Feb
11

Rangers/Flyers In Review

February 11, 2012, by

Another day, another game against the Flyers, another win against the Flyers. That makes it five for five against the Blueshirts against their division rivals. This game was owned by Callahan, Richards, and Gaborik, but special teams were the difference. The Rangers killed off all four of their penalties, and capitalized on three (THREE!) powerplay opportunities. Let’s get to the bullets.

Offense:

  • Ryan Callahan. Period.
  • The Flyers really owned the first period. They were beating the Rangers to every loose puck in the offensive zone, and had the puck deep for what seemed like an eternity. The Rangers were lucky to escape that first period with a lead.
  • Three powerplay goals. For the Rangers. Those Mayans might be on to something here.
  • The first Ryan Callahan goal looked eerily familiar to the Mike Rupp goal in the Winter Classic. Sergei Bobrovsky isn’t really a good goalie, and goals like that are why. But Bobo stood no chance on the Marian Gaborik goal. That was some great passing and a beautiful finish from Gabby, who also added three assists.
  • That third powerplay goal was a thing of beauty. Tic-tac-toe. Everything went right for the Rangers on that one.
  • What a pass by Derek Stepan on that fourth goal. He threaded the needle, and Artem Anisimov had an easy tap-in goal. It helped that Zac Rinaldo was completely out of position, but still a great pass.
  • Richards sure is making up for his poor play last month. The game winner the other night, two nice assists today, he sure did play well.
  • Outside of drawing the penalty in the first period, Carl Hagelin was relatively invisible.
  • It’s weird putting Stu Bickel in the offensive wrap up, but he wasn’t half bad as a forward.
  • Our captain is better than your captain.
  • One last thought on the offense: It looks like John Tortorella has found his top two lines. Anisimov/Stepan/Gaborik, Hagelin/Richards/Callahan.

Defense/Goaltending:

  • Steve Eminger took two pretty bad penalties this game, and the one in the second was just inexcusable. He can’t take penalties like that when the Rangers have the long change.
  • That Wayne Simmonds goal was one pretty deflection. Nothing Henrik Lundqvist could do. But the goal was a product of Michael Del Zotto being out of position and a failure by both MDZ and Anton Stralman to clear the crease.
  • Immediately after that, Ryan McDonagh put on a clininc on how to clear the crease. He was also dealing with Simmonds, and he got a solid low base with his legs and just drove him away from Lundqvist.
  • McDonagh’s not the only one from that pairing who put on a clinic. Dan Girardi put on a defensive clinic and a shot blocking clinic.  It amazes me that he went undrafted, especially after shutting down Sidney Crosby in the Memorial Cup that year.
  • Lundqvist needs to stop handling the puck. Seriously. It needs to stop.

Officiating/Opposition

  • The Claude Giroux goal was pretty. Nice breakaway move, and a good idea to push Hank’s glove over the line. That goal was a product of a bad change and the long change. Giroux was just left wide open on the far end of the ice.
  • Scott Hartnell had a funny moment with the fans in the first period. He gave a fan a thumbs up after a tussle with the Rangers along the boards. Not a fan of Hartnell, but that was funny.
  • The fact that the linesmen tried to separate Stu Bickel and Tom Sestito is appalling. Just let them fight. Still don’t know why Sestito got the second minor though. Or why Danny Briere got the misconduct. I’d have to guess that word came from Toronto that this game could get ugly. It would explain why the game was called so tight.
  • That slash by Rinaldo was dirty. Cheap shot by a cheap player. That sparked more fights, but the resulting misconduct penalties were a good idea. Get the punks off the ice so it can’t get ugly…which it was about to.
  • With the win, the Rangers hold a six point lead on the division with two games in hand on the Flyers. Going 5-0 thus far against the Flyers helps with the tiebreaker too.
Categories : Game Wrap-ups

7 comments

  1. Justin says:

    Nice recap Dave. I was extremely glad to eat some crow on my prediction that the Flyers would finally win one. Great call on Bobrovsky not being a very good goalie. He is crazy athletic, but until he realizes that a balanced butterfly slide takes up more surface area than a face-down split, he’s going to continue to struggle.

  2. The Suit says:

    Good stuff Dave. Great to see power play functioning as a unit today. MDZ distributed well from the point, we got some great passes off the boards, and low bodies creating traffic. Hopefully the boys keep it up.

  3. Scott C says:

    I’m guessing that Briere said something to the ref when he came out of the box, serving another Flyer’s penalty.

  4. mhurley says:

    I’m not convinced the Rangers have solved their powerplay issues. The Rangers were able to score two of the three powerplay goals off the rush because the Flys were slow to set up and left too many Rangers open. The Flys didn’t fore check hard enough on the pk and let the Rangers come to them. Mistake. I would say the goals were scored not so much because of the Rangers awesome powerplay but because the Flyers sucked. I’ll believe when the Rangers starting scoring more powerplay goals against faster teams with a good pk.

    • Chris F says:

      I don’t think anyone believes that the Rangers powerplay issues are solved, and certainly not that their powerplay is “awesome.”! But, despite the Flyers weak penalty killing today, the Rangers did look quicker and more creative on the pp. They moved the puck quickly, which is key. It’s a good sign, but they have to stay on top of things.

      • Blueshirt in Paris says:

        Yup, quick passing, decisive shooting, movement.

        This will never be a top rated PP but it can be above average if they keep playing like that. hell, I would even be happy with average or just timely PP goals.

  5. tmd39 says:

    Why have the instigator penalty on the books if they aren’t going to call it? Simmonds should have picked one up on Boyle and Rinaldo should have picked one up on Dubi.