Happy Monday. For the third time this season, the Rangers have pushed a winning-streak up to three. Not once this season has the team managed to win the next game, but we'll worry about that on Tuesday when the Rangers host Tampa Bay. There's a whole lot to get to, so here are your Monday notes.
Three Stars of the Weekend
Number three: Derick Brassard He scored in each game this weekend, and is beginning to look for his own shot more, something Rangers coaches have asked him to do all season.
Number two: Rick Nash Here's the cool thing about Nash when he's playing to his potential: He's a phenomenal power forward. Nash netted two game-winners this weekend, both showcasing his unique skills in different ways. Nash is now tied for second on the team in goals (11), and game-winning goals (4).
Number one: Henrik Lundqvist He's back to his old tricks. It's odd we've had this many editions of Monday notes and Lundqvist has yet to claim this honor. In the wins against Dallas and Philadelphia, Lundqvist turned away 51 of 54 shots for a casual .944 save percentage. He also provided timely goaltending, anchoring the Rangers down the stretch against Dallas, and making five saves on a Philadelphia power play when the Rangers were ahead early in Sunday's game.
What you missed
It was so nice, let's watch it twice.
If you blinked (or really just looked away from your television), you might have missed the Rangers first two goals on Sunday. The Blueshirts would go on to get two more, and defeat the Flyers 4-1 in a dominating showing. Some recaps. [Blueshirt Banter] [ESPN NY] [NY Post] [Daily News] [The Record] [Newsday] [Blueshirts United]
Nash is finding his game again, which is great news for the Rangers. [Blueshirt Banter] [ESPN NY]
It used to be anything but an advantage, but now, the Rangers power play is a point of strength. [ESPN NY] [Daily News] [Newsday]
And while he's normally excelled in those situations, Ryan Callahan is struggling on the power play. [NY Post]
Derek Stepan is showing more confidence after getting the Olympic call. [Blushirts Blog]
With the Rangers schedule picking up, Cam Talbot may see more starts. [Newsday]
Getting consistent playing time, and no longer a scratch, Michael Del Zotto is working hard to prove his worth. [NY Post] [ESPN NY] [Rangers Rants]
He may be the smallest player on the ice, but Mats Zuccarello is a wizard on the puck. [Blueshirt Banter]
Former minor league teammates, Ryan McDonagh appreciates what the recently retired Wade Redden did to help him develop. [Rangers Rants]
More than halfway through the season, have the Rangers figured out Alain Vigneault's system? [Blueshirt Banter]
The games are right around the corner, and Rangers players are excited to be playing in Yankee Stadium. [Newsday]
With Daniel Carcillo getting a consistent lineup spot, the Rangers assigned J.T. Miller to Hartford to ensure the young player wouldn't simply be riding the pine. [NY Post] [ESPN NY] [Blueshirts Blog] [The Record] [Newsday]
When things weren't going well, the story was different, but on Friday, without putting in their best performance, the Rangers found a way to take two points from the Stars. Some recaps in case you missed it. [Blueshirt Banter] [NY Post] [Daily News] [The Record] [Newsday]