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Recap: Ferocious Finish Not Enough for Blueshirts

'Too Big a Hill' as Canucks Survive Rangers' Onslaught

by Michael Obernauer

The Rangers had an opponent on the ropes and staggering from the start of the third period to the finish on Sunday afternoon, and the bell couldn't come soon enough for the Vancouver Canucks. But when it finally rang, rather than celebrating the best period of hockey they've played this season, the Rangers were left lamenting that it was not quite enough.

"The third period, we got the speed going, the legs going, and started playing very desperate hockey, and it looked great," said Henrik Lundqvist. "It was just too big a hill to climb."

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GAME DAY: Blueshirts Are Back In Town

Kids Day vs. Canucks Opens Season-Long Garden Homestand

by Michael Obernauer

RANGERS vs. CANUCKS, 1 p.m.
Junior Rangers Kids Day
Presented by Party City

Madison Square Garden
MSG Network, 98.7 FM

GAME DAY
It has been reinforced to the Rangers as they have traversed this strange schedule over the first half of October: There's no substitute for playing regular games at a normal NHL rhythm.

This much will be reinforced over the last half of October: There's no place like home.

With the schedule finally keeping the Blueshirts busy, now it's time for them to stay home awhile: Five games over the next 10 days at Madison Square Garden - call it six, unofficially, because the Rangers Alumni are in on the action with an afternoon game against the Bruins' alums one week from Sunday. Following the Alumni Classic, the Rangers will face Boston in their 2,000th home game at the current Madison Square Garden.

This is the Rangers' longest homestand of the 2019-20 season, a chance for some traction and some home cooking with games against Arizona, Buffalo, Boston and Tampa Bay.

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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Canucks 10.20.19

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

TODAY'S GAME
The Rangers play their sixth game of the 2019-20 season and begin a season-long five-game homestand today, Oct. 20, against the
Vancouver Canucks at Madison Square Garden (1:00 p.m. ET - TV: MSG Network, Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). Including today's game, the
Rangers will play seven of their next eight games, and nine of their next 11 contests, at MSG.

RANGERS VS. CANUCKS

  • All-Time: 81-33-8-1 (43-14-5-1 at home; 38-19-3-0 on the road)
  • 2019-20: Today's game is the first of two meetings between the Rangers and Canucks, and the only meeting between the two teams at MSG. Following today's game, the Rangers and Canucks will face each other on the following date: Jan. 4 (at Vancouver).
  • 2018-19: The Rangers posted a 1-1-0 record (1-0-0 at home; 0-1-0 on the road). Henrik Lundqvist posted a 2.04 GAA and a .925 SV% (49 saves on 53 shots) in two appearances. The Blueshirts were 2-for-10 (20.0%) on the power play and 8-for-9 (88.9%) on the penalty kill in the season series.
  • The Rangers have registered 495 goals in 123 all-time regular-season games against the Canucks (4.02 goals per game; does not include goals scored in a shootout). The Blueshirts have averaged more goals per game against Vancouver than against any of their current NHL opponents in franchise history.
  • New York has won four of its last five games against Vancouver (4-1-0 record) and has tallied 20 goals in the five contests.
  • The Rangers have earned at least one point in 11 of their last 14 games against Vancouver, dating back to Jan. 13, 2011 (10-3-1 record).
  • Three of the last four games, and six of the last nine games, between the Rangers and Canucks have been decided by one goal. In addition, four of the last nine contests between the two teams have been decided in either overtime or a shootout.
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Recap: Blueshirts Come Up Short vs. Caps

Bread Man & Buch Score In Loss

by Michael Obernauer

WASHINGTON -- It was right about the midpoint of the game on Friday night when Henrik Lundqvist made stopping a penalty shot look like one of the easier things in the world to do. His team was trailing by two goals and badly needed a stop; he supplied it, and the lift it gave his team was palpable.

David Quinn spoke afterward of how his goaltender had kept his team in a game during that middle frame. "Unfortunately," the Head Coach said, "we weren't able to do anything with it."

On a night when Lundqvist held Washington's second-period push at bay and gave his team a chance to mount a rally, ultimately there was just too much T.J. Oshie, too much John Carlson, and too many chances for them to combine on power plays as the Blueshirts went down to a 5-2 defeat to the Capitals on Friday night.

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GAME DAY: Rangers Right Back at it in D.C.

Henrik vs. Holtby as Blueshirts Cap Back-to-Back

by Michael Obernauer

RANGERS at CAPITALS, 7 p.m.
Capital One Arena
MSG Network, 1050 AM

GAME DAY
There may come a time down the long road of an NHL season when the Rangers do not particularly relish the thought of back-to-back games and three in four days. This is not that time.

When David Quinn spoke on Thursday night about "silver linings," one of them simply was that the Rangers get a chance to put one game after another, without a week of down time in between. Their next chance comes Friday night against the Capitals in Washington, completing the Blueshirts' first back-to-back this season.

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Pregame Notes: Rangers @ Capitals 10.18.19

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

TONIGHT'S GAME
The Rangers play their fifth game of the 2019-20 season and conclude a back-to-back set tonight, Oct. 18, against the Washington
Capitals in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Capital One Arena (7:00 p.m. ET - TV: MSG Network, Radio: ESPN 1050 AM). New
York is concluding its first back-to-back set of the season tonight. The Rangers have 13 back-to-back sets during the 2019-20 season;
the team had 11 back-to-back sets in both 2017-18 and 2018-19. Only two Eastern Conference teams have fewer back-to-back sets
than the Blueshirts in 2019-20.

RANGERS VS. CAPITALS

  • All-Time: 97-96-18-11 (53-44-9-5 at home; 44-52-9-6 on the road)
  • 2019-20: Tonight's game is the first of four meetings between the Rangers and Capitals, and the first of two meetings between the two teams at Washington. Following tonight's game, the Rangers and Capitals will face each other on the following dates: Nov. 20 (at MSG), Mar. 5 (at MSG), Mar. 26 (at Washington).
  • 2018-19: The Rangers posted a 0-1-3 record (0-1-1 at home; 0-0-2 on the road). All four games were decided by two or fewer goals, and three of the four contests were decided in either overtime or a shootout. The Rangers tallied at least three goals in three of four games in the season series. Brady Skjei tied for first among all skaters with three goals in the season series, while Chris Kreider (two goals, two assists) and Mika Zibanejad (one goal, three assists) each recorded four points in four games.
  • All of the last nine meetings between New York and Washington have been decided by two or fewer goals. In addition, 12 of the last 13 games between the Rangers and Capitals have been decided by two or fewer goals, and seven of those 13 meetings have been decided by one goal.
  • Four of the last five meetings, and five of the last seven meetings, between the Rangers and Capitals have been decided in either overtime or a shootout.
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Recap: Rangers Get Short End of the Stick

In Special Teams Battle, Game Breaks Devils' Way

by Michael Obernauer

NEWARK -- The snap of Artemi Panarin's stick late in the third period of Thursday night's game was symbolism so clear it could have skated over to the Rangers' bench and bopped them over the head. Things on this night simply were breaking for the other guys.

Panarin was attempting a breakaway pass to a teammate exiting the penalty box with under eight minutes to play in a one-goal game when everything backfired in the blink of an eye: His stick exploded on him, forcing him to leave it and the puck alone, and New Jersey's Nikita Gusev swooped right in to score the insurance marker that effectively squashed a Ranger rally in a 5-2 loss to Devils.

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GAME DAY: Rangers Renew a Rivalry, and their Schedule

Georgiev to Start as Blueshirts Open Back-to-Back in Jersey

by Michael Obernauer

RANGERS at DEVILS, 7 p.m.
October 17th, 2019 
Prudential Center
NBCSN, 1050 AM

GAME DAY

There are numerous new facets to a fierce old rivalry as the Rangers and Devils get set to renew acquaintances on Thursday night in Newark. To get a full sense of how much all those new facets are commanding players' attention inside the Rangers' room, just ask Henrik Lundqvist.

"Not much," Lundqvist said with a smile and a shrug. "There's a lot of different storylines with the draft picks and the free-agent signings on both teams, and a lot of times it's these little extra things that make rivalries special to think about. That's great for the fans. For us it's an important game just to go out and get a win."

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Pregame Notes: Rangers @ Devils 10.17.19

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

TONIGHT'S GAME
The Rangers play their fourth game of the 2019-20 season and begin a back-to-back set tonight, Oct. 17, against the New Jersey Devils in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Prudential Center (7:00 p.m. ET - TV: NBCSN, Radio: ESPN 1050 AM). New York is beginning its first back-to-back set of the season tonight. The Rangers have 13 back-to-back sets during the 2019-20 season; the team had 11 back-to-back sets in both 2017-18 and 2018-19. Only two Eastern Conference teams have fewer back-to-back sets than the Blueshirts in 2019-20.

RANGERS VS. DEVILS

  • All-Time*: 118-92-27-10 (66-32-20-4 at home; 52-60-7-6 on the road) *Note: All-time record includes games against the Kansas City Scouts from 1974-75 - 1975-76 and the Colorado Rockies from 1976-77 - 1981-82
  • 2019-20: Tonight's game is the first of four meetings between the Rangers and Devils, and the first of two meetings between the two teams at New Jersey. Following tonight's game, the Rangers and Devils will face each other on the following dates: Nov. 30 (at New Jersey), Jan. 9 (at MSG), Mar. 7 (at MSG).
  • 2018-19: The Rangers posted a 3-1-0 record (2-0-0 at home; 1-1-0 on the road). The Blueshirts tallied 15 goals in the season series and recorded at least four goals in three of the four contests. Mika Zibanejad led all skaters with five assists, eight points, and 16 shots on goal in the season series, and he recorded his first hat trick with the Blueshirts on Jan. 31, 2019 at New Jersey. Ryan Strome led all skaters with four goals in four games.
  • The Rangers have earned at least one point in 18 of their last 23 contests against New Jersey, dating back to Dec. 7, 2013 (14-5-4 record).
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Kakko's First Is Only the Beginning

'A Special Moment' for the Rookie & the Rangers

by Michael Obernauer

If that indeed was history in the making that Rangers fans were witnessing on Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden, then there will always be two names attached to the moment, not one. Goal by Kaapo Kakko. Assisted by Ryan Strome.

"It's a special moment for him and it's something that our fans and he will never forget, that's for sure," said the set-up man himself, Ryan Strome, on Sunday. "He's going to have a good career, so it was fun to be a part of it. And hopefully many more at the Garden."

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