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BLUESHIRT BULLET POINTS: RANGERS SET TO BATTLE SABRES IN 2018 NHL WINTER CLASSIC

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The light at the end of the tunnel is finally visible. The momentum train started a year ago and steadily built up steam until the “Road to the Winter Classic” reached its’ fever pitch. On December 2, 2017, the Blueshirts held a practice at Lasker Rink in Central Park for the first time in franchise history. A couple thousand fans …

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BLUESHIRT BULLET POINTS: BLUESHIRTS FALL TO RED WINGS IN SHOOTOUT; LOSE 3-2 TO CLOSE OUT 2017

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Uh…? There’s no good way to describe tonight’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Red Wings. The Blueshirts controlled play for the second half of the first period and their hard work paid dividends when Jimmy Vesey made a great play behind Detroit’s net. Vesey passed the puck to a streaking David Desharnais, who promptly deposited the disc past Jimmy Howard …

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BLUESHIRT BULLET POINTS: A HISTORY OF NHL OUTDOOR GAMES — RANGERS, STADIUM SERIES AND WINTER CLASSIC

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“All is quiet on New Year’s Day. A world in white gets underway…A crowd has gathered in black and white. Arms entwined, the chosen few. The newspapers says, says. Say it’s true it’s true…” -U2, New year’s Day On January 1, 2008 the NHL changed forever. In what has proven to be one of the most significant dates of the …

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BLUESHIRT BULLET POINTS: BLUESHIRTS WRAP UP 2017 WITH ORIGINAL SIX MATCHUP; TAKE ON RED WINGS AT LITTLE CAESARS ARENA

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Where to begin? How about at the beginning? The Rangers opened the 2017-18 season brimming with optimism. Several deft offseason moves by G.M. Jeff Gorton had many believing that this franchise — which has played more playoff games since 2012 than any other team — had put itself in prime position to finally capture Lord Stanley’s fabled chalice. Unfortunately even …

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BLUESHIRT BULLET POINTS: BLUESHIRTS CASH IN ON PRISTINE GOALIE EFFORT BY PAVELEC; DOWN CAPITALS 1-0 IN SHOOTOUT

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It’s about time! Coming out of the three-day Christmas break there was speculation as to what kind of game the Rangers would play. Especially since they had lost two-straight going into the holiday; generally looking overwhelmed by their opponents. Then the Rangers had their standard morning skate and all of a sudden the “Monday Morning Quarterbacks” were out in full …

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BLUESHIRT BULLET POINTS: BLUESHIRTS ENTER CRUCIAL THREE-GAME STRETCH; FACE CAPITALS ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT “RIVALRY NIGHT”

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IT IS TIME! It’s time to find out whether these Rangers are contenders or pretenders. With the season’s halfway point just around the corner, the Blueshirts remain an enigma. At times they look capable of dominating any opponent; enroute to their first Stanley Cup championship since 1994. At other times they look like a team on its’ last legs; begging …

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BLUESHIRT BULLET POINTS: BLUESHIRTS SLEEPWALK THROUGH TWO PERIODS; FALL TO LEAFS 3-2

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“The movie wasn’t so hot. It didn’t have much of a plot. We fell asleep, our goose is cooked. Our reputation is shot. Wake up, little Susie.” — Everly Brothers These lyrics should be sung to the Rangers players. The first two periods saw the Blueshirts sleepwalking against the Maple Leafs. And at the end of 40 minutes of play …

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BLUESHIRT BULLET POINTS: ORIGINAL SIX MATCHUP AWAITS AS RANGERS PREP FOR MAPLE LEAFS

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Yikes! That was one tough loss to New Jersey. Even though the Blueshirts got a point out of it, they still played one of their worst games of the season. Prior to their loss to the Devils, Alain Vigneault talked about the distractions surrounding his team at the moment; namely the Road to the NHL Winter Classic. The players have …

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BLUESHIRT BULLET POINTS: BLUESHIRTS GET BURNED BY FORMER-RANGER BRIAN BOYLE; FALL TO DEVILS IN SHOOTOUT 4-3  

In Blueshirt Bulletin Main Blog, News by Blueshirt Contributor

Anger and turnovers. Those were the prevalent themes after New York’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Devils. Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan McDonagh and Rick Nash each made it a point after the game to say that the team was angry with itself for its’ performance tonight. Losing to your bitter-rivals in a shootout will do that to a team. Of course …

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BLUESHIRT BULLET POINTS: RANGERS HOPING FOR EARLY HOLIDAY PRESENT; CROSS THE HUDSON TO FACE DEVILS

In Blueshirt Bulletin Main Blog, News by Blueshirt Contributor

If you fancy yourself a betting man stay far, far away from the Metropolitan Division. Just 10 points separates the Division-leading Capitals from the cellar-dweller Hurricanes. Meanwhile, the Devils and Rangers are separated by two measly points; the difference between second place and the first Wild Card. When these teams faced off on December 9th — at Madison Square Garden …

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BLUESHIRT BULLET POINTS: RANGERS WELCOME BACK MIKA ZIBANEJAD; PREPARE TO FACE VISITING DUCKS

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“Welcome Back Mika Zibanejad!” After making it through practice on Monday morning coach Alain Vigneault was confident his front-line center was ready to return to the lineup. Concussions are no small issue and the Rangers were right to take their time before bringing Zibanejad back. But his return means that somebody has to sit. The question of, “who sits,” came …

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BLUESHIRT BULLET POINTS: BLUESHIRTS CELEBRATE NHL CENTENNIAL IN STYLE; STUN BOSTON WITH 3-2 WIN IN OVERTIME

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WHAT. A. GAME! Less than 24-hours after beating the L.A. Kings 4-2. The weary Rangers squad invaded Boston on the NHL Centennial and won the game 3-2 in overtime. The Blueshirts started with their typical first period malaise, but a Pavel Buchnevich penalty began to turn the tide in the visitor’s favor. On the penalty-kill the Rangers began to find …

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BLUESHIRT BULLET POINTS: RANGERS CELEBRATE 100 YEARS OF NHL; FACE BRUINS IN ORIGINAL SIX MATCHUP

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Saturday, December 16, 2017 — a date that will go down in history. Exactly 100-years ago on December 16, 1917, the very first NHL games were played. The Toronto Blue Shirts visited the Montreal Wanderers and the original Ottawa Senators hosted the Montreal Canadiens. For those wondering about the outcome; the Wanderers beat the Blue Shirts 10-9. Not your standard …

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BLUESHIRT BULLET POINTS: BLUESHIRTS DETHRONE KINGS; TRIUMPH OVER L.A. 4-2

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Talk about your subplots. If you like multi-layered stories then tonight’s game was for you. First off, you had the Kings and former-Rangers winger Marian Gaborik coming to town.  Congrats to Gaborik. He played in his 1,000th game; netting two points (1G, 1A) for good measure. Next were the Blueshirts. Coming off consecutive losses, they had their effort level questioned …

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BLUESHIRT BULLET POINTS: BLUESHIRTS FALL INTO SENATORS “TRAP”; SKID HITS TWO IN A ROW WITH 3-2 LOSS

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That’s two. For the second straight game the Rangers looked uninspired; and it cost them. Against Dallas the Blueshirts were outshot 33-10 over the first two periods before finding their legs in the waning minutes of the third period. Tonight the Rangers went shot-for-shot with the Senators, but their energy and urgency were missing from the opening face-off through the …

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BLUESHIRT BULLET POINTS: RANGERS SEEKING REBOUND; AIM TO MAKE STATEMENT VS. SENATORS

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“Can the real NY Rangers please stand up?” This team started poorly with a 3-7-2 mark after 12 games. But a 13-4-1 record since then had seemingly righted everything in RangersTown. Then came the game against the Dallas Stars. The Blueshirts slept walked through the game and were fortunate to gain the point they did. The question now is, was …

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BLUESHIRT BULLET POINTS: BLUESHIRTS SLEEPWALK THROUGH GAME; FALL TO STARS 2-1 IN SHOOTOUT

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Embarrassing. That was the theme in the Rangers’ dressing room after their 2-1 shootout loss to Dallas. Webster’s dictionary defines embarrassing as: “causing a feeling of self-conscious confusion and distress.” Mats Zuccarello put it succinctly, “I think everyone in here knows that was embarrassing for two periods. They smacked us around and we didn’t win one battle, we didn’t win …