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NY Rangers Take Game 3, Lead Series Over Penguins 2-1

The NY Rangers got it done, but not without an onslaught of pressure by the Penguins in the final period. The Rangers came out very strong through two periods, even holding the Penguins to a single shot in 15 minutes to start out the game. New York looked fast, won the battles in the corner, loose pucks, and stifled the Penguins each time they gained entry into The Ranger’s defensive zone.

It wasn’t until seven minutes or so in the final period that the Penguins got a breath of success, scoring their first goal of the game. Scored by Patric Hornqvist in the slot, The Penguins continued to press and put pressure on The Rangers and it looked like it was only a matter of time before the guys in black and white found the net again to tie the game at two a piece.

The expected goal for many never came and the Rangers ended up walking out of The Consol Energy Center feeling like they stole the game from the opposition.

It is no surprise that The Rangers work well on the road and a tight win like this one has been commonplace for the Blueshirts time and time again this season. With the best regular season record in the NHL, New York has all the experience and talent you would expect in a team with its sights set on a return to the Stanley Cup finals.

For a video recap, please check out the following:

http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/embed?playlist=812194

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Posted by on April 21, 2015 in Bruce Heen

 

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NY Rangers Come Back to Win Against NJ Devils

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Although still early in the season, every win, especially Tuesday night’s 4-3 overtime comeback victory over the Devils, is something to cheer about for the rangers.

“It’s important for everybody to believe that no matter what, we have an opportunity to get back in a game,” captain Ryan McDonagh (two assists) said. “And the strength of our team is doing it in fives. We’re not depending on one guy to try to create on his own. I like that guys are continuing to play with confidence even if we’re down now.”

The obvious hero of the game was Kevin Klein as he shot a game-winner at the 2:42 mark of the extra period. The Rangers have won three straight after falling three in a row but they’ve done so as a unit. Four different blueshirts scored on Tuesday at the Rock including Chris Kreider, Chris Mueller, Rick Nash and Klein.

“That was a little redemption for that one that went off my butt in the second period,” Klein said, wearing the ceremonial Broadway Hat.

The first five goals of the game were all scored on power plays, Derick Brassard’s line with Mats Zuccarello and Martin St. Louis resulted in the only consistent even-strength pressure, but when the Rangers finally broke through at 5-on-5, it was Nash scoring his NHL-leading eighth goal of the season off a rebound from rookie Kevin Hayes.

For more information read on at http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/hockey/rangers/kevin-klein-ot-goal-leads-rangers-devils-nash-nets-article-1.1982683

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Posted by on October 28, 2014 in Bruce Heen

 

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New Jersey Welcomes Super Bowl XLVIII

There are certain things that, arguably, have to be done at least once in a lifetime.  For people in the New York City area, these things usually include seeing a show on Broadway, watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade cross through Manhattan, or standing outside for hours on New Year’s Eve to see the ball drop in Times Square.

This year, Super Bowl XLVIII will be held in MetLife Stadium, located in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and while it’s easy to assume that this location would easily put “attend Super Bowl XLVIII” on the tri-state area bucket list, the logistics of the entire day are enough to deter even local football fanatics.  Here’s why spending Super Bowl Sunday at home this year may not be the worst idea ever:

Weather

MetLife Stadium is an open-air venue.  The forecast for game day puts the high at a whopping 36 degrees, meaning the temperature will be even lower at game time.  Even if hand warmers are part of the ticket holder package, there’s no way around the fact that it will be cold.  While temperatures may not be low enough to rival the infamous Green Bay Packers games, fans in the nosebleed seats at MetLife Stadium will need to be bundled up and covered in layers to enjoy the game.

Cost

It’s no secret that Super Bowl tickets are insanely expensive.  The average ticket for the Super Bowl costs about $2,700 in the week leading up to the game, but some tickets can cost more than $10,000.  Viewers at home can watch the Super Bowl in a climate-controlled environment for basically nothing, if they have a basic cable plan.  The money saved by passing on a Super Bowl ticket can be spent on more important supplies for the night, like chips and hot wings.

This brings up another point: Anything fans might need to buy at Super Bowl XLVIII is going to be expensive.  In the past, fans have had to pay up to $14 for nachos and beer has gone for $15 a pint.  It is very possible that these prices will be even higher this year because the game is in the New York City area, a place already infamous for it’s high cost of living.

Traffic

The New York/New Jersey area already has a pretty bad rap for its insane amount of traffic—and, arguably, equally as insane drivers—and this problem is bound to worsen on game day.  Fans staying in The City and commuting into New Jersey by car are likely to see huge amounts of congestion in the Lincoln and Holland tunnels and on the George Washington Bridge.  Assuming drivers make it to East Rutherford in a timely fashion, parking passes are still going to leave fans another $150 short.  Attendees are encouraged to take advantage of NY/NJ Transit options.  Realizing the only area you’ll have to navigate is the path from your seat to the snack table is another reason watching the game in your living room might be the better option this year.

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Posted by on February 10, 2014 in Bruce Heen

 

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NY Rangers lose 5-3 to NY Islanders

When the New York Rangers and the New York Islanders play each other you know there is going to be some bad blood. Maybe because a big storm was in the midst of hitting New York City, because this game seemed like it was lacking intensity. Over the course of 11 days, both teams will be facing one another three times, so hopefully things will get more interesting.

The NY Rangers looked like they were going to blow the game wide open scoring quick goals in the first period. The first two goals were scored by Rick Nash. He had a nice shot from the slot assisted by Chris Kreider and break away that was also assisted by Kreider. Up 2-0, the NY Islanders scored a goal to cut the lead in half. You would think the Rangers would look in control of the game but the Islanders were the ones who were dictating the pace.

The majority of the game was played in the Rangers defensive end, which definitely took a tole on rookie goal tender Cam Talbot. He saw a number of pucks, screens and shots. It was only a matter of time before they started going in.

Hopefully the Rangers get things back on track for their next game. They had won three games in a row and were mounting serious surge up the standings. This game shouldn’t knock the wind out of their sales, but I am sure it gave the Islanders a lot more life as they are near the bottom of the NHL standings.

It is great to see Chris Kreider getting more playing time on the top line of the Rangers. He was in the doghouse with previous head coach John Tortorella. Tortorella felt Chris came into the league too soon and needed time to develop. Well I guess that time in the AHL has paid off because Chris Kreider is making a serious impact for the Blueshirts. He is out muscling players to the puck and scoring and assisting on a number of plays. He is a key player in the Rangers system this year and should only continue to improve.

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Posted by on January 22, 2014 in Bruce Heen

 

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