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Ranger Pundit

A NY Rangers fan for over 80 years, taking all the good and bad with an occassional glass of wine.

Updated: 2018-03-15T08:05:35.374-04:00


Pavel Buchnevich gives away a stick


Yes, the Rangers got the, 4-3, overtime win against Pittsburgh, but the highlight I'll remember is 12-year-old Rangers fans, Benjamin Lefkowitz, getting Pavel Buchnevich's stick. The Rangers tweeted out a picture last night, and ESPN Sports Center gave us the backstory this morning. Good job out of you Pavel. Happy tears with his hero! — New York Rangers (@

Rangers On the Edge of the Abyss


It's time, All-Star break weekend, 50 games played, 32 remaining in the 2017-18 season, will this team get patched up, or blown up? Rangers outside of Playoffs after 50 games Last night's 6-5 victory over the San Jose Sharks keeps the NY Rangers in the Wild Card hunt, but only by a thread. Another 3 game losing streak like they had out West against the Avs, Kings, and Ducks, and this team

The Undead Rangers


The New York Rangers aren't dead yet The Rangers have resurrected their season with this current 6 game winning streak. It was topped off yesterday by their 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Cam Talbot and his Oilers came East, they conquered the Isles and the Devils (thank you very much), and were then ambushed by the Rangers sharpshooting power play. The Rangers notched 2 power plays in the

We Are Now Bottom Feeders


The New York Rangers have now sunk to the bottom of the NHL's food chain, and have become the lowest of the low: bottom feeders. METROPOLITANGPWLOTLPTSGFGADIFFL10STRK New Jersey 10820164031+98-2-0Won 2 Pittsburgh 12741153543-87-3-0Lost 1 Columbus 11740143327+66-4-0Lost 1 NY Islanders 11641133935+46-3-1Won 1 Philadelphia 11650123831+75-5-0Won 1 Carolina 9441112526-14-4-1Lost 1 Washington

Fright Night in Toronto


Halloween horrors are here before there is any frost on the pumpkins. This new edition of the NY Rangers is starting off the 2017-18 season by scaring the bejesus out of their fans. Twelve goals allowed in two games is horrible hockey. The Toronto game, an 8-5 loss, was a massive scream fest, for anyone, who could stomach the entire debacle. Who was that guy wearing the Lundqvist git-up? Sean

Jean Ratelle's #19 Retired to Rafters on Feb. 25, 2018


The NY Rangers announced that Jean Ratelle will be the 9th Ranger to have his number retired by the organization. Looking back at Ratelle's career allows us to relive the organization's chronic ineptitude. Ratelle's greatest success came with linemates Vic Hadfield (LW) and Rod Gilbert (RW) on the so-called "GAG line" (which stood for goal a game). The were together from the late 60's until 

Happy 90th Kids


The Rangers celebrated their 90th year in grand fashion. They beat the Islanders 5-3. However great that was the pre-game show was a knockout, boffo. They went back in history to introduce all the greats: Mark Messier, "the Messiah," Eddie Giacomin, "Eddie, Eddie, Eddie," Barry Beck, "Shoot the puck Barry." I was waiting, wistfully, for the ghosts of Chuck Rayner and Frankie Boucher. No luck.

The Sad Truth: "Holy Cow the Rangers Are Worse than the Cubs!"


Cliff Asness, a big time PhD money manager, who appears to have a soft spot for the Blueshirts, has analyzed all the probabilities and statistics regarding the prodigious losing streak the Rangers have compiled. As you might guess, if you have been paying attention here, his mathematical conclusion fits our theme. The Rangers have punished their loyal fan base beyond anything known in modern

One Cup In 76 Years!


So were you surprised? I wasn't. Counting since the famous "1940", you remember the chant, bellowed in every NHL rink, the Rangers have won one Cup and that one was won when we brought in the "gunslinger" Mark Messier and his band of desperadoes. It was 1994 and if the Rangers continue with their ineptitude and mismanagement and poor coaches that chant may be revived in about 5 years by Islander

Rangers Rebound For The King


It was only a stick near an eye. So he was bleary eyed for a while. Who knows, he may even had been bleary eyed last night but this is the King and when he wills his way he usually wins out. Last night an injured Henrik Lundqvist helped carry his team to a series tying 4-2 win bringing the series and home ice advantage back to the Garden. Think of it. Henrik Lundqvist has brought home ice

Ranger "Limp" Into Playoffs


Well the Rangers are in the playoffs again in a season that while they compiled 101 points they didn't seem to play to their potential. Actually they have limped into the playoffs. Ryan McDonagh's presence is in doubt due to a broken hand he suffered against Columbus on April 4th. Also lesser injuries to Girardi, Zuccarello and Eric Staal, and Lundqvist leaving the practice on Monday didn't send

Rangers At Critical Stage


This has been one hell of a season. We're up, we're down. We're hot, we're cold. We play sixty minutes, we mail it in. The only thing steady is the coach. No innovative moves, no fire, no emotion, plenty of indecisiveness, lots of tinkering, no overall plan. He is basically the two point coach. He can't coach beyond his nose. He still can't figure out where Eric Staal fits in. Every game sees

Rangers Eye Cup, Acquire Eric Staal


I may have to eat my words and rethink the Rangers chances of winning the Cup. The Rangers have picked up Eric Staal from the Hurricanes for prospects. Great move. Staal, the older brother of Ranger Marc Staal is exactly what the Rangers need. A big tough, rugged forward who can put the puck in the net. Lundqvist can now breathe a little easier. Help is on the way. Great deal. Kudos to the new GM.

Andy Bathgate - R.I.P.


Losing a sports hero always brings back memories of the hero and his deeds and legends. With Bathgate I had that feeling every time I went to a Ranger game and saw the players skating. Nobody skated like Bathgate. He was smooth, determined and classy. Hey, that's the word, classy. Bathgate exuded class. Never in my many years as a fan have I seen a more classy player than Bathgate. Yes, he had

The Goons Are Back


Yes, the Rangers have turned it around, but remember we lost two games to two "elite" teams, the Kings and the Black Hawks. Of course in this mediocre NHL "elite" is an over used phrase. But this isn't about hockey, well in a sense it is, it's about goonery, thugness and head hunting. For the second time in Ryan McDonagh's last three games someone has gone after his head. First, Simonds from

Rangers Feed On Patsies


Well the Rangers cuffed around that old punching bag, i.e. the Carolina Hurricanes, I believe it's nine in a row and tonight they play the staggering Ottawa Senators. Thank God the NHL is packed with more losers than winners. Of course listening to Sam and Joe there are 30 contenders in the NHL. But not all the news is bad. The young guns are beginning to show their mettle. JT Miller is starting

Rangers Slowly Fading


What's that old line? There is no there, there. The Rangers came out with gusto, shot a lot of pucks and missed a lot of shots. In fact they missed a lot of open net as Islander goalie was often out of position but the Ranger radar was missing. So, for the second time in three games the Rangers blew a third period  lead. Last year, a third period lead led to two points. But theses are different

Merry Christmas


Well Santa delivered the Rangers a nice Christmas present and the Rangers almost blew it. The present? The Anaheim Ducks, the worst team in the Western Conference and the second worst team in the NHL. The Rangers won in OT, 3-2, on a power play goal by Mats Zuccarello. But it wasn't easy. The Rangers were playing rope-a-dope with a one goal lead in the third period when the Ducks tied it with a

No Miracle On 34th Street


Coincidence? While the Rangers were on Sunday night the Sundance Chanel  was running back to back the great Christmas Classic, "The Miracle on 34th Street." What a great Christmas movie. And then there were the Rangers giving their best performance of "Disaster on 34th Street." Folks, this is no longer a slide, it's a landslide. How bad is it? It's now 3-9-2 in the last 14. Eleven losses in

Rangers In A Deep Funk


Well it is time to be concerned, a lot. The Caps tonight at the Garden and the Rangers are falling fast with a 3-8-2 slide. What's wrong? Everything. Nothing is working well including and especially the goaltending. Lundqvist is slumping, 5-5-1, and the backup Raanta is hurt and with head shots it could be a long one. The top line is sorta topless. It's nothing new with Nash, but now Brassard

Rangers Funk, Now A Slide


The Ranger funk is now a slide, 2-6-2, a slide that could easily turn into a tail spin. Has the loss of Stepan and Klein caused this? If you saw any of the previous three western Canada games, as I did, you saw a little bit of everything bad. No show and listless in the Vancouver game, poor team defense vs Edmonton and Calgary, plus a pulled goalie against the Oilers. Did I say poor coaching

Rangers End Funk, For Now


Well the Rangers ended their losing streak with a big win over a good Ottawa team. Now they go west for three games, where in the past they have done exceptionally well. This win was a testament to their defense, which played tight and tough, and to Ryan McDonagh with a goal and two assists. However, reader McPhilly grabbed my attention the other day with his comments on how the Rangers fall

Rangers In A Deep Funk


I guess it's all my fault. I went to my first game of the year and believed it would be a classic. Montreal, tops in the Atlantic versus Rangers, tops in the Metro. Original Six meeting. Packed house with plenty of Canadien fans in attendance. Everyone showed up except the Rangers. The Canadiens are contenders, the Rangers, pretenders. Then the big bad Bruins. For the first time in ages the

Bolts Jolt Blueshirts


Stupid me. All along I was worried how do we get by Carey Price and the Canadiens. Heck, we can't get by Ben Bishop and the Lightning. Last night, Bishop held us off in a 2-1 loss and his regular season record against us is now 9-0-0. His post season is not that bad either. A botched power play, what a surprise, gave the Lightning the winning goal with 1:03 to go in the game. Dominic Moore tied

Rangers Win 8th Straight in Shootout


Coming off their bar room brawl win over St. Louis the Rangers played a chess match game to beat Ottawa, number two in the Atlantic, 2-1, on a shootout goal by Dan Boyle in his hometown. It was the Rangers first win in a shootout and upped Lundqvist's  league leading record to 10-2-2. He is second to Reto Berra in save percentage, 953 vs .947 and second in GAA, 1.50 vs 1.69. Lundqvist was voted