Henrik Lundqvist allowed five goals Wednesday night against Montreal and said that against a good team you need to play your best "and I didn't."
Lundqvist said that the third goal was what "killed" the Rangers and caused him to lose some focus, leading to him giving up a "really bad one" to Montreal for their fourth goal.
On the game, Lundqvist said "I felt pretty good for two periods but that third goal was a bit of a letdown and for some reason I lost the attention to details there."
It was the first time Lundqvist has allowed at least five goals in a game since he allowed six in back-to-back games against Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference Final last season.
It was the first time in the regular season that he has allowed at least five goals since facing Tampa on 12/1/14.
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Following the game last night, Alain Vigneault said that the Rangers "didn't answer the bell" for the challenge that was in front of them.
Ryan McDonagh said that the Rangers defense got "a little rattled at times" and were frustrating by being forced into giveaways by the Montreal pressure. (MSG)
Dan Girardi said that it's the "same story" against Montreal in that they force the Rangers into mistakes and then make them pay. (NYR Game Note)
Girardi said that everyone was out of sync, a step behind and "indecisive" with the puck. (NYR Game Notes)
He added, "we were almost there, but we were not; the puck is going down and we are almost getting to it. It comes down to making good passes with the puck. If it's not there we have to take a page out of their book [Montreal] and we have to go off the glass." (NYR Game Notes)
Joe Micheletti said that the Rangers got "schooled" by a team that was quick, forced them into mistakes and had them leave the net open in front. (MSG)
Dave Maloney said that the Rangers had been walking the edge on defense recently and spent the night chasing the puck. (MSG)
Rick Nash said that Montreal is fast bu the Rangers have the game plan to beat them. He added though that the "guys on the ice haven't achieved it." (The Record)
Alain Vigneault spoke on MSG following the Rangers loss to the Habs and said:
- On the game, "I thought that for the first two periods we were pretty good. Had a strong push in the second period, made it 2-1, spent a lot of time in their end. Had a feeling that there was something in-between Price, we didn't know if they would make a change or not, but they did. We see their backup goalie at the start of the third and should be continuing our push and instead we put two pucks right on their tape that end up right in the back of our net."
- "They are such a highly skilled team, I don't think many teams in this league have a third line center like Desharnais, their D move the puck so well, when you make the type of mistakes that we made tonight, they are gonna make you pay for it and that is what happened."
- "Once they made it 4 or 5-1 I don't think we were as intense as we were, but the first two periods, even down by two, we were battling and trying."
- "We didn't answer the bell for the challenge that we had tonight. We will have a good practice tomorrow and then get ready for Boston."
NEW YORK (AP) When star goalie Carey Price was removed at the start of the third period, the Montreal Canadiens responded with goals by Devante Smith-Pelly and Alex Galchenyuk in the opening 1:29 and beat the New York Rangers 5-1 Wednesday night in a matchup of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference.
Price stopped 22 shots in the first two periods and was replaced at the start of the third by Mike Condon in a 2-1 game. There was no immediate announcement in the press box about why Price left the game.
Price was the NHL MVP and Vezina Trophy winner last season as the league's top goalie.
Rick Nash scored for the Rangers in their largest loss of the season. New York had won nine in a row at home and 11 of 12 overall.
Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist was lifted after Pacioretty's power-play goal made it 5-1.
The Canadiens (17-4-2) made sure Condon never felt the pressure of a close game at Madison Square Garden. Smith-Pelly scored his second of the night and third of the season from in close off a nice feed by Tomas Plekanec, who had three assists.
Galchenyuk scored on a bad-angle shot that Lundqvist misplayed in helping Montreal move into first place in the conference.
The Canadiens were clearly the better team for the first half of the game and jumped out to a 2-0 lead, scoring early in the first and second.
Andrighetto, recalled from St. John's last week, put Montreal ahead 4:45 after the opening faceoff with his first goal this season and third of his career. Lars Eller deflected a point shot by P.K. Subban and the puck went to a wide-open Andrighetto for a shot into the net before Lundqvist could get across.
Smith-Pelly got his first at 2:25 of the second period. Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi got his stick on a pass around the back of the Rangers' net by Plekanec, but it only slowed the puck down. Pacioretty got the puck and quickly sent it in front to a wide-open Smith-Pelly for a point-blank shot past Lundqvist.
Nash, who has five goals in the last three games, got the Rangers on the board by deflecting Ryan McDonagh's shot for a power-play goal at 17:42 of the second.
NOTES: Before the game, Montreal general manager and executive vice president Marc Bergevin was given a multiyear contract extension through the 2021-22 season. ... Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin returned to the lineup after missing five games with lower-body injury. D Greg Pateryn sat out. ... Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath and forward Emerson Etem were healthy scratches. ... Plekanec has assists in four straight games.
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Henrik Lundqvist spoke on MSG following the Rangers loss to the Habs and said:
Did you see this kind of a game coming, "hard to say. What killed us was the third goal, it felt like we were slowly coming back into the game to get the momentum and I could feel that I lost my focus a bit when they scored right away for the third one and then I gave up a really bad one for the fourth one. They are good at finding that groove right in front of the net, if you look at the goals that is where they scored. They get there and pass the puck well. You need to be on your toes playing against them and to beat a really good team you need to play your best, starting with me and I didn't. The third period was far from where it needs to be. Just move on here."
On moving on, "you have to realize that the game, when you do make mistakes, especially as a goalie that the result cane be pretty bad like this one. The combo, I need to be on my toes, as a group we need to be on our toes playing against a really good team and it's not gonna be a good result. You should not overthink this one, go to practice tomorrow and get ready for a big weekend here. I know I have to be better. I felt pretty good for two periods but that third goal was a bit of a let down and for some reason I lost the attention to details there."
Was it a jolt to the confidence, " I can only speak for myself, I am extremely disappointed to give up five goals. You work hard to play a good game all the time but they took advantage, they found room in front of the net and as a goalie if you aren't on your toes it's a tough play to stop. I have been feeling good lately and hopefully just a bump in the road, back to practice tomorrow and get ready for a big week."
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(AP) -- Two of the NHL's best goaltenders are expected to face off Wednesday night when Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers seek their 10th consecutive home win at the expense of reigning Vezina and Hart Trophy winner Carey Price at Madison Square Garden in a showdown of Eastern Conference co-leaders.
Lundqvist stopped 31 shots for his second shutout in six starts Monday night, beating Nashville 3-0 for his league-leading 12th win. The 2012 Vezina winner was at his best in the first period, helping New York (16-3-2) kill off 7:21 worth of short-handed play while being outshot 14-3 in the opening 20 minutes.
"Going into every game I don't expect us to play perfect for 60 minutes," Lundqvist told the league's official website. "As a goalie you need to be there when your team is not on their toes, like tonight taking some penalties early. But the fun part is once I take care of my part I know they're going to get going. It's a fun way to win games when you help each other out."
The nine-game home win streak is tied for second-longest in franchise history, and the Metropolitan Division-leading Rangers are now chasing the club mark of 14 established in the 1939-40 season. During this home streak, Lundqvist is 6-0-0 with a 1.17 goals-against average while helping New York kill off 25 of its opponents' 26 power plays.
Rick Nash followed his Saturday night hat trick with a first-period goal Monday. That two-game total was double his output from the first 17 as he tries to rediscover his 42-goal form from 2014-15.
"I think after you score a few goals you feel better with the puck," Nash said. "It was a long stretch where I was getting frustrated and couldn't score."
Nash hasn't scored a goal off Price since 2010, including a 3-0 road loss Oct. 15 when Price got the better of Lundqvist with 25 saves. Lundqvist stopped 29 shots in his fifth loss in his last six regular-season starts between the teams.
Price has backstopped Montreal (16-4-2) to a home-and-home sweep of the New York Islanders after missing nine games due to a lower-body injury. He made 21 stops in a 4-2 win Sunday when Alex Galchenyuk snapped a 2-all tie with 3:29 remaining.
The netminder has dominated the Rangers in the regular season of late, winning his last four starts against them and going 7-1-0 with a 0.37 GAA and five shutouts in his last eight.
Sunday's win came at a steep cost for the Habs, who lost Brendan Gallagher to two fractured fingers on his left hand after blocking a shot. Gallagher, tied for third on the team with 19 points, underwent surgery Monday and is expected to miss at least six weeks.
"It's a big loss. He's a big part of the success of this hockey team," coach Michel Therrien said following practice Tuesday. "... We lost Price for a period of time, but for me, it's not an excuse for not having success."
Devante Smith-Pelly, who missed Sunday's win with a lower-body injury, practiced on the first line with Max Pacioretty and center Tomas Plekanec on Tuesday. Plekanec has gone six games without a goal but does have five assists in that span. Pacioretty has four goals and five assists in his last eight.
Montreal's power play appears poised to challenge New York's stout penalty kill, converting 3 of 5 chances Sunday after failing to cash in on 14 opportunities in its previous four games.
Max Pacioretty said this morning that tonight should be an "entertaining" game between two teams that play similar, don't give up much defensively and use their speed to transition. (MTL)
Pacioretty said that their focus will be on taking away Henrik Lundqvist's eyes and that "the only way to beat him is if he doesn't see it." (MTL)
Lars Eller said that he expects a high pace game with not a lot of room on the ice. (MTL)
Eller added, "they were a good team then, they are a good team now." (MTL)
Asked about Alain Vigneault saying that the Habs "schooled the Rangers in their first meeting, "Montreal coach Michel Therrien said, "I know Alain really, really well. Yes, we played a solid game, it was a close game bu tonight will be a different game. Two good hockey teams with similar styles, got a lot of speed, good defense and good goaltending." (MTL)
Therrien added that tonight is a "huge, huge test and "the thing that I saw, Lundqvist makes a big difference every night." (MTL)
Alain Vigneault spoke with reporters prior to the Rangers game against Montreal (NYR)
- On playing MTL again, "like I mentioned after that game, we got a lesson in hockey. In that particular game we didn't generate four chances 5 on 5. Price had to make a couple of saves on the 5 on 3 and I think one tough save 5 on 5 but other than that we didn't test him. They were the better team and we have moved on from that time, have another opportunity to play against one of the best teams in the league. I am sure Michel is telling you that we are one of the best, if not the best, so I am going to counter that by saying they are real good too and it should be a good game tonight."
- On finding ways to win, "I think lately, talking about the last two specifically, our puck management needs to be a bit better, if we are a bit better and a bit quicker north/south, we will generate the opportunities and spend the time that we need to spend in the oppositions end and create the chances that we need to create. There is no doubt that we can be better in that area, we are very aware of it and are working on it."
- On Keith Yandle, "He has given us big points at big moments. Puck moving defenseman, I don't think his defensive game, as some people project, is a liability. He has played well for us defensively. He isn't an overly physical defenseman but he has good stick on stick, stays on the right side of his check. He sees the ice and you need to give him some latitude, he sees things out there that not everyone sees. Sometimes it will look good, sometimes it will make me a little edgy behind the bench but you gotta give players who have that skill level some latitude to make those plays."
- More on Yandle, "everything is game related. If we are in a tie game and in the last minute of a period, or last 5 minutes of the game, you expect him to play with the score a bit and use common sense, which Keith does, but there are some other moments where it's time to open it up and maybe take a higher risk play that might be able to pay off and help your team win a game."
- On Derick Brassard, "I split those guys up for 5 games for a while but there is no doubt that when together they read off each other real well and they have good net presence, Nasher or Mats, Brass is sort of the pivot guy who can find the open space and make the plays and passes that usually generate the quality chances. 3 guys, in my mind, who are playing well as far as generating opportunities and getting on the scoresheet but playing well defensively."
The Rangers will use the same lineup that they did on Monday against Nashville when they take on Montreal tonight at MSG. (Pickens)
Emerson Etem and Dylan McIlrath will be the scratches.
The lines will be (Gross):
- Rick Nash, Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello
- Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan, Kevin Hayes
- JT Miller, Oscar Lindberg, Jesper Fast
- Dominic Moore, Jarret Stoll, Viktor Stalberg
Henrik Lundqvist will be in net.
Dan Boyle said that the Rangers haven't been "thrilled" with the way they have been playing but are "certainly happy" with their record.
He said that some nights one line carries them and on other nights in the goaltending but "at the end of the day it's about the two points."
Boyle added, "come April, May, June, people aren't going to care about how you won that game in November or December. Nobody cares about that. You've gotta find a way to win, and I think that's what this team has done real well. (NHL.com)
Henrik Lundqvist said that he doesn't expect the Rangers to play a perfect game and added that he'd rather "just find away to win than play perfect and not win. so I think we're all happy with this." (NY Post)
Derek Stepan said that at times the Rangers have played well and at other times Henrik Lundqvist has carried them. He added, "the combination of the two seems to be finding our way here." (NY Post)
Alain Vigneault said after the game on Monday, "our best player is our goalie. Obviously we rely a lot on him and are trying to improve other areas of our game. They are going to get better, there is no doubt in my mind."
After Henrik Lundqvist stopped 31 shots on Monday, Alain Vigneault said "we are not going to apologize for good goaltending." (MSG)
Dave Maloney said that the understatement of the night on Monday was how good Henrik Lundqvist was.
Darren Dreger said on TSN690 on Tuesday that Lundqvist's game has never been better.
He added, on TSN 1050 on Tuesday, "I checked on the Rangers last week with a couple of sources and they said that Henrik is playing as well or better than they have ever seen. That is a pretty significant statement."
Pierre McGuire said on TSN 1050 on Tuesday that Lundqvist was "all world" on Monday and "that is bad news for the Eastern Conference."
Pierre said that he doesn't anticipate Lundqvist slowing down and said that he came into camp lighter, in tremendous condition and is getting help from the Rangers defense.
Rick Nash scored his fourth goal in the past two games against Nashville and said on MSG that he is starting to feel better with the puck.
Nash said that with his recent play he was looking for a pass on his 3 on 1 but looked up and said that he couldn't pass up "a wide open blocker side." (MSG)
After the game, on MSG, Henrik Lundqvist was asked about Nash and said "I'm so happy for him. He has been working so hard and doing so many good things, as a goal scorer you want to score goals. I can already tell in practice this morning, the way he was shooting the puck and around the net, he is hungry and I am just happy for him. He deserves it with how he has been working and making so many good plays. Now the goals are coming so it's great to see."
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11/24/15: Boyle said that he is "pretty firm" that this will be his last season but he won't make an official decision until the end of the season. (NHL.com)
Boyle said that mentally it's starting to become a challenge for him but that with so much of this season left, he doesn't want to think about it that much. (NHL.com)
11/19/15 | Dan Boyle said that "nothing is for sure" but that he is leaning towards retirement at the end of the season. (North Jersey)
He said that it's not something physical that has him leaning towards retirement but more of a mental issue and not wanting to be away from his kids as they grow up. (North Jersey)
Boyle has two young daughters and said that at a "certain point" you don't want to miss anymore of them growing up. (North Jersey)
Boyle is in the final year of a two-year contract with a cap hit of $4.5 million.
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Last night, Kevin Hayes had a goal, an assist and 2 shots on goal in 14:47.
Hayes was moved up to play RW with Chris Kreider and Derek Stepan and played 13:42 with Kreider and 11:13 with Stepan. When on the ice with both players, in all situations, the Rangers had 50% of the shot attempts. (Natural Stat Trick)
Hayes only played 2:56 in the first period, due to Nashville PPs but 5:49 in the second and 6:02 in the third.
Ron Duguay said that playing in the middle wasn't working for Hayes and that he "needed something" and it "paid off." (MSG)
Dave Maloney said on MSG after the game that Hayes is still a young player in the league and that if you are going to play in the middle you need to process things quickly.
Maloney mentioned that there are times when Hayes has the puck and nothing comes of the chance while he is at center. (MSG)
The topic of where to play Hayes was talked about on The Rangers Blue Line Podcast
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Brian Compton, Nick Licalzi, and Adam Rotter discuss the emergence of Rick Nash and the rock-solid play of Henrik Lundqvist. Plus, Brian chats with NHL broadcaster Billy Jaffe about the Rangers' line play and the possibility of a trade for a third line center.
11/24/15: Nothing is brewing between the two sides and it's likely that they will wait until after the season to discuss a possible contract extension. (ESPN Insider)
Former assistant GM Frank Provenzano has Yandle signing a four-year deal with a cap hit of $6.5 million. (ESPN Insider)
11/11/15 Keith Yandle's agent said that he has not had any discussions with the Rangers about a possible contract extension. (NY Post)
He added that as far as he is concerned there is no deadline for an extension to be done by. Yandle's agent said that Keith likes it in New York and his entire focus is on having a good year and trying to win. (NY Post)
Brooks adds that it would "defy logic" for the Rangers to invest up to $5.5 million for Yandle with left defensemen Ryan McDonagh and Marc Staal already signed to long-term deals. (NY Post)
Adam Rotter: Yandle won't be traded at the deadline. He was brought in last year to be a hired gun to help the Rangers win and they won't risk making the team worse just because he isn't signed. Yandle's future will be determined in the offseason but unless he kicks things up a few notches and turns into a Brian Leetch type point producer it's hard to see the Rangers being able to bring him back. With Brady Skjei likely ready to assume a role next season on the third pair, at a fraction of the price, Yandle would either need to take a major pay cut to stay or play at a level where the Rangers can't afford to let him go.
Through two periods last night the Rangers were out-shot 25-7, out-attempted 62-21 but led 1-0.
The Rangers were shorthanded 3 times (8 minutes because of a double minor) in the final 10 minutes of the first period and once in the second period.
In the third period, with a 1-0 lead, the Rangers scored twice, out-shot Nashville 12-6 and out-attempted them 20 to 13.
Henrik Lundqvist said after the game, "maybe they were the better team for two periods but we found a way again, going to the third we talked about playing our best period and we did. It's a great feeling when you don't get hurt, find a way to stay alive and then take care of business in the third."
Alain Vigneault said after the game, "when the game was on the line in the third we played our best period. In the third we had some good decisions and scored some key goals and found a way to get two points."
Vigneault added, "in the second we are trying to get going and find our legs but it's tough when guys have only played 4-5 shifts. In the third, we talked about going out and playing the right way and we did."
He added, "our best player is our goalie. Obviously we rely a lot on him and are trying to improve other areas of our game, they are going to get better, there is no doubt in my mind."
Last night against Nashville the Rangers recorded a season high 26 blocked shots.
Kevin Klein led the Rangers with 6, Dan Girardi, Marc Staal and Ryan McDonagh all had 4 and Jarret Stoll had 3.
Rick Nash, Oscar Lindberg, Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan and Kevin Hayes all blocked one shot.
It was the fifth time this season the Rangers have had at least 20 blocks in a game and the first in which they have had more than 21.
Dave Maloney said on MSG after the game that the second period for the Rangers last night was "brought to you by John Tortorella" and that the core of the defense understands that "when all else fails, block the puck."
Alain Vigneault said that the Rangers got "some big blocked shots" and Joe Micheletti said that blocking shots is a "mentality" that the players have.
After the game on MSG, Henrik Lundqvist said that the Rangers set the tone in the first period by blocking shots.
He added, "Weber can really fire it and I think he shot it from the blue line one time and I didn't even react to it. For them to step in front of that and pay the price, a lot of respect for that, I think the guys, when they see guys pay the price, it gives the bench energy. As a goalie it gives you a lot of energy because sometimes you can't see the puck, you need guys to step up like that and make big plays at the right time and we did tonight. It was a good win for us, again, finding a way."
Alain Vigneault met with reporters following the Rangers 3-0 win over Nashville (MSG):
- "we are not going to apologize for good goaltending. We got in penalty trouble in the first, great goaltending, for a good PK we need that. We got some big blocked shots, unfortunately we had a lot of guys in that first period that didn't play a lot of minutes. Probably a bit more challenging to get in the game and find your execution but when the game was on the line in the third we played our best period. In the third we had some good decisions and scored some key goals and found a way to get two points."
- "The same thing throughout any season. We are trying to get better everyday. Every game is different. Tonight it unfolds by taking 8 minutes of penalties in the first period, that is a challenging thing to go through. PKers did a great job and blocked a ton of shots, Hank made some big saves, in the second we are trying to get going and find our legs but it's tough when guys have only played 4-5 shifts. In the third, we talked about going out and playing the right way and we did."
- "I'm not sure, not trying to be critical with the team, trying to get them to play better. Whether it's after a loss or after a win, the approach is the same. Always have things we need to work on and do well, try to re-enforce the things we are doing well and challenge our guys to do things that we are not as sharp at, that we show them, talk about it, talk about ways to improve and move on to the next game. That is what we will do tomorrow."
- On Rick Nash, "There was a hole there and only a goal scorer can pick that hole against an elite goalie like that. We didn't have a lot of chances, we made them pay when they made a mistake and they couldn't get it past Hank.
- On Kevin Hayes on the wing, "that line had some good moments with Step and Kreids. When we were playing 5 on 5, I liked some of the looks that they got. I didn't mind Oscar in the middle, because of all the PK time I re-shuffled the lines halfway through the second period, it's just how things unfolded tonight."
- "Our best player is our goalie. Obviously we rely a lot on him and are trying to improve other areas of our game, they are going to get better, there is no doubt in my mind."
Henrik Lundqvist spoke with reporters on MSG following the Rangers win over Nashville:
On the game, "It was challenging but fun. I got involved right away in the first period. With the penalties...can't say enough about the guys playing on the PK. They have been strong all year, they saved us the game here. They put pressure on them, they know what to do and when to do it and it gives the team a lot of confidence that when we do take penalties, for them to come in take care of business like that. Nasher scores a huge goal in the second. Maybe they were the better team for two periods but we found a way again, going to the third we talked about playing our best period and we did. It's a great feeling when you don't get hurt, find a way to stay alive and then take care of business in the third."
On the defense blocking shots, "especially in the first. They set the tone. They came up with huge blocks. Weber can really fire it and I think he shot it from the blue line one time and I didn't even react to it. For them to step in front of that and pay the price, a lot of respect for that, I think the guys, when they see guys pay the price, it gives the bench energy. As a goalie it gives you a lot of energy because sometimes you can't see the puck, you need guys to step up like that and make big plays at the right time and we did tonight. It was a good win for us, again, finding a way."
On Rick Nash, "I'm so happy for him. He has been working so hard and doing so many good things, as a goal scorer you want to score goals. I can already tell in practice this morning, the way he was shooting the puck and around the net, he is hungry and I am just happy for him. He deserves it with how he has been working and making so many good plays. Now the goals are coming so it's great to see."
On when he went out, "did they shoot it wide? When I took the first step it seemed like a good idea, I really thought I would beat him but he had a long stick there and pushed it to the side. You just hope for the best there when you turn around and come back, but it happens quickly and sometimes you need some bounces and we got that tonight."
On the offense breaking out, "it's hard to dominate a game for 60 minutes. I think we all felt that we had a lot of energy and why they were so good in the first was because of all the penalties. 5 on 5 we were playing good but shorthanded a lot. We did a great job killing that off and getting back into the game and, again, a really strong third. That means a lot to the team. We are finding our game as the game moves on and then making them pay."
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves in his second shutout of the season and the New York Rangers beat the Nashville Predators 3-0 Monday night for their ninth straight victory at home.
Rick Nash, Derek Stepan and Kevin Hayes scored for the Rangers, who won for the ninth time in 10 games overall and improved to 16-3-2. New York's 34 points are tied with Dallas and Montreal for most in the NHL.
The shutout was the 57th in regular-season play for Lundqvist and his second against Nashville.
Pekka Rinne made 19 saves for the Predators, who fell to 11-6-3 with their third straight shutout loss.
Nashville hasn't scored in a franchise-record 213 minutes, 47 seconds, since Miikka Salmomaki's goal at 6:13 of the second period in a 3-2 win over Anaheim last Tuesday.
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Despite another strong performance in goal, Henrik Lundqvist was anything but happy with the New York Rangers' latest performance.
Even when the Rangers aren't at their best, though, they still manage to win almost every time, thanks to perhaps unmatched depth that's been giving them a chance in every game.
They'll look to keep rolling Monday night when they host a Nashville Predators team that's been shut out in back-to-back outings.
New York (15-3-2) had its nine-game winning streak snapped at Tampa on Thursday, but got right back on track with a 5-4 overtime victory over Florida on Saturday. Rick Nash completed a hat trick in the extra period, Mats Zuccarello continued his tear with a goal and two assists and Lundqvist made 39 saves.
The star goalie, though, didn't like what he saw during the Sunshine State swing.
"I'm still annoyed," he told the team's official website. "We have to learn our lesson here, especially after last game. We've been talking about all the ways we find to win a game, then we found a way to lose a game (Thursday) and almost did it again (Saturday). We need to learn from this and smarten up."
The Rangers were outshot 43-31 by the Panthers after the Lightning held a 28-21 advantage in shots. They were short-handed six times Saturday, giving up two goals.
Still, New York has thrived despite some stretches of similar play this season because of its deep roster.
Nash has only five goals, but Zuccarello's ascendance has rendered that moot. Zuccarello has recorded three goals and six assists in the last five games, and six and nine in the past 10.
The biggest advantage New York has is in net, with Lundqvist leading the league with a 1.85 goals-against average and .943 save percentage. Backup Antti Raanta is 4-0-0 with a 1.25 GAA and .955 save percentage.
"We didn't play real well," coach Alain Vigneault said Saturday. "They say never critique a win, but our goaltender kept us in ... we didn't play real well tonight and our goaltender gave us an unreal performance, and there's no doubt Rick Nash played one of his best games this year."
The last two games seem to indicate Nashville's problems could run considerably deeper than the Rangers'. The Predators (11-5-3) have dropped the first two games of their five-game road trip by 4-0 scores, the most recent coming Saturday against Minnesota.
Nashville allowed two power-play goals in four chances as the Wild took advantage of a chippy contest that included two fights, numerous altercations and a 10-minute misconduct against Nashville's Mike Ribeiro.
"Discipline's playing into it," coach Peter Laviolette said. "We're not very disciplined right now."
The Predators have been short-handed 29 times in the past eight games. They had killed their past 13 penalties before ex-Nashville defenseman Ryan Suter's goal in the first period.
"We keep talking about it," captain Shea Weber said. "A lot of your best players kill penalties and when they kill penalties the whole game they can't do offensive things. I don't know how long we can sit here and talk about it until we actually start doing something."
The Rangers won 4-1 at Madison Square Garden in the teams' most recent meeting March 2. Nash scored an empty netter to give him a goal in three straight matchups and four of five.
The Predators have lost four of their last five on the road.
The Rangers power play, by percentage, ranks 18th in the league but they rank dead last in PP opportunities with 47.
Calgary, who is 29th in PP opportunities, has drawn 56 power plays.
Larry Brooks says that the Rangers "inability" to get to the net is why they have an "embarrassingly low"number of power plays. (NY Post)
Brooks says that the Rangers have had two or fewer power plays in a game 14 times in their 20 games. (NY Post)
Andrew Gross points to the Rangers "deficiency" in getting to the net or "establishing a cycle" at the root of their power play problem. (The Record)
Larry Brooks writes that in the last two weeks the Rick Nash, Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello line has accounted for 8 of the 14 even strength goals the team has scored. (NY Post)
He said that the other three lines have all scored two goals at even strength each. (NY Post)
Brooks adds that if his column had "as many productive lines as the Rangers, it would be one sentence long." (NY Post)
The Rangers second, third and fourth lines will all be changed tonight, with Kevin Hayes moving up to play RW next to Derek Stepan and Chris Kreider, Oscar Lindberg moving to the middle with JT Miller and Jesper Fast and Viktor Stalberg joining Dominic Moore and Jarret Stoll.
Alain Vigneault said on Monday that the switch of Miller and Hayes was a reflection of both of their play.
He said that he doesn't think that the expectations the Rangers have of their young players stepping into big roles is "over the top."
Tags: Derick Brassard , Mats Zuccarello , Rick Nash
Alain Vigneault spoke with reporters today following the Rangers morning skate (NYR):
- On the line changes, "we looked at different options. We are just trying to have a different feel. I like Brass' line and the way they have been contributing. I didn't think Jarret's line was as effective in the last game or Hayes' line. Just trying to find combinations for tonight against a team that is one of the best in transition with their highly skilled defense group. They will be highly focused and motivated so we are going to need to be real good."
- "what we want to do is play the right way with and without the puck in all three zones. When we do that I think we are very effective, when for some reason the focus or attention to detail slips, it impacts the other guys on the ice and we aren't as good. We have benefited from some great goaltending but you look at all the teams who are winning right now, they are getting great goaltending. You can't win without it, we are getting it and we hope to continue to get it."
- On Kevin Hayes and JT Miller line change, "a reflection of both, JT or Hayes. Trying to show them confidence but at the end of the day they need to go out and play and contribute and play well, consistently, those are our young players that we have high expectations for him. We don't think that those expectations are over the top but we expect more from a couple of them and are trying to sort it out now."
- On Kevin Hayes, "I'd like him to be more involved in all areas, give and go with the puck a little more. Go to the hard areas and use that size and strength that he has. Another opportunity to put him with Step, the first one was alright but not mind boggling. Maybe with a bit more experience, the last 10-15 games in the middle, he will play on the RW tonight and hopefully do well for us."
- On the second line winger spot, "It's not just the guys we are trying to fill it with, Step hasn't been as consistent, his game has been,as he would put it a little roller coaster, Kreids has been the same way. They are both starting to find their stride and their game is improving and we will try it tonight and see what happens."
- "I remember Kevin Klein from my time in Nashville and in my book he was real effective player for them. He was playing in their top four, playing against one of my top lines, he was a good stay at home type defenseman. We were giving up an offensive defenseman and getting a stay at home type D. It worked out well for us, I can't speak for them, but I thought it worked well for us."
- "He has improved at that aspect of his game. When he first got here he was a young player with room for improvement and he has done that."
- He is an experienced player who has won before. We try and use any player with that experience to use that and share that with the group and there is no doubt that Dan shares his knowledge with all of his teammates. Very respected player."
The Rangers lines at their morning skate this morning are (Gross) :
- Rick Nash, Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello
- Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan, Kevin Hayes
- JT Miller, Oscar Lindberg, Jesper Fast
- Dominic Moore, Jarett Stoll, Viktor Stalberg
Dylan McIlrath and Emerson Etem are skating as the scratches (Gross) .
He said that scoring three goals on Saturday is definitely a weight off his shoulders but that it was just one game. (NY Post)
Nash said that he isn't getting ahead of himself after Saturday and that three goals don't erase the "tough start" he has had.(NY Post)
Alain Vigneault said after the game that time will tell if Nash will go on a streak and "he had a good game tonight and hopefully he can follow it up."
Nash leads the Rangers with 57 shots on goal this season.
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Alain Vigneault said on Saturday that he isn't sure how many, but said that Antti Raanta will get some games during the 9 games in 15 day stretch the Rangers started against the Panthers. (Ranger Rants)
Vigneault said that Raanta is going to play "a few." (Ranger Rants)
The Rangers have two back to back sets during this time.
He said that the Rangers will also be using their bench, Emerson Etem and Dylan McIlrath, during this stretch. (Ranger Rants)
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8:23PM: Larry Brooks writes that there is a reason why Stalberg spent half a season in the AHL last year as well as the fact that he was available for $1.1 million in the offseason. (NY Post)
4:21PM: Viktor Stalberg scored a goal on Saturday and in his 8:59 of ice time he had 3 shots on goal and 1 hit.
Stalberg turned the puck over in the second period which led to Nick Bjusgstad's goal.
In the past six games, when Stalberg is on the ice the Rangers have not had more than 50% of the shot attempts. (Natural Stat Trick)
In the past three games Stalberg has played 7:12, 9:47 and 7:37 at 5 on 5. (Natural Stat Trick)
In the month of November, Stalberg has had 2 games with three shots on goal, 5 games with one shot on goal and 2 games with zero shots on goal.
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Rick Nash had 10 shots on goal last night and two shot attempts that were blocked in the Rangers win over Florida.
Nash scored a hat trick, had two hits, and a takeaway in 20:17.
Asked by John Giannone if he thought that Saturday against Florida would be turning point, Nash said "I sure hope so. I am looking for anything to help it arrive."
He added, "Coaching, management and players have all had confidence in me during this little stretch. I am confident in my game, I knew pucks would go in sooner or later but in saying that it's one game, it doesn't matter that much, it's the two points that matter and I will keep trying to get my game rolling."
Joe Micheletti said that Nash played last night like he has most other night's this season and just needed a game where he would get rewarded.
Alain Vigneault said after the game time "will tell, he had a good game tonight and hopefully he can follow it up."
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Henrik Lundqvist, on MSG, said that the Rangers need to learn a lesson after their win over the Panthers.
Lundqvist said that during the Rangers winning streak they spoke so much about finding ways to win games, but he said that against Tampa Bay on Thursday the Rangers "found a way to lose."
He added that the Rangers almost found another way to lose against the Panthers and added, "we need to learn from this, smarten up and we need to come back."
Rick Nash said after the game on MSG, "It's tough to let them come back. A couple of bouncy pucks, we didn't get the job done to get the puck out but at the end of the day we got the two points and that is what matters."
Alain Vigneault said after the game on MSG that the Rangers will need to be a lot better against Nashville than they were against Florida.
Alain Vigneault spoke with reporters following the Rangers win over Florida (MSG):
- On Rick Nash, "time will tell, he had a good game tonight and hopefully he can follow it up. As a group we will get ready for Nashville and we know we will have to be much better than we were tonight."
- On the penalties they took not being smart, "that is a good way to put it...I gotta think that the guys know. 4-2 lead and we took one at the end there, took a slash from behind etc, etc. They were penalties and we gotta clean it up."
- On the line change he made, "I was just trying to get a couple of lines going, we won the game and I guess that is all I can say. Thanks."
On MSG, Nash described his first two goals during the second intermission and then his third goal/game winner after the game:
- Goal 1: "Got lucky with the pick up off the skate, but I will take any luck I can get right now."
- Goal 2: "I've been trying to use my body and take pucks to the net and I kind of blocked him out with a power move and when my game struggles I try and do those little things."
- Goal 3: "I know me and Brass and Zucc have been on the same page a lot this year and Brass drew a guy to him and Zuccy had a great screen and I put it right through the defender's leg and the goalie couldn't see it so it was a great play by Zucc."
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SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Rick Nash scored 2:01 into overtime for his third goal of the game, lifting the New York Rangers to a 5-4 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night.
Mats Zuccarello and Viktor Stalberg each scored goals in the third period to put the Rangers ahead 4-2. Henrik Lundqvist made 39 saves as New York bounced back after a loss at Tampa Bay on Thursday night snapped its nine-game winning streak.
Nash's winning goal came on the power-play when his wrist shot from the right circle got past Luongo to give the Rangers their seventh straight win against the Panthers - and fourth straight against Luongo.
Down two goals, the Panthers scored twice in a 39-second span late in the third period to send the game into overtime.
Barkov's power-play goal pulled Florida to 4-3 with 2:28 left, and Jagr then sent a shot from the right circle over Lundqvist's shoulder with 1:49 to go. Both goals came as the Panthers played with an empty net.
Reilly Smith missed a penalty shot for Florida with 1:42 left when his shot went high.
Zuccarello put the Rangers ahead 3-2 when he came on a breakaway and put the puck past Luongo with 9:44 to go in the third.
Stalberg stretched the lead to 4-2 when he beat Luongo from low in the right circle on the short side nearly 2 minutes later.
Nash gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead when his shot from below the right circle got past Luongo's glove and went high into the net with 8:52 left in the first period.
Bjugstad tied it at 6:46 of the second as Pirri passed from the left circle to Bjugstad in front and he put the puck underneath Lundqvist's pads.
Nash's second goal put the Rangers ahead 2-1 when he brought the puck from his own end and his shot from the left circle beat Luongo on the short side with 6:38 to go in the second.
The Panthers tied it again when Jokinen, in front of the crease, tipped in a shot from the right circle by Brandon Pirri with 2:03 left in the second.
Earlier in the second, Lundqvist took a puck to the groin area on a shot by Bjugstad at 3:28 and took several minutes to recover.
Chris Kreider had a penalty with 6:15 left in the first when he was hooked by Aaron Ekblad. Kreider shot from low in the right circle but Luongo turned it aside with his blocker. According to Elias, Kreider, who had an unsuccessful penalty shot in the third period on Thursday at Tampa Bay, is the first player in Rangers history to have a penalty shot in back-to-back games. The last player in the NHL to have penalty shots in consecutive games was Marian Hossa in 2005 for Atlanta.
Midway through the first, the Rangers killed off a pair of penalties, including a 5-on-3 for 1:14.
NOTES: Rangers D Dan Girardi tied James Patrick for 13th place on the Rangers' all-time games played list and tied Patrick for the fifth-most career games played by a defenseman in franchise history. ... Panthers D Dmitry Kulikov is out for two to four weeks with a leg injury.
On MSG, Chris Kreider spoke about his first period penalty shot and said:
- "Just trying to get him to move a bit. I had him here, low block, high block, and he just moves at the last minute and catches it with his butt end. Sometimes that is just the way it goes."
Asked if he felt good about at least creating chances, Kreider said "It's always a good thing when you are producing chances but the next step is putting the puck in the net. I am happy with the move and the location, it's just hard. I wouldn't change it, wouldn't change what I did last game, just how it goes."
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The New York Rangers (14-3-2), whose nine-game winning streak ended on Thursday night, look to rebound when they play the Florida Panthers (8-8-3) on Saturday at 7 p.m.
According to STATS:
- The Rangers lost, 2-1, to the Lightning at Amalie Arena on Thursday night, snapping their nine-game winning streak with the setback. New York has allowed two or fewer goals 15 times (12-1-2 record) in 2015-16 -- most of any NHL club.
- Florida lost, 3-1, to Anaheim at home Thursday night, snapping its season-high tying two-game winning streak in the process. The Panthers have allowed at least three markers in six of their last seven contests (just four times in first 12 games of the season).
- This marks the first of three 2015-16 meetings between the Blueshirts and Panthers. Dating to the beginning of 2013-14, New York has won six straight games vs. Florida by a combined score of 23-12.
- Dominic Moore potted New York's lone goal Thursday night, ending his 13-game pointless streak with the marker. Moore had three points (1g, 2a) in three skates against the Panthers in 2014-15.
- Jaromir Jagr had an assist for the second straight game Thursday night, giving him five points (1g, 4a) in his last five skates overall. Since his return to the NHL in 2011-12, Jagr has just one goal (eight helpers) in his last 13 games vs. the Rangers.
- New York has killed off 91.1 percent of its opponents' power-play chances since October 15 -- best of any NHL club. Florida has a 72.5 penalty-kill percentage since October 15 (third worst in the league).
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In the first period on Thursday, during a 4 on 4, Keith Yandle was all alone in the Rangers end when he fired the puck up the middle of the ice.
The puck was blocked by Valtteri Filppula and then picked up just inside the Rangers blue line by Alex Kilorn.
Kilorn took a few strides towards the middle of the circle before taking a shot that beat Henrik Lundqvist to give Tampa a 1-0 lead.
Alain Vigneault said on Friday that it was a low percentage play by Yandle. (Leonard)
Yandle said that he felt "awful" about the turnover on Thursday and that he should have known to keep the puck from Filppula. (Daily News)
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Former Rangers captain Jaromir Jagr, 43, is the Panthers leading scorer with 7 goals and 8 assists in 17 games.
Jagr had 18 points in 20 games for the Panthers last year after being acquired by the Devils.
He last played for the Rangers in 2007-08, before spending three seasons in the KHL, and scored 25 goals and 46 assists.
Jagr is the Rangers single season leader in goals (54) and points (123) and won the Ted Lindsay award as the MVP as voted on by the players in 2005-06.
Dan Girardi, Marc Staal and Henrik Lundqvist are the only Rangers on the roster who played with Jagr.
Adam Rotter: Jagr is the best and it's amazing that he is not only still playing but still playing at a high level when it seemed like his NHL career was over when he left the Rangers. Jagr played with and won Stanley Cup's in the early 90s with Rangers assistant Ulf Samuelsson. His 05-06 season with the Rangers was truly dominant and, along with a 23-year old goalie from Sweden, helped end the Rangers playoff drought and started their run of success after the lockout.
6:55PM: Scott Arniel said on MSG, "when you look back a couple of weeks ago they were scoring goals and making the opposition play in their end. Now they are turning pucks over. We need four lines and we have great success when everyone is going."
10:34AM: During the past two games the Rangers fourth line has received more ice time than the Rangers third line of Viktor Stalberg, Kevin Hayes and Oscar Lindberg.
In the past two games, the players have received the following ice times:
- Stalberg: 7:41 against Toronto, 10:21 against Tampa Bay
- Hayes: 9:59 against Toronto, 12:58 against Tampa Bay
- Lindberg: 10:05 against Toronto, 12:24 against Tampa Bay
Against Toronto the trio combined for two shots on goal and against Tampa Bay they combined for 1 shot.
On Friday, Alain Vigneault said that the last few games the Rangers haven't gotten "a lot" out of that line and that it starts with Kevin Hayes. He said that the Rangers need more from the third line. (NY Post)
Stalberg said that the line hasn't played well the last 2-3 games and that they need to simplify their game. He said that sometimes he and Oscar Lindberg stand around too much watching Hayes with the puck and that they all need to go to the net more. (Newsday)
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6:53PM: Scott Arniel said on MSG that the players were talking about how the one loss on Thursday felt like they had lost five in a row.
He said that points to the team's professionalism, their ability to self motivate
8:33AM: Ryan McDonagh said that this group of Rangers "really hates to lose" and that when things don't go their way they are "anxious" for their next opportunity to get on the ice. (The Record)
Rick Nash said that even after winning nine straight, the loss to Tampa "isn't sitting well with anyone in the room." (NY Post)
Nash said that it's "weighing" on the Rangers and that is something that he likes. (NY Post)
He said that the feeling after losing one game is as if the Rangers have lost 10 in a row. (NY Post)
Alain Vigneault said on Friday that he does not anticipate making any lineup changes for tomorrow's game against the Panthers. (Zipay)
Henrik Lundqvist started in net last night with Emerson Etem and Dylan McIlrath as scratches.
Etem skated some with the fourth line today, swapping in and out with Jarret Stoll. (Gross)
Last night against Tampa, Dan Boyle played 18:26, had 1 shot on goal, 2 shots that were blocked, 3 hits, 1 takeaway and 2 blocked shots.
Boyle was also penalized for roughing with JT Brown after Brown tried to engage Keith Yandle in a fight.
After the game, on MSG, Dave Maloney said "for sure it was his best game of the season and you have to think pretty hard if he had any better last season."
Maloney said that Boyle was all over the ice and was in the right position to find pucks.
Joe Micheletti said that Boyle was moving the puck quicker in last night's game than he had previously and that he was engaged, blocked shots and "made good plays."
He agreed with Maloney in saying that it was Boyle's best game of the year.
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Following the Rangers loss to Tampa Bay last night, Henrik Lundqvist spoke on MSG about what he called an "extremely frustrating" loss.
He said, "It doesn't matter how many games you win and when you play you want to win every game and this one, the way that we lose is extremely frustrating."
He continued, "we fought the whole game to get back into it and we finally did and then we get this opportunity and we gave it away. It's frustrating, definitely."
On the game winning goal, Lundqvist said that he felt like he came acrossthe crease well but might have been too aggressive. He said that he and Ryan McDonagh probably could have worked together better to defend on that play.
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Derek Stepan said that last night the Rangers played "well" but "an error by me cost us a point." (The Record)
On the Rangers power play late in the third period Stepan tried to saucer pass the puck to Ryan McDonagh who lost it and saw Tampa go up the ice shorthanded to score the game winner.
Stepan said that he tried to make a play but put McDonagh in a "terrible spot." He said that he put too much "air" on the pass and it put McDonagh "in trouble." (NY Post)
He said that it was a "terrible play and it cost the team two points," adding "it just stinks." (NY Post)
Stepan said that "it was just stupid" and that "you have to make the easy plays." (NY Post)