Quick Rangers/Sens Wrap Up: The Anisimov Show

November 10, 2011, by

We had some technical difficulties with the blog last night, so we were unable to post a recap right after the game. Artem Anisimov was the star of last night’s game, even if he didn’t get the Broadway hat. Here are your truncated bullets:

  • Anisimov forced the turnover on the first goal, forced another turnover and got the puck to the net on the second goal, and made a simple little behind the back dump off the boards (perfectly to Derek Stepan) for the third goal. He made all three goals happen.
  • That said, Stepan and Marian Gaborik sure do have some chemistry. But Anisimov is the one doing all the dirty work. Let’s hope he doesn’t get left behind in the credit that the line deserves.
  • Henrik Lundqvist made some great saves last night, as per usual. It is without a doubt that the Rangers have one of the best goaltending duos in the league at the moment. That is helped when Lundqvist is the best goalie in the league.
  • No idea how Hank is that good playing that deep in the net. It’s mind boggling. Playing that deep leads to so many angles and open parts of the net, but his reflexes are just fantastic.
  • The majority of the game was played at even strength, which was a bit rare. The Rangers went 0-1 on their shortened powerplay, but killed off both of their penalties.
  • Blown coverage by Steve Eminger led to that second goal. The puck hopped over Jeff Woywitka’s stick (it happens), but Eminger left his man (Foglino) to pursue the man with the puck along the boards (Da Costa). Foglino wasn’t going to score from where he was. The right play was to cut off the passing lane, and treat it line a 2-on-1.
  • The Sens played that 1-2-2 hybrid trap very well last night. The point of a trap is to capitalize on turnovers and trapped forwards, and it’s what the Sens did until halfway through the second when the Rangers caught on. There were a lot of odd man rushes given up because the Sens transition so well.
Five in a row has a nice ring to it, with two more winnable games coming up against the Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Islanders. Five in a row sounds nice, but seven in a row sounds better. Even if that’s greedy, three out of four points is a must.
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  1. Section 121 says:

    They’re already calling Stepan’s line the top line. So, he’s already passed Richards on the depth chart as 1st line center, go figure.

    Dallas playing great without Richards and he doesn’t seem to have that savior presence in NY. Along with Stepan and Anisimov’s play, my argument not to go after Richards is holding a little more water now. I still like Richards as a player and he seems to be a nice guy but, at age 31, I see his best years behind him. It looks like Stepan will be outplaying him sooner than later…

    • Dave says:

      There can be two top lines…

    • The Suit says:

      Richards best days are clearly behind him. He’s first among forwards in ice-time, second on the team in points, and has won more faceoffs than anyone. What a bum…

      • RangerSmurf says:

        There should be at least a little concern that a guy who has averaged 264.5 shots on goal per 82 games for his career is on pace for 175 right now.

        Then again, the whole team is playing low event hockey, so we could just blame ‘the system’ (cue sinister music)

        • The Suit says:

          Projecting shots at game 14 seems awfully granular and glass half empty to me. The team is moving in the right direction and most of the flaws I see will course correct with time, which is generally your argument when things seems off. This team has the right players, the right coach, and most importantly the right approach.

          • RangerSmurf says:

            I don’t have time to go through it now, but I’d be surprised if this isn’t his worst 14 game stretch ever in that regard.

            And yes, I’m definitely glass half-empty with this team right now. They’re doing some nice things, but they seem to be riding percentages hard right now, and unless the things that need to be corrected get corrected, regression’s going to punch them in the face.

            • The Suit says:

              So when the Rangers are overplaying the averages a correction is in order, but when their underplaying the averages its regression. Sad face…

              • RangerSmurf says:

                You’ll often find me defending them if they’re playing under percentages. I have proof from last year of doing so, when the team sh% went in the toilet and the cliff jumpers came out.

                Right now, their possession numbers are garbage, the PP generates no shots, and their sh% and sv% are elevated. It’s a great recipe for short-term success, but the other stuff needs to be fixed before the sh/sv% come back to earth.

              • Dave says:

                Yea…the Corsi numbers are scaring me a lot. They don’t have the puck much.

              • The Suit says:

                Once all three lines get going simultaneously, which they have yet to do, I think puck possession will swing in the other direction.

              • RangerSmurf says:

                The one thing I hold onto, Corsi only approximates possession about 90%. There’ve been enough times where they maintain zone pressure without generating any shots. While that’s not great for offense, it would be an explanation for why they outplayed their Corsi last year, and may be able to do so again.

                It’s a bitch to track, but time permitting, I may do it for 1-2 games to test the theory.

      • becky says:

        Suit, don’t forget you need a winky face when you’re being sarcastic, otherwise people might not get it.

    • Chris says:

      Richards best days behind him is a ridiculously stupid comment based on no evidence whatsoever… even more ridiculous if you are basing it on 13 games as a Ranger. 13!!!

  2. Walt says:

    Yesterday, I posted that Arty is, and should be a big part of the young core of players. Well low and behold, the two kids discussed yesterday, Stepan, and AA did a bang up job, and the team wins. This is so exciting to see developement from the kids on the team, production as well.

    Getting to the Richards comment above, hay guys, Richards is a very good influence on the team, especially Stepan, and a bad game does not make for putting him down. Again the season is young, plenty of our guys haven’t found the midas touch themselves. Dubi is playing well for the most part, but doesn’t have a goal yet. BB, Prust, and others have lower numbers than last year, but no one is calling for their collective heads. When Brad starts scoreing again, the critics will be silenced, until a scoreing drout happens again. It seems you can’t please everyone, so continue to bit*h if you have to!!!!!

  3. Agentsmith says:

    since when did we have someone to line up opposite spezza, getzlaf,thornton, eventually backstrom. ranger fans stop complaining. u are in the midst of a 5 game winning streak. And if u think gaborik having found all this room on the ice has nothing to do with having another force in the lineup ur lost.

  4. Agentsmith says:

    to all those complaining of step being our “top line” when kreider gets here there will be multiple top lines.

    • The Suit says:

      Exactly. And labeling lines as 1, 2,or 3 will only be relevant in video games and espn’s depth charts

    • Dave says:

      There is no such thing as a “top line” anymore. Based on that logic, Malkin is a 2nd liner.

  5. Matt J says:

    Stepan looks great out there. No Sophmore slump for this kid. Gaborik put some rockets on his skates because he’s flying out there. Anisimov is maybe the best forechecker on this team which was not the case a year ago.

    Richards, Cally and Dubi were pretty quiet all night but it didn’t help them that Torts dismantled the line pretty much by the second period using his slot machine generator. Torts needs to let his lines work out their problems, and not mix the entire team together, because a line of Prust, Richards, and Feds is useless which is what I saw for two shifts last night.

    • Chris says:

      Gaborik is simply healthy and has line mates that match his needs. I hated how people gave up on him last year. One bad year does not a bad player make.

  6. Vince Rosalia says:

    Hey Dave, as it turns out, he did get the hat (I know, it’s a super important detail):

  7. Section 121 says:

    Let’s be clear. Richards will not hit 90 pts again in his career and therefore, yes, his best days are behind him. Right now he’s on pace for 59 pts over 82 games. Same as Stepan. It’s not implausible to think Stepan will surpass Richards in production sooner than later.

    It’s not as much of a knock on Richards as it is a shout out to Stepan and his potential. I said over the summer that Stepan could easily be a 70-75 pt player. If Stepan reaches that mark next year and Richards lands b/t 60-65 pts, great, but I would want a 23 yr old 75 pt player to build my team around rather than a 65 pt 33 yr old player if I had to choose one. For the record, I also projected AA to be that 60 pt 2nd line center in a few years (at age 25).

    Finally, I understand Richards draws the attention from the other teams’ top D affording Stepan the matchups to succeed but, in the same vain, you cannot claim that Stepan would not succeed without Richards. Also, these matchups will certainly change once Stepan surpasses Richards and who knows when that will happen considering how well the GAS line is playing. If I were a coach opposing the Rangers right now, I’d definitely line up my best D against Gaborik, AA, & Stepan (Gaborik being the main focus).

    • The Suit says:

      This is a much better thought out response than your earlier one, and for that I commend you.

      I do agree with some of your points, but the fact is it’s too early in the season to be projecting end of season point totals.

      Case in point, Richards is 4 points away from projecting an 82 point season. Lets see where he is at come game 25 or 30.

    • becky says:

      Let’s be clear, you do not have a crystal ball. If we went based on 13 games with everything, all sports would be different (I’m 100% sure the Red Sox would have made last years playoffs.. silly, no?). There’s a reason it’s projected and not actual. Why is everyone making such a fuss about this? I’m happy to have Richards on my team, and if you’re not, then maybe we’re cheering for different teams here.

      • Section 121 says:

        haha, that’s funny

        Dave, Suit; let’s mark this day down and let’s see where we are at the end of NEXT season…

        oh, and I do route for the Team, before the Player

        • becky says:

          Solid response.

        • Leatherneckinlv says:

          I root for the team as well, and it also means I root for the achievers on the team and get frustrated with the under achievers. This collective has played as a team up to now and has scratched and clawed its way to an 8-3-3 record.

          It baffles me that still so many complain. I have a feeling if we were to win a Stanley Cup some would still find a flaw instead of savoring the Cup. BE HAPPY fellow Ranger fans, we have a very good team STILL in the making and rebuilding is still the process for our beloved Rangers organization.

          • The Suit says:

            Amen. Too much cynicism and not enough optimism.

          • Section 121 says:

            I’m happy and optimistic for Stepan and AA’s future although, it appears to be at the expense of Richards…

      • Walt says:


        Well stated, that basically was the jest of my earlier posting!!!

        • becky says:

          Thanks! I “like”d it, lol.. if we went by the rules of what have you done for me lately with everyone, we’d have no team whatsoever and I’m 99% sure Dubi would be publicly beaten in Penn Plaza.. positivity and appreciating the wins, folks!

  8. Lou says:

    Our team is winning games, but let’s face it there are MANY flaws…the defense backs up way too much; they are not hitting enough; they need to clear the front of the net; and they don’t get enough “dirty” goals cause not enough traffic in front of the goalie.

    But of all these, the worst of all is the play of Dubi…this guy is lost, lazy and, unfotunately I’m starting to believe a loser! Instead of rising t,o the occasion with Cally, Richards, Gabby, AA, and even MDZ, he chooses to glide, not forecheck, and stop hitting. Effort and determination has no nite off…Dubi has no nite that he’s “on”.

  9. CNP says:

    Lost in all of this is the play of MDZ. He is really stepping up and actually making good decisions which is a breath of fresh air for him

    • Dave says:

      Oh it’s not lost here. We know, it’s been something we’ve been saying for quite some time.