Rick Nash

Rangers blank Oilers for third straight win


Dan Girardi had the game-winner and Henrik Lundqvist made 16 saves for the shutout as the New York Rangers blanked the Edmonton Oilers 2-0 Sunday.

Carl Hagelin added an empty netter with 22 seconds remaining.

New York has won two straight to start its’ four-game road trip and three straight overall.

With his assist on Girardi’s second of the season, Rick Nash extended his point streak to a career-best 10 games. Nash now has six goals and six assists during the streak.

The shutout was the fifth of the season for Lundqvist and the 55th of his career.

Edmonton has now lost four straight and have just one win in their last 16.

The Oilers had just five shots on goal in each of the first two periods. New York blocked 21 Edmonton shots over three periods.

Ben Scrivens made 20 saves in the loss.

Video: Nash scores a beauty, Rangers beat Penguins in OT


Rick Nash is up to 18 goals on the season. The New York Rangers are up 12 wins.

Sent in on a breakaway, Nash buried a rebound after he rendered Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury helpless on a nifty move to the backhand, giving the Rangers the lead in the second period. They went on to win 4-3 in overtime, but not before coughing up a two-goal lead to their Metropolitan Division rivals and needing the extra period to secure the win.

The Penguins scored twice in 24 seconds, erasing that two-goal deficit with less than five minutes remaining in regulation.

Nash continues to pile up the goals, with six in his last eight games, which also happens to be the length of his current point streak. But the pace he’s set would mean he would obliterate his goal totals from the previous few seasons. Last year, he scored 26 goals in 65 games, which put him well down the list among NHL players. He’s now all in second place in that category, behind Tyler Seguin.

(Video) PHT Extra: Can Tarasenko help get the Blues over the hump?


It’s the Blues and Blackhawks tonight on Wednesday Night Rivalry (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN). So given these two Central Division mates met in last season’s playoffs, and given they may well meet again this postseason, we decided to talk about Vladimir Tarasenko and whether the 22-year-old Russian sniper could help lead St. Louis to its first ever Stanley Cup title.

P.S. — We know Tarasenko was on the Blues last season and had four goals in the first-round loss to the ‘Hawks. But while he couldn’t get St. Louis over the hump in his first full playoff series, he’s since taken his game to a higher level. Currently, only three players — Tyler Seguin, Rick Nash, and Steven Stamkos — have more goals than Tarasenko’s 14.

Thanksgiving Shutdown: Rangers blank listless Flyers for second time this season


The second meeting of the year between the Rangers and Flyers was an awful lot like the first.

Dan Boyle, Martin St. Louis and Rick Nash scored while Cam Talbot stopped all 26 shots faced as New York blanked an uninspired Flyers team 3-0 at Wells Fargo, on what was a very Black Friday in Philadelphia.

Nine days ago, the Flyers were also blanked by the Talbot and the Rangers — 2-0, in the first meeting of the year between the two teams. That game was notable because, afterward, GM Ron Hextall unloaded on players with a profanity-laced tirade inside the MSG dressing room.

Hextall’s rant has done little to change the on-ice product, however.

The Flyers lost three of four following that defeat in New York, including Wednesday’s 5-2 loss to Detroit which was followed with a players-only meeting. “It’s easy to see things slipping away,” goalie Steve Mason said, a notion pundits seem to be agreeing with:

As for today’s game, there were no more signs of life than previous outings. Philly only mustered 26 shots — including a mere 15 through the first two periods — and allowed another power play goal, marking the seventh time in the last eight games the league’s worst PK unit has allowed at least one PPG. Unsurprisingly, Flyers were showered with boos by the disappointed home crowd.

With the loss, Philly dropped to 8-11-3 on the year, falling five points back of the Rangers in the Metropolitan Division.

The Rangers, meanwhile, have now won three of four and are looking like a fortress defensively; today’s game marked the return of captain and top defender Ryan McDonagh, and it also marked the third time in the last four games New York posted a shutout.


McDonagh had 22:12 of ice time in his return, and notched an assist… St. Louis’ goal was the 1,000th point of his career… These two teams will meet again tomorrow at MSG.

NHL on NBC: Rangers vs. Flyers in a Thanksgiving Showdown


NBC will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign when the Philadelphia Flyers host the New York Rangers at the Wells Fargo Center at 1 pm ET today. In addition to NBC, you can also watch the game online.

Leftovers, impulse shopping and hockey. Black Friday presents quite the combination of joyous indulgences, especially if you tune in to the Discover NHL Thanksgiving Showdown between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers.

The Rangers won the first meeting of the season between these two teams, as Cam Talbot pitched a shutout in a 2-0 contest. This begins a home-and-home, back-to-back set between rival franchises who really need to get their acts together.

That’s especially true since each squad eyes a rough scheduling stretch and deals with a bumpy month of November overall.

New York dropped a 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in a night of conflicted feelings for Martin St. Louis. The Flyers were so frustrated by their 5-2 defeat at the hands of the Detroit Red Wings that they held a players-only meeting after the game.

Flyers GM Ron Hextall addressed some of his own concerns with the team, as CSNPhilly.com reports.

“We played really well for two periods and very poorly for one period,” Hextall said. “Is that trying? Is that frustration because we play well the first period and come out down a goal? That’s a thing we have to overcome as a group and respond to adversity.”

Both the Rangers and Flyers shouldn’t lack for opportunities to prove they can deal with adversity going forward.

Two hot scorers go toe-to-toe

Former Columbus Blue Jackets first-rounders rank high on the list of players to watch on Friday. Philly’s Jakub Voracek ranks second in the league in scoring with 30 points. New York’s Rick Nash is tied with Steven Stamkos for second place in goals with 15, and he’s done so in two fewer games.

With St. Louis and Claude Giroux among the mix (among others), there should be plenty of star power on hand to make for a captivating afternoon game.

Cam Talbot looks to give the Rangers a spark in net while the Flyers will likely go with Steve Mason instead of Ray Emery (keep an eye on goalie nods to make sure, though).


Today’s game kicks off an important home-and-home set for both teams, who need to make every game count after sluggish starts.