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Rangers romp against Sens, Lundqvist sets franchise wins record

Mar 18, 2014, 10:56 PM EDT

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When asked about breaking Mike Richter’s franchise record with 302 wins for the New York Rangers, Henrik Lundqvist called the feeling “surreal.” You could probably use similar terms to describe the game in which he claimed that record-breaking victory.

The Ottawa Senators went into the first intermission with a 2-1 lead and absolutely collapsed after that as the Rangers clobbered them in what ended up being an 8-4 win on Tuesday.

The Rangers are beginning to resemble the offensively robust group that head coach Alain Vigneault longed for earlier this season; even though they were shut out against San Jose, they’ve fired an impressive 80 shots on goal in their last two games. Many are labeling them as a dark horse candidate in the East, as they seem to be getting their act together and look pretty formidable on paper.

That doesn’t mean Vigneault is particularly happy with how this game played out (no shock as few coaches would be happy with a game that featured 12 goals).

This might be one of those burn-the-game-tape games for the winners, but things are getting downright grim for the Senators. They’ve lost four games in a row, six of their last seven and eight of 10 games. It’s basically been a disaster since the Olympic break ended and some are burying their chances already.

You don’t see such an inspired silverware (or plasticware?) analogy in sports everyday.

  1. bcisleman - Mar 18, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    I know you’re a NYR booster, Jim, but really? NYR have lost 3 of their last 5 and 6 of their last 10. If WAS holds on to win tonight, they’ll be just two points behind the NYR. With HL, the NYR have a sot in the playoffs but to suggest they are a serious cup contender now strains credulity.

    • James O'Brien - Mar 18, 2014 at 11:25 PM

      They’re a strong possession team that has had a weird season luck-wise:

      Simply think they’re one of the better East teams. Sometimes the results show it, sometimes a team does or doesn’t get bounces.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Mar 19, 2014 at 12:08 AM

        LOL @ the suggestion of the Rangers as a serious cup contender.

        They’re one of the most unsuccessful big market franchises in all of sports in terms of winning championships. 1 Championship in 70 plus years and this season is no different. The New York Jets and Mets are more successful than them. That’s how sad that is.

        The cup is coming out of the West again this year, and only Boston and Pittsburgh will have any chance to stop it.

    • stakex - Mar 19, 2014 at 12:30 AM

      For starters, I don’t think Washington poses much of a threat the rest of the season. Their goaltending, defense, and scoring depth are all serious issues moving forward…. and I doubt they can overcome that. If anything, Columbus is the team not currently in one of the three metro division playoff spots that the Rangers need to watch out for.

      Either way, the Rangers might have come out of the Olympic break a bit flat, but between mid-December and the Olympic break the Rangers were pretty much the best team in the league. So I’m not sure a minor slump over the last 10 games is reason to argue they aren’t a dangerous team. They have Lundq

      I think the one key stat for me is that the Rangers are 3rd in goals allowed in the East, and 8th in the NHL (they have also played more goals than most teams, so they might be even better). I made a rather long post about it a week or so ago, but long story short if you look at the goals allowed stats of teams that made the Cup finals in recent years…. they are almost always in the top 10.

      • stakex - Mar 19, 2014 at 12:34 AM

        ….we really need an edit/delete button on here. That second paragraph isn’t finished. It should have said:

        Either way, the Rangers might have come out of the Olympic break a bit flat, but between mid-December and the Olympic break the Rangers were pretty much the best team in the league. So I’m not sure a minor slump over the last 10 games is reason to argue they aren’t a dangerous team. They have Lundqvist in net, a very solid top 4 on defense, and on paper that have an acceptably dangerous offense. If they execute to their full potential, which has admittedly been an issue for them, they are definitely one of the East’s top teams.

    • 7mantel - Mar 19, 2014 at 8:10 AM

      LOL Islander troll The definition of a loser troll is someone who needs to make negative comments about another team on an article that has nothing to do with his own team.

      • imgoingtowichita - Mar 19, 2014 at 8:39 AM

        Good to know

      • 7mantel - Mar 19, 2014 at 8:43 AM

        That was a reply he said to me earlier .

      • imgoingtowichita - Mar 19, 2014 at 9:30 AM

        Such as your ‘stick it to snow Matt’ comment last night?

      • 7mantel - Mar 19, 2014 at 9:39 AM

        Like I said bcisleman called me a troll for something I posted earlier in the year and that statement was his ,I just changed Ranger to Islander ! I don’t have a problem with guys posting negative statements but I do if you complain about it then do the same thing !

  2. trbowman - Mar 19, 2014 at 1:11 AM

    Watching this team is like passing a kidney stone. And they need to stop it with the somber, depressive post game crap and play the game. This is a team feeling sorry for itself right now and it’s clear as day.

    Scratch Cowen, Greening and Phillips (won’t happen, but should)
    Play Wiercioch, bring up Borowiecki and Da Costa (played well while he was in Ottawa, yet oddly wasn’t brought back up after the Olympics).

    Just want to see some of the younger guys play and the team show some fortitude down the stretch.

  3. trbowman - Mar 19, 2014 at 1:27 AM

    Nobody in the East is capable of beating Boston. The East is not compelling. It’s Boston and Pittsburgh…then the rest of the guys, and Pittsburgh won’t beat Boston.

    The Bruins are too good. They dominate teams, frustrate them like no team I can remember in recent history save for maybe the early 2000s Devils. Top notch goaltending, top notch defence, they can score with teams if need be….best team in hockey. And I’m saying this has someone who has always hated the Bruins.

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Mar 19, 2014 at 1:48 AM

      I was just responding after I spit my beer out over my monitor when someone actually suggested the Rangers as a serious cup contender.

      Too many blinded homers.

      I agree. Boston is looking good. However, the West looks even more dominant.

      Miller is hungry and solid addition to an already good St. Louis team.

      Chicago has got coach Q and a solid core.

      LA has Sutter and Quick.

      SJ is looking good again in the regular season which unfortunately hasn’t been good omen for them. I would love to see them break their playoff history of failure after a solid regular season.

      Anaheim is has some great fire power being the only team in the league with 2 top ten scorers and is rounding out nicely.

      The Bruins are going to be the only team from the East that won’t get dominated in the Finals against the above stated.

      • moarjam - Mar 19, 2014 at 10:21 AM

        Dude you’re like 7. You shouldn’t be drinking beer.

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Mar 19, 2014 at 11:38 AM

      Seven is more like the mentality that Santa still exists which is a perfect parallel to a Rangers fan thinking their team is anything other than one of the worst big market franchises in all of sports history when the terms are winning championships.

      Worse than the Jets.
      Worse than the Mets.
      Equivalent to the Knicks and Nets.


      Welcome to reality.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Mar 19, 2014 at 11:39 AM

        If the truths hurts so much, stay indoors.

      • moarjam - Mar 19, 2014 at 4:48 PM

        Haha I’m not saying anything about the rangers.

        I was merely making a joke about your hate boner for them…

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Mar 19, 2014 at 5:58 PM

        No hate. Just facts.

        Although, some fans do hate being reminded of the facts.

      • moarjam - Mar 19, 2014 at 8:44 PM

        Idk all that “worst franchise in sports history” seems like your personal opinion rather than a fact…

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Mar 20, 2014 at 12:44 AM

        Personal opinion? Hardly.

        When it comes to winning championships, the NY Rangers are one of the worst big market franchises across all 4 major sports.

        They have 1 championship in 70 plus years.

        That’s a fact.

        If you just compare them with just the NY tri-state market, their championship record is equivalent to the NY Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. That’s beyond sad. The NY Mets have been more successful at winning championships than the NY Rangers. There’s no words for how beyond embarrassing that is.

        That’s a fact.

        Rangers fans may not like that truth but that’s the thing about facts, they’re not influenced by personal opinion.

        Yet out of all the fans on this forum, the Ranger fans act like they win the Cup every season. I’m happy to reality check.

      • moarjam - Mar 20, 2014 at 10:19 AM


        but you don’t hate them right?

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Mar 20, 2014 at 10:40 AM

        The Rangers?


        The type of fan who acts like they win the championship every year when their franchise is embarrassing?

        I do enjoy snapping them back to reality regardless of their allegiance.

  4. 19inarow - Mar 19, 2014 at 1:37 AM

    Congratulations King Henrik! I may be an Isles fan, but I know class and dedication when I see it. Keep it up.

  5. terrier92 - Mar 19, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Sad but Ottawa is godawful

  6. blueshirtsfaithful - Mar 19, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Time to turn this slump around!!!!

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