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Posted On Monday, 11.04.2013 / 1:53 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Rangers looking to get revenge, reach .500

NEW YORK -- The last time they played the Anaheim Ducks, on Oct. 10, the New York Rangers closed a three-game stint in California with a 6-0 loss in which they were outplayed badly. Coupled with a 9-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks two nights earlier, the Rangers' season was off to a tough start.

Four weeks later neither team is expecting a repeat of that one-sided affair as the Rangers host the Ducks on Monday at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2, RDS).

"I think we had to learn from it," Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh said. "We had to learn what we were doing wrong and realize not all of us were playing the way we need to play for our team to be successful. It was embarrassing and woke us up."

Posted On Monday, 11.04.2013 / 12:06 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Rangers' Callahan to return against Ducks

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan said he has been cleared to play and will be in the lineup Monday against the Anaheim Ducks (7:30 p.m., NBCSN, TSN2, RDS).

Callahan has not played since breaking his thumb blocking a shot in a 2-0 win against the Washington Capitals on Oct. 16.

"It is 100 percent. It feels good," Callahan said. "The last couple of days of shooting have gone well. It has reacted well. Wednesday is three weeks [since the injury] and that is what we were aiming at. It's ready to go."

Posted On Saturday, 11.02.2013 / 4:33 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Hagelin, Kreider spark Rangers resurgence

The New York Rangers showed no mercy against a Buffalo Sabres team that came into Madison Square Garden on Thursday having lost five of its previous six games. The Rangers pounced, firing 38 shots at Ryan Miller through the first two periods on their way to a 2-0 win.

The Rangers are hoping to have the same jump Saturday night against the visiting Carolina Hurricanes, who have lost four straight games after dropping a 3-1 decision against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night.

The Rangers did not play Friday and held an optional skate Saturday.

"That is one of our keys for tonight. Carolina played last night and they travelled," Rangers assistant coach Ulf Samuelsson told the Rangers website. "So we want to come out in full speed and come out as fast as possible."

Posted On Thursday, 10.31.2013 / 1:50 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Sabres' Moulson gets second chance to say goodbye

NEW YORK -- Matt Moulson said that the timing of his Oct. 27 trade from the New York Islanders to the Buffalo Sabres was not exactly ideal.

Just two weeks earlier his wife Alicia had given birth to the couple's second child, a son they named George. With a 14-month-old daughter already in the mix, Moulson was forced to leave his young and growing family. And a quick look at the Sabres' schedule revealed Moulson wouldn't be back to play against the Islanders on Long Island until March 15.

But there was a game prior that would give Moulson an opportunity to say goodbye one last time to friends while spending extra time with his family.

"When I got traded I was on the computer checking the schedule about two seconds later," Moulson said. "It was good to see that this game was so close to the trade. I knew I would be coming back and be able to see them."

Posted On Monday, 10.28.2013 / 1:36 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Rangers energized to open MSG against Canadiens

NEW YORK -- It's been a long time coming, but the New York Rangers are ready for their home opener Monday against the Montreal Canadiens. It may have taken a month and nine regular-season games, but the Rangers admitted there was extra energy being home at Madison Square Garden, which underwent the final stages of a $1 billion makeover that necessitated the long road trip.

"I think everybody has been waiting for this day for a long time. It's great to be here," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "We had a good meeting this morning. The guys are ready."

Posted On Monday, 10.28.2013 / 11:44 AM

By Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Lundqvist to start Rangers' home opener

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist said Monday he isn't feeling any ill effects from the undisclosed injury that forced him to miss the past two games. After being considered day-to-day with the nagging ailment, he was looking forward to getting back in the crease for the Rangers, who host their home opener against the Montreal Canadiens (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, RDS).

"I feel good. I feel really good," Lundqvist said. "Now it's just about getting out there and playing well and stopping the puck and helping the team to get wins and take off."

The Rangers fared well in their franchise goaltender's absence, with backup and recent American Hockey League call-up Cam Talbot posting a 1-1-0 record against the Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings while posting a 1.94 goals-against average and .934 save percentage.

Posted On Friday, 09.20.2013 / 12:52 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer / - Training Camp 2013 blog

Roy praises Avalanche rookie defenseman Bigras

Following his first preseason game as the Colorado Avalanche's coach, Patrick Roy said he saw plenty of positives in his team's 2-1 loss Wednesday night to the Anaheim Ducks. He called it a "good step in the right direction" and lauded the team's 5-on-5 play. But no one earned more praise than 18-year-old defenseman Chris Bigras.

"There's nothing I didn't like [about his play]. Even when he was in trouble, he found a way to get back," Roy said on Thursday. "He's pretty amazing. I'm overwhelmed by him right now."

Posted On Thursday, 09.12.2013 / 3:51 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer / - Training Camp 2013 blog

Tavares not looking to change as Islanders captain

BROOKLYN, NY -- New York Islanders star John Tavares enjoyed quite a summer. Shortly after enjoying the first playoff action of his NHL career, the All-Star center was named a finalist for the Hart Memorial trophy as the League's most valuable player. He came up short in that contest, but was later invited to Team Canada's Olympic orientation camp in August.

But the greatest honor bestowed upon the 22-year-old this summer may have come shortly before training camp, when the Islanders named him the 14th captain in franchise history. The move, necessitated by former captain Mark Streit's signing with the Philadelphia Flyers, cast an even greater spotlight on the Islanders' franchise player. But Tavares made it clear as camp opened that he wasn't planning on changing his approach to the game just because he has a C stitched above his heart.

Posted On Thursday, 09.12.2013 / 1:24 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer / - Training Camp 2013 blog

Islanders impressed by Barclays Center

BROOKLYN -- It won't technically be their home until the 2015-16 season, but after enjoying the first skate of their 2013-14 training camp at Barclays Center, the New York Islanders' players were impressed by what they saw from the new state-of-the-art facility, which will host the first-ever NHL game in Brooklyn when the Islanders play the New Jersey Devils in a preseason contest Sept. 21.

The Islanders take part in their first practice at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The Islanders take part in their first practice
at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
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"It definitely feels really new. It will be an adjustment to make it feel comfortable and make it feel right at home. But it's a beautiful place," said captain John Tavares, who wasn't sure what the energy would be like for the upcoming preseason game. "I think it will feel like a neutral-site game, because the Coliseum is our home for a couple more years and we don't have a locker room here yet. But it will be nice to play the game for sure and get a feeling of what it will be like."

The team took a train together to the arena along the Long Island Railroad and seemed impressed by the amenities the new building offered. Holding 15,813 fans at full capacity, the building also features a new 32-foot-by-15-foot scoreboard that is among the biggest in North American arenas. And there will be even more awaiting the Islanders when they move into Barclays in 2015, as the arena is adding a new 11,000-square-foot campus offering full amenities for players and staff.

"It's great. We didn't really know what to expect. I hadn't seen the rink yet. I was looking forward to getting down here and seeing it. You can tell it's going to be a great atmosphere," forward Josh Bailey said. "The seats are right on top of you. It makes for a heck of an atmosphere. The fans are going to love it and the players are going to love playing here."

Posted On Thursday, 09.12.2013 / 1:20 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer / - Training Camp 2013 blog

Clutterbuck excited to find his place with Islanders

BROOKLYN -- Following his first time out on the ice as a member of the New York Islanders, right wing Cal Clutterbuck admitted that he was still getting to know most of his new teammates.

Taking a train on the Long Island Railroad to Barclays Center, which will host the team's Sept. 21 preseason game against the New Jersey Devils, gave him a unique chance to grow better acquainted with the team. But the 25-year-old, who spent his first five NHL seasons with the Minnesota Wild, said he was still getting used to being an Islander.

"It's a long way from St. Paul, Minnesota, that's for sure," Clutterbuck said. "Getting on a train and coming down to the station with that many people. You don't see that many people in an entire week down in Minnesota. It's a little different, but there's definitely some nervous energy when you get out there the first day. You get used to one thing for five or six years and then it's a lot different when it changes."

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