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Bantering Points: 12/4/16

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For the second time in five days, the Rangers found a way to steal two points against the Carolina Hurricanes despite getting wildly outplayed. With two more points in the bank, the Rangers will have two days off before making a trip out to The Island, as their fellow New York team, the Islanders, will welcome them into the Barclays' Center on Tuesday night. Here are today's news and links:

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Rangers News:

  • Highlights: NYR 4, CAR 2 (4:53 Video via NHL.com)
  • Larry Brooks points out the one factor preventing Henrik Lundqvist from regaining his once-dominant form (NY Post)
  • Brooks also broke down how New York recovered from a lackluster first two periods to come out and play well in the final frame (NY Post)
  • Steve Zipay notes that despite yesterday's win, Alain Vigneault has begun to raise a number of red flags about his team (Newsday)
  • Zipay also reports that despite the NHLPA's recent CBA rejection that would have guaranteed NHL Olympic participation in 2018, most of the Rangers are still in favor of going to Pyeongchang (Newsday)
  • Justin Tasch recaps yesterday afternoon's 4-2 victory over the Hurricanes (NY Daily News)
  • Karly Redpath believes that with Mika Zibanejad and Pavel Buchnevich already out, New York could ill-afford another major injury (Blue Line Station)
  • Pat from BSB writes that the time has come to be honest with ourselves about Alain Vigneault (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Scott Charles offers his thoughts on yesterday's win over Carolina (Blueshirt Bulletin)
  • Postgame Notes: New York continued their winning ways over the Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden, led by multi-point efforts from Derek Stepan and Chris Kreider (Official Team Site)
  • Postgame Interviews: Alain Vigneault, (2:54) Derek Stepan, (1:02) Ryan McDonagh, (1:16) and Henrik Lundqvist (2:04) (Official Team Site)
  • He enjoyed two different stints as a Ranger, and was a key cog of the team's "Czech-mate" line at the turn of the century. Yesterday's player in the picture was.....Jan Hlavac (Official Team Site)

Around the NHL:

  • Don Cherry expresses some words of wisdom, which is par for the course for Grapes, on the Florida Panthers firing of Gerard Gallant (7:18 Video via Sportsnet)
  • Adam Gretz noticed that after Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford needed an emergency appendectomy, Chicago had to sign Eric Sembrowski to an Amateur Tryout contract to serve as the backup goalie (NBC Sports)
  • Sean Leahy passed along word from Vancouver Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson that his threat directed at Toronto Maple Leafs forward Matt Martin was said in a "fit of rage", and was not intentional (Puck Daddy)
  • Arthur Staple has heard that the Islanders are looking to bring a "big name" executive into the organizational fold (Newsday)