New York Rangers vs. San Jose Sharks Recap
October 19, 2015
The New York Rangers hosted the San Jose Sharks, all the way from the west coast. The Sharks were looking for their 5th victory against a single defeat on the new NHL season, but the Rangers would keep them from reaching that goal.
New York would play outstanding hockey defense and goalie Antti Raanata would turn away all 22 Shark shots on goal to pitch a hockey equivalent of a shut out. While the Rangers defense was shutting down the San Jose scoring attempts, the offense was spreading around the wealth with four Ranger skaters each netting one goal apiece.
The Rangers also spread their scoring around the 3 periods of hockey. New York opened the scoring about halfway through the 1st period, then at almost exactly the same juncture of the second 20-minutes, found the net again on a power play goal by Mats Zuccarello.
New York finished the night with a pair of 3rd period goals to finish off the Sharks and set the final 4-goal margin of victory.
New York Rangers vs. New Jersey Devils Recap
October 18, 2015
The Devils' Lee Stempniak beat Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist on a two-on-one breakaway in overtime, giving the Devils their first win of the season against their crosstown rivals. The goal was Stempniak's first in a Devils uniform and sent 18,006 fans home from Madison Square Garden unhappy. Devils goalie Cory Schneider was also a star in the win, holding the Rangers scoreless for 60 minutes after Derek Stepan's early goal. Adam Henrique also scored his third goal of the season for New Jersey. The teams played a relatively clean game, as the Devils finished 0-for-3 on the power play and the Rangers finished 0-for-2.
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Montreal Canadiens vs. New York Rangers Recap
October 15, 2015
The meeting of the New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens was yet another display of solid hockey. The 1st ended with no goals on either side, despite the 9-7 attempts by New York and Montreal respectively. 8:46 into the 2nd, Tomas Fleischmann put up the first point on the scoreboard with an assist from David Desharnais. The 2nd ended with a 1-0 lead for the Canadiens. The first 17:54 of the 3rd saw no goals on either side, but the duo of Fleischmann and Desharnais assisted Dale Weise, scoring yet another for Montreal. Perhaps feeling dejected, New York gave Montreal an open net with less than 40 seconds remaining, allowing Tomas Plekanec to get a score as well. This was Montreal's 5th consecutive win since the season opener.