After beginning the season on a mammoth seven-game road trip,the Rangers will finally host their home opener Thursday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The season kicked off for the Rangers with two games in Stockholm, Sweden. First, the Rangers took on the LA Kings and dropped that game 3-2 in OT. Then, they faced off against the Anaheim Ducks and again lost this time in a SO 2-1.
Overall, the games they played in Sweden in the NHL’s Compuware Premier Series were average at best. They managed to pick up two points in those game but only had 41 shots on goal and just three goals scored. As usual goalie Henrik Lundqvist stole them a couple of points.
After the games in Sweden, the Rangers took a week off before traveling to Long Island to take on the New York Islanders. During that game the Rangers seemed tired and were well outworked throughout, resulting in a 4-2 loss.
The Rangers then had another hefty road trip, this time through Western Canada. The Rangers flew out to Vancouver to take on the Canucks in Rogers Arena. During the first two periods the rangers were outworked once more and were outshot 28-9. As the third period began the mood of the team seemed to change, as if Coach John Tortorella had lit a fire under their bellies. They seemed determined and in that period the Rangers put in four goals en route to a 4-0 win.
After the game the Rangers headed to Calgary. There they faced the Calgary Flames and despite jumping out to an early lead the Rangers headed to the locker room after the first period tied the game went to overtime where Defensemen Ryan McDonagh slapped in the game-winner past Flames backup goalie Henrik Karlsson with 0.5 seconds remaining.
Once again, the Rangers flew out after the game to Edmonton to do battle with a young Oilers team. After the first the Rangers were tied but in the second period Oilers rookie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins put in the games first goal. That goal held up as Nikolai Khabibulin was able to shut out the Rangers in a 2-0 win.
Looking to bounce from the loss, Martin Biron led the Rangers into Winnipeg to take on the Jets for the first time in about 15 years. The atmosphere in the MTS Centre was raucous as usual, Ruslan Fedotenko quieted the crowd by scoring off a deflection from the high slot. They remained quiet until Nik Antropov scored for Winnipeg. After two periods the game remained tied. In the third, Rangers Captain Ryan Callahan broke the tie and Marty Biron was able to hold the lead for a 2-1 Rangers win.
Now the Rangers have come back home,ready for their home opener which begins a six-game home stand in the renovated Madison Square Garden. The game will mark free agent signee Brad Richards’ first game on Broadway.