guys that really stick out. On the other side, guys like Gilmour and O'Gara got a good taste and it will help them as they come to camp next year and see if they can crack it."
  • Did you have any second thoughts after the trades, "I don't really agree. Maybe we would have made it if we hung in there, I don't think we would have went very far, I don't think we were a very good team, I think that Henrik covered a lot and I just didn't see where it was going or that we were a high level team that could compete with some of the better teams in the league. Could we have made it? Maybe but at the end of the day, it would have been tough for us to get 97 points the way we were playing."
  • "At the end of the day, everything better the letter and the moves that we made, that is what we are after. We want to win, build a team capable to win and that can go after it for a number of years and give us that chance to finally win."
  • On needing a coach with a 'name' factor, "It doesn't matter. We need to get the best person for the job and someone who can light a fire under these guys and give us an identity and hold these players accountable and get us on the right path."
  • Where does analytics fit, "there is a place for it, we talk a lot about it, look at a lot of different things. Having been someone who scouted for a long time there is still something about an eye test and a feel that comes out but it is nice to look at and see another angle. It's not baseball where it' stoppage after every page. It's continuous, it's hard to listen to analytics 100% but we look at it and try to get every edge that we can."

Gorton spoke with the team's website and said (NYR):

  • "we are going to be picking the next coach of the Rangers and that is exciting for us and him. We look forward to hearing from these people, seeing what they have to say. There are a number of good candidates and we look forward to the process."
  • What qualities are you looking for, "We are looking for someone that has a progressive mind, that is thinking the game and looking at what will happen next, that can change on the fly, see things for what they are and process that and change and play a different way in a certain circumstance. The ability to watch players and understand that they have and stick with them and just a good person, leader and someone who can develop young players."
  • On coaching experience, "depending on where the experience is and what level they have coached at and what success they have had. We will look at different types of experience. I don't think it's the end all be all and that person may not have coached in the NHL yet."
  • On how this fits with what happened in Feb, "we have a lot of decisions to make. We will begin the process of looking for a coach and we will be out watching players for the draft and make sure we make good on these top picks we have. As we go forward we will look at free agency and other situations so I think it's going to be pretty busy."
  • On the experience for Chytil and Andersson, "I think it's going to pay off for them. It's always better when you come back and know players and are familiar with how it works, they played some NHL games, they don't have that unknown this summer. They have played games and know what to expect and as they head into the summer they know the size of NHL players, the speed. I think that when we see them in September they should be different athletes, different people and more confident."
  • On the new prospects, "Ryan Lindgren has been in Hartford and has played really well and that is exciting, scored a few goals, got in his first fight. He has been good, is getting his feet wet playing pro hockey and when he comes back in September he will know what to expect. Howden has had a good start to his playoffs, rangy center that keeps playing well and producing. Hajek got hurt in the first round, hopefully he can get healthy and ready for the memorial cup but all good things we are seeing from them."
  • On a message to Ranger fans, "I want them to be excited. These are tough times and tough decisions and it seems like every day we are having a press conference about something. It's exciting when you are doing this and undertaking a rebuild and getting a new coach, there is a certain amount of excitement, they know what's going on, I think they understand that we have good young players coming and the ability to get more. Hopefully they are as excited as we are about it and looking forward to what is next."

Gorton was also on WFAN on Monday afternoon and said:

  • What made you decide to make a change, "I would say that over the last few weeks, since the trade deadline and going through the process and then coming down to the last week, made the decision that we need a fresh start and a new voice."
  • How surprised was AV, "I don't know. Probably not surprised but maybe surprised I did it so quickly."
  • Was his message stale or did he lose the locker room, "it's a hard thing to say because we changed so many players, half our team was gone at the trade deadline. I would say that it was more the day to day message, after five years, needing something new and needing a fresh start, I think we had a number of guys that need that."
  • Was your mind made up when you sent the letter, "no, certainly on the rebuild and what we needed to do, we had made up our mind with the letter and press conference and moves we made. But as far as AV, no, he is a very successful coach, he has coached over a 10000 games, successful here, got us to the Stanley Cup Final. It's a tough move to make when someone is successful and is a good person and you know he is good at his job but you know that it's time."
  • Did player input contribute to the decision and will they have input on the next coach, "I would say that the answer on both is not much. It's my job and the people that work here for us to make those decisions and let the players play. We will go through a process tomorrow like we always do when a season ends, hopefully usually later in the year than this but we will talk to them all and get a sense for their season and how they felt about it but very little input about the coach. We will pick the coach and let them play."
  • Did you talk to players along the way about AV, "no, I think that is probably a tough spot to put a player in, to help you make decisions about the coach. I think that is for us to decide and seeing how we play on the ice helps make that decision. I try to keep the players out of it, most of the things we talk to the players about is their own performance and getting better and getting us better on the ice."
  • What are you looking for in the team, "I think that if you look at the NHL today it's a very fast game, we want a fast, exciting, skilled team that competes hard every night. That hasn't really changed, that is how we had success and made it to the final and how we have had success the past 10 years and it's what we want to get back to and go another level from that."
  • Will you look at someone non-traditional, "We will look at everything, non-traditional, lately in the league, a few guys have had a lot of success in their second go-round so we are looking at those kinds of guys, people that have had success in other leagues. We will look at anything that might work for us and get us to where we want to go as far as speed and character and getting back to that."
  • On trying to rebuild in NY, "it's an original six franchise in a very large market with a lot of fans that are opinionated and love the Rangers and want to win too. It's difficult in one regard because it's not something we have done a lot with the Rangers but it's also a decision that our fans have been really supportive. They like the idea of being so transparent and telling them what we were going to do to rebuild this. They were in this we are behind you now show us what you are going to do state and we are comfortable with that."
  • How long do you expect the rebuild to take, "We can't write a letter every six months. It has been well received because we are being honest and open about it and not trying to get into the playoffs and get through around. It's been good. As far as the rebuild and how long it takes, I don't know. If you look around the league there are some teams that have done it quicker than others and than others have taken longer. Sometimes you need a little luck along the way and maybe to hit on a player in a place where you didn't think you would hit on him, we are hoping for that but the other thing is that we have three first-round picks, some seconds and some thirds for the first time in a while and that gives us a lot of picks and areas to help improve our team in a short amount of time. We are hopeful that this draft can be part of the rebuild real quick."
  • Are there franchise players in the draft, "As always there are a few right at the top that are really good and give you that chance and a lottery that gives you a little hope of that. We feel that this is a draft with 10 or 11 really good players at the top and it's a deep first round and hopefully those other two picks give us a chance at a couple of good players also. Our scouts are pretty happy with having three picks and the opportunity, we think the draft is pretty deep so it's exciting."
  • On Henrik Lundqvist fitting in, "he fits right in the middle of it. He has stated and we have stated that he wants to be a Ranger and we want him to continue to be a Ranger. He is our best player, our franchise player and we think that as it stands he belongs here and our rebuild could be centered around him. We don't think he is done by any means, he showed that in stretches this year how good he can still be. Hopefully we will have a team surrounding him that can cut down on some scoring chances. He will be here and is part of it and we are happy to have him."
  • Does the rebuild coincide with him playing at a high level, "you hear that a lot, father time and all that but being from Boston and having the QB that is still playing, we'd like to think our guy is going to play for a while too."
  • Hank will go on the TB12 method, "he's got his own method and whatever he is doing is working and we will keep him on it."
  • How much of the workload should he be carrying, "I think he likes to play as many as he can get, that is a coaching decision generally but we like him around, 55-60 games. That is probably ideal for us and I think we can do that. We have some young goalies that have shown really well and we had a young player this year, Georgiev, who showed really well when called upon. If we get him the right back up, the right mix for him, I think we can help get the most out of him."
  • How active will you be in free agency, "we will see what happens. When you say rebuild you are usually talking about a young team and letting players play and giving them chances. We will have a lot of that but it's difficult to have twenty 18, 19, 20 year old players also. We will look at everything, the market and see what players are available and term and money and some character and leadership type players that might help us develop these young guys."
  • What about free agents who are in their prime, "We have a number of young players that we think are close or half a year or a year away. We will see in September where we are with that. As we look at the market we have to look at those type of players and see if they can help us turn it around quicker."
  • Are you getting a lot of calls on the draft picks, "well my phone is ringing up a little more from the coaches. When we left the GM meetings a lot of people mentioned they might be interested in those picks. It's a good time for a Rangers fan. There are a lot of things we have to do here but it's exciting as we build forward and find a new coach there is a lot of good things happening here."
  • How did you know the team needed a new voice, "when I say I don't talk to the players, I mean that I don't talk to them about the coach. We talk to them about other things. I would say that watching every game, watching every practice, we are around the players, on and off the ice, watching interactions, being around meetings and different scenarios where you see things happening. Seeing players mannerisms, there were a lot of indicators that kind of tell you. When you lose as many games as we did and you don't play well you start looking for things. AV did a great job here but sometimes in sports it's time for a change and I just think that this is the time."
  • Would you consider someone without a track record, "it depends on what you mean by no track record. I don't think someone with zero head coaching experience anywhere in their history is going to be on our radar but we are going to look in a lot of different places and try to find that person. We will see what is out there."
  • Are you looking for the opposite of AV, "yes and no. We had Torts and he was a different type of personality than AV, AV was a little different and when he came in it worked. That is part of it. As we are looking at candidates we will look for the perfect fit right now. It's tough, we have a young team, there is a bit of teaching and growing to do as a group. Finding that right person, there are a lot of elements we are looking for."
  • Would you consider bringing back a former coach, "yea, I wouldn't touch that one. It's worth asking but I'm not willing to pay the fine."
  • Have you told the equipment guys to hold 91 for a player you might sign, "I'll stay with the no comment on that and let it play out."
  • Is Mark Messier a candidate, "Mark has done a lot of good things in hockey for the Rangers and all that, a real qualified hockey person, but I would say as the head hockey coach of this team, we are going to look in another direction."
  • How many candidates do you expect to interview, "I think we will talk to a lot, probably more than 10 people to get a feel for what is out there but to interview and dial in, the number is probably between 5 and 10."

Jeff Gorton spoke with John Giannone and said (MSG):

  • On why the decision was made, "We went through a process the last several weeks to decide what we were going to do at the coaching level and talked a lot about AV and what he has done here and just in the last week we made the hard decision that it was time for someone new and a new approach. It's a tough decision and someone who has done a real good job for us and wish him nothing but the best and thank him for the job he has done here." 
  • What is the identity you are looking for, "as we go through our interview process we want to hear from everyone and their ideas. With the Rangers we like to play fast and a skilled game and anyone we talk to has to understand that is how the league is and that is how we want to play. Having an identity comes in with the coaches approach and mixing with the organization. It's showing up, playing hard, a skilled fast game and competing for each other and trying to win every game, that is what we want to do."
  • Is there a timeline, "no. This process will probably take a few weeks and we will go through it but as far as a timeline, we don't have one. I would hate to give a date and then not come through. I've had that happen before, we will go day by day and find the best person."
  • Will the head coach be younger, "I don't think that is accurate, we need to find the best person and someone who can gives us that fresh perspective and get to our identity. As far as age, there is not really a requirement, we just want the best person to come in and get us going."
  • How will you hire and a coach and build a team, "I don't expect it to be too difficult. New York Rangers, original six team, a great city. We have a lot of first round picks, a couple last year and it's an exciting time. Based on the phone ringing and the names coming in, it will be a well sought after job. We will pick the right person but it will be a good person who comes in at the right time and helps us move forward."
  • On the young players, "they both showed flashes of being NHL players but we are cautious, they are 18 and 19 years old respectively. We will let it play out. We have seen enough good things but we will let the summer sort things out and what they do in the summer will have a big impact on what they do in September."
  • How will the team look, "I think we will have a young look. We will look at everything and there will be rumors and names like there always is as you head to the draft and free agency. We won't close our mind to anything but we will have a younger team that will be exciting."
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Feb 2, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Feb 2, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Entering Thursday night's game, the Rangers had not yet taken the precaution of scratching any of their trade chips from the lineup as Monday's NHL trade deadline fast approaches, though they did pull Adam McQuaid during Thursday's first period. They went to such lengths last year when they were on the brink of dealing Rick Nash and Michael Grabner.

Yes, the Rangers will be sellers for the second straight season after issuing their Declaration of Reconstruction last year, a decree to rebuild the roster after years of dealing assets in attempts to make runs at the Stanley Cup. Now the goal is to acquire picks and promising young players.

Here's a look at the Rangers who could be elsewhere by 3 p.m. Monday:

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The Rangers were within one after two periods, but they couldn't find the net again in a 4-1 home loss Thursday to Minnesota. Adam McQuaid, who likely will be traded before Monday's deadline, was pulled in the first period and didn't return for "precautionary" reasons. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 30 of 33 shots. >> Box score


First period:

  • 15:04 MIN Jared Spurgeon (Power Play;) Assists: Eric Staal, Ryan Donato 
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Feb 15, 2019; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Adam McQuaid (54) during the game against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)
Feb 15, 2019; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Adam McQuaid (54) during the game against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)

The Rangers pulled defenseman Adam McQuaid from Thursday's home game against the Wild during the first period and announced he won't return for "precautionary" reasons.

David Quinn said after the game that McQuaid had an upper-body issue and "probably could've gone back in," but the team played it safe and kept him out.

McQuaid is one of the trade chips the Rangers can cash in ahead of Monday's NHL trade deadline. McQuaid played 5:22 in the first, blocking a shot and committing a tripping penalty.

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New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers are coming off a 2-1 victory Tuesday at Carolina, as goaltender Henrik Lundqvist stopped 43 of 44 shots. It was Lundqvist's 30th career victory against the Hurricanes in 43 games.

"I had to improvise a little bit," Lundqvist told NHL.com. "It worked. It's just a good feeling to win. That's all I want to do."

Vladislav Namestnikov snapped a 1-1 tie 6:10 into the third, and Lundqvist made 18 saves in the period. >> Read More

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

Connor Brickly scored his first goal with the Rangers, Vladislav Namestnikov buried a go-ahead goal in the third period while Henrik Lundqvist turned in a vintage performance with 43 saves to lead the Rangers to a 2-1 road win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday. >> Box score


First period:

  • No goals scored

Second period:

  • 9:53 CAR Jordan Martinook; Assists: Dougie Hamilton, Andrei Svechnikov
  • 10:40 NYR Connor Brickley; Assists: Filip Chytil, Tony DeAngelo
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Feb 8, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Brett Pesce (22) and New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) battle for a loose puck along the boards during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Feb 8, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Brett Pesce (22) and New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) battle for a loose puck along the boards during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Rangers (25-25-8, 58) complete a four-game road stretch with Tuesday night's game. They're 3-4-1 this month after Sunday's 6-5 loss at Pittsburgh, in which they erased a 3-1 lead before allowing three third-period goals.

"We don't quit. We keep coming," Rangers coach David Quinn said. "We have to stop digging ourselves those holes. Don't let the situation rattle you."

Hurricanes goalie Petr Mrazek posted a 27-save shutout of the Rangers on Feb. 8 in New York. He's coming off his second shutout of the month Saturday night when he blanked the Dallas Stars, stopping 33 shots. >> Read More

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New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes reacts after scoring a goal against the New York Islanders during the second period at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes reacts after scoring a goal against the New York Islanders during the second period at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

As the Rangers slog through a rebuilding season, they have chips to cash in on once again after last year's eventful trade deadline.

Chief among them is Kevin Hayes, who received only a one-year, $5.175 million deal as a restricted free agent last summer and is set for unrestricted free agency later this year. The ascending 26-year-old center could be a target for the Blue Jackets before Monday's deadline if they fail in their pursuit of Ottawa's Matt Duchene, according to Elliotte Friedman's latest 31 Thoughts column.

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The Rangers made a third-period comeback, but it fell one goal short in a 6-5 loss the Penguins on Sunday afternoon. >> Box score


First period:

  • 16:11 PIT Kris Letang; Assists: Sidney Crosby
  • 19:20 NYR Mats Zuccarello (Power Play); Assists: Kevin Hayes, Kevin Shattenkirk
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Jan 2, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jan 2, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Rangers, who were off Saturday, are nine points behind the Penguins but are 8-5-1 in their past 14 games.

New York is feeling good about a 6-2 win Friday at Buffalo, partly because of a three-goal outburst in the final four minutes to punctuate the outcome, including goals eight seconds apart by Pavel Buchnevich and Vladislav Namestnikov.

"There was a lot at stake, especially when you're this deep into the season," Rangers coach David Quinn said. >> Read More

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

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


First period:

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

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

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

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

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New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad has been happy seeing his shots go in goal but would trade them in for some wins.

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

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

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

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

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


First period:

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

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

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

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

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


First period:

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

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

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

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

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

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


Third period:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


First period:

  • 17:45 NYR Mika Zibanejad; Assists: Mats Zuccarello
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Mar 14, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev (40) makes a save against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 14, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev (40) makes a save against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


First period:

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

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

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

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

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

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


First period:

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

Second period:

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

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

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

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

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

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


First period:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


First period:

  • 1:40 PHI Oskar Lindblom; Assists: Sean Couturier, Jakub Voracek
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New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 (Stan Szeto)
(Stan Szeto)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rangers defeat Blackhawks 4-3 00:01:18
New York Rangers players see improvements in chemistry and gameplay on the ice after their recent win against the Chicago Blackhawks

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


First period:

  • 5:41 CHI Brandon Saad (Power Play); Assists: Artem Anisimov, Brent Seabrook
  • 13:20 NYR Filip Chytil (Unassisted)
  • 17:38 NYR Mats Zuccarello; Assists: Chris Kreider, Marc Staal
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Rangers defeat Hurricanes 6-2 00:01:13
New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist praised an improved power play as what helped the Rangers defeat the Carolina Hurricanes.

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


First period:

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

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

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

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

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

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


First period:

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

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

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

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

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

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


First period:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


First period:

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

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

Tags: Brock Nelson, Chris Kreider, Henrik Lundqvist, Jordan Eberle, Kevin Hayes, Kevin Shattenkirk, Mats Zuccarello, Valtteri Filppula
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