Rangers dominate Lightning: The goal breakdown

The Rangers had plenty to celebrate tonight.
The Rangers had plenty to celebrate tonight.

The Rangers rode an offensively strong first period and turned it into a pretty dominant 5-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Aside from a somewhat defensively suspect first period (which gave Lundqvist some nice practice time…) and a brain fart on the Lightning goal, this was as near to a complete game as you’ll get.

The Rangers had strong performances all over the ice. Led by Hagelin followed by Nash, Staal, Lundqvist, the fourth line and Ryan McDonagh, but in particular Girardi was up there with Hagelin displaying his exceptional decision making all game long. The Rangers controlled the boards, controlled the tempo and controlled a highly skilled team allowing them just 20 shots. This game makes you excited to be a Ranger fan as the depth really came to the fore tonight.

On to the breakdown folks. 

First Period

1-0 Carl Hagelin 00:31

Following great work in the corners and along the boards Rick Nash circled in from the boards to just above the circles where he let off a shot which deflected twice up past Garon. Eventually Carl Hagelin would get the final touch as he went to the net trying to create a screen. The goal also featured a critical, timely pinch by Dan Girardi before Nash got the puck. The Rangers were eventually rewarded for doing so much right before the goal.

2-0 Ryan Callahan 15:31

Ryan Callahan scored the second as he broke in alone on Garon, faked the goalie and went to his right before sliding the puck past an over committed, beaten Garon. It was a nice skill finish from the all effort Rangers captain. Callahan showed nice speed to get  the turned over puck and get in on the goalie quickly.

Second Period

3-0 Carl Hagelin 9:58

Hagelin forced the Tampa goalie change midway through the second. Following a solid defensive play along the boards by Marc Staal who free the puck up ice, Hagelin took the puck, entered the Lightning zone along the left wing and allowed an odd man rush to develop, patiently waiting to shoot before beating Garon with a wrister. The goal showed great patience and puck skills to freeze the defenseman coming across as Hagelin took full advantage of two Rangers skating up ice with him.

3-1 Vinny Lecavalier 14:42

A comedy of errors saw the Lightning get on the board. The Rangers were almost guilty of another too many men penalty which initially resulted in a four on one (!) chance for Tampa. Eventually, after a couple of strong saves from Lundqvist – and amid chaos in front of him – Lecavalier was alone directly to Lundqvist’s right hand side to sweep it home as the Rangers goalie dived to try and make another save. Nothing the Swede could do on the goal other than sigh about the Rangers inability to make a change, clear the puck and find their men. A sloppy, sloppy goal to concede.

Third Period

4-1  Aaron Asham 12:22

The Rangers generated another neutral zone turnover and turned it into a two on one breakaway which Aaron Asham converts off a great wrist shot up high past Lindback. Credit the goal to a strong play along the left boards from Darrell Powe who caused the turnover allowing Asham to skate in and pick his spot. Nice puck pressure and a nice finish from Asham for his first as a Ranger. It’s always nice to see the fourth line rewarded for strong play.

5-1 Rick Nash 19:51

What could make this win more complete? Rick Nash getting a goal. As the Rangers killed off the Kreider penalty Hagelin and Nash broke up ice and Hagelin flipped it left to Nash. Nash skated with the puck briefly before he wristed it short side past Lindback from thirty five feet. A wicked shot from a great breakout by the Rangers. Nash getting a much deserved goal was the perfect end to the Rangers best game of the season thus far.

12 thoughts on “Rangers dominate Lightning: The goal breakdown

  • Feb 10, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    No mention of the work done by the 4th line to set up the 2nd Cally goal?

  • Feb 10, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    The 4th line created all that space for Cally. They wore down the D and Powe was still out there pressuring them. I love to see that

  • Feb 10, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Something I have been saying all week to fellow Rangers fans is that the Devils loss on Tuesday was going to be the turning point of this squad. Torts finally woke up and broke up that super line that was playing way too many minutes. The last 2 games he split up the lines, has been rolling all 4 lines and the results speak for themselves. The Rangers embarrassed themselves last Tuesday, especially our super stars who could not convert one PP. That game was a huge wake up call and our big guys definitely look more motivated cause of our youth.

    Also, who are those fans that were “jumping ship” a week or two ago saying this team has no identity. Everyone realizes the rangers started 3-3-3 last season? This team is coming together and it is cause of our youth. Rangers are about to catch fire and remember the date of that Devils game when the season turned around.

    • Feb 10, 2013 at 11:48 pm

      I’ll take it one step further. The Rangers upgraded the team with Kreider coming back, calling up Miller, and trading for Powe. They were also without Girardi and Callahan for a period time.

      Combine all that, and the Rangers suddenly have a very balanced lineup.

      Last year I think a real turning point in the season was when Carl Hagelin and John Mitchell were called up. It’s looking like Miller and Powe are having that same effect on the team and both are giving the team some jump and puck possession.

  • Feb 10, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Hey do you guys mind using updated pictures for these posts? I almost cried when I saw Dubinsky celebrating with Callahan lol.

    • Feb 11, 2013 at 4:46 am

      Matt, it was 3.40 am here in the UK when i added that picture and I had a presentation at 9am! go easy on me bro 😉

      • Feb 11, 2013 at 12:24 pm

        See? I told you. He’s British, hence his excuse.

    • Feb 11, 2013 at 9:39 am

      Did you really have to go ahead and point that out?

      /fetches for Kleenex box
      //remembers we have Nash now and stops looking for tissues

    • Feb 11, 2013 at 12:24 pm

      Blame Chris. He’s British.

  • Feb 11, 2013 at 8:14 am

    I’m so glad Torts broke up the first line, and the results speak for themselves!

    Hank was outstanding last night, I believe that he is coming around again, bring on Boston.

    Welcome back Danny boy, good game my friend.

  • Feb 11, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Really liked what I was seeing last night, other than the odd man rushes, of course. But they seemed to straighten that out later in the game.

    Would have been curious to see what that game would have been like had the Bolts actually played the Boston game last night.

  • Feb 11, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Breaking up the top line was absolutely necessary. You can always bring that back together on random shifts if some extra jump is needed. I hate comparing us to the Pens, but its similar to how Bylsma deploys Neal, Malkin, and Crosby at necessary moments. That said, I love Shaggy with Nash. I also think Gabby sees a lot of extra space without Nash. Gabby is not really a go to the dirty spots kind of player, he needs to carry the puck and he needs to get open in the dots to light the lamp with that wicked wrister. I think Torts is finally figuring out this lineup. Also, Kreider, Miller, and Cally make one heck of a checking line, don’t they?? Last one, I promise, the fourth line actually looks dangerous in their limited minutes. Its a good lineup, with lots of depth.

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