If we learned one thing during Sean Avery's tenure with the Rangers, it's that the best way to get Martin Brodeur off his game is to get in his face.
Well, I guess Mats Zuccarello was watching some old tapes of Avery before last night's game as he was on top of the Devils crease all night and even got into a shoving match with the future Hall of Fame goaltender. And his efforts eventually paid off as his distraction in front helped lead to Dan Girardi's tying goal late in the third period...
After the game, the MSG crew broke down Zuccarello's Avery impression here (2:44 mark)...no comments
Bergen Record - Streaking Devils top Rangers, 3-2, at the Garden
Bergen Record - Rangers notes: Rick Nash to practice
New York Post - King outdueled as Devils defeat Rangers
New York Post - Homegrown team in Rangers-Devils rivalry lives in Garden
New York Times - Not Giving In to Age or Rangers, Brodeur Tops Lundqvist
New York Times - Executives Talk Goalies and Overtime
Newsday - Brodeur, Devils snap Rangers' win streak
Newsday - Nash back on ice working toward returnno comments
The last time these two teams met on October 19, it was the New Jersey Devils who blanked the New York Rangers 4-0 in a game that was barely a contest. This time around, the effort was better but the end result didn't change as New Jersey edged New York on a late goal by Dainius Zubrus, 3-2.
Let's get to the recap, shall we?no comments
Update, 5:39 p.m.:
#NYR Breaking News: Alain Vigneault has just announced Rick Nash will return to practice with the team tomorrow— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) November 12, 2013
Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record adds that, as other injured Rangers have, Nash will likely serve as the eighth defenseman, until he regains conditioning and then be moved to a line.
...could care less were he's playing tomorrow, just pumped to see him practicing with the team.
The New York Rangers (9-8-0) host the New Jersey Devils (5-7-5) at Madison Square Garden starting at 7:00 p.m. For a preview, visit Yahoo! Sports.
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Del Zotto-J. Moore
Henrik Lundqvist - 6-6-0, 2.47 gaa, .916 sv%, 2 so
Martin Brodeur - 4-3-2, 2.09 gaa, .908 sv%, 2 so
- The Devils have won three straight while giving up just one regulation goal combined in those games.
The Rangers announced today that tickets to both 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ games at Yankee Stadium will go on sale via Ticketmaster.com and Ticketmaster.ca at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21.
The Rangers will play two games at the iconic stadium against the New Jersey Devils on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. and the Islanders on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
For pricing and seating chart, click here.
...in related news, I just put my kidney up for sale on the black market. Anyone interested?
The NHL also unveiled the NHL Chrome Collection, chrome-treated team logos specifically designed for use in connection with the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™. Here's the Rangers logo...no comments
After skating for a fourth straight day during the Rangers optional game day skate this morning, Rick Nash discussed his status as he continues to recover from a concussion he suffered last month (via Rangers Twitter)...
"I was a little slow, a little out of shape, but the important part is that I feel good otherwise."
...couldn't agree more with Nash on that final sentiment. Maybe he pulls a Staal returns for one of the outdoor games.
...there's been a lot of talk in the comments section about where Nash fits into the lineup when he's cleared to return. And while it's definitely way too early to speculate, I'll add my two cents. I know he's Rick Nash and you'd like to see him on the top line with Step and Kreider, but that line has too much balance going for it right now. Maybe Nash on a line with Brassard and Callahan is the better way to go initially. I know that would take Callahan off the right wing, but someone has to accommodate Nash and I don't think anyone wants Callahan bumped down to the third line either.
Although, Rangers website beat writer Jim Cerny might have given us some insight...
...what the hell do I know.
And he's a sight for sore eyes...no comments
One of the most obvious upgrades to the Rangers since Alain Vigneault and his new coaching staff have taken over has been the power play.
After finishing last season 23rd in the NHL with the extra man at a paltry 15.7%, not to mention a miniscule 9.1% (4 for 44) in the playoffs, the Blueshirts are now in the Top 15 at 19.6%.
And apparently it's not just the fans who are noticing as Brad Richards explains (via New York Post)...
By Thomas Pollari
Last week, while sitting in Madison Square Garden watching the Rangers lose a very winnable game to a Ducks team that had embarrassed them earlier in the season, I found myself in awe of the iconic arena. It wasn't all the renovations (really not that impressive) that caught my attention it was the silence. I'm not here to mock or call out the other Garden Faithful but to point out the decline of what made Ranger games so much fun.
My first game at the Garden so many years ago was like an overload of the senses. It was a back and forth affair. The type of game that gave you an exciting sense of nausea that the winning goal could come from a lucky bounce at any second. The Rangers prevailed over the Ducks (irony) 3-2, but, besides the game, it was Section 409 that got me hooked on being a Rangers fan. Whether or not you believe alcohol fueled rants and borderline offensive chants are a fun part of the game is up to you, to me it showed the loyalty and community that was built in the 400's over the years. They had the ability to take a blowout against the home team and turn it into a few laughs. I'm not saying they were perfect fans (the 300 sections were on par but 100's and 200's were a little too fancy for my taste) because sometimes lines were crossed. But seeing a Devils or Islanders fan think twice about cheering in your section was a pretty awesome sight.
For the third time in four games Beniot Pouliot found himself stapled to the bench for long stretches of time during the Rangers 4-3 win over Florida Monday night .
Larry Brooks at the New York Post feels that Alain Vigneault is "clearly losing patience" with Pouliot after playing the winger just five shifts for 3:18 after the first period against the Panthers.
Pouliot has just two goals in 17 games this season.
...Pouliot easily has top six skill, but there's a reason he's on his fifth team in eight NHL seasons. I could understand if he was just snake bitten, but his maddeningly inconsistent effort will be the reason he's sitting in the press box once Nash is healthy or possibly as early as this Saturday when Moore is expected back from an oblique injury. Especially if Miller continues to display the scoring touch from Monday night. If Pouliot isn't scoring he's virtually useless out there.
Another interesting development to keep an eye on was Ulf Samuelsson tinkering with the defensive pairs on Sunday night in an attempt to split up John Moore and Michael Del Zotto who have become a defensive liability together...