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Garden Of Dreams Makes Two Youngsters' Day With Rangers Unforgettable

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Bonds are forged through good and bad experiences, and sometimes a balance of both.
 
The Morgan Center, a pre-kindergarten program for children with cancer, brought Johnny Higgins and Anthony Gregoretti together when the Long Islanders were three years old.  
 
But it was a love of hockey, especially the Rangers, that created a friendship that has helped both get through the good times and the bad. Johnny and Anthony, who are both treated at Cohen Children's Medical Center, a Garden of Dreams partner organization in Queens, first connected with the New York Rangers through the Garden of Dreams.

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Postgame Notes: Rangers vs. Islanders 10.19.17

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

Team Notes

  • THREE'S COMPANY - The Rangers recorded at least three goals in a game for the second consecutive contest, and the Blueshirts have tallied seven goals over the last two games. In addition, six different Rangers have registered a goal in the two games.
  • ON POINT - At least one Rangers defenseman registered an assist/point on each of the team's three goals in regulation in tonight's game, and four different Blueshirts defensemen recorded an assist/point in the contest (Kevin Shattenkirk, Marc Staal, Brendan Smith, and Ryan McDonagh).
  • SHOOTING GALLERY - The Blueshirts registered a season-high 41 shots on goal in tonight's game, and 16 of 18 Rangers recorded at least one shot on goal. The Rangers have recorded 30 or more shots on goal in each of the last five games and in seven of eight games thus far in 2017-18.
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Rangers Rally for Point in Shootout Loss to Islanders

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

The Rangers rallied from two-goals down in the third period but fell to the Islanders, 4-3, in a shootout Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

Mats Zuccarello and Kevin Hayes scored in the third period, but Jordan Eberle and John Tavares each beat Henrik Lundqvist in the shootout to deny the Rangers of their second win of the season.

"We buckled down," coach Alain Vigneault said. "Our guys worked extremely hard. Maybe our execution may not be perfect, but the work ethic in that room and the commitment to try and play the right way is there. I'm a firm believer in that if you prepare, work hard, things are going to fall into place. 

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Rangers Expecting an Emotional Game Against the Islanders

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Ryan McDonagh hopes tonight's date with the Islanders leads to a better start for the Rangers, who have allowed a goal in the first minute of play in two of the last four games.

"It's an opponent we're pretty familiar with," McDonagh said of the team from Brooklyn. "We saw them a few times in preseason and a lot of familiar faces. Hopefully [it's] a game that brings a lot of emotion out of our team here tonight and gets us going right from the first drop of the puck."

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Rangers Face Islanders for First Time This Season

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Rangers (1-5-1, 3 pts) vs. Islanders (2-3-1, 5 pts)
7 pm, Madison Square Garden
MSG Network; ESPN 1050 AM

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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Islanders 10.19.17

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. NEW YORK ISLANDERS
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden - New York, NY
 
Rangers: 1-5-1 (3 pts)
Islanders: 2-3-1 (5 pts)
 
TONIGHT'S GAME
The Rangers play their eighth game of the 2017-18 season tonight, Oct. 19, against the New York Islanders in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET - TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 1050 AM). Tonight's game is the third contest of the Blueshirts' season-long, six-game homestand, and the Rangers will play five of their next six games at MSG. In addition, tonight's contest is the fourth of four consecutive games the Rangers are playing against Metropolitan Division opponents.

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Rangers Looking at the Positives Heading into Thursday Against Islanders

Plus update on Ryan McDonagh

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Despite the loss, head coach Alain Vigneault and his team are looking at Tuesday's performance as a continuation of the Blueshirts turning the difficult start to their season around, even if the results are there just yet.

"We're working extremely hard right now, both as a team and individually to get our game where it needs to be for us to win," Vigneault told reporters on Wednesday. "This is obviously a business that's oriented on winning. We need to get our game where it's going to permit us to do that on a more regular basis.

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Prospect Update: Andersson Scores Twice for Frolunda

Shesterkin Wins, Ronning, Virta Score

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Rangers 2017 first-round pick Lias Andersson had two goals and four shots on goal in a 3-2 win for Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League.

The pair of goals were the 19-year-old's first two of the season for the Indians. Andersson has eight shots on goal and is averaging 15:44 through five games.

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Rangers Surrender Late Lead, Lose to Pittsburgh in OT

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Marc Staal said right now, the Rangers are having a difficult time "finding wins."

It was there for them. After erasing an early two-goal deficit, the Blueshirts eventually overtook Pittsburgh in the third. But a goal with 55.3 seconds left in regulation evened the score for the Penguins, who would cash in on a Ryan McDonagh turnover 58 seconds into the extra period to top the Rangers, 5-4, at Madison Square Garden.

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Postgame Notes: Rangers vs. Penguins 10.17.17

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

Team Notes

  • POWER SURGE - The Blueshirts were 2-for-6 (8:01) on the power play in tonight's contest and tallied both power play goals on a double minor penalty assessed to Pittsburgh in the second period. The Rangers registered two power play goals on a double minor penalty for the first time since Feb. 17, 2016 vs. Chicago. New York has tallied a power play goal in four of seven games this season and has registered two power play goals in three of those contests. The Rangers have recorded at least seven power play goals in their first seven games of a season for the first time since 2009-10 (nine).
  • FOUR SCORE - The Rangers registered four goals in tonight's game. The Blueshirts tallied at least four goals in a home game for the 19th time since the start of last season.
  • IN A NEW YORK MINUTE - The Rangers tallied two goals in a span of one minute in tonight's contest (Pavel Buchnevich - 7:32 of the second period; J.T. Miller - 8:32 of the second period).
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