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Bantering Points: 12/12/16

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News and Notes for Monday, December 12th, 2016

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Alain Vigneault's questionable decision to start Antti Raanta last night paid dividends, as the Rangers prevailed over the New Jersey Devils with a dominant 5-0 victory. Now finding themselves in first place in he Metropolitan Division, New York will have a day of rest before welcoming Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks into Madison Square Garden tomorrow night. Here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Highlights: NYR 5 NJD 0 (4:38 Video via NHL.com)
  • Game Recap: Brady Skjei scored his first NHL goal, and Antti Raanta recorded a second consecutive shutout as New York cruised past New Jersey 5-0 (CBS)
  • Brett Cyrgalis wrote about how the Rangers were on the verge of history in the Henrik Lundqvist era ahead of last night's game (NY Post)
  • Cyrgalis later answered his own question, noting that Raanta continued his hot play with another perfect game (NY Post)
  • John Williams acts as a voice of reason, pointing out that despite Raanta's excellent goaltending as of late, Lundqvist is still the king of New York's crease (Blue Line Station)
  • Tom Dianora believes that the Rangers have much bigger issues to deal with than a goalie "controversy" (The Hockey Writers)
  • Brandon Cohen discussed how New York's embarrassment of riches at the forward position pushed Josh Jooris off of the team's roster (Blue Line Station)
  • Postgame Notes: The Rangers' offense regained it's form from the early portion of the season, as they scored five goals for the first time in ten games last night (Official Team Site)
  • Postgame Interviews: Brady Skjei, (0:29) Derek Stepan, (1:06) Antti Raanta (1:25) and Alain Vigneault (2:48) (Official Team Site)
  • He played 100 games for New York during the team's fire sale of the mid-2000's, and was one of only two goalies to suit up for the Rangers, Devils, and Islanders. Yesterday's player in the picture was.....Mike Dunham (Wikipedia)

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