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Breaking down the game winner in Game 5

April 22, 2012, by

Well, I can’t say I didn’t warn you all. From the beginning I didn’t like this matchup and I thought this series would likely go 7 games. Now we have no other choice. It’s do or die time and we will be lucky to even get to the 7th.

With that said, I don’t want to be overly negative. I am sure you can find other outlets that will cherry-pick moments from the game (or series) and use them to sandbag which ever player they feel needs to be the scapegoat.

As we have been doing all series we will focus on the goals, or in this case goal. The purpose of which is to identify what causes a score change, be it a turnover, a defensive breakdown, etc. There’s no slant, no ridiculous opinions, just cold hard facts. The lone goal (empty netter not worth our time) was scored by just that, a defensive breakdown.

Here in image 1 we are seeing the play start to develop. Everything is in decent shape. McDonagh is burning a hole through Matt Stone. Mitchell has Spezza. Girardi is the safety vale and Feds has Greening.

Ah, but in image two is where everything goes to poop. Mitchell can’t keep up with Spezza on the backcheck and decides to release him and make a play on Stone. McDonagh doesn’t pick up Spezza and elects to stay with Stone as well. It’s not the end of the world, but McDonagh doesn’t have his stick in the passing lane. Girardi stops skating altogether and is just gliding, which will put him a step behind Spezza.

Instead of angling Spezza (green line), he just glides along the drawn red line. Spezza uses that mental lapse to split our defensemen and bury one past Hank. Really the only guy who played that sequence right was Feds, who was able to catch Greening and lift his stick. Kudos to Feds, that is a text book defensive play from the weakside forward.

 Of course none of this means we should be pointing fingers at any of these guys for the loss. Ultimately the boys had more than enough chances to make a goal like this irrelevant. Unfortunately they just couldn’t get it done.

Categories : Game Wrap-ups


  1. rob sahm says:

    again lundqvist loses to a journey man goalie in the playoffs now thats not vezina worthy hey torts slats thanks for another 1st round elimination

    • Chuck says:

      If you think Lundqvist is the reason they lost this game you obviously have no idea what you’re talking about. They haven’t been eliminated. They play 7 games for a reason. Take your negativity elsewhere. It’s not wanted here.

      • rob sahm says:

        first off lets get one thing straight i have been a rangers fan for 25 years so no one including me is hating the rangers and last i checked this is america and not the iron curtain and i have freedom of speech this is a blog where you can comment on topics im not blaming henrik for the loss and yeas i know they are not eliminated yet. but why does this guy and team cant beat journey man goalies cmon last year was neuverth now maybe craig friggin anderson hey if this team cant score for there world class goalie then its time to shake it up and dump gabby and dubi for a 50 goal sniper

        • VinceR says:

          Wow, and you accuse me of whining?

          “again lundqvist loses to a journey man goalie in the playoffs ”

          “not blaming henke for loss”

          ” last i checked this is america and not the iron curtain and i have freedom of speech this is a blog where you can comment on topics”

          So let’s take a look at the constitution people, apparently it defines free speech as follows:

          “Rob Sahm is allowed to say anything he wants, but the American people may not state their opinions on what he says because that would be unfair. You may not yell “Fire” in a crowded theatre nor disagree with Rob Sahm”

          I haven’t seen anyone stopping you from posting, just people disagreeing with you (which is kinda covered under free speech, no?). But I guess I was the whiner in my post below.

          Rob, btw, you also have freedom to use punctuation.

    • Jackson says:

      Lundqvist is the last player you could blame for any of this team’s shortcomings and Torts has done some great things with his team this year. Blindly hate on this organization somewhere else please.

      • The Suit says:

        Ah and the finger pointing begins…predictable

        Hank and Torts are last on the list of scapegoats.

    • Vince R says:

      Agreed Rob, now that we are elimated in 3 Ottawa wins, I’m pissed at Henke. Seriously, has he even put one single puck past those goalies? Hell I don’t think he has one shot on goal all series. And seriously Henke, I know that stick is awkward to skate with, but shoot top shelf in close once in a while. I bet he expects those 5 guys in front of him to score. Are all Swedes this lazy? UGH!

      And you stopped 28 of 29? What, did that 29th just WALK into the net? And don’t get me started on Torts, I can’t believe he didn’t tell the team to score last night. Terrible strategy.

      Love when times are good and posters like this claim what “fans” they are.

      • rob sahm says:

        stop whining like crosby lol everybody is allowed there opinions if you dont like it dont read it i dont agree with half the crap that people spew on here and you dont see me whining like crosby lol

        • VinceR says:

          Just asking that you use some semblance of logic. How was Henke beaten by goalies? Don’t get it. It’s a team sport, and we aren’t scoring. Both goalies have let in the same amount of goals this series (9 each), I just don’t get why you are blaming Henke.

          Everyone is allowed their opinions, that is correct. Everyone else is allowed opinions on those opinions also. No one is whining. Some opinions are just less well thought out than others, and if you expect people not to pounce on that, as was done here, that is a little naive.

      • rob sahm says:

        check your spelling its hank not henke ok einstein

    • Dave says:

      How exactly is this Lundqvist’s fault?

      • rob sahm says:

        its not his fault but if your the king of all goalies you dont lose to a craig anderson. gee its pretty funny back in the mid 90,s the devils never scored that many goals but brodeaur won 3 cups

        • Vince R says:

          It’s called the neutral zone trap and rules were put in place to discourage that style of hockey.

          Also, again, this isn’t goalie vs goalie, it’s team vs. team. A goal tender can steal a game, but he can’t win a game in which his team scores 0.

          • rob sahm says:

            agree so lets score this swedish king some goals and win this in 7 cmon boys

            • The Suit says:

              Tone it down folks. Everyone is welcomed to speak their minds and give an opinion, but there are rules.

              We will boot anyone who comes on here just to hurl insults and we will remove any comments that use aggressive language.

              Play nice and be smart. Thank you.

  2. Chris F says:


  3. Spozo says:

    I have backed this team the entire season, I was at the winter classic and I have seen the best this team has to offer. This team needs its best players to step up. Lundqvist has done so now it’s time for gaborik and Richards to do so. Anything less than an eastern conference final appearance is a letdown.

  4. Pete says:

    Tough series. When a team is a sum of its parts and then loses a couple of those parts, it gets even tougher. Would be a shame to lose in the 1st round but the way this team is built it should only make them that much better next year. Oh and the addition of Nash or Parise will help, a lot.

    • The Suit says:

      If they don’t come back, you can all bet your 401ks the Rangers will get Nash this summer.

  5. Mikeyyy says:

    Lose this next one and it’s byebye coach.

  6. Walt says:

    Rob Sahm
    It’s easy to see you don’t know anything about this great sport. Hank has played on his head, but the Rangers ran into a buzz saw with Anderson playing way over his head.

    The entire team, offensivly, has been lacking, and that is the reason for our being behind. Also, the fact that Torts hasn’t allowed the boys to play their game has my blood pressure elavivated. Not one fight, getting man handeled by the likes of Neal, and Koko the clown. I have but one question, would Neal have taken the liberties he did if Scott were in the game? Would that question be the same if Rupp, or Prust, and or Bickel droped the gloves, and challanged him?

    After more than 50 years of following my team, I bleed blue, this is another year of frustration for me. The only bright side is that we weren’t picked to make the play-offs this season, and we over achieved. Torts, let the guys dish out some hurt, sit effing Mitchell, and let Scott loose on these bozos!!!

    • rob sahm says:

      for a guy pointing fingers about me not knowing about the great sport of hockey the hockey news and S.I. pick the rangers to finish as a 4 or 5 seed you said nobody picked the rangers for the playoffs stop being a closet ranger fan and get your facts straight

  7. Leatherneckinlv says:

    Doom and gloom for ye…of little faith. As stated it takes 4 to win, I only see 3 on the Ottawa standings. The Rangers played a great game last night but just couldn’t finish. Anderson played a heck of a game. Give credit where it is due. This Rangers team has the ability to rebound and I believe they will. Kreider should remain in the line up in lieu of Feds or Mitchell. I would sit Feds. Let Kreider get some time on the 2nd unit of the powerplay.

  8. Tim says:

    Well Boyle is out with a concussion. If Neil is suspended, how many games will he get? Do you think Kreider is gonna stay in tbe lineup and center the third line?

  9. rob sahm says:

    neil is not getting a susspension just heard it from that dirtbag milbury