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Rangers Downed by Senators in Ottawa

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Goals from Michael Grabner and Pavel Buchnevich were not enough for the Rangers, who were topped by the Senators, 3-2, in Ottawa Wednesday night.

Zack Smith's goals eight seconds into the game gave Ottawa a 3-1 advantage and one they did not surrender despite Buchnevich's goal 4:32 later. 

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Pavelec Shines But Rangers Fall to Stars

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

When asked this morning what he expected out of goaltender Ondrej Pavelec, coach Alain VIgneault said simply that he expected him to give his team a chance to win.

Pavelec did that and more in making 44 saves despite coming out on the losing effort in a 2-1, shootout loss against the Dallas Stars at Madison Square Garden.  

"Right now it's kind of disappointing," said Pavelec, who allowed just one goal in regulation to Julius Honka in the second period before being beaten by Alexander Radulov and Jason Spezza in the shootout. "The good thing is we were able to come out with the one point in this game. We got better in the third period, but we've got to move on. Tomorrow is a new day and big games coming up. Tough, tough loss for sure."

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Rangers Rebound With 5-2 Win Over Devils at MSG

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Head coach Alain Vigneault called Saturday's tilt with the Devils at The Garden a "big game," and after he felt his team responded with a big effort in topping New Jersey, 5-2.

Mats Zuccarello scored twice and Jesper Fast added another as New York completed its four-game stretch against the Metropolitan Division with three wins, quickly erasing the memory of last night's loss in Washington. 

"This is what we needed," said Henrik Lundqvist, who made 26 saves and earned his 419th win as a Ranger, passing Tony Esposito for the second-most wins with one franchise in NHL history. "That's the good part about this league: when you lose a game, you have not a lot of time to walk around and think about it. You just regroup and focus on the next one."

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Rangers Topped by Capitals in Washington

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

The Rangers erased a two-goal deficit but surrendered a pair of late goals in a 4-2 loss to the Capitals in Washington.

After Jesper Fast tied the game, 2-2, midway through the third period, Washington scored two goals in 2 minutes beginning with Matt Niskanen with 3:32 left in regulation before Tom Wilson iced the contest with his fifth goal of the year.

The Rangers never led in the game, starting with Jay Beagle's goal just 14 seconds into the game. Washington controlled the first period and outshot the Rangers 17-9 after 20 minutes.

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Rangers Overcome Injuries in Win Over Penguins

Nieves scores first NHL goal; Pavelec finishes with 41 saves

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Players and coaches often state the need for others to step up when a team is dealing with injuries, and the Rangers received big performances throughout the lineup Tuesday night in a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Playing without Mika Zibanejad (concussion) and Henrik Lundqvist (flu), New York relied on its depth and it delivered in a big way.

Boo Nieves scored his first NHL goal as part of a three-point night from the team's fourth line while Ondrej Pavelec made 41 saves to earn his second win of the season.

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Grabner Posts Hat Trick in 5-1 Win Over Hurricanes

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

The Rangers' dominance at home against the Carolina Hurricanes continued Friday, as New York topped their division foe, 5-1, at Madison Square Garden.

Michael Grabner scored a hat trick, including two empty-net goals, to help the Rangers extend their winning streak over Carolina at home to 14, dating back to Jan. 5, 2011.

"Well, first of all, I try to kill off a little bit of time but when I get the chance, especially if it's a one goal game, I try to go and get that goal. It's a big relief I think when you go up two goals." Grabner said of his success rate with the net empty, in which he became the first Ranger since at least 1967-68 to record two empty-net goals in the same game. "I'm just trying to, not cheat but when I get the chance, turn a goal and try to beat some guys."

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Postgame Notebook: No Update on Zibanejad; Desharnais on Strong Game

Pavelec on entering in relief

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Forward Mika Zibanejad was a late scratch for Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Florida Panthers with what the team said was an upper body injury.

Coach Alain Vigneault did not have an update on Zibanejad after the game, but said he should know more on Wednesday with the team scheduled to have an off day.

"Mika came in tonight and tried it in warmup. He just wasn't able to go," Vigneault said. "I'll know more - I just found out that he was going to try in warmups, so I'll know more tomorrow for you."

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Rangers Comeback Falls Short in Loss to Panthers

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

The Rangers erased 3-0 and 4-1 deficits in the second period, but a late goal by Denis Malgin with 1:09 left in the third period swayed the result in Florida's favor, 5-4 dealing the Blueshirts their first loss on home ice in nine games.

After New York tied the game on Chris Kreider's second goal of the contest at 13:28 of the third, it was Malgin's wrist shot following a blocked shot by Brendan Smith that beat Ondrej Pavelec for the victory, spoiling what was otherwise a strong effort by the Rangers in defeat.

"This has to be a huge lesson for us tonight, not only about our start again, but more so when you come back in a game at home, a minute left, these are games you've got to take at least one point from," said Rick Nash. 

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Vesey Lifts Rangers to Shootout Win Over Vancouver

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

On the anniversary of the most famous shootout in NHL history, the Rangers once again found themselves going shot for shot in the competition and once again came out victorious.

New York outlasted the Vancouver Canucks, 4-3, in a shootout that went into the seventh round before Jimmy Vesey beat Jacob Markstom glove side to secure the Rangers' eighth consecutive victory on home ice.

"I think [the length of the shootout] actually helped me," said Vesey, who tied the game five minutes into the third period to send the game into extra time. "[Rick Nash], I saw him be successful with the shot. I don't think ice conditions are good at that point in the game. It looked like their goalie was deep in his crease. The guys who had success for us were shooting, and I just tried to once again get it over his glove."

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Zuccarello's OT Winner Preserves Lundqvist Gem in Victory over Wings

Rangers Captures Seventh Straight Win at Home

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Friday's tilt between the Rangers and Red Wings had a bit of everything.

Superb goaltending, chances on both sides and in the end, a dramatic finish, as Mats Zuccarello's tally 37 seconds into overtime lifted the Rangers to a 2-1 victory over Detroit for their seventh straight win on home ice.

Brady Skjei won a one-on-two battle below the Detroit goal line and shoveled a pass to Zuccarello, who was uncovered in front and went top shelf to beat Jimmy Howard for the victory.

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