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A Fun Observation About Derick Brassard

I’m not sure if anyone else ever noticed this, but a while ago, I realized that Derick Brassard seemed to be the first player from the bench to reach the celebration whenever the Rangers scored an overtime goal or won a series in the playoffs. It didn’t happen every time, but it definitely occurred often enough that I would always watch the celebration extra carefully after such a game. Below are some examples I could find online:

It’s a little difficult to see Brassard in a couple of these videos, so you may need to watch them a few times to really see him.

This one is particularly tough to see, but you can just make out Brassard at the top of the screen.

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Finally, here’s Brassard racing off the bench after the Rangers beat Montreal in Game 6 of the 2014 Eastern Conference Final.

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(pictures via @ajcastiglia and Getty)

Even though I think the trade the Rangers made on Monday was a smart move, I will miss Brassard. Consider this a short tribute to a really good Ranger who was a lot of fun to watch.

Top Ten Most Memorable Goals from this Rangers Era

The dominant theme of postmortems to come out of the Rangers’ first-round exit last weekend is that the organization has reached the end of an era. I’m inclined to agree, and there’s a lot of (deserved) doom and gloom regarding the Rangers’ outlook. That said, I thought I’d put together a top ten list of the most memorable goals from this wildly successful era for nostalgic purposes.

10. Carcillo Opens the Scoring off Zuccarello’s Pass, G7 vs. PHI 2014

I remember experiencing high levels of anxiety prior to this game, as the Rangers let an inferior Flyers team push them to Game 7 after a rout in Philadelphia in Game 6. Scoring first was a huge sigh of relief, made sweeter by the ridiculous pass and unlikely scorer.

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The End.

After a tad over three years in operation, Rangers Unlimited will be no longer.

Thanks to all those who have read the blog over the years. Having a place to write down my thoughts, and having people seek them out was a fun experience for me.

A special thanks to those who have contributed to the site alongside me: John J. Werner, Andrew Wisneski, Zachary and Alex Ellenthal.

All the best,


Rangers Survive in Dramatic Fashion

The Rangers were 1:41 away from bowing out of the playoffs by being shutout for the second time in three games. But with Henrik Lundqvist on the way to the bench, Chris Kreider finally found a way to beat Braden Holtby on the team’s 36th shot on goal of the game. That set the stage for overtime, where Ryan McDonagh blasted the game-winner for a 2-1 win and a return trip to Washington for Game 6.

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The Katie Moore Foundation Group Donation

The good folks over at are doing a great job bringing attention to a great cause.

As you probably know, Dominic Moore lost his wife Katie to a rare form of liver cancer in early 2013. The rest of the story can be seen here.

Dominic set up The Katie Moore Foundation to help “patients and families dealing with rare cancers through research, advocacy, and community.”

The Rangers’ subreddit has raised over $1,300 for the cause so far, and details ways in which you can donate if you can spare for this great cause.

Rangers shut out the Caps

The Rangers (2-4) defeated the Capitals (2-5) tonight by a score of 2-0.  Goals were scored by John Moore assisted by Richards and McDonagh, and by Ryan Callahan assisted by Richards and Brassard.  Lundqvist made 22 saves  to earn the shutout.

1st Period- The Rangers were pretty fundamentally sound.  They killed off 2 penalties (although the Caps missed one or two great chances) and had a few chances offensively). Overall their team defense and coverage was much better.

2nd Period- The Rangers dominated.  They had consistent offensive pressure, hit a post, forced Holtby to make a lot of saves, and scored twice.  John Moore scored on a quick wrist shot from the high slot, and Callahan scored a nice goal right in front of the net.

3rd Period- Play was more even, Lundqvist was very strong and the team played well defensively.  Stepan got blindsided in the head by Brouwer in a kind of accidental hit and the team didn’t appreciate that too much.  The Caps were pushing hard in the last few minutes but the Rangers blocked shots and Lundqvist made saves to help the king earn his first shutout of the season.

Overall the Rangers played a very strong game, they were more responsible defensively and did a better job in the neutral zone.  They still made some sloppy turnovers, but overall played well.  In the second period they dominated, outshooting the Caps 21 to 6.  Lundqvist played well and got a much deserved shutout.

Standout Players

Brad Richards- He was a force offensively, he had 5 shots on goal and assisted on both goals.

Dominic Moore- He played very well defensively, coming back to help out in the defensive zone, and also was strong on the forecheck.

Noteworthy Stats

Justin Falk- 8:57 TOI, 5 PIM: He got in a fight in the first period, but otherwise had a quiet game, and didn’t do much to indicate he should be a regular in the lineup.

Henrik Lundqvist- 46th Career Shutout: He is now 3 behind Eddie Giacomin for the franchise record.

Next Game

The Rangers face the Devils on Saturday at 7pm, as they look to put some wins together and get back on track.