Joel Ward drove to the net and tapped Alex Ovechkin’s feed past Henrik Lundqvist. After the goal was confirmed by replay, Ovechkin kissed Ward on the cheek.
Jesper Fast and J.T. Miller scored, and Mats Zuccarello had the lone goal in the shootout as the New York Rangers edged the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Saturday night.
Rangers fans are wondering how Glen Sather will go about supplying head coach Alain Vigneault with the final pieces required for a deep playoff run. If anything, the veteran GM rarely shies away from bold moves.
The Metropolitan Division-leading Islanders have won all three meetings this season, outscoring the Rangers 13-4. The Isles have dominated, pinning their rivals deep in their own end by dictating pace with their relentless forecheck.
The Rangers’ bottom six took a significant hit when 23-year-old winger Jesper Fast was ruled out for two to three weeks following the Rangers’ 3-2 overtime loss to the Dallas Stars on Sunday.
Eventually his talent will blossom into NHL stardom, but this isn’t going to be Duclair’s year to shine. In all likelihood, the Rangers will return him to the juniors.
Ryan Haggerty and Jesper Fast each scored twice, and rookie Anthony Duclair added another goal as the New York Rangers beat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-3 in an exhibition game Monday night.
Kevin Hayes is big get for the Rangers, who have done a fine job of stockpiling highly coveted college free agents, including Union defenseman Mat Bodie, RPI winger Ryan Haggerty and University of Vermont forward Chris McCarthy.
He probably won’t win the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy again, nor will he “freight train” opponents for the entirety of 60 minutes — but there’s no doubting the unmistakable game-changing value that Rick Nash brings to the Rangers.
While Hagelin’s inevitable Tuesday return will give the Rangers a significant lift, it’s clear that every man inside the locker room must accept their share of burden for the Rangers’ underwhelming 3-7-0 start.
The return of Callahan’s inspirational and wholehearted play couldn’t come at a more important time. New York’s preseason slump carried into Thursday’s regular-season opener as it lost to the Coyotes, 4-1.
J.T. Miller wasn’t supposed to be on the plane when the Rangers headed west to Phoenix to embark on a nine-game road trip to open their 2013-14 regular season campaign. Score one for perseverance.
A number of prospects including Marek Hrivik, Danny Kristo and Connor Allen could crack the Rangers’ opening-night roster.