Signed for just $700,000 this past summer, Blake Comeau proved to be one of the shrewdest free agent signings of the season. The 29-year old forward chipped in with 16 goals and 31 points in just 61 games while also being a positive possession player.
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Up next in “Better Know a Penguin” is David Perron, acquired by the Penguins in a January trade with the Edmonton Oilers. Pittsburgh paid a heavy price for the 26-year old forward, sending a first-round pick and useful bottom-6 forward Rob Klinkhammer the other way. Prior to the trade, Perron had spent his entire career in the Western Conference with the St. Louis Blues and the Oilers.
A three goal 1st period carried the Rangers to a convincing 6-1 win over the New Jersey Devils. Henrik Lundqvist was spectacular, making 35 saves while Dominic Moore scored twice to lead the Rangers to their 50th win of the season. Prior to tonight, the 50-win milestone had only been reached three times in franchise history.
After losing 4-2 to the Bruins in Boston yesterday, the Rangers return home to face the Capitals, who also played yesterday and lost, falling 4-3 to the Nashville Predators in Washington. The Capitals currently hold a three point lead over the Bruins for the first wild card spot in the East, meaning that if the playoffs started today, the Rangers and Capitals would square off in a playoff series for the 5th time since the 2008-2009 season.
24 hours after defeating the Hurricanes in a shootout in Carolina, the Rangers return home to face the Western Conference leading Anaheim Ducks in a matchup that features the teams currently holding the two best Presidents’ Trophy odds. Though tied on points (99) with the Canadiens, the Ducks also sit in 2nd place in the league standings having two fewer regulation or overtime wins than Montreal. Right behind the Ducks, who come into New York on a four-game winning streak, are the Rangers, who have 97 points but three games in hand on both Anaheim and Montreal.
Mats Zuccarello’s goal in the 2nd round of the shootout was the difference in the Rangers’ 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. Cam Talbot, who made 28 saves on the night, stopped all three Hurricane attempts in the shootout to earn the extra point for the Rangers. The win is the Rangers’ 3rd shootout victory over the Hurricanes this season. Read more