Columbus Blue Jackets
The Rangers have hit the skids in the midst of a franchise-record nine-game homestand that was supposed to be a launching point.
Matt Calvert, Artem Anisimov and David Savard scored in the first 11:10 and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Rangers 4-2 on Thursday night, sending New York to its fourth straight loss.
Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov aren’t looking back in anger. They said a part of them will always be about the Rangers.
The Rangers have turned their miserable start around, but they must keep hitting the accelerator hard. If they do, their win over the Penguins will not be a fluke. It will be the jumping off point of a team that is going to be in contention for the Eastern Conference title for the remainder of the season.
Carl Hagelin scored two goals — one thanks to an opposing player — and Cam Talbot made 32 saves Thursday night to lead the Rangers past Columbus 4-2.
Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 24 shots and James Wisniewski had a goal and two assists to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-1 victory.
Brad Richards is without a role and will soon be bought out by the Rangers because of a shrinking salary cap and long offseason checklist for GM Glen Sather.
While Tortorella didn’t want to use injuries as an excuse, the Rangers were severely hampered by a number of key injuries.
Brian Boyle and Derek Dorsett were inserted into the Rangers’ lineup for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
While Gaborik is thriving in Columbus, the Blueshirts landed a haul of their own. Derick Brassard and John Moore are flourishing under the Madison Square Garden lights.
John Tortorella’s system requires a certain type of player. The “new” deeper Rangers fit Tortorella like a glove and proved it by beating the Penguins 6-1.
Losing Ryan Callahan for an extended period would be a devastating blow for a Rangers team that is lacking scoring punch.
Nash fits the “Tortorella mold.” He’s a straight-ahead kind of guy and has been itching for an opportunity to play for a winner.
The window to win a Stanley Cup Championship is once again open for the Rangers.
The hits just keep on coming for the National Hockey League, and they’re not pretty. The NHL canceled its entire September preseason game schedule, the first on-ice casualty of the four-day lockout of the players’ association.