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Breaking down the goals from Game 7

The Rangers defeated the Senators and they did it on their terms. We got to see it all tonight, great goaltending, strong defensive play, heavy forechecking, and physicality without blown calls (for the most part).  This one feels good.

On to the scoring…

1-0 Rangers

  • The Rangers scored their first goal on a play coaches just love to see – from great defensive work. Early in the second period Kreider made a great defensive play in the neutral zone on Nick Foligno to force a turnover. Cally moved the loose puck up to Stepan who skated into the offensive zone and found Staal open on the weakside. Staal read the rush perfectly, skated uninterrupted into the high slot, and one touched it in.

2-0 Rangers

  • Later in the second, the Rangers struck again thanks to another good defensive play. Brandon Dubinsky (Bobby Tux’s favorite player) laid a hit on an Ottawa forward in the defensive zone, which caused a pass to be miss-fired all the way across the ice. Feds collected the puck on the left wing boards and jump started the rush. He fed Prust with a great cross-ice diagonal pass.
  • Prust carried the puck into the offensive zone and wisely pulled up along the half boards drawing all of the coverage.  Pruster then led Dubi with a little dump pass towards the slot, which Dubi quickly backhanded to Girardi. Girardi, who was completely uncovered, just killed a one-time slapper through Anderson. What a sequence!

2-1 Rangers

  • The Senators finally got on board on a power play a little beyond the mid-way point of the second period. The Senators were cycling in our zone and fed Alfie just atop of the faceoff circle. Alfie put one past Henrik on the short side, which initially looked like a bad angle goal, but the replay showed Stralman was screening Hank. Could have sworn I’ve written that once before in these recaps…

From there on out the Rangers were able to defend the Senators late surge and Henrik stood tall as usual. Next up the Rangers will play the Capitals where they’ll look to avenge their last two playoff exits. Over the next few days we will be sure to breakdown the Capitals with systems posts, goalie analysis, etc. Stay tuned!

9 Responses to “Breaking down the goals from Game 7”

  1. rob sahm says:

    wow they made us fans sweat if hank dosent get the vezina after tonights game it will be a crime.still worry,s me we cant score the caps can score should be a great series the quest for the cup continues go rangers .

  2. Chuck A says:

    Congrats, NYR!!
    Stats of the night for me: face off wins, and Kreider’s equal amount of ice time with Gaborik

  3. dave says:

    Kreider is a beast so freakin impressed with his play tonight..and gabby didnt play bad but one goal isnt going to cut it for a 7 mill player.

    • Spozo says:

      good thing gabby has another series to redeem himself.
      Bring on the caps. I’ll drink to that!

  4. Mikeyyy says:

    Kreider was very impressive. Smart fast strong. Impressive.

  5. Walt says:

    Rangers win 2-1, got stomach problems because of the game, wow!!!!!

    Last night the boys showed that they can play when the chips were down. They came back in game 6, all kinds of pressure was put on them to have
    a good show for the fans in game 7, and they didn’t let us down. Going seven with the Sens will be a character builder for us.

    Watching the kids last night, Kreider, Step, McD, MDZ, this team has a wonderful future! I read that JT Miller was signed to a contract, played with Hartford, and played well. That kid could join the stable of young bucks already playing, guys get used to this, I think this team is built for the long term.

    The Caps are playing some great hockey, but all indications are that Ovie won’t get as much playing time as the regular season. The Holtby kid is playing way over his head. Living some 20 miles from Hershey, Pa., I’ve seen him on several occasions, and he really is’t as good as he played against Boston. Knowing that, I feel good about our chances against the Caps. Revenge is sweet, so let the games begin, and kick their butts!!!

  6. PAL says:

    Really weird how the Rangers have a chance to take advantage of the dirty work done by some other teams. Good grief, the 2 teams that I was most afraid of, the Penguins and Bruins, are actually gone. So, our boys have a little more control over their destiny here.
    Also love the Garden playing the old Rangers Victory Song after the game. I really hope they never play Tina Turner’s Simply the Best ever agin. I hated that.

  7. MBN says:

    I think the Rangers will convert some of these opportunities against the Caps that Anderson stopped for Ottawa. As good as Hank was, remember Anderson was almost the same. Especially after game 1. He really played very well. I doubt the Caps net-minder will be as sharp.

    • wwpd says:

      whys that? he held the 2nd best offense in the league to 2 goals per game. guy must be doing something right.

      to quote captain video, it’s not whom you play but when you play them