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Acquisition Of Eric Staal Gives Rangers Another Shot

Eric Staal's family watches on during his first warmup session with the New York Rangers on February 29, 2016. (Photo Credit: Jared Silber-Getty Images)

Staal’s family watches on during his first warmup session with the New York Rangers on February 29, 2016. (Photo Credit: Jared Silber-Getty Images)

It has been said many times before that all Stanley Cup contenders have a “window”. In others words, the span of time they have to win it all before everything declines. Since the New York Rangers made the 2012 Eastern Conference Final, they have been considered a contender. Read more

Stars Down Rangers 3-2 In OT

Talbot before Sunday's game (Bruce Bennett/ Getty Images)

Talbot before Sunday’s game (Bruce Bennett/ Getty Images)

With Derek Stepan returning to the lineup after missing Saturday’s game with the flu, the New York Rangers were hoping for a revitalized lineup and some offensive creativity against the Dallas Stars.

The first period lulled by, as the teams seemed to be feeling each other out, and with both sides coming off a game the night before, there wasn’t much action.

After two penalties taken by Marc Staal and Dan Boyle, the Stars were able to cash in on their five-on-three chance in the second period. Tyler Seguin threw a nifty little pass to a streaking Jason Spezza who tucked it past Cam Talbot for the game’s opening goal. The Stars were able to carry the momentum for much of the period, but some good pressure by the Rangers allowed Kevin Hayes to find Carl Hagelin for the equalizer.

Hayes then did the same again, this time giving the puck away to Dallas, allowing Erik Cole to pot one to give the Stars a one-goal lead heading into the third.

The final period of regulation was all Rangers. They outshot the Stars 20-2, and basically controlled the puck for the entirety of the 20 minutes. A botched delay of game call gave the Rangers the man advantage with about three minutes left. After Kari Lethonen misplayed the puck, Chris Kreider was able to take advantage of a loose puck and send the game into overtime.

The extra hockey didn’t last long, as Ales Hemsky sniped Talbot high blocker side to win the game for Dallas.

Other than the second Stars’ goal, Talbot played a really strong game, making several key saves to keep his team in the hunt.

Although disappointing, the loss isn’t all bad. With Washington falling to Philadelphia, the Rangers are now just one point out of third place with three games in hand on the Caps. They remain three back of the second-place Pittsburgh Penguins, and four back of the first-place New York Islanders, who are very capable of being caught up to, as they have not been playing their best hockey as of late.

In the tail end of a back to back, the Rangers dug deep and found a way to scrape a point out of this one, which is the most important. One point is better than no points.

Here’s your game summary courtesy of NHL.com:

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Game Highlights 

Rangers Aiming For The Stars Tonight At MSG

Kevin Klein chases down Jason Spezza. (Photo by Glenn James/ Getty Images)

Life without Henrik Lundqvist rolls on for the New York Rangers. His “vascular injury” is set to keep him out at least three weeks, so this gives a great opportunity for Cam Talbot to step in and pick up some valuable wins for his squad.

The Dallas Stars come in cooling off from their hot start to the 2014-15 campaign. They are 4-5-1 in their last 10, but they can score goals like nobody’s business. They currently are ranked 2nd in the league with a goals per game average of 3.1. So the Rangers defense will have some work cut out for them, and according to head coach Alain Vigneault, he said some possible changes might happen on the blue line, but he isn’t 100% sure.

Injury Update: Derek Stepan (flu-like symptoms) will make his return to the lineup tonight after missing yesterday’s 3-2 loss in Nashville.

Jesper Fast (sprained knee) had an MRI done today and the team will not have the results until later on tonight. So his timeline right now is not clear.

Game 51: Dallas Stars @ New York Rangers, Madison Square Garden, NY, 5:00 pm EST 

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Here are some tweets courtesy of Seth Rothman, from AV’s press conference just a few minutes ago:

 

It was also reported that Lundqvist will be speaking to reporters at 4:00 pm.

 

Enjoy the game everyone!

Halfway through the season, do the Rangers have what it takes?

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Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

After a dismal start last season, which featured a 3-6 record through an early nine-game road trip, the New York Rangers dug in and turned it around. They bought into head coach Alain Vigneault’s system and turned on the afterburners in mid-December, tearing through opponents in the process en route to the Stanley Cup final. Read more

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