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."

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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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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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)

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. 

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Jan 8, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Vegas Golden Knights center Cody Eakin (21) celebrates after scoring a first period goal against New York Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev (40) at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)
Jan 8, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Vegas Golden Knights center Cody Eakin (21) celebrates after scoring a first period goal against New York Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev (40) at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

The Rangers continued to falter out west as they get swept on their road trip with a 4-2 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday.  >> Box score


First period:

  • 16:02 VGK Cody Eakin; Assists: Alex Tuch, John Merrill
Tags: Mika Zibanejad
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The Rangers head to Vegas looking to turn their fortune after losing 3 straight while allowing 5 goals in each game

If New York Rangers coach David Quinn has one message for his team heading into Sunday's game at Arizona, it's this: Stay out of the penalty box.

The Rangers gave up 10 power-play opportunities to the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night in a 6-1 defeat despite a season-high 41 saves from rookie goaltender Alexandar Georgiev, who was giving Henrik Lundqvist a night off.

"You have zero chance to win a hockey game in that way," Quinn said. "It wasn't our night from the get-go. We created a lot of our own problems with the penalties." >> Read more

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Dec 21, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks executive chairman James Dolan watches during the second quarter against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 21, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks executive chairman James Dolan watches during the second quarter against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

James Dolan believes the Knicks need some star power. 

The owner of both the Knicks and Rangers spoke with reporters on Monday, and as the Knicks dropped to 10-31 with a 111-101 loss to the Trail Blazers, he said the difference between the two teams he owns is that the Rangers have a star in Henrik Lundqvist.

"If the Knicks had a Henrik, they'd probably be competing for a playoff spot," he said, per Stefan Bondy of the Daily News. "No Henrik, no playoff spot."

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Arizona Coyotes left wing Lawson Crouse and New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei react after a goal buy Arizona Coyotes right wing Mario Kempe in the first period at Gila River Arena. (Matt Kartozian/USA TODAY Sports)
Arizona Coyotes left wing Lawson Crouse and New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei react after a goal buy Arizona Coyotes right wing Mario Kempe in the first period at Gila River Arena. (Matt Kartozian/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers allowed at least five goals for the third straight game as they were blown out by the Arizona Coyotes 5-0 on Sunday at Gila River Arena. >> Box score


First period:

  • 7:19 AZ Oliver Ekman-Larsson (power play); Assists: Alex Galchenyuk, Jakob Chychrun
  • 9:19 AZ Mario Kempe; Assists: Josh Archibald, Lawson Crouse
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Dec 29, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrates with New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) after a win against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Dec 29, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrates with New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) after a win against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

If New York Rangers coach David Quinn has one message for his team heading into Sunday's game at Arizona, it's this: Stay out of the penalty box.

The Rangers gave up 10 power-play opportunities to the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night in a 6-1 defeat despite a season-high 41 saves from rookie goaltender Alexandar Georgiev, who was giving Henrik Lundqvist a night off.

"You have zero chance to win a hockey game in that way," Quinn said. "It wasn't our night from the get-go. We created a lot of our own problems with the penalties." Read more

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Jan 4, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers center Vladislav Namestnikov (90) reacts after the second goal of the game is given up to the Colorado Avalanche during the first period at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Jan 4, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers center Vladislav Namestnikov (90) reacts after the second goal of the game is given up to the Colorado Avalanche during the first period at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

 >> Box score


 

 

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Oct 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes the game winning save against Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) during the shootout at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes the game winning save against Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) during the shootout at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

This was a year the New York Rangers were rebooting and the Colorado Avalanche taking the next step into serious playoff contenders.

But heading into their matchup Friday night at Pepsi Center in Denver, the two teams are separated by just five points at essentially the halfway point of the season. The Rangers (17-15-7, 41 points) are competitive -- despite the 7-2 home loss to Pittsburgh on Wednesday night -- and making noise in the Eastern Conference.

The Avalanche, meanwhile, are sinking fast. They have lost six in a row, two of those in overtime, and have gone 3-8-3 over the last month. The swagger that put them atop the Central Division is gone, and they have fallen to third after 41 games.

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New York Rangers coach David Quinn admits he should have rested goalie Henrik Lundqvist against the Pittsburgh Penguins and not play him.

The Rangers were dominated by the Penguins in a 7-2 rout at The Garden on Wednesday night. >> Box score


 

 

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Jan 2, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jan 2, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Rangers G Henrik Lundqvist was named to the 2019 NHL All-Star Game for the fifth time in his career on Wednesday. 

Lundqvist's five All-Star Game selections is now ranked second in Rangers history, with Ed Giacomin producing six over his career. Lundqvist, who was the only Rangers player to make it from the Metropolitan Division, was last named to an All-Star Game in 2012. 

The 36-year-old has posted a 12-9-7 record with a 2.81 goals against average and .916 save percentage over 29 games this season. He has been named to the game's Three Stars in 13 of those games as well. 

Lundqvist is also tied second among goalies with 22 games of 30 or more saves this season.

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

The Rangers turned to King Henrik in the 2nd and 3rd periods after Lundqvist allowed only one goal to secure his 443rd win of his career. >> Box score


First period:

  • 10:08 STL Ryan O'Reilly; Assists: David Perron
  • 19:40 NYR Mats Zuccarello (Power Play); Assists: Chris Kreider

 

 

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New York Rangers center Ryan Strome heads into the corner after the puck during the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. (John Geliebter/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers center Ryan Strome heads into the corner after the puck during the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. (John Geliebter/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers are coming off a 4-3 win at Nashville on Saturday night. The victory snapped a three-game skid, but the team has earned points in eight of its last 10 games.

Marc Staal and Jesper Fast scored third periods goals as the Rangers overcame a 3-2 deficit to beat the Predators.

"You could feel it," Rangers coach David Quinn told NHL.com. "There was excitement, guys understood what they needed to do. There was a different feel tonight for sure."

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Dec 29, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrates with New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) after a win against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Dec 29, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrates with New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) after a win against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

The Rangers scored two big goals in the third period to top the Predators, 4-3, while snapping their three-game losing streak  >> Box score


First period:

  • 2:42 NYR Chris Kreider (Power Play); Assists: Mika Zibanejad, Kevin Hayes
  • 8:43 NSH Nick Bonino; Assists: Mattias Ekholm, Kevin Fiala

Second period:

  • 3:51 NYR Jesper Fast; Assists: Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider
  • 4:44 NSH Kevin Fiala
  • 10:35 NSH Nick Bonino (Power Play); Assists: Craig Smith, Kevin Fiala

Third period:

  • 4:23 NYR Marc Staal; Assists: Jesper Fast, Mika Zibanejad
  • 7:35 NYR Jesper Fast; Assists: Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider
Tags: Chris Kreider, Jesper Fast, Marc Staal, Mika Zibanejad, Nashville Predators
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Oct 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) is congratulated by New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) after making the game winning save against the Colorado Avalanche during the shootout at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) is congratulated by New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) after making the game winning save against the Colorado Avalanche during the shootout at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

NASHVILLE -- New York (15-14-7) has managed to pick up a point in seven of its last nine games. But the Rangers have just two wins to show for the stretch following a 4-3 overtime loss Thursday night in Madison Square Garden to Columbus.

Chris Kreider's goal at 12:06 of the third period gave New York a late edge, but the Blue Jackets equalized via Zach Werenski at 17:40 and then skated off 31 seconds into overtime on Pierre-Luc Dubois' 14th marker of the year.

"We can't let this get in the way of moving on and getting ready for Nashville," said first-year coach David Quinn. "There were situations where we had a chance to get the puck out and didn't do what we were supposed to. It's about learning how to win."

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New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) skates with the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)
New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) skates with the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)

The struggling Rangers, who are 3-6-5 since Thanksgiving, are "very close" to getting three key players back from injury, according to head coach David Quinn.

Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk and forwards Jesper Fast and Cody McLeod could all return to the lineup for Saturday's game against the Nashville Predators, Quinn said Thursday.

Shattenkirk, who separated his left shoudlder on Dec. 10, was a full participant at Thursday's morning skate. New York is 1-1-4 in the six games Shattenkirk has missed, holding opponents to fewer than two goals just once in that span.

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Dec 27, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) and Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Oliver Bjorkstrand (28) fight for the puck during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Dec 27, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) and Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Oliver Bjorkstrand (28) fight for the puck during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

Chris Kreider scored two goals for the Rangers but the Blue Jackets tied the game late in the third period before scoring the winner in overtime. >> Box score


First period:

  • 9:17 CBJ Oliver Bjorkstrand; Assists: Boone Jenner, Cam Atkinson
  • 13:59 NYR Jimmy Vesey; Assists: Kevin Hayes, Vladislav Namestnikov
  • 16:08 CBJ David Savard; Assists: Oliver Bjorkstrand, Scott Harrington

Second period:

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Nov 23, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a kick save during the second period of the game against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports (John Geliebter)
Nov 23, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a kick save during the second period of the game against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports (John Geliebter)

NEW YORK -- These are enjoyable times for the Columbus Blue Jackets, who are starting to get on a roll and getting outstanding goaltending from Sergei Bobrovsky.

The Blue Jackets attempt to get their season-high fifth straight victory and Bobrovsky likely will be in net Thursday night when they visit the New York Rangers.

Columbus is trying to get its fourth winning streak of at least five games since the start of the 2016-17 season. The Blue Jackets also are 6-2-1 in their last nine games since a 9-6 home loss to the Calgary Flames on Dec. 4.

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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist defends the net against the Philadelphia Flyers in the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Catalina Fragoso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist defends the net against the Philadelphia Flyers in the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Catalina Fragoso/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers did not score once in four rounds during a shootout as they lost to the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score


Shootout:

  • PHI Jakub Voracek: MISS
  • NYR Mats Zuccarello: MISS
  • PHI Claude Giroux: MISS
  • NYR Mika Zibanejad: MISS
  • PHI James van Riemsdyk: MISS
  • NYR Pavel Buchnevich: MISS
  • PHI Nolan Patrick: GOAL
  • NYR Kevin Hayes: MISS
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Dec 14, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Arizona Coyotes right wing defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23) celebrates after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers in the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)
Dec 14, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Arizona Coyotes right wing defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23) celebrates after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers in the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)

NEW YORK -- A month ago, the New York Rangers visited the Philadelphia Flyers and played one of their worst games of the season. The dismal showing ended nearly a month of strong play and sent the Rangers into their current mediocre play.

Since the last meeting, neither team has racked up wins on a consistent basis and the division rivals will be seeking to rebound from tough losses Sunday night when the Flyers visit the Rangers.

On Nov. 23, the Flyers began the season series by getting 31 saves from Calvin Pickard and three assists from Claude Giroux in a 4-0 win. Those showings helped Philadelphia reach NHL .500 at 10-10-2, but since then the Flyers are 4-5-2 in their last 11 games.

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Dec 14, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Arizona Coyotes right wing defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23) celebrates after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers in the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)
Dec 14, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Arizona Coyotes right wing defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23) celebrates after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers in the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)

TORONTO (AP) Mitch Marner scored twice during a wild third period and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the New York Rangers 5-3 on Saturday night.

The teams combined for six goals in the final period, including Marner's empty-net goal with 20 seconds left after Chris Kreider cut the margin to 4-3.

Morgan Rielly had a goal and an assist, and Patrick Marleau and Andreas Johnsson also scored for Toronto (24-10-2). Frederik Andersen made 25 saves, and John Tavares and Johnsson each had two assists as the Leafs won their third straight game.

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New York Rangers center Ryan Strome heads into the corner after the puck during the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. (John Geliebter/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers center Ryan Strome heads into the corner after the puck during the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. (John Geliebter/USA TODAY Sports)

TORONTO -- The New York Rangers will need to be wary of the Toronto Maple Leafs revived power play Saturday night when the teams meet at the Scotiabank Arena.

After the Maple Leafs struggled through an 0-for-17 drought with the man advantage in their previous four games, they were 3-for-3 on the power play Thursday night in a 6-1 victory over the Florida Panthers.

"I don't think there was any sense of panic," said Maple Leafs center John Tavares, who scored twice, once on a power play Thursday. "We just tried to fine-tune, refocus, look at some things, get some practice time, some good video sessions, talk about it and sometimes you just get some better bounces and get rewarded. Overall, got some good results there and obviously, want to carry it forward."

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The Rangers scored three unanswered goals in the third period -- two coming with less than a minute left -- to defeat the Ducks, 3-1, at The Garden Tuesday night. >> Box score


First period:

  • 14:09 ANA Pontus Aberg; Assists: Ryan Getzlaf, Ondrej Kase
Tags: Anaheim Ducks, Brett Howden, Filip Chytil, Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes, Mika Zibanejad, Vladislav Namestnikov
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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)

NEW YORK -- A couple of backup goalies could get their chance to perform on the big stage Tuesday night, when the New York Rangers host the Anaheim Ducks at Madison Square Garden.

The Ducks will be playing the second game of a back-to-back road set after earning their fourth straight win Monday by beating the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-2, on Monday night. The Rangers were off Monday after falling to the visiting Vegas Golden Knights, 4-3, on Sunday afternoon.

Both teams likely tipped their hands Monday regarding their goalie decisions for Tuesday.

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New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) looks on during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)
New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) looks on during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)

NEW YORK (AP) Alex Tuch buried a sharp-angled shot just over two minutes into overtime, giving the Vegas Golden Knights a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Sunday.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 27 shots in his 923rd career victory, which moved him into a tie with Tony Esposito for ninth on the NHL's wins list.

Paul Stastny, Reilly Smith and William Carrier scored for Vegas, which extended its points streak to four straight games.

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Mar 22, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast (17) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Philadelphia Flyers during the second period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Mar 22, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast (17) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Philadelphia Flyers during the second period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Rangers' winger Jesper Fast will be sidelined two-to-four weeks with an upper-body injury, GM Jeff Gorton announced on Sunday. 

Fast has three goals and 11 points with eight assists in 31 games this season. The 27-year-old was playing well recently, notching two goals in the last four games while alternating between the second and third lines.

Fast was drafted by New York in the sixth round of the 2010 NHL draft, spending his entire career with the Rangers.

 

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Nov 23, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a kick save during the second period of the game against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports (John Geliebter)
Nov 23, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a kick save during the second period of the game against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports (John Geliebter)

NEW YORK -- One thing is almost certain heading into Sunday's game between the New York Rangers and Vegas Golden Knights: Whomever loses probably can't do so in any weirder or agonizing fashion than they did Friday night.

A pair of teams looking to bounce back from their roles in a historic NHL evening will square off Sunday afternoon, when the Rangers host the Golden Knights at Madison Square Garden.

Both teams were off Saturday after blowing three-goal leads in a pair of shocking overtime losses Friday night, when the Golden Knights fell to the host New Jersey Devils 5-4 and the Rangers were beaten by the visiting Arizona Coyotes 4-3.

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Dec 14, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Arizona Coyotes right wing defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23) celebrates after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers in the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)
Dec 14, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Arizona Coyotes right wing defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23) celebrates after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers in the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)

The Rangers allowed four unanswered goals, including the overtime winner to fall to the Coyotes 4-3 on Friday night. >> Box score


First period:

  • 4:01 NYR Pavel Buchnevich (Power Play); Assists: Filip Chytil, Jimmy Vesey
  • 17:26 NYR Kevin Hayes (Power Play); Assists: Mats Zuccarello
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New York Rangers center Ryan Strome heads into the corner after the puck during the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. (John Geliebter/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers center Ryan Strome heads into the corner after the puck during the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. (John Geliebter/USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK -- No team in the NHL has run as hot and cold this season as the Arizona Coyotes. If the Coyotes are going to begin another surge Friday night, they'll need to take care of the puck better than they did Thursday night.

The Coyotes will look to snap a four-game losing streak Friday, when they visit the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

The game will be the second game of a back-to-back set by the Coyotes, who fell to the host Buffalo Sabres, 3-1, on Thursday. The Rangers last played Monday, when they capped a two-game road trip by losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning, 6-3.

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New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) skates with the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)
New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) skates with the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)

Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk will be out two to four weeks after separating his shoulder during Monday's loss to the Lightning, the team announced.

The 29-year-old Shattenkirk suffered the injury after a hard hit from former Rangers teammate J.T. Miller during the second period.

Shattenkirk has struggled in the second year of his four-year contract with New York, failing to emerge as a dependable offensive blueliner. He has tallied just one goal and seven assists in 29 games this season.

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New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes shoots and scores a goal past Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point during the first period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes shoots and scores a goal past Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point during the first period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers allowed four unanswered goals between the second and third periods as they lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 on Monday at Amalie Arena. >> Box score


First period:

  • 12:19 NYR Kevin Hayes; Assists: Ryan Strome, Vladislav Namestnikov
  • 14:09 TB Steven Stamkos (power play); Assists: Victor Hedman, J.T. Miller
  • 15:07 NYR Kevin Hayes; Assist: Jimmy Vesey

Second period:

  • 6:19 TB Steven Stamkos (power play); Assists: Victor Hedman, Brayden Point
  • 12:42 TB Ryan McDonagh; Assists: Brayden Point, Nikita Kucherov
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New York Rangers center Ryan Strome heads into the corner after the puck during the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. (John Geliebter/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers center Ryan Strome heads into the corner after the puck during the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. (John Geliebter/USA TODAY Sports)

The explosive Tampa Bay Lighting offense hosts a New York Rangers team on Monday that struggles to keep the puck out of the net while away from home.

Coming off a 7-1 dismantling of the Colorado Avalanche for a sixth consecutive victory, the Lightning lead the league with 122 goals scored, 13 more than anybody else. Tampa Bay has scored five or more goals in a game 12 times through 31 games.

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Dec 8, 2018; Sunrise, FL, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) scores the game winning goal past Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo (1) in a shootout at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Mayer)
Dec 8, 2018; Sunrise, FL, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) scores the game winning goal past Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo (1) in a shootout at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Mayer)

The Rangers couldn't hang on to their third-period lead, but they came away victorious in a shootout over the Panthers, 5-4, on the road. >> Box score


First period:

  • 3:37 NYR Mika Zibanejad; Assists: Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes
  • 18:10 NYR Vladislav Namestnikov (Short-Handed); Assists: Kevin Hayes, Fredrik Claesson
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Nov 9, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) is congratulated by teammates after scoring in the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)
Nov 9, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) is congratulated by teammates after scoring in the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers and the New York Rangers are seemingly going in opposite directions ... yet they are in virtually the same spot.

The Rangers, who decided this past February to trade assets and start a rebuilding process in 2018-2019 with a first-year NHL head coach in David Quinn and a bunch of young players, are 13-11-1 (29 points).

Meanwhile, the Panthers, who fell just one point short of the playoffs last season and decided to go for it this time around by acquiring high-scoring winger Mike Hoffman, are just 11-11-5 (27 points).

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Oct 7, 2018; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) looks on before the game against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the New York Rangers 8-5. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Oct 7, 2018; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) looks on before the game against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the New York Rangers 8-5. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

The Rangers could be getting back some major help sooner than they think. 

Pavel Buchnevich, out since Nov. 10 with a broken thumb, was a full participant in Tuesday's practice in an encouraging sign that he could be nearing his return. 

Head coach David Quinn sounded hopeful that the 23-year-old winger, who was projected to be out 4-6 weeks, could return in time for Saturday's game against the Florida Panthers -- which would be exactly four weeks since his injury.  

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New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal and Winnipeg Jets left wing Brandon Tanev battle for the puck during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Dennis Schneidler/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal and Winnipeg Jets left wing Brandon Tanev battle for the puck during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Dennis Schneidler/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers blew a three-goal third-period lead and lost to the Winnipeg Jets in a shootout 4-3 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score


First period:

  • 17:32 NYR Jesper Fast; Assists: Mika Zibanejad, Marc Staal

Second period:

  • 12:11 NYR Marc Staal; Assists: Ryan Strome, Lias Andersson
  • 18:54 NYR Chris Kreider; Assists: Mika Zibanejad, Neal Pionk
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Nov 23, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a kick save during the second period of the game against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports (John Geliebter)
Nov 23, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a kick save during the second period of the game against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports (John Geliebter)

NEW YORK -- The Winnipeg Jets will be the road team on Sunday night, but they'll be better-rested than the New York Rangers. And probably in a better mood, too.

The Jets will look to lock up a winning record on their Eastern Conference road trip Sunday night when they visit the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Both teams will be playing the second game of a back-to-back set. The Jets squandered a two-goal lead in the final five minutes of regulation before Mark Scheifele scored his second goal of the night 16.3 seconds left in overtime to lift Winnipeg past the host New Jersey Devils 4-3. The visiting Rangers traveled home immediately after falling to the Montreal Canadiens 5-2.

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New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) looks on during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)
New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) looks on during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)

MONTREAL (AP) Shea Weber and Artturi Lehkonen each scored twice and the Montreal Canadiens snapped a five-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday night.

Tomas Tatar also scored for the Canadiens, who won for the first time at home since Nov. 10. Carey Price stopped 20 shots.

Jimmy Vesey and Ryan Strome scored for the Rangers, losers in four of their last five games. Backup goalie Alexandar Georgiev made 37 saves on 42 shots. Mika Zibanejad had two assists.

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Nov 9, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) is congratulated by teammates after scoring in the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)
Nov 9, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) is congratulated by teammates after scoring in the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)

The New York Rangers will try and find a way to win on the road when they visit the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday at Bell Centre.

The Rangers are road worriers this season with a 3-7-2 record away from home, contrasted with a 10-4-0 record at home at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers will have veteran defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk on board against the Canadiens after he and Rangers rookie coach David Quinn addressed the issue that led to Shattenkirk's benching in the third period during a 3-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Thursday.

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